Take the Tailwind Challenge!
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 in your choice of flavors at a 10% discount - 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 Patrick Moore on 9th Dec 2013
I purchased the Tailwind challenge after trying a few pounds of Tailwind (Orange flavor), and will use it to train over the Winter for various splitboard climbs throughout the current and upcoming season. While not ultramarathoning, skinning up 10,000 feet over the course of a day, with a heavy pack, has its own challenges and is a good use for Tailwind. So far, Tailwind has worked, for me, very well, and has allowed me to keep going through wind and snow.
I am grateful to use and endurance drink that doesn't have a laxative effect, like all the other commonly available ones that I have tried have had on me. I also get headaches from those drinks that have artificial sweeteners, and Tailwind doesn't have those.
A big plus is that the Orange and the Lemon taste really good, though not overpowering.
Posted by Dan Kerns on 9th Nov 2013
After finishing 39 marathons and only walking away from a handful without having severe nausea, I used Tailwind as my only energy and hydration source for the Mt Nebo and St George marathons with positive results. I took a 2 scoop 20oz pre-race drink and consumed three 2 scoop 20oz (60oz total) water bottles during the run. Had no usual stomach shutdown issues and was able to eat a post-race meal within an hour. Equal to overcoming the nausea issue is the confidence at mile 20 to be able to continue racing without fear of the stomach shutting down. I've recommended to several friends who have also experienced positive results.
Posted by Norm Hageman on 4th Nov 2013
Tailwind works well for century bike rides, but falls short for ultra rides. I find it hard to keep drinking after 6 to 8 hours of riding. I needed to use a combination of Tailwind, chocolate milk, Gu, and solid food to get the calories in me. Then you have the typical switch to the body craving straight water in addition to the above. Thus, I had to switch over to using Endurolytes and Legs tablets to get my electrolites.
Tailwind is a good product, but it is overselling when they say it is the sole solution to your calorie and hydration needs.
[Tailwind Response]: Thanks for your feedback, and I'm sorry to hear that Tailwind did not work for you as a sole fuel source. I've followed up with an email so we can better understand how you used Tailwind, and hopefully help you dial it in better. It just may be that the taste is not right for you, and as a result you drank less which means less calories/electrolytes. We look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!
Posted by Christopher Wiley on 19th Oct 2013
Tailwind is the only product I have used that supplies both my nutritional needs while running ultras...calories and electrolytes. I have tried gels, shot blocks, and other nutrition which shall remain nameless but the manufacturer is a tool...haha. Nothing has worked until now. And it is so much simpler than trying to remember calories and S-caps. Wish I had found this so much sooner. The company is a great example of customer service, excellent product and personalization.
Posted by Jeremy Bonnett on 3rd Oct 2013
Still quite impressed by Tailwind Nutrition and the positive effects it has had over the Summer on performance. I continue to test the limits of what my body can handle, not just in ultra-runs but in adventurous hike/run events and Tailwind holds true to it's claims every time!
Posted by Bert on 30th Sep 2013
I've been using Tailwind exclusively for the past 2 months. I used it in the Wasatch 100 start to finish and lots of other endurance runs, races and rides. It's awesome! It's way easier on my stomach for some reason than all of the other similar products I've used.
I have all of the flavors and half the time I can't remember what I already have left over in my bottles or bladder. I mix flavors all the time and it tastes fine. Also it doesn't go rancid if left in bottles overnight or multiple days which sure is nice.
Posted by M Thrasher on 24th Sep 2013
Two concerns when ordering this 1)does it foam 2) how does it taste warm. I generally run with a hand held on anything over 50k so when the miles get slow, the liquid is going to heat up. This not only does not foam but also maintains a good taste! Love the product and will keep ordering after my challenge bags run out. Could not be happier with the find.
Posted by Mike on 24th Sep 2013
I used Tailwind on Ironman Tahoe and it worked great! Really paid off being able to get down the cals needed on the bike in order to have a great run. It was easy on my stomach and was easy going down. I would recommend TW to runners and triathletes both.
Posted by Dave Walston on 19th Sep 2013
I purchased my first run of Tailwind late in the winter to get ready for my spring mountain biking and experiment with while snowshoeing. I was very happy with the energy it produced and happy to not have to worry about buying additional food for 1-2 hour workouts or rides. I have sustained myself through a season of races and riding with only Tailwind as my nutrition source. I did supplement it with clif bars on rides over 30 miles just for the extra calories. The Tailwind product never made me feel too full or tasted too sugary in my mouth. I love it. Thank you.
Posted by J Stasulli (Ft Hood, TX) on 19th Aug 2013
I was introduced to Tailwind by a running partner! Prior to using Tailwind I was hitting various products, gels, blocks, etc. trying to find the correct combination to prevent me from bonking on my long trail runs. Since Tailwind, I have had absolutely no problems. Since using Tailwind I have ditched the gels and blocks and running solely with my Tailwind!
I feel strong, feel good, and know that I have what I need for the next step!
As was done for me, I share sample packages with fellow runners so they too can feel the difference and take their training to the endurance training to the next level! Now I need more sample packs!!!!
Posted by Frank on 10th Jul 2013
I was introduced to Tailwind through a fellow ultrarunner. I took the challenge based on them backing their product up with an offer to pay my next race entry if I wasn't satisified. I figured it had to be pretty good and I really had nothing to lose. Well I am happy to say I am totally blown away and will gladly be paying my own entry fee. My typical fueling strategy was as follows: carb drink only first 2 hours, gel every 30 to 60 minutes, electrolyte cap every 45 minutes and then switch to carb/protein drink after two hours. My first real test was yesterday. My run lasted about 2 hrs 7 min in the low 80's with high humidity. I used @ 200 cal per hour of Tailwind and nothing else and felt amazing! Tastes great with absolutely no after taste. I have successfully replaced 4 products with one single product. My next 50 miler is in November and I can't wait to see how the training and the race goes now that I have Tailwind!
Posted by Albert on 8th Jul 2013
I've used this for the past year or so. I don't take any other products with me to eat, and I feel hydrated, and with plenty of energy throughout the ride. I average 50 miles a day and have easy recovery as well.
I did us it on a 32 mi walk as well, and over 9hours it performed great!
Posted by Jeremy Bonnett on 17th Jun 2013
I joined the Tailwind Challenge and have used the product for over a month now on numerous training runs and races. After a 50k and 50 mile race using only Tailwind I can honestly say the product has surprised and excited me like no other product on the market.
While at a 50k event with Tailwind I was still in the "ultra-mindset" of eating during the race. It was the first time I'd used it for a long duration and I consumed dates, watermelon, and a few nuts along with the Tailwind. I had stomach issues and contacted Jenny with customer service. She was incredibly nice and knowledgeable and ensured me Tailwind was all I needed and my system simple had too much sugar in it with the added food intake. She was right. Two races later and no issues at all. No bloating, no fatigue, no cramping, and feeling lightweight and strong the whole way!
Tailwind is definitely top on my list of must-haves for long runs and races in the future!
Posted by Richard A on 14th Jun 2013
OK, so this is going to be kinda detailed: On Sunday I did a tough 6.5 hour mountain trail run (5,500' of gain and loss) relying exclusively on Tailwind Berry and Mandarin Orange for nutrition, hydration and electrolyte replacement. At about 5'-7" and a 118 pounds I'm not a very big runner, so I usually shoot for about 180 to 200 calories per hour, and around 14 ounces of water per hour (more when hot, it was cool on Sunday (high fifties to low sixties)). I expect that some may think that insufficient, but the number is based on Tim Noakes' latest book, "Waterlogged", (a must read, by the way for anyone participating in endurance activities), and works well for me. I mixed ~2 scoops of TW per 14 ounces of water into my hydration reservoir (a little more concentrated than recommended, but I was experimenting after all) and took a 2 ounce (or so) sip every 8 minutes. I felt a little flat for the first hour, but after a little more time my energy levels rebounded and I reached a good, constant state that lasted until the end of the day. I obviously fatigued as the day wore on, but I never felt like I ran out of energy, I was never thirsty, never nauseated, and never felt bloated. Importantly, I also never felt hungry. I would say that TW provided a constant, even energy, with no ill effects. I didn't get tired of the taste, although I did switch to a 4 ounce "sip" every 16 minutes after about 3.5 hours. A further awesome result is that I felt really good after the run - no "depleted" feeling. I was ready to eat regular food right away, and felt better after this kind of effort than I usually do. Next time, I will drink more TW before starting out to try to avoid the flat first hour. All in all - a great first time out result! I'm sure I'll dial it in even better after a few more outings. At this point I'm really optimistic about TW being my all-in-one endurance nutrition solution going forward.
Posted by Coleman M on 12th Jun 2013
Based on the recommendation of a friend (Karen F.), I used this product for a week prior and then during a 1/2 Ironman. The mix aided and sustained me throughout the day. I never felt depleted of energy the whole day. I intend to keep using it in preparation for a Full Ironman this summer. Love the product!
Posted by Unknown on 28th May 2013
my first time using tailwind was in a hot 100k trail run at altitude(most of the race was above 7000' and completely exposed to sun). I stole a PB by an hour and twenty from last year! I never got tired of the flavor and my stomach was solid the whole time. no cramps from trying to eat solid food, and no trouble taking on calories right to the finish! having electrolytes and calories in one nutritional package is super convenient.
Posted by ~nikolas on 27th May 2013
I have been in training for the Pine to Palm 100 Miler, and have found one of my only frustrations has been the nutritional mayhem. Stopping by the grocery store for sports drink to dilute, protein bars to fill my pack, candy bars, a gel for a possible bonk-tastic moment, then some fruit and sports drink for after I finish my workout. It cost about $25 to be my own traveling convenience store for my long run each week.
Then, I was given a bag of TW Organic Lemon from a friend returning from Durango, Colorado as a gift. It has changed everything about my training. I use TW for any workout over two hours, whether I am cycling or running. The results have been a amazing. The product performs as advertised. I am a believer. And it saves me money??
No hunger. No cramping. No hassle.
TW has given me confidence in my nutrition and my smile has returned as I breeze out the door to hit the trails, instead of the store.
Posted by Unknown on 23rd May 2013
So far, I really like using Tailwind. I'm no longer having stomach pain like I did with other products and I don't have to use electrolyte tablets or gels. I'm really happy with it and it tastes great too.
Posted by Chris on 6th May 2013
I recently used Tailwind (TW) as my exclusive means of nutrition during a rough 50 mile training session in Bear Mountain, NY. I wore a 20 pound pack and ran through hiking trails with moderate accumulated elevation gain. The day was sunny in the mid 70's with a light breeze above the tree line.
I was definitely surprised that despite not eating the whole day, I didn't get any hunger pains. I pre-packed 8 small ziplocks with all of the Tailwind flavors and added them to two 750 ml water bottles whenever I had to re-fill. By the end of the day I consumed all 8 servings and tried all the flavors. My favorite was the Lemon. I also didn't rely on any other electrolytes. TW maintained my hydration the entire day and kept me going, no bonking at all. I am now a believer. Now TW is battle tested, I will rely on it during my 150 march across the Gobi Desert later this month. The weight to kcal ratio is unmatched and you have the additional benefit of the electrolytes. Great job TW!
Posted by Chris on 22nd Apr 2013
I started using Tailwind in my training for the Umstead 100-Mile Endurance Run. It worked really well and gave me confidence going into the race on April 6, 2013. Come the morning of April 7, I finished the 100 mile trail race in 23:56! This was a personal record and first time I had broken 24 hours for a 100 mile run. i give Tailwind lots of credit. Never had stomach problems over the 24 hours. Thanks guys!
Posted by Donald Brauninger on 28th Mar 2013
Let me first say that the customer service is top notch. My questions were answered quickly and I was very impressed how friendly they were.
Back to the product. I started using Tailwind towards the end of January. I was training for a 200 mile relay race called Texas Independence Relay (TIR) at the end of March. For 2 months, I experimented with Tailwind, on the amount I needed to stayed fueled and hydrated on my runs. Short runs and long runs.
During the race I used Tailwind exclusively as my fuel and hydration solution. It worked better than advertised. I never used a gel or bar to keep me going. Halfway through, I did have a small meal with my team on a break but otherwise all I drank was Tailwind.
Thanks again for all your advice and of course Tailwind.
Posted by Neil Hannum - Chip Peddler on 15th Mar 2013
I have tried quite a few different nutrition drinks through the last 25 years of bicycling. No I am not a National Champion racer or even a competitor at this point in my life, just someone who wants to make it back to the truck at the end of the day.
After using tailwind for the past two seasons it has now become the obvious choice during those days when you know that it is going to be you and your bike for the next 7 to 10 hours.
Thanks Jeff and Jenny for coming up with a fantastic product.
Posted by Robbie Ballantyne (scotland) on 9th Feb 2013
My Review of Tail Wind Nutrition by Robbie Ballantyne (Scotland)
Over the past 25 years I have used many different products from cliff bars to gels and energy drinks the biggest problem with all the fore-mention stuff is its overly sweet and taste's horrible!
I stumbled upon Tailwind by pure accident, liked what I read about it, and thought why not give it go ,I done a a 63 mile bike run with 2 litre of tail wind to sip, I can honestly say its outstanding ,not sweet, more salty, does not give you cramps,I would definitely buy this again..
I made up per Jenny instructions which were 3 scoops to 1 litre of water dissolves really easy with no stirring.
Posted by Steve on 3rd Feb 2013
Tailwind is doing very well for me on these long rides.No, it's doing GREAT! Yesterday; <http://www.strava.com/activities/39557713> or
<http://www.geoladders.com/show_route.php?route=64715> (click on 'Player'), had no cramps where I have often started cramping at 4-6 hours. Felt good entire ride. Have to admit I also ate a Powerbar, but, really don't think nibbling on 1 bar during 8 3/4 hours (7.5 riding) contributed a whole bunch. Just wanted a change. Really believe TW is helping me immensely on these training rides.
Posted by Tom Purvis on 21st Jan 2013
I have been training hard exclusively with Tailwind getting ready for a 24 solo in a month. I have been very pleased with how well my body takes in the calories, I've had no cramping, and digestion has been very smooth. How I will feel after 15 hours of my solo race will be the real acid test, but I'm feeling really optimistic!
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