Tailwind Nutrition is a new sports drink brand formulated for extended endurance events.
After suffering digestion issues and bloating during the Leadville 100 mountain bike race, founder Jeff Vierling decided to make his own “secret weapon.” The result, which he’s now commercialized, is Tailwind, and it’s supposedly light enough in flavor to still be palatable even after hours on the bike. They also say it mixes easily and rinses clean, making it perfect for hydration packs.
In addition to the taste profile, the idea was to create something that provided all the energy and electrolytes you’d need so you don’t have to fumble with gels, pills or chews.
Each serving provides 100 calories from dextrose (glucose) and sucrose and provides a whopping 303mg of sodium from citrate and sea salt, plus potassium (88mg), calcium (26mg) and magnesium (14mg). Flavors are organic. It’s priced comparatively well, too, at $34.99 for 50 serving container and $19.99 for 25 servings. Single-serve pouches are also available.