Believe the hype.

Our comrades over at Competitive Cyclist dedicated nearly 1500 words to Skratch Labs’ Exercise Hydration Mix when it first launched. We’ll be a bit more brief —there’s simply nothing else out there that we like more than Skratch for hydration. It’s easy to get down, it doesn’t cause GI distress, and we feel like we can go a bit harder for a bit longer than we can with plain water or other mixes. Engineered by Allen Lim and tested on some of the world’s best cyclists, Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix promises to regulate your body’s electrolyte levels during exercise so that you stay more functional for a longer time. The bulk of this is accomplished via sodium, which Lim found to be the most important ingredient in fighting cramps, headaches, and power loss.

None of that would mean anything, though, if it weren’t easy on the stomach. Fortunately for us, the use of simple, real-food-type ingredients means that our bodies can digest it easily, and the absence of savoring agents (what you’ll see called "natural flavors” on other mixes) means that you won’t experience a weird, lingering aftertaste, just real fruit flavors that dissipate as you’d expect.

  • A hydration mix with the power of nutrition science behind it
  • High sodium content gives your depleted body what it needs
  • No artificial junk or filler makes it easier on the belly
  • Subtle, all-natural flavors go down gently during hard efforts
  • Formulate for exercise specifically—try another hydration mix for daily hydration
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Works; Great Taste

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It works at least as well as other standard hydration mixes. Perfect taste for me, with just a hint of sweetness. And a little shot of caffeinated ambition after my the end of a long ride helps with that last climb. Scratch says you’ll retain more hydration, due to their sodium formulation. This is demonstrated by needing fewer “natural breaks”, i.e. needing to stop for a pee. And it’s true.

Rather drink non-filtered creek water

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This review is specific to the matcha green tea & lemon flavor. No wonder it's on sale - nobody wants to buy it. When it's ice cold the taste is OK. I just got back from a run across the Grand Canyon and at one point all I had to drink with me was 16 ounces of this stuff. The taste was God awful. I could not even swish it around in my mouth and spit it out. I should have had plenty of fluid to get me back to Phantom Ranch but I couldn't drink this stuff at all. Forced with no other choice, I decided to pour this out and fill up my water bottle up with unfiltered creek water.

Hey William,
Sorry to hear the matcha was not a match for you. We would be happy to give you a bag of a new flavor to try or refund you. Just shoot us an email at info@skratchlabs.com or call 1.800.735.8904.

What is the difference between the EXERCISE hydration mix and the SPORT hydration mix?

Hi! Almost the same but the exercise hydration is the old version of the sport hydration. To make it more effective, we've added 10% more sodium to better match what's lost in sweat, resulting in almost double the key electrolytes per liter than leading traditional sports drinks.

I'm a Fan!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've never used hydration supplements before, and after reading so many great reviews on Skratch Labs i wanted to give them a shot.

I have to say, I'm impressed! The biggest thing I notice when drinking this during climbing or other workouts, is that I don't get pumped as quickly and my muscles don't cramp/fatigue as fast either. I like drinking this during exercise and also throughout the day if I'm feeling particularly dehydrated.

The flavor is alright, but the benefits far outweigh it in my opinion. Definitely try this out!

Hi Ana!
Good to hear the mix has been helping in your adventures! Feel free to shoot us an email at info@skratchlabs.com and we can sort you out with a flavor you like better. Thanks!

Caffeine Without The Coffee Feel. Wha??

    The SKRATCH LABS Exercise Hydration Mix blew my mind as I was so used to my caffeine coming with a catch of dehydration (see review title). Now that it doesn't the amount in the mix ramps may energy up in the right way without the crash. The matcha and lemons taste takes some time to get used to without having matcha before but the mix is good enough to where it doesn't overwhelm you. If life + bike leaves you always haggard, give this a shot.

    Magic Powder

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I don't know what they put in this stuff but it will make you feel like a million bucks after a long day outside. The caffeine provides a nice boost to ensure you finish the rest of your day strong.

    I use this for everything

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Biking, Hiking, working out etc.. I fill up my water bottle and add a scoop for just about every activity I'm doing. I go with the lemon-lime flavor since I don't like it to be too strong.

    must have!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Passionfruit flavor is my all time fave and I find myself always re-stocking up on this stuff to stay hydrated during my hot summer bike rides! Much better than sugary sports drinks that arent really even good for you!

    must have!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Passionfruit flavor is my all time fave and I find myself always re-stocking up on this stuff to stay hydrated during my hot summer bike rides! Much better than sugary sports drinks that arent really even good for you!

    Matcha Is the Best

      This is the best drink mix out there. Light flavoring and easy on the stomach. I love the Matcha flavor and the added kick of caffeine.

      Best Hydro Mix Out There

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Love this stuff. Plus, its got the caffein.

      Favorite

        Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix (particularly in lemon lime) has become a staple for cyclists around the world. It tastes good, rehydrates, refuels, and provides electrolytes. It's my go-to for training and racing.

        Perfect!

          This stuff doesn't get your mouth as sticky as many other drink mixes. It does just a little so I always chase it with water. I also like the mix ratios. Some other mixes want you to use more scoops per 8 oz of water but this one allows you to maximize your purchase. Skratch will be my go to for hydration mix.

          Natural Energy

            Great subtle taste! Keeps me going, whether I'm exploring the outdoors or studying!

            Best Hydration Mix

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            Incredible taste, quality/simple ingredients. Cane sugar, sodium, potassium and magnesium. This stuff will keep you going all day!

            Go to Hydration

              Skratch tastes great and keeps you hydrated. Every ride i do, i take a waterbottle of skratch to get me through to the end. The little bit of sugar is perfect to keep the body energized on nice long climbs.

              YUM!

                Taste great and keeps you hydrated. Even gives you that little caffeine kick.

                Is there a scoop included with the 16 oz pack?

                Yes!

                Best drink mix

                • Familiarity: I've used it several times

                This is so far the best drink mix I've had which isn't saying much because I'm not the biggest fan of them but I can drink this one and not hate it so that a plus.

                Love It, It Works

                • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

                Use it on all my long rides. Also no more caffeine headaches since I don't drink coffee before I ride.