Two for Tuesday: GU & Camelbak Two Top Nutrition Choices

GU HOPPY TRAILS ENERGY GEL

gu hoppy trails energy gel

Quality nutrition need not be boring. If you’re looking to venture beyond the sweetness of most energy gels or just can’t get enough IPAs, then check out Hoppy Trails, the latest flavor from the mad scientists at GU that won’t leave your stomach—or taste buds—protesting. The new flavor balances a fruity citrus aroma with the bitterness of hops to create a new taste unlike anything you’ve ever tried in an energy gel. This alcohol- and caffeine-free gel provides 100 calories of easy-to-digest carbohydrates that use non-competing pathways to maximize carbohydrate absorption. In addition to the normal case of 24, there’s also a “Six-Pack” option, which comes with six Hoppy Trails gels and a metal Klean Kanteen pint glass. Avoid flavor burnout—try something new! $36 (box of 24); guenergy.com

CAMELBAK PODIUM DIRT SERIES

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We’re normally pretty wary when a company updates one of our favorite products. All too often, a good thing gets ruined by unnecessary updates. Luckily, this is not one of those times. The Camelbak Podium Dirt adds a simple mud cap to the self-sealing, high-volume valve of the traditional Podium to keep grime out of your bottle. Be it a rainy race or a gravel ride, you want to taste your drink, not the road. This 21-ounce bottle is BPA free and every part separates for easy cleaning. The newly designed shape is also optimized to securely fit a wide variety of bottle cages. When it comes time to transport your bottle, or to shake up some drink mix, the valve locks out to prevent any leaks or spills. Leave those free conference bottles at home and pick up a Podium. You’ll thank us later. $13; camelbak.com

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