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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 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.
Posted by Arcellus Sykes on 15th May 2014
I've now used Tailwind exclusively on 5 or 6 3-hour runs and one run of over 5 hours. Despite being nervous that I'd end up hungry or with the usual energy slumps, Tailwind was great from start to finish. Will definitely keep using it as my primary energy source.
Posted by Todd on 14th May 2014
Just finished a 50K using Tailwind and water as needed to keep hydrated. I pushed the effort too hard early in the race and started cramping at mile 17, I backed off and took some extra rich Tailwind and within a few minutes I was able to get back after it. Pr'd by 30 minutes over the last 2 years finishing times. I am hooked, I used 3 scoops per sandwich bag and put those into my race vest. At every aide station I dumped out a baggy of powder and water into my 20oz bottle. Worked like a charm.
Posted by Jan on 9th May 2014
I had heard about Tailwind from some of my ultra runner friends. I was looking for something that wasn't too heavy, had good taste, would keep my stomach calm, and keep me from bonking.
I ordered the "Challenge" pack and proceeded to try everything out on an upcoming trail race.
The race was hot, sandy, had water crossings, and shoe sucking mud. So it was the perfect test for the product.
I followed the directions and mixed 200-300 calories per 24oz bottle.
It worked very well. I was even able to eat solid food at the aid stations, which I'm not usually able to do due to my stomach being upset.
Also, I want to mention the great customer service.
When the product arrived, 3 of the bags had burst and lost about 1/2 of the powder in each bag out into the shipping box. I contacted the company, sent them pictures of what had happened, and explained that since there was still at least half of the product in the busted bags, if they would send a few single serving packs to make up for the part that leaked, I would be most appreciative.
My email was answered within minutes. They apologized about the shipping problem (even though it was debatable as to whether it was the post office that caused it or defective seals on the bags), and said they would get replacements out to me right away.
2 days later a box arrived with 3 brand new, full size bags, not just a few single serving packets.
That kind of customer service is near unheard of in this day and age.
That in itself has assured them I will be a customer for life...especially when you add in that the product is fantastic for the endurance events I so often race.
Posted by David on 21st Apr 2014
Tasty, and so far so good on the long runs (30+ miles). Flavor is good, and definitely have noticed less need to be eating other supplements. A little on the sweet side, but haven't had the stomach issues I've had with other products, so all in all recommend giving it a shot.
Posted by Steve on 9th Apr 2014
A few weeks ago mountain biked on my training hills 53 miles, 6:58 riding time, 8 hours total (yakked it up with everyone on the hill, all 6 of them), 11,500' gain. This last Sat (4.5.2014) rode the VQ - 54 miles, 7:50 riding time, 8:02 total time (breaks; top off Camelbak with TW, pee, top off Camelbak with TW), 11,300'. Both rides I used Caffeinated Tailwind. No gels, no bars. Sure I started to feel a little tired on each last uphill, but was able to push hard - super hard on level and downhill. And my stomach had no ill effects. Felt fine. Tailwind was my only carbo and electrolye food stuff. It works. Real simple; it works. And on the last resupply break, took me a minute or maybe 2 to top off with premixed TW, while saw someone else who was pouring one powder into a water bottle, putting gel in one jersey pocket, bars going in another pocket. I was in and out before he finished. Steve
Posted by David on 7th Apr 2014
I started using tailwind a few weeks ago after a friend let me try some on a long training run. Since receiving my own, I have used tailwind for every run over 1 hour. I have found that one bottle with just under 2 scoops keeps me going for about two hours. I like the taste and most importantly I can tell a noticeable difference in my stamina...with nothing else! No gels, chews, or food. Just tailwind. I am looking forward to see how it works on even longer runs. So far its been great for the 3 to 4 hour range.
Posted by Laura on 7th Apr 2014
My husband and I took the Tailwind Challenge for our 50 mile foot race and couldn't be happier with the results. The Raspberry Buzz definitely gave me an energy kick at mile 29. It was just what I needed to get through the tough miles (miles 33-38) before I got my second wind at mile 40. My husband was having stomach issues for the first 30 miles and Tailwind was one of the only things he could keep down. It was his main source of fuel for the whole 50 miles and he started feeling better after 30 miles and picked it up at the end. We will definitely be using Tailwind again!
Posted by Robert Riesenberger on 21st Feb 2014
After a recomendationfrom a relative, I used this last year at the LT100 Mountain bike race. I actually used it as one of my 2 fuels and planned it more as a backup. It turns out, I pretty much just used Tailwind and made it through the race feeling good ( relatively speaking). I just got a bunch more for this season!
Posted by Steve on 18th Feb 2014
After training, and going through 3 bags of Caffeinated TW (2 beta and 1 more recently) I am more than pleased to continue with the use of this product. It is my sole, no nonsense, hydration product. After multiple rides of 5+ hours 8,500' each it has not failed me in any way. Note; in other review I noted my hr seemed to be higher and thought the product was sweet. Now feel Caffeinated TW is not too sweet (change in production version?) and really like the taste. My hr seems lower (i.e. 'normal', not elevated), but also could be from intense training and actually being in better shape.
Posted by Unknown on 17th Feb 2014
great product - good ingredients - and i don't get tired of the taste like with other sweet drinks - great balance
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