Disclaimer: I received a 10-pack of mixed flavors of MESTRENGTH Performance Hydration Drink Mix to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
You may or may not know that I’m currently training for the TransRockies 3-day Run in August, which means LOTS of long and back-to-back runs. I’ve been starting my search for hydration options that are going to help me both hydrate and recover for my next run, so I was really interested in trying MESTRENGTH.
What I received to review
- A 10-pack of mixed flavors – 2 each of orange, fruit punch, grape, kiwi strawberry, and lemon lime
From the website
MUSCLE CELLS REQUIRE TWO ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS TO FUNCTION PROPERLY – FLUIDS AND ENERGY. MESTRENGTH PROVIDES THESE IN A ZERO CALORIE, SUGAR-FREE BEVERAGE THAT COMBINES 5 KEY ELECTROLYTES FOR HYDRATION WITH 5 GRAMS OF CREATINE FOR PERFORMANCE TO HELP ATHLETES GET THE MOST OUT OF THEIR WORKOUT.
The powder has limited ingredients: Electrolytes (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium) and creatine, citric acid, natural flavor/color, and stevia. It’s also vegan and gluten-free, if that’s important to you.
All of the products, whether you buy a single flavor or the mixed flavors sampler, come in a prepackaged stick packs. You don’t have to measure or think about it – just mix it with 16.9 or 20 oz. of water and go.
I think the cost is pretty reasonable – just over $1/serving for 16.9-20 oz. of hydration (the 10-pack is a little more expensive at about $1.80/serving).
Unfortunately, the flavor wasn’t for me – I’m not a huge fan of stevia and it tasted both sweet and tart. I watered it down from the recommended 16-20 oz. to 24 oz., and still didn’t think it made much of a difference. That being said, other BibRave Pros, like Frank, LOVE the strawberry kiwi.
The Bottom Line
I like that MESTRENGTH has the limited ingredients and the price is pretty good. The product has no calories, which I think some people would really like, but I want some calories for my long runs. There is also no sugar, but I think that real sugar over Stevia would have improved the taste.
But, just because I didn’t like the flavor, doesn’t mean that you won’t. The 10-pack is a great way to sample the flavors and find out which ones you like and don’t like.
Have you tried MESTRENGTH? What did you think?