My ordinary Sea Otter “lunch” consists of whichever diet firm I’m strolling previous that additionally has samples. This yr had some tasty newcomers to maintain me fueled, together with all method of gels, drinks, and snack meals, some weirder than others. And I attempted all of them.
Above are a number of new flavors from vegan sports activities diet model Cranked Naturals, impressed by widespread Hispanic drinks. Search for Horchata, Tamarindo, and Jamaica (hu-my-ka, not the island of Jamaica), which sound excellent for warm summer time rides. I attempted the Jamaica and it was scrumptious.
Skratch was displaying off new Pineapple and Raspberry Limeade sports activities drink flavors, and a brand new Salted Maple + Mallow crispy rice cake. Instantly following Sea Otter, I headed to an excellent in CO and bought to strive their breakfast burrito with kimchi and it’s fairly tasty…positively value trying out their new Boulder cafe if you happen to’re within the space.
Salt Stick’s high-sodium electrolyte drink combine now is available in 40-serving canisters along with the single-serve stick packs they began out with. They’re a part of Alete Vitamin, which additionally owns…
…Bonk Breaker, which was displaying off new Rainbow Blast and Inexperienced Apple chews, becoming a member of Cola and Root Beer, and…
…JoJé power bars, that are made with entire meals elements and had been a few of my favorites for the weekend. The model was based by Jess Cera, who co-hosts The Final Greatest Journey gravel race in Whitefish, MT, which is now on my bucket checklist.
CarboRocket has moved to small canisters for his or her Rocket Purple pre-race nitric oxide booster, which I like so much, making it simpler to scoop out than the baggage they used earlier than. Their Shroom Sport is a plant-based protein powder with a mix of six completely different mushroom powders that declare to spice up your VO2 max with a number of weeks of day by day use.
Talking of ‘shrooms, Twisted Spoke’s new Cordyceps complement makes use of 200mg of pure Cordycepin extract (not only a full spectrum mushroom powder, so the elements are standardized per dose). It, too, claims to spice up VO2 max with common use, with basic research supporting such claims along with diminished irritation. (Additionally they make CBD and associated merchandise, together with a really wonderful chamois cream, and I interviewed them for the podcast about all that.
Talking of CBD, Floyd’s of Leadville has new Cotton Sweet and Purple Raspberry flavors of the CBD gems, the distinction between the 2 packages being black is Full Spectrum, and white is Isolate. They’re just about simply gummies, no actual electrolytes to talk of, however if you happen to like sugar when you trip and you want CBD, properly… it tastes like Cotton Sweet, so what’s to not like?
OMSO’s new Energy Gas comes with or with out caffeine and is a flavorless supply of carbs that you just add to any sports activities drink you need. Comprised principally of clustered dextrin, a carbohydrate that packs extra power however empties via the abdomen shortly so you will get extra gasoline into your system with out upsetting your abdomen. It additionally incorporates a little bit of fructose and sodium, too.
I’ve tried it on a number of lengthy rides now and it appears to work properly, with out getting overly thick or sticky or bizarre tasting like another merchandise I’ve tried with the identical carb supply.
Fluid has simply added a pure whey protein isolate product to their line, making it straightforward so as to add protein to shakes, smoothies, restoration drinks, and so forth. In case you’ve tried upping your whey protein and been additional gassy, it’s in all probability since you cheaped out and acquired whey protein focus. I’ve been there. It’s enjoyable, however just for you, and solely till it’s not. Whey Isolate doesn’t (normally) have the identical hilarious negative effects and it delivers extra protein per gram, however it prices extra.
Their Tactical lineup is geared toward lively of us (suppose firefighters, area staff, and so forth.) however not athletes particularly since they add Sucralose as the primary sweetener, which makes them barely extra reasonably priced than another electrolyte tablets that use Stevia or different pure sweeteners.
DripDrop makes high-electrolyte powders for rehydrating you, making them a very good choice for earlier than or after actually sizzling rides or actually lengthy nights. Or days. Nobody’s judging.
GU’s newest flavors are Lemonade Chews and Raspberry Lemonade gels, the latter not likely being my favourite taste however they help a very good trigger.
Ryno Energy’s Mana gels are principally maltodextrin and add Himalayan Pink Salt, however it’s their bars which are extra fascinating. Made with 100% non-GMO and principally natural actual meals elements, in addition they have 10g of protein with the 29g of carbs and 4.5g fats, making them longer lasting than high-sugar, all-carb bars.
Chargel had completely nothing new, however they had been chilled handing them out like sweet. In case you haven’t tried these, they’re like half sports activities drink, half gel carb-and-fluid supply. Think about sucking Jell-O via a straw and also you get the thought, besides it’s just a little simpler than that so you are able to do it whereas driving laborious, and positively simpler and extra hydrating than an precise gel. I like them far more than I believed I might.
Probably the most stunning snack that I additionally favored far more than I believed I might, though I actually like high-protein snacks, had been the Wilde Protein Chips. They’re constituted of rooster. Not rooster flavored, however precise rooster.
They had been solely sampling the Nashville Sizzling taste, however the Rooster & Waffles and Salt & Vinegar would in all probability have been my choice.
Laird Superfoods will get a model refresh for his or her Superfood Creamers (that are nice), they usually’ve added a brand new Each day Greens complement. It’s precisely what you suppose it’s, and if you happen to’ve ever had Athletic Greens, it tastes kinda like that however much less pineapple-y, and it’s extra reasonably priced. It is available in 30-serving luggage and 15-pack single servings for about $2/serving.
Choosy Bars are scrumptious, and their new(ish) Nut Butter Bars are extra scrumptious. They make an awesome mid-ride snack, however are in all probability greatest saved in a prime tube or handlebar bag, they gained’t actually get melty, however they may get just a little smooth in your jersey pocket on a sizzling day.
My favourite snack of the present was the brand new Honey Stinger Oat + Honey bars. They’ve a nut butter middle coated in crunchy oats and are freakin’ scrumptious. Additionally they launched their first caffeinated power chews, too.
Shout out to Greatest Day Brewing for protecting everybody (and, critically, I imply EVERYONE) hydrated with their scrumptious non-alcoholic beers all weekend. Each sales space had some, they usually stored the cooler full each time I walked by. Good things and extremely advocate if you happen to’re attempting to chop again. I forgot to take a photograph of their beer, so this one’s from their Instagram. Cheers!