Sports Drinks for Women

photo credit – Tony Cenicola/The New York Times Today’s New York Times includes an article discussing sports drinks aimed at […]

By on February 28, 2008 | 1 comment
photo credit – Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Today’s New York Times includes an article discussing sports drinks aimed at women. The article also reviews four female-oriented sports drinks, including:

  • Nuun U
  • Luna Sport Electrolyte Splash (Clif product)
  • Crystal Light on the Go Hydration
  • Propel Fit Water with Calcium (Gatorade product)

It’s my understanding that these products aren’t tailored to the nutritional needs of women specifically, but more to their palates. Therefore, there should be nothing stopping men from trying these products. I, for one, like to have as many options as possible in my flavor arsenal. If some of these drinks have lighter flavors, as advertised, I might be incorporating some into my hydration plans in the near future.

I’d definitely like to try the Luna Sport Electrolyte Splash Lime-Ade and Pink Grapefruit flavors, as they still have calories and the flavors are ones I tend to like. Who cares if Luna is a women’s brand? Not I. I really like some flavors of Luna Bar (chai tea and dulce de leche) and the Luna Sport Moons (think Clif Bloks the size of gummy bears) in pomegranate, blueberry, and watermelon.

Also on the to try list is the new Nuun U. I like all of the existing nuun flavors with Kona Kola being particularly tasty (and caffeinated!). I believe the the u line will include tangerine ginger, goji berry green tea, and lemon chill flavors at launch. (Please correct me if I’m wrong.) I’d love to try all these flavors. The lemon chill and the goji berry flavors sounds quite tasty. If the tangerine ginger flavor contains actual ginger, it would be worth trying when your stomach goes south during a race. If you want to know more about nuun u, you can sign up for updates from nuun. Matt Hart’s blog is also a great source for information regarding nuun’s products. Matt has already posted an interview with the founder of nuun about the new u product.

Anyone here used any of these products? What do you think in terms of flavor? How about hydration performance/nutrition?

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Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.