Food in a Bottle

We taste it so you might now have to

May 1, 2001
Outside
Outside Magazine

DRINK
Endurox R4

877-363-8769
www.endurox.com
$30/36.5 oz., $50/80 oz.

FLAVORS
Fruit punch, tangy orange, lemon-lime

TASTE
Fruit punch and orange are tasty, but lemon-lime is the standout.

SPECS
carbs/protein/fat

53g/14g/1.5g per 12-ounce serving

CONCEPT
Burke's basic 4:1 carbs-to-protein concept. Additives include the amino acid glutamine to help boost immune response and muscle recovery, and ciwujia, a traditional Chinese herb for fatigue and ailing immune systems, used by mountain climbers to improve high-altitude performance.

UPSHOT
The benchmark, all-in-one recovery drink. Quick to mix, easy to swallow.


DRINK
Hammer Pro and Hammer Gel

800-336-1977
www.hammernutrition.com
$15/26 oz.

FLAVORS
Vanilla, chocolate, espresso (with caffeine), raspberry, banana, orange, apple-cinnamon

TASTE
Delicious—and not too sweet

SPECS
carbs/protein/fat

45.5g/18.5g/1.4g per 8-ounce serving

CONCEPT
The only customizable recovery drink. Mix the simple whey protein/glutamine powder with premeasured carbs (in the form of seven flavored gels). Optional additives, like grape seed extract and ginkgo biloba, are available from Hammer Nutrition. Standard 4:1 formula with complicated packaging.

UPSHOT
While the seven flavor options are a nice touch, you¹ll need to keep track of a lot of plastic containers.

DRINK
Push G4

952-886-7069
www.gpush.com
$30/44.8 oz.

FLAVORS
Citrus

TASTE
Like a slightly sour margarita mixer.

SPECS
carbs/protein/fat

27g/less than 1g/0g per 8-ounce serving

CONCEPT
The makers of Push G4 tout the wondrous properties of galactose, a simple sugar that they claim helps maintain blood glucose levels after exercise. On the other hand, Push G4 contains only trace amounts of protein and only a moderate amount of carbs unless mixed at double strength.

UPSHOT
An adequate hydration drink masquerading as a recovery drink. (Serving suggestion: in a pitcher at a post.race party, garnished with lime wedges.)

DRINK
Revenge Pro
800-225-4831
www.champion-nutrition.com
$20/14.2 oz.

FLAVORS
Orange blast, tropical mango

TASTE
Not too sweet, with a slightly gritty texture

SPECS
carbs/protein/fat
20g/0.5g/4g per 12-ounce serving

CONCEPT
A versatile hydration and recovery beverage that belongs to "The System," Champion Nutrition's three-part (before-during-after exercise) muscle-recovery plan. .The ingredient list—which includes everything from proprietary protein-amino acid blends to omega-3 fatty acids—helps support CN's bold claim that Revenge Pro is "the world¹s most advanced exercise drink."

UPSHOT
Sure, it's a sophisticated product. But it's probably the good taste that's going to keep athletes loyal.

DRINK
Smartfuel Biofix
888-768-3835
www.smartfuel.com
$15/41.6 oz.

FLAVORS
Wildberry, peach mango, orange smoothie

TASTE
Think Orange Julius with a high-performance punch.

SPECS
carbs/protein/fat
59g/11g/2g per 16-ounce serving

CONCEPT

Part three of Smartfuel's before-during-after system, Biofix uses a 5:1 carbs-to-protein ratio, with loads of simple and complex sugars and a raft of vitamins and minerals. Biofix lacks some conventional recovery ingredients, like glutamine, but Smartfuel has nailed the taste.

UPSHOT
May not be the perfect recovery beverage, but it's a sweet, functional treat following exercise.

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