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New sport drink mix

Postby gary c. » Fri Jun 01, 2007 5:04 pm

Usually before I go on a backpack I measure out some Gatoraid for a couple of bottles and tie them off to take with me. The wieght is a lot but I have always figured it was worth it to replenish some electrolytes when sweating them out on the trail. Before this last trip I saw something new(to me anyhow) when I went to get my Gatoraid at WalMart. It comes in little premeasured packets and one contains electrolytes, the other has caffein. The one with electrolytes is called "Replenish Sport Drink Mix". The caffeinated mix is called "Morning Spark". They come in orange and lemon lime flavors and a dozen of them wiegh less than one measure for a bottle of Gatoraid because they are sugar free. I just thought that I would mention them in case someone else like me had never seen them before.
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Postby Hikin Mike » Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:02 pm

When I was able to backpack/hiking, I used the powder Gatorade. I can't remember the size...maybe a pint or so (~6" x 6" tub). Before the trip, I'd pre-measure into a small baggies.
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Postby copeg » Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:13 pm

For the last few years, I've been using Emergen-C. Its sugar free and very light per serving. Its available at Trader Joes if one is near you. I also carry some crystal light, not really an electrolyte replacement, but on a long trip its nice to have some lemonade or something like that. Thanks for sharing these others though, I'm interested in trying them out...
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Postby gary c. » Fri Jun 01, 2007 8:08 pm

Here is a link to there product line. Seems there there is a bigger variety than I realized. I'm thinking that next time I will have to buy some of the "Power Edge" It sounds like Red Bull only packable :nod:
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Postby Moondust » Fri Jun 01, 2007 8:25 pm

I really like the Emergen-C also. (Just got some online at MotherNature.com) But it does have more pottasium than sodium. The Replenish sounds interesting and I'll look for it. Gary, can you tell us how much sodium, pottasium and other stuff it has? I have bonked a couple of times on a warm day due to lack of electrolyes, so now I carry the Emergen-C and a little bag of salt. I think Tomcat told me Walgreens carries salt tablets, so I'm going to look for those also. As long as I keep consuming electrolytes and water, I'm good for all day even with very little to eat.
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Postby gary c. » Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:02 pm

Oooops :o I guess that I forgot to add the link on my last post.
http://sturmfoods.com/products/powerEdge.html

Moondust, the nutritional info is not really listed. The Morning Spark says 200% daily vitamin C and caffein equal to two cups of coffee. Replenish contains sodium and potassium to replenish minerals. Power Edge list a lot of the ingredients listed on most energy drinks. The lack of real values listed makes things a little suspicious. Like I said, I only just run across the mixes on the counter last week and don't really know much about the product. All I do know is that it gave me a change from just plain water, and adds no wieght to my pack. It was only something like $3 for a 10 pack. If it also has some good stuff to keep me going and feeling good so much the better.
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Camelbak makes ELIXIR

Postby Morse » Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:49 pm

FYI

CamelBak also has a new electrolyte. It's called ELIXIR.

It is a small tube of 12 tablets about the size of Airborne if you know what I mean. One tablet into 1 liter of water creates a Lemon-Lime flavored drink.

Bought mine at REI.
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Postby dave54 » Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:50 pm

Back in my Hot Shot days we used Gookinaid ERG almost exclusively, and that stuff is like a magic potion to me. Not the best tasting stuff, but works miracles with me. Like the ads say "Your results may vary..."

According to what I read in different references on sports drinks, Gatoraid compromised the effectiveness of the formulation to make it taste better and thus appeal to a broader consumer market. Gookinaid, Squench, and similar products did not add as much sugar or weaken the formulation to make it taste better, and so they are closer to the optimum mix of electrolytes, carbs, and nutrients (which is nearly unpalatable).

I also use powdered Ensure with my lunch stops. It's a bit heavy to drink while active. But a half liter with lunch, followed by a half hour break or so, and I am fresh and re-energized.
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Postby Mike McGuire » Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:49 pm

There's less to this sport drink business than meets the eye. There are some recipes for GatorAid equivalent on this cycling oriented web site http://www.cptips.com/hmdesnk.htm

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Postby Sharp Rock » Sun Jun 03, 2007 7:03 am

Mike McGuire wrote:There's less to this sport drink business than meets the eye. There are some recipes for GatorAid equivalent on this cycling oriented web site http://www.cptips.com/hmdesnk.htm

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Hmmm, Interesting... I'll have to look at the price of sugar and see how it comes out in comparison with Gatoraid. And no need for C&H Brand, cheap stuff should be just fine. Just crusing around the site, lots of recipes for the do-it-yourselfer for energy snacks. It's just ridiculous what they charge for this stuff. :eek:

Thanks Mike!

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Postby copeg » Sun Jun 03, 2007 11:40 am

Mike McGuire wrote:There's less to this sport drink business than meets the eye. There are some recipes for GatorAid equivalent on this cycling oriented web site http://www.cptips.com/hmdesnk.htm

Mike


Thats a cool site Mike. Thanks for sharing. Wish there were some sugar free drink recipes though since sugar can be so heavy. I know you can fasion servings of something like salt and baking soda that'll do the trick without sugar, but :puke:
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