Tailwind Rebuild Review

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On race day, my pack always has a few standard items in it – Gels (gross), a Snickers bar (because I’m not me when I’m hungry), Honey Stinger waffles, and a few other selections from the roadside service center on the way to the race. In my hydration pack? Water. How boring. Sometimes I may get a little wild and throw some Pedialyte in there for taste, but it wasn’t until last year that I learned about Tailwind. A product that can make staying hydrated on the mountain easier, and tasty, all at the same time? I was all in.

Earlier this year, Tailwind released Tailwind Rebuild – a “patent-pending perfectly complete protein” to help athletes recover after an intense race or workout. Anything has to be better than my tradition of gorging on Wendy’s cheeseburger and fries. So I decided to give Tailwind Rebuild a try after a particularly grueling stretch of races this Spring.

Tailwind Rebuild Features

A “Perfectly Complete” Protein  – Tailwind Rebuild uses organic rice protein, combined with healthy fats and carbs to help shorten your recovery time after a strenuous workout, or race.

All Natural – Tailwind Rebuild is non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, soy & dairy free, making it an ideal recovery solution for athletes of any kind.

Great Tasting Flavors – Tailwind Rebuild is available in Vanilla and Chocolate flavors. If you’re a fan of chocolate milk – you’ll love the chocolate version. It goes down smooth in a bottle of water, and tastes amazing. Me? I prefer the Vanilla flavor – it’s an easy to drink, healthy alternative to thick shakes, or sugary sports drinks.

 

Tailwind Rebuild Usage

In the month of May I competed in five events, over the course of four weeks – Ragnar Relay Cape Cod, the Boston Spartan Sprint, the Austin Super, Montreal’s Sprint & Super Weekend, and finally the Ohio Beast. Rebuild was in my bag in each of those events, and was a great addition to my race day recovery plan. After my night time Ragnar leg, Rebuild was a quick (and delicious) drink that wouldn’t sit heavy in my stomach for the remainder of the event. At the scorching hot Austin Super, Rebuild over a shaker of ice water was a refreshing treat. And after the Ohio Beast, I was craving chocolate – and Rebuild was a healthy (and yummy) way to cap off a 13 mile sufferfest.

Tailwind Rebuild Durability

Normally I wouldn’t discuss the durability of a consumable – but I do have to give credit where it’s due. Tailwind’s Rebuild and Endurance Fuel packaging is easy to toss in your pack and open mid-race. It’s withstood submersion, and being stuffed in to my shorts pocket, without making a mess.

Tailwind Rebuild Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Great taste – If you’re like me, it doesn’t matter how good something is for you, if it’s yucky, I won’t eat it. Tailwind’s Rebuild is delicious in just water.
  • No gut bombs – Rebuild is easy to drink, light, and enjoyable.
  • Healthy – Rebuild is good for all kinds of athletes. Being vegan, soy & dairy free, non-GMO and gluten free ensures that whatever your lifestyle, Rebuild is a perfect addition to your training day nutrition routine.

Cons

  • Rebuild is $3 per serving – It may cause you to decide whether your workout or race is “Tailwind worthy”
  • This isn’t a joke – you may get pulled aside at the airport security line. Apparently they get flagged sometimes under the baggage scanner

 

Tailwind Rebuild Conclusion

Post race binging photos may dominate Instagram feeds now, but consider this – what will make you feel better? Spending $52 on Burger King because you can’t control your cravings? Or a tasty (and healthy) Tailwind Rebuild in an ice cold shaker bottle? For me, I’ve got room for improvement when I finish a race, and Rebuild offers me the perfect solution to one of our biggest struggles – nutrition balance.

 



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Tailwind Nutrition Review

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There has been a lot of talk about Tailwind nutrition recently in the Obstacle Course Racing and the ultra running community. With OCR events lasting multiple hours, like many running ultra races, people are trying to figure out how to get all the calories they need for such sustained efforts. Along with having easy calories from dextrose and sucrose, they also throw in enough sodium and potassium to be comparable to Gatorade. But the one big difference between Tailwind and something like Gatorade is that as stated on Tailwinds products, “No Gut Bombs”. Which means you can take these down all day long without that sudden need to run off into the woods and to make an entry in the captains log.

Tailwind Nutrition Features

Stomach Friendly  – The No Gut Bomb statement is true. I’m not a scientist or a gastroenterologist but I have an extremely sensitive stomach that gets upset at the idea of being upset. I have drank all 7 flavors of Tailwind nutrition on runs from 1 hour to 4+ hours without any stomach issues. That passes the No Gut Bomb test for me.

Light Flavors – All of the 7 flavors, especially the “Naked Unflavored”, are incredibly smooth because of their subtle flavors. They give you the idea you are drinking something such as a nice lightly sweetened green tea without beating you over the head with the flavoring that most companies add.

Instant Dissolve – Going into testing their products I have a good deal of experience with many other sports drink powders and expected a similar experience. Usually you want to fill the bottle with a little warm water and let them dissolve before pouring in ice and/or cold water. With Tailwind Nutrition you can get an ice cold bottle of water and pour it right in. After about one minute in cold water there is no trace of it.

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Tailwind Nutrition Usage

Using Tailwind for most of my recent running has left me spoiled. Normally when I train I seldom bring gels, water, sports drinks or any nutrition for anything under 10 miles. I know most people like to set their bar for water and gel a little lower but I try and keep it simple. While testing Tailwind for review I started consuming half a packet before 7 mile runs and loading it into my hydration pack for runs over 7 miles. It’s amazing just how much better I feel and without the worry I’ll be hunting porcelain along the streets.

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You could attribute the better feeling to my bringing proper hydration and calories. But while infrequent, I have in the past brought water and gel on enough runs to know the difference. There is a different feeling and simplicity to just drinking liquid and not having to choke down a thick gel. With gels I always feel like I’m a little uneasy about 10-15 minutes after and 20-30 minutes after consuming. They leave me hoping that I won’t have a bad reaction even with my usually safe Root Beer flavored GU’s.

One more thing worth noting is how they all mix clear. I like the idea that they aren’t adding things that aren’t needed and it shows by leaving out the coloring. The neon like color of other sports drinks have grown old and seem unneeded.

Tailwind Nutrition Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Gentle Flavor
  • No stomach issues
  • Easy to mix

Cons

  • Some people don’t like the packaging or mixing powders
  • You need to carry two bottles if you also want water

Tailwind Nutrition Conclusion

Wether you are just getting into consuming calories on the go, or have been, you should try Tailwind Nutrition. It is simple and has all you need for energy during your entire activity. In the future I’ll be buying more Tailwind and less gels to keep me going. Try the Green Tea Buzz if you enjoy a subtle caffeine kick during your runs!


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Boku Super Fuel – Body Mind Lift

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Boku is a relatively new company with a great line of healthy products to replace your normal supplements with Boku Superfoods. I’m going to tell you all about their Boku Superfood protein in this review and what makes it stand out from regular protein supplements.

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Boku Super Fuel Consistency

A slightly grainy consistency, but nothing bothersome.  It goes down very smoothly.

Boku Super Fuel Flavor

This is where I was thoroughly impressed with this product.  Despite being so ridiculously healthy, this mix actually tasted really good.  The impressively rich taste comes from its cocoa, vanilla bean, and maple syrup flavor.

Boku Super Fuel Usage

This is great to supplement a healthy diet.  I like to use it in the morning to energize my day, sometimes even as a quick, running-out-the door breakfast.  I mix a 30 gram serving of the powder with about 10 ounces of cold almond milk.  After shaking vigorously in my shaker bottle with shaker ball, I find the powder has completely dissolved and I can enjoy my shake.

Boku Super Fuel Nutrition

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Boku is known for their stellar ingredients, so it’s no wonder this product is pure and super healthy.  Using only certified organic vegan and kosher ingredients, this product packs a punch in the most natural way possible.

Boku Super Fuel Verdict

I definitely like this product as a morning supplement before my runs.  Buyer beware, it does pack a ton of fiber into one serving (14g), so it may take some getting used to, especially before runs.  All things considered, I would use this daily to get the right nutrition with minimal calorie consumption.

 

 

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Boku Super Protein

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Boku is a relatively new company with a great line of healthy products to replace your normal supplements with Boku Superfoods. I’m going to tell you all about their Boku Superfood protein in this review and what makes it stand out from regular protein supplements.

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Boku Super Protein Consistency

It feels gritty and doesn’t fully dissolve.  The consistency was similar to my usual protein shakes other than the gritty texture.

Boku Super Protein Flavor

It tasted like and had the texture of sand, but it’s tolerable for a non-vegan like myself and even started to grow on me the more I used it.

Boku Super Protein Usage

I mixed a 30 gram serving of this protein powder with 10 oz of cold Almond Milk out of the fridge.  Using a plastic shaker bottle with a shaker ball, I shook vigorously for about 30 seconds until all the powder had dissolved (or so I thought).  When I took my first sip, I could feel the grittiness of the shake. I got it down, but the taste was not pleasant and the texture a bit bothersome.

Boku Super Protein Nutrition

2.0

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Excellent amount of fiber and high vegan protein source achieved with the most natural ingredients.

Boku Super Protein Verdict

I would recommend this product to anyone who needs ample protein and isn’t necessarily looking for something tasty.  It’s  a great product for those who put natural ingredients above all else and don’t mind a little grittiness in their shake.  This is something I would get over the taste and drink daily if the cost wasn’t so high.

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Clif Bar Energy Food – Margherita Pizza

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After meeting up with Scott Jurek a little while back and seeing his assortment of Clif products that he used I was intrigued by a new line I had never seen. Clif now has an Organic Energy Food series that features 4 different gels that are all “wholesome” rather than your typical sugar gel. Let me start by saying the Pizza “gel” is far from your typical gel.

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Clif Bar Margherita Pizza Consistency

Gels can range from chunky with something like the Munk Pack Oatmeal Squeeze to the thinness of a standard GU. This falls closer to the chunky side of things, about a 7 on a scale of 1 to chunky (10). While it’s not full of big chunks it has lots of little bits to work your way through. Most gels say consume with water, this one should almost require it because of the richness and chew-ability. You won’t be required to chew the Margherita Pizza but it will feel more natural to do so.

Clif Bar Margherita Pizza Flavor

To get a real sense of where the flavor sat with this I decided to compare it to some pretty good local pizza in Astoria, NY. I got two people, plus myself, and decided to setup my own little taste test. I would have 3 different tastings – First would be regular pizza:

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Second would be pizza in a food processor:

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Third would be the Clif Bar Pizza:

Real vs. Gel

 

I think you can guess what the general consensus was that the pizza tasted the best and most like pizza. Then the blended pizza came in second because, well, it still is pizza; and obviously third place goes to Clif Bar’s Pizza. This was not a fair test obviously because one if freshly cooked and delivered while the other is made in a factory then shoved into a portable long lasting pouch for you to consume while running. Some people may consume pizza during ultras or other long events but generally speaking it’s not competing on the same playing field.

As far as the flavor for Clif’s Margherita Pizza goes, it’s not terrible but it’s definitely not pizza. The flavor is more reminiscent of tomatoes and too much basil with a hint of what may be the crust and cheese essence. I test all of my gels before I go on regular training runs and while I’m not starving and needing them. Therefore I don’t have the reactions that a starving person would have when trying a new flavor for the first time and falling in love with it; kind of like going to a concert and seeing a band live for the first time you are hearing them. I can’t imagine eating this during a race because I just didn’t find it very palatable with the strong basil flavor coming through. But I almost can imagine if you hand this to me around mile 30 of an ultra that I would destroy this and smile as I ran away. I will subject this to further testing this week on a 18-ish mile run and update in bold (stay tuned if you care about that test).

Clif Bar Margherita Pizza Nutrition

This isn’t your grandfather’s energy gel when it comes to nutrition. There is a completely different balance with all natural real ingredients in the mix. Here’s the major ingredient in order from the label:

Organic Tomato Puree (Water, Organic Tomato Paste), Organic Carrot Puree, Water, Organic Quinoa, Organic Sunflower Seed Butter, Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Organic Olive Oil

The actual makeup of it includes 160 calories and 9 grams of fat, which immediately jumps out at me. I can’t think of many gels that have any fat; this is clearly made for the long haul. To further its long haul status it has 5 grams of protein for even more sustained energy. But as I said earlier this means more water to process these things out.

Clif Bar Margherita Pizza Verdict

I wanted to love this relatively new product by Clif because I love pizza. If you asked me to pick one food to eat for the rest of my life, no question it’s pizza. I’m sad to say that I can’t suggest this for all runners for a couple reasons, none of them damning reasons of their own. The flavor isn’t for me and not for the people I tested it with – this is a small sample size so you should try it once on your own and leave a comment (hint hint, leave a comment below). Second reason is that the ingredient make up of this product lends itself to long runs and most people that consume energy gels use them for races under 10 miles. I don’t think this will really help you unless you eat it before you run instead of real food and I like real food.

Verdict – you need to try it yourself and see if the flavor is for you until more people weigh in saying they love it or hate it.

UPDATE: Jon Albon just today said in his review of WTM2015 that he liked it, score is 1-3 now.



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