For the past month, I’ve had the opportunity to test six different flavors of endurance fuel from Tailwind Nutrition. The product comes in convenient 54g stick packs, each packing 200 calories when mixed with water.
- Caffeinated Green Tea Buzz (my favorite)
- Caffeinated Tropical Buzz
- Caffeinated Raspberry Buzz
- Mandarin Orange
Per the instructions from Tailwind Nutrition, the product is designed to be mixed with 24oz of water. With the exception of the Caffeinated Green Tea Buzz, I felt the flavors were a bit on the strong side. Not quite as strong as Gatorade, but certainly closer towards that end of the spectrum than the endurance product I normally use. The strong flavor can be overcome by diluting the product with additional water, which I did in a 1.5L hydration pack.
I preferred the caffeinated flavors to those without, but it is nice to have the option available for those who chose or are unable to consume a caffeinated product. I did not experience any racing highs or crashing lows using the product, but it is not entirely gentle on the stomach which may be a concern for some users. As with the flavor, this may be overcome by diluting the product. The product dissolves fully in water and does not leave a heavy residue, making it easy to rinse out hydration packs and/or bottles after use.
I enjoy clean simple flavors to bold fruits, but if you are one who enjoys the option of having a variety of flavors to choose from, Tailwind Nutrition’s range of endurance fuels is worth trying. Everyone’s body is different and what works for one athlete may or may not necessarily be the silver bullet for another.
MSRP for a seven flavor stick pack: $16.05