Food / Hydration

Energy bars, gels, protein, and electrolytes… the fuel for your body outdoors.

Gel-Bot

The Gel-Bot is one of my favorite new products. It’s essentially a water bottle with an integrated gel-dispensing flask. A multi-position valve lets you suck water or gel from the same container. The bottle holds 24 ounces of water. A separate bottle inside the bottle holds 3.2 ounces of energy gel. With fuel and water […] Read More...

November 27, 2006

Original Energy Drinks/Java Juice, Yerba Mate

Two of the world's original energy drinks have been accompanying me on the adventure circuit as of late. Indeed, the proverbial quick picker-uppers of coffee and tea now reside next to the energy gels and electrolyte tablets that populate my pack. Read More...

October 10, 2006

nuun Hydration Tablets review

Pop a pill in your water bottle, let it dissolve for a few seconds, and drink. That's the simple concept behind nuun tablets, a unique new idea in the category of hydration and electrolyte-replacement products. Essentially a fast-dissolving pill, nuun tablets fizz and disappear like Alka-Seltzer when dropped in water, resulting in a mildly-flavored electrolyte drink to help athletes stay hydrated and cramp-free. Read More...

October 10, 2006

Gel-Bot water/gel bottle

Energy gel and water are the preferred fuels for untold millions of aerobic athletes. Gel provides quick calories. Water hydrates. The two work well together. The Gel-Bot, a new-age water bottle developed by ventureDESIGNworks of Menlo Park, Calif., integrates a gel-dispensing flask with a traditional plastic bike bottle. Essentially, the Gel-Bot has a multi-position valve that lets you suck water or gel from the same container. Read More...

October 10, 2006

Energy bars, the quantitative view

This week I'm taking the opposite tack on the selfsame subject, relaying pure information and straight objectivity on the five types of energy bars I ran past my tongue last week. Not a single pesky opinion of my own here. Just the nutritional nitty-gritty, and all things quantitative on the carbs and sugars and fats and secret ingredients that make these bars what they each individually are. Read More...

July 15, 2006

Best Energy bars

My current obsession with adventure racing has me eating a lot of energy bars. Out in the woods, running and biking and bushwhacking for hours on end, I may consume eight or 10 bars in a day. Cashew cookie, carrot cake, lemon, chocolate brownie, cherry pie and cocoa mole. All the flavors of the rainbow in my pack. Field testing, as it were. Read More...

July 14, 2006

Minimalist tents — Nemo, Mandatory Gear, Big Sky Intl.

Newtonian physics and fussy things like the inherent mass of matter may one day stymie the progress of lightweight tent design. But until then, a handful of companies will pursue the Holy Grail of creating a shelter so feathery and ephemeral as to be perfectly unnoticeable in a backpack. Read More...

July 12, 2006

Hydracare water bladder cleaning kits

You know it’s time to clean your hydration bladder when: A) Live algae has sprouted in a crease; B) Water that goes in pure comes out tasting literally fishy; or, C) That strange and swampy odor seeping from your CamelBak is eliciting vocal complaints from your hiking buddies. Read More...

November 25, 2005

ProBar Energy Bar Review

Art Eggertsen worked as a congressional lobbyist representing nutrition-education interests before switching to a career in energy foods. As founder of ProBar LLC, a small company based in Park City, Utah, Eggertsen leaned on his knowledge of health and nutrition to create a unique new energy-bar product. Read More...

August 25, 2005

Water and Hydration Bottle Health — polycarbonate polemics

The ubiquitous polycarbonate water bottle is the canteen of the 21rst century. But these colorful plastic vessels, made by companies like Nalgene and GSI Outdoors, have been embroiled in a controversy for the past two years, ever since a researcher at Case Western Reserve University said they may pose health risks. Read More...

May 6, 2005
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