We Bought and Tested 11 Sports Drink Mixes, Tabs, and Caps at REI


What’s in your water bottle these days? If it’s more than just water, you’re not alone; Many endurance athletes and outdoor adventurers are reaching for sports drink mixes, tablets and caps.

The reasons go beyond just adding flavor. Many of these mixes are designed for refueling, enhanced performance and in some cases boosting recovery.

On a trip to REI, we purchased everything we could get our hands on in the energy drink department, with the goal of testing them in the field. The following is a list of our top picks, from our favorite to least favorite, based on taste, nutrition, and performance.

1. NUUN Hydration Electrolytes – Fresh Lime ($7.00/10 servings; $0.70/serving)

A serving is 1 tablet dissolved in 16 ounces of water.

This is our top pick in large part because it tastes great and also offers…

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