Tailwind Nutrition


Tailwind Nutrition

What is Tailwind?

It is a formula that mixes with water and will refuel calories, electrolytes and hydration all in one!

Did we mention it's all natural, stays clear and you can read (and understand) everything on it's label! Runners have described it as "light tasting and refreshing" and it's 100 calories per serving.

 Now that is something we can get behind!

 Why Tailwind?

You can also read the original article here. 

All you need, all day. Really.

I created Tailwind for racing the Leadville 100. It’s designed to overcome the nutrition problems faced by endurance athletes in events like 50's, 100's, 24-hour, and multi-day epics. Tailwind combines complete fuel, hydration, and electrolytes in a tasty drink that won’t turn your stomach into a brick. Read on to learn how Tailwind helps athletes get endurance nutrition right.

Complete Energy+Electrolytes+Hydration

Ditch the gels, bars, chews, and pills and go all day with just Tailwind.

Tailwind mixes with water to meet your calorie, hydration, and electrolyte needs, no matter how big a day’s in front of you. Deliberately mild, customers describe the flavors as “clean” and “light” with a mouth feel as close to water as you can get while still meeting your nutrition needs.

Your hydration pack will love Tailwind too. Tailwind dissolves completely on contact with water and cleans up with a quick rinse. No film, no lingering aftertaste, no gooey mess.

Better Absorption

Tailwind’s glucose/sucrose fuel takes advantage of how our bodies absorb nutrients. The combination of Tailwind’s fuel, electrolytes, and water has a synergistic effect, allowing the body to absorb more of each. Once in the bloodstream, the glucose in Tailwind fuels muscles directly, allowing athletes to go longer at higher intensities.

Tailwind’s electrolyte profile mimics what you’re sweating out. Tailwind is all you need. Go ahead and donate those electrolyte pills to a good cause. You won’t need them anymore (and you won’t need to buy them!).

Easy on Your Gut

The three most traumatic moments in my stomach’s career: Spring Break Palm Springs ’91, Lechuguilla at the bottom of the Copper Canyon ‘93, and Gel #6 Leadville ’04. No more! Sipping Tailwind is like having the wind at your back, not like a kick in the gut at mile 45.

Not all stomachs can handle the sticky sweetness or hard-to-digest molecules found in most nutrition products. We’ve been there, and we’re just grateful there’s only one video. Sipping Tailwind provides steady, small doses of fuel that pass right through the stomach. The composition of Tailwind’s fuel matches what the gut is made to absorb, so Tailwind enters your system quickly, without taxing the digestive tract.

Did we mention that Tailwind is made from all natural ingredients and organic flavors? It mixes crystal clear and tastes light and clean, so you can drink it all day. Artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives are so 1992.


We get it that performance matters more than price when it comes to nutrition, but why pay more than what you need to? Check out some math for a 10-hour race (2500 calories at 250/hour):

Tailwind 2500 calories Tailwind = $17.50 Electrolytes = included Total = $17.50

Nutrition named after a hand tool 1600 calories from drink = $11.20 1 gel/hr (900 cal) = $14 2 electrolyte pills per hour = $3.40 Total = $28.60

Not needing a spreadsheet to keep track of nutrition? Priceless.

What About Protein?

We researched it. We tested it. We asked experts about it, so you don’t have to. Protein during exercise doesn’t improve endurance, but it does correlate with GI distress.

Studies show no significant endurance difference between carb-only and carb-protein drinks. Protein is hard to digest and can shut down your digestive tract during exercise. It can also slow the absorption of carbohydrates needed to rebuild glycogen stores during the critical recovery window. For these reasons, protein’s not included in Tailwind. Want to dive deeper? Check out JoeFrielsBlog.com hereand another article here.


Where did Tailwind really come from? Direct experience, testing with endurance athletes here in Durango, Colorado, and some of the best scientific minds studying endurance nutrition. Get it from the horse's mouth:

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Articles of interest to learn more about caffeine and endurance.

International society of sports nutrition position stand: caffeine and performance

Influence of caffeine and carbohydrate feedings on endurance performance

Effect of different protocols of caffeine intake on metabolism and endurance performance

The Effects of Carbohydrate, Caffeine and Protein on Endurance Performance

Caffeine and Sports Performance

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