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Favorite Wilderness Athlete Drink
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Contributors to this thread:
JDM 20-Apr-18
yooper89 20-Apr-18
Ucsdryder 20-Apr-18
Jaquomo 20-Apr-18
grubby 20-Apr-18
Dyjack 20-Apr-18
kota-man 20-Apr-18
Ucsdryder 20-Apr-18
beaneater 20-Apr-18
Cheesehead Mike 20-Apr-18
Bill Obeid 20-Apr-18
nvgoat 20-Apr-18
Glunt@work 20-Apr-18
Jaquomo 20-Apr-18
Jaquomo 20-Apr-18
splitlimb13 20-Apr-18
Twinetickler 20-Apr-18
scrapwood 20-Apr-18
Paul@thefort 20-Apr-18
Tim M 20-Apr-18
Woods Walker 20-Apr-18
Scott Alaniz 20-Apr-18
PECO 20-Apr-18
cnelk 20-Apr-18
Jaquomo 21-Apr-18
Don K 21-Apr-18
Trial153 21-Apr-18
IdyllwildArcher 21-Apr-18
Ermine 21-Apr-18
Glunt@work 21-Apr-18
IdyllwildArcher 21-Apr-18
COHOYTHUNTER 21-Apr-18
BC173 21-Apr-18
Bou'bound 21-Apr-18
Jaquomo 21-Apr-18
Trial153 21-Apr-18
Woods Walker 21-Apr-18
midwest 21-Apr-18
Al Dente Laptop 22-Apr-18
RickE 22-Apr-18
Grubby 22-Apr-18
Shug 22-Apr-18
nvgoat 22-Apr-18
Swampbuck 22-Apr-18
Fuzzy 11-May-18
Fuzzy 11-May-18
TrapperKayak 11-May-18
TrapperKayak 11-May-18
APauls 11-May-18
From: JDM
20-Apr-18
A year or two ago I bought some Wilderness Athlete Hydrate and Recover in the Lemon Lime flavor. I got that flavor because it was on sale. It doesn't taste that good, but I can drink it. Of all the other flavors, what's your favorite?

From: yooper89
20-Apr-18
I think I have the berry blast. It’s good enough. I don’t buy it to sip and enjoy. I mix it up and slammer down.

From: Ucsdryder
20-Apr-18
Every time I hear about wilderness energy drinks I think of the dude popping energy powder like a 70s porn star, then pushing the sos button because he got dehydrated (thirsty).

I’ve tried the the little gel packs, I forget who makes them. They put me over the hump when I start getting hungry but don’t want to stop and dig in my pack for food.

From: Jaquomo
20-Apr-18
Emergen-C, because the ingredients are virtually the same as WA at about 1/4 the price.

From: grubby
20-Apr-18
Lou, I haven't seen any cool emergen-c hats though.

This seems to be the latest big thing in the hunting industry, even the whitetail guys who drive their UTV to their shooting house are hawking some sort of miracle kool aid

From: Dyjack
20-Apr-18
Honey Stinger makes some really good energy gel pouches, Dryder. And their honey waffles one of the greatest mountain snacks known to man.

From: kota-man
20-Apr-18
I like Berry Blast Hydrate and Recover mixed with Cherry/Lime Energy and Focus. I drink it everyday. Buy some "Berry Blast" and mix it with your Lemon Lime. I was not a fan of the plain Lemon Lime either. Though not a "miracle Kool-Aid", the stuff works.

From: Ucsdryder
20-Apr-18
Dyjack, I just looked them up. They were the GU packs. I haven’t tried the stinger gel. Anybody have an opinion between the 2?

From: beaneater
20-Apr-18
Mango Bango Energy & Focus mixed with Berry Blast Hydrate & and Recover. Every day and sometimes twice a day. I never get sick I work with the public 6 days a week. Wilderness Athlete has a new pineapple flavored Energy and Focus that they just released.

20-Apr-18
I like the berry flavored Hydrate and Recover but I can't drink the Energy and Focus because it makes my heart want to jump out of my chest and I can't sleep at night even if I drink it first thing in the morning. I'm very sensitive to stimulants...

From: Bill Obeid
20-Apr-18
Cytomax.... fruit punch is the flavor.... I think

From: nvgoat
20-Apr-18
Couple completely different issues being discussed here. Question asked is FAVORITE WILDERNESS ATHLETE DRINK. Gel packs, waffles and other calorie replacement items are not the issue.

I regularly drink the original WA Superman with Energy and Focus in Mango Bango flavor mixed with Hydrate and Recover in Berry Blast flavor. I like the flavor, low calorie, and low sugar content.

From old comments by Jaquomo, I compared the nutritional info with Emergen-C and while I find many of the same names of some ingredients, the quantities are totally different. The WA product contains BCAA's (branched chain amino acids) and other ingredients not found in Emergen-C. I don't claim to know the correct dosage of these ingredients. Compare for yourself and make your own decision .

From: Glunt@work
20-Apr-18
Never had one. My favorite drink on a wilderness hunt is diet Mountain Dew but it's heavy so only bring one. :^)

From: Jaquomo
20-Apr-18
If you believe something works for you, and works better, by all means use it. I've tried a bunch of different WA products and couldn't tell any difference between similar off-the-shelf products that are less expensive but not specialty marketed to a niche user group.. Power Bar gels vs. WA is another one.

From: Jaquomo
20-Apr-18
Not saying WA isn't great stuff. I was in big business product marketing for 25 years. We spent many days sitting in conference rooms figuring out how to spin our products to differentiate them, refine terminology, and convince end users that they were "better", when in fact the end result was very similar.

But if someone believes it's better, it's better. I structured nine-figure deals based on that simple premise.

From: splitlimb13
20-Apr-18
Water

From: Twinetickler
20-Apr-18
Ascend is really good and has helped me completely quit Monster Ultras haha. As far as WA I like Mango Bango and am a big fan of their Lean Life when trying to shed some lbs.

From: scrapwood
20-Apr-18
Pedialyte

From: Paul@thefort
20-Apr-18
More water!

From: Tim M
20-Apr-18
Hands down - Barry Blast. I believe the recommended amount/ounces of water makes the drink too sweet so I add a little less and my tub goes further. At the end of the day you want to stay hydrated and if this helps then use it.

From: Woods Walker
20-Apr-18
Lonestar.

From: Scott Alaniz
20-Apr-18
IMO, nothing is more refreshing during/after hard work/exercise than ice cold water. cold beer is an acceptable substitute, when the work is done:).

If ya' need a little flavor from the packets, to stay hydrated, more power to you.

From: PECO
20-Apr-18
Water, and orange flavor Gator Aide. I drank a lot of Cytomax in the 90's when I was cycling a lot. I'll have to try it again.

From: cnelk
20-Apr-18
Drink the 'Kool-Aid'..... drink the 'Kool-Aid'.....

From: Jaquomo
21-Apr-18
If this same kool-aid was being marketed as "Soccer Boost" or "Super Golf Magic" would the wilderness athletes even be discussing it?

From: Don K
21-Apr-18
But I read it on the internet its gotta be true............

From: Trial153
21-Apr-18
Either berry blast or the strawberry...

21-Apr-18
Water

From: Ermine
21-Apr-18
Think he asked what was peoples favorite wilderness athlete flavor. Not if there are alternatives or if you just prefer plain water. Lol

I like water too but after long hikes and hunts and my electrolytes being diminished I need electrolytes. I don’t use wilderness athlete thou

From: Glunt@work
21-Apr-18
This is Bowsite. We can't be bothered answering the original topic when we have so many valuable opinions and sarcastic comments to share.

21-Apr-18
An answer of "no" or "none of the above," is a perfectly legitimate answer. And pointing out sarcasm with sarcasm is the pot calling the kettle black, is it not?

From: COHOYTHUNTER
21-Apr-18
I have been drinking hydrate recover lime and energy focus cherry limeade for years mixed together.. in fact each morning before the gym, I have a nalgene full, I like the BCAA's prior to working out.. during hunting season, usually do the same each morning to start the day and sometimes mid day.. but do what works for you.. that's what works for me

From: BC173
21-Apr-18
I’ve always found water with a wedge of lemon, lime or orange to be more than sufficient. For me at least, all the others make me feel like I OD’ed on caffeine.

From: Bou'bound
21-Apr-18
Betty blast

From: Jaquomo
21-Apr-18
I dated Betty Blast in college. She flat wore me out.

From: Trial153
21-Apr-18
Your right glunt. This place is becoming asshole central

From: Woods Walker
21-Apr-18
Jaq: I think I knew her sister Hava. She liked Lonestar too. Lots of it.

From: midwest
21-Apr-18

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Give ON AmiNO Energy a try. Similar ingredients and nearly half the cost. I use it as a pre-run drink on the days I'm feeling a bit lethargic.

22-Apr-18
Hydracharge by Kaged Muscle. Good flavors and gets the job done. Gets me through my cardio all the time, 1 hour on the treadmill, incline at 15, at 4mph. No cramping, less fatigue and no dehydration issues.

From: RickE
22-Apr-18
https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/energy-drinks/ This article refers to 'energy' drinks but I'm sure the same things apply to Wilderness Athlete drinks or any others. It's a bit dated but not much has changed.....

From: Grubby
22-Apr-18
Really the only time I add anything to my water is to cover the taste of filtered water I use Squincher, I get it from work free of charge.

From: Shug
22-Apr-18
Chocolate Shake

From: nvgoat
22-Apr-18
RickE Interesting article. Strongly agree with the hit on sugar. Loved Red Bull for a time but haven't had one (never had a rock star etc) in years.

Hard to sort through all the marketing for the multiple additives and then even more complicated to try to understand what dosage of each is appropriate.

I use the WA products that I do to get me to drink more water and for the caffeine boost. Sometimes in life you just choose to "Drink the Kool aid".

From: Swampbuck
22-Apr-18
Beam & coke ;)

From: Fuzzy
11-May-18
water

From: Fuzzy
11-May-18
OK, point taken Glunt et al. I've never heard of this "W A" stuff, in my mind water and hot tea are acceptable "wilderness athlete" drinks. As for electrolyte replacement, I have tablets for that.

From: TrapperKayak
11-May-18

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Cold pure spring water.

From: TrapperKayak
11-May-18
Sorry, never heard of wilderness athlete. Really did think you meant what's your favorite wilderness drink.

From: APauls
11-May-18
whiskey and a coke usually pumps me up. Sometimes I even have it before hockey games. Always play a great game after. And like any hockey player, a guy needs his rituals ;)

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