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If you don't love it, we pay your entry fee.*
It's simple: if Tailwind doesn't make you stronger, happier, and less stressed during training and at your next event, we'll pay your entry fee.
Just order the Tailwind Challenge pack - four large bags bundled at 10% off - train with it, race with it, and if it doesn't blow you away, mail us your race entry fee receipt for a refund.
*The fine print: You knew there'd be some! Entry fee reimbursement is limited to $150 maximum, and you must start the event to be eligible for reimbursement.If Tailwind just didn't do it for you, we'd like to hear about it:
Send a little description of your experience along with your entry fee receipt and evidence that you started the event, and we'll cut you a check.
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Posted by Sunny J Kim on 8th Oct 2014
Sunny Kim, racket sports professional since 1992, and co-author of Badminton Today (2001) here with my review of the Tailwind Challenge. For trail runs and OCRs (Obstacle Course Races) I have traded in my tennis whites and court shoes for a hydration pack and a closet full of trail, mud, and fellrunning shoes. On my long runs and running races I typically carry nuun tablets, thermolyte metasalt, energy bars, and gu/gels. BTW, I weight 140 pounds and am a former US National Team Badminton Athlete and California Collegiate Tennis Champion - I am more aware than the average sports participant of fuel, nutrition, electrolyte, and hydration needs of active people.
I caught the OCR bug in January 2014 and was well en route to the Spartan Race Triple Trifecta. The opportunity to complete all three Spartan Races (Beast + Super + Sprint) came up for the very first time last weekend in Cumberland, OH and I booked a ticket.
My research revealed that it would be a 24+ mile trail run with at least 70 obstacles in a ~12 hour timeperiod. Spartan Races offer no nutrition on the race course. There were two opportunities to pit stop and access gear/nutrition and there were enforced time cutoffs to get the Super and Sprint timing chips across the start line. Given my training volume and race performance, I was confident that if I had the right fuel and gear and stayed uninjured, the Trifecta-in-a-day would be mine. I was looking for a more portable and complete nutrition system - an internet search led me to TailWind. If I didn't have to carry tubes of nuun and pockets full of bars and gels, I could breeze through 10-12 hours of obstacle racing, no problem!
Tailwind recommended 2.5 scoops per two hour workout. I began racing at 8:30AM and finished the Super (the second race) shortly after 8PM. I consumed 10 scoops during the Beast (14 miles, 27 obstacles). I was unusually hungry after the first lap and scarfed down 3 bananas and 3 Builders Bars while I changed into clothes and dry gear for the Super.
After an hour of uncontrollable shivering, chattering, and pain in my feet, knees, shoulders, elbows, and fingers, I was able to control my upper body sufficiently to apply the Super timing chip on my wrist and head out for a 12 mile, 25 obstacle loop - which took longer than the 14 mile race.
I consumed another 7.5 (maybe only 6, because of product shrinkage due to RealWind) during this 5 hour "wog" through the mucky and hilly trails of Ohio. By mile 8 I was famished and cadged one sport beans and three gu packets from fellow racers. Due to darkness, some of the final obstacles were thankfully canceled on the Super loop. I arrived at the pit stop too late to begin the third Sprint Race. Rather than stay in the festival for photos, I quickly changed clothes, went straight for my car, and stopped at the first two restaurants I found to eat an ungodly amount of soup, chili, and chicken.
Last Saturday's OH Spartan racing experience was challenging, cold, and suboptimal. Tailwind Nutrition was a very poor choice, relative to the easy to ingest and highly portable/compact products I normally use in these races, for the following reasons:
1, Powder form blows away easily in windy conditions
2. Powder form in hydrapak does not evenly dissolve
3. Powder form does not mix as quickly as does nuun
4. Powder form (when not in hydrapak) is a difficult product to carry, especially when crawling, climbing, carrying, etc. in an OCR
5. Powder form (loose) requires mega-plastic bagging with duct tape to ensure waterproofing which is enviromentally wasteful.
6. Two and a half scoops per hour or running was not nearly enough for the caloric demands of OCR
[Tailwind Response]: Thanks for your feedback. You are absolutely correct in your review…you weren't taking in nearly enough calories to sustain you during you Spartan Race Trifecta, and were probably underfueling from the very beginning. Tailwind's recommendation is 250 calories/hour NOT 250 calories/2 hours. According to your review, this was your Tailwind caloric consumption:
10 scoops of Tailwind = 1000 calories
11.5 hours of racing = 86.9 calories/hour
6 scoops of Tailwind = 600 calories
5 hours of racing = 120 calories/hour
Clearly, you were not taking in enough calories per hour of Tailwind and your performance suffered as a result. With respect to Tailwind being in a powder format, we have many athletes running Tailwind in a highly concentrated form, and supplementing with adequate water intake for situations such as yours.
Again, I am sorry that Tailwind didn't work for you and it sounds like you have a system that works for you (which is great). We have had other athletes use Tailwind in OCR with great results by following the recommended caloric consumption rate per hour (most recently at the Spartan World Championships). We are happy to work with you to help you dial in Tailwind correctly for your needs. Thanks!
Posted by Jorge on 7th Oct 2014
Besides using Tailwind to power training runs, I have used it to fuel my races as well. I have had very positive results on both a rugged trail Half Marathon and an equally tough 50K trail race. I had plenty of energy, no bloating or cramping / dehydration and most important no acid reflux after the events either.
Excellent product and FANTASTIC Customer Service, I do highly recommend Tailwind!!!
Posted by Rivers Ludden on 3rd Oct 2014
I took the tailwind challenge, and began my training for the Georgia Jewel 35 Mile race in Dalton, GA. It was a grueling race with unrelenting hills and technical trails. I took the tailwind in my bottles and carried nothing else. I was set. I had no nutrition or hydration issues. The taste on the flavored mixes is just enough to exist but not get in the way. My only regret is that I ran out of the Berry flavor because i trained with that one alot...
Posted by G on 24th Sep 2014
Posted by Frayah on 3rd Sep 2014
I really have been enjoying using these products. I have yet to use them in a race but will be using tailwind at Sawtooth100 on Friday. I like how it keeps my energy leveled, that is a huge benefit for running. I plan on continuing this product.
Posted by Unknown on 30th Aug 2014
I had a bad experience last year at Pikes Peak Marathon relying on Gatorade, GU, and water - bonked at mile 22. I felt like a hospital case at the end. This year I used Tailwind exclusively - roughly 1 stick pack/hour - with one of the Tailwind bottles. I shaved 24 minutes off my time, under identical weather conditions, and finished strong.
Posted by Jeff on 22nd Aug 2014
After trying a friend's Tailwind I decided to order my own. The taste is great and it mixes up easily. I used to be loyal to another fueling product but it seemed chalky and would sometimes stain my clothing. Tailwind allowed me to ditch the gu and bars I'd carry on long runs. Since switching to Tailwind I haven't had a cramp or hit any walls. I love it.
Posted by dave Walston on 20th Aug 2014
Ive used this product for about 2 years now . Its great stuff, blows away every thing else I have used and so easy to take on calories while riding off road.
Posted by Kathy on 30th Jul 2014
I am loving Tailwind. I'm still a new user and a novice runner but here is what I like so far... The flavor is very light. I don't feel like I am drinking koolaid. It also dissolves completely and there is no residue or weird texture. It is lightly flavored water that makes me feel good in spite of the crazy heat in Oklahoma. I'm looking forward to getting more dialed in on this stuff. Its great!
Posted by Tex on 30th Jul 2014
I might be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, fan of Tailwind... juiced or not! Down 36 pounds to a mere 194, I still might literally be the biggest ground pounder putting in endurance miles every week. I can thank the Persian Gulf War for the physical changes, but I thank Tailwind for the fuel that allows me to log mile after mile. It's hands down the absolute best product that I've ever used, and I've used a great many doing testing and writing reviews. I tweak my Tailwind mix with some bodybuilding workout booster because I also deal with chronic fatigue and let's be honest, mind-over-matter works, but it only gets you so far... but the bottom line is, Tailwind is the first product to come along that succeeds in every way and helps me achieve what I need and want to achieve with great taste, a nice little caffeine flow AND NO GUT BOMBS! The truth is, I can drink this stuff like kids drink ice cold Kool-Aid on a hot summer day... while I'm logging miles! It tastes that good and works that well - so my battle is with pacing my hydration properly... but no longer worrying about proper refueling. Tailwind really is all I need... All Day, Every Day!
Posted by Todd on 24th Jul 2014
I have been using Tailwind for about 5 months and LOVE it. Everything from 20 mile training runs to 50K, 40Mile and 100 mile races. i was skeptical about only fueling with this for 100 miles. No solid food for 27 hours seems backwards from what you hear about fueling for ultras. My stomach has always given me fits even in a 50K. Since fueling with Tailwind exclusively I have not had stomach issues, no leg cramps, etc. I used 3 different flavors while running Bryce 100 in June of this year. I was consuming about 20 ounces of water with 2-3 scoops or 200-300 calories an hour. If I felt hungry I would bump the calorie intake from 200-300 for my next bottle and the hunger went away. I didn't need and salt tablets, gels or food. I was amazed, after running for 27 hours I felt like I fueld nearly perfect for this race. Their customer service is awesome too. They gave me a ton of information regarding fuelling for 100 miles at elevation and in the heat. It paid off with my best finish ever for this mid packer.
Posted by Brad on 15th Jul 2014
I bought the small tester packs and then ordered the challenge pack. I have used this in training on runs up to 30 miles. The last was 30 miles of the Hardrock 100 course where I was sweeping. My tests so far are very positive. I am planning on one final test, a 50 mile race in a little less than 2 weeks. If this test goes well, I plan on using Tailwind for Fat Dog 100 (120 miles) in August. Relying only on powder for food/electrolytes is a lot less effort than all of the food I used to carry.
So far I have found my energy levels seem higher later in hard training runs with no upset stomach. The 50 mile race will be the major test and I will update after I complete the race.
Posted by Unknown on 14th Jul 2014
Tailwind is an amazing product. It is easy to mix, doesn't leave a residue in your water bottle, it's very tasty, and it's easy in the stomach. It works great for both short and long rides.
Posted by Lee Johnson on 25th Jun 2014
I probably use this mix differently than most, because I eat a lot of my calories, using this mix to add electrolytes and flavor to my water as much as carbs. For every hour of an endurance race or ride, I'll drink 100-200 calories with Tailwind (depending on temps) and I'll eat about the same amount of calories in the form of homemade treats like rice cakes, small pies, and little sandwiches.
For that use, this product rocks. The flavor is just spot on. I have lemon, orange, berry, and unflavored. My fav is the lemon; it really tastes like you put a slice of lemon in the bottle, nothing else, just a light clean flavor. Ability to digest is great, no stomach problems at all; dissolves really well; any spills or empty bottles are really easy to clean up. Also, the service is great. I highly recommend.
For a nice treat, I use the unflavored with herbal tea mixes like a hibiscus and citrus infusion, or licorice and ginseng powders, and that is my favorite night ride drink.
Posted by Mike Bernhard on 24th Jun 2014
Tailwind is spot on for endurance racing. I trained and raced exclusively with Tailwind for the Founders Lumberjack 100 mountain bike race. I've tried various brands over the years with limited success. Tailwind tastes very crisp (not too sweet), I like the caffeinated flavor to keep me alert, and at about 2-2.5 scoops per hour my stomach stays very happy. I was able to complete the 100 mile mountain bike race in 7:25:30. A personal best and got me on the men's single speed podium! 2.5 scoops per hour kept me flying on the trail. It was really nice not having to try to deal with gels or bars or whatever while racing. I really can't give this product enough praise. Service is great as well, the product was delivered extremely fast after ordering. 2 big thumbs up!
Posted by MAB on 19th Jun 2014
First of all: What a way to receive a package! Kudos to the marketing and branding team. It was a great way to "personalize" the experience of receiving the products with your name and a personal note for your journey with Tailwind. It was a great touch!
I am a back of the pack trail running ultra junkie on a quest to go as far as I can...for as long as I can...and remain healthy for a loooong time. So I gave Tailwind a shot after having past GI issues, cramps and "cartoon hands" (hydration and mineral imbalance) with an endurance drink that contained some protein and the gels that after 4 hrs become unpalatable...ok I'd rather say..they wouldn't go down. So I started using TW during the last 3 weeks before my the big day. On my long run close to 4 hrs my experience with it was satisfactory. Flavor very subtle and I did not have GI distress but I did feel that I needed more calories...even with a hearty breakfast. Fast forward, I was able to tune the calorie intake supplementing with vegan date bars and other whole food goodies...not famished anymore. On raceday temperatures were expected to soar...I did consume 5 out of the 7 servings I had planned. But besides needing ice and additional water I did not consume any drink at the aid stations other than my TW. I did not experience muscle cramps, no GI issues, no "cartoon hands" or any other hydration/bonking related ailment even when the temperatures reached the 90 degF. Big Smile and able to run the next day after a successful Northface Challenge 50K. So far I am very satisfied with the product and I will continue to post as my season and events progress. Let's see if I feel the same way on the 14 hr, 20hr and finally the 30hr events! ;D
Posted by Davis Gunderson on 17th Jun 2014
I was told that tailwind was a great alternative to traditional brands for long distance running electrolytes and I was told correctly. I have always had trouble with an upset stomach when drinking anything but straight water, but tailwind has been gentle while still effective, even in the heavy heat of summer. I have always struggled to run in the sun but since using tailwind I have found myself able to continue my training through the heat. Not only is it a great product, but the company provides fantastic customer support and I would consider myself a lifelong customer.
Posted by Scott Huston on 16th Jun 2014
I tried TW for the first time on a 4 hour training run, taste was good, not too much sweet mouth and stomach felt great. Used the recommended 2.5 scoops per 24 ounces. My only concern is that I felt hungry after the fist hour of training and then again at the 3.5 hour mark. I had to supplement with the reliable pb and jelly. I am not sold on the pitch of the only thing I will need. 100 miler in 2 weeks, will see how it goes.
Posted by @TrailRunningDad on 16th Jun 2014
I'm getting back into running, and just started getting some miles in, but I really wanted to run a 100 miler this year. Still early in my 100 miler training cycle, I decided to give TW a try. Me - middle aged and spending way too much time at my desk, and just started running again in March 2014. About a 1/3 of the way through my 100 training, I decided to put tailwind to the test (after having it for about 2 weeks - and the longest run previously it supported was 16.5 miles).
I had just completed the Pittsburgh Marathon a few weeks, prior so I knew that a 50 miler was a little out of my training range. During the previous marathon, I had bonked at mile 21 (understandable given my training). On June 7th, I decided to run the DC Endurance Challenge (50.9 Miler). I got rid of all my chow, popped a few motrin, and started off. For morning chow at 0400 I pounded an energy bar. For dinner the night prior, just some pasta and piece of pizza. So while I doubted (given my lack of training and low carb levels) I could run the whole race off TW, I figured I could get 25 or 30 miles in before I needed the race support.
I marked off 48 ounces in my hydration pack. Every 2 hours I dumped premeasured TW into the pack, and kept going. I passed through every aid station except to mix water into the pack - bypassing 2 or so aid stations in between stops. I decided at mile 23 to switch from Orange TW to Raspberry to get the caffeine to give me that little boost. By mile 35, the heat of the day was coming through (high is mid 80's... hotter than most of my training). By mile 45, I could feel just a little "overhydrated" as I think I was taking in too much fluid during the heat, and when I hit the aid station at mile 48, opted for half a sandwich just for comfort (Oddly energy wasn't a problem - I believe I just needed to change to TW ratio to water as my consumption increased to meet the heat).
My after action:
- First marathon and over that there was no wall. When I finished, I replayed the run in my head and was shocked that 'the wall' never entered my mind.
- I loved that I could just zip through aid stations.
- Ratios are key... I believe I could run a 100 miler (which takes a long time for me!) off this without having to plan chow.
While the TW challenge isn't until I run the Pine Creek Challenge, my initial feedback off this little test was very good. I believe that training with it to learn exertion levels to heat to terrain impacts on your body are key, and failure to train with TW could have drastic impacts. That being said, the product is a very good one - and with proper planning could not only limit the negative impacts on your body during the run, but also reduce rest your time needed to recoup. I'll continue to provide feedback as I train for the 100! (@trailrunningdad)
Posted by Ron on 13th Jun 2014
Great product for athletes that sweat profusely and lose significant amounts of sodium. I credit this product with helping me train longer and at higher intensity. Before I used Tailwind I would become dehydrated on runs lasting longer than 1.5 hours or bike rides lasting longer than 2 hours due to the Texas heat and humidity. No mater what I ate and drank (i.e. Gatorade, GU, Pedi lite, etc.,..) I would cramp up and slow down and would take me longer than 24 hours to recover.
Now, using Tailwind I no longer cramp up and am fully recovered within 6 hours.
I credit this product with helping me complete the Texas Ironman 2014 in very good time without cramps. In addition, I was able to recover within 24 hours of the race.
Posted by Gary on 7th Jun 2014
I've been looking for something like this for a while to use in Ultras. It does exactly what it is advertised to do, long runs with no stomach issues and energy to spare. I will definitely be a return customer !
Posted by Anna on 5th Jun 2014
I love the taste of each of the flavors, but after a few sips, my mouth becomes covered with a sugary film kind of similar to when you drink Gatorade. Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, is there anything I can do about it?
[Tailwind Response]: Hi Anna, thanks for your feedback! I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing this sensation with Tailwind. It might be the concentration that you are running it at (too highly concentrated), or it just might be that Tailwind's formulation doesn't sit well on your palate. Taste is just really personal and varies from one person to another.
Posted by John T. Sharp on 30th May 2014
I'd been hearing about this product for about 9 months and lots of folks were pimping it. I'm a huge skeptic but knew I had to start working with some fuel because it was really hard to have quality runs after 2 hours of no calories. I took the plunge! Holy smokes, after two weeks I know, I'll be using this to fuel my 3rd Hardrock finish come July 11th!!
Posted by Odis Franklin on 20th May 2014
I love this stuff! I doubted it a first because I like to eat so much while riding to keep from bonking, but this stuff will keep you going without eating! It is amazing! I have used it on 24 Hours in the Canyon and Texas Hell week.
Posted by Rodney on 18th May 2014
Been using tailwind as my only fuel source for 4 months with amazing results. Stomach cramps, bloating, painful gas, and puking are a thing of the past.
When I first tried it I was very skeptical, but this stuff really works. I have completed all of my long runs, a 50k and a 100k with ZERO STOMACH TROUBLE, and even energy levels all day (for me about 250 calories per hour). I eat nothing else during my runs, I only drink Tailwind. On my first run with Tailwind, I didn't trust the product on a 20 miler and tried food along with Tailwind. This was the only run that I have had stomach trouble with. After that I have done all runs with Tailwind only, and have had no stomach troubles. This product really works well for me up to 100k so far. I will see how it does all day and night at the San Diego 100 miler in three weeks.
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