Hammer Nutrition Heed Sports Drink Nutrition

4.91/5 (35 Reviews)
MSRP : $1.95


  • Store Price
    Buy Now
    Buy Now
    Buy Now
    Buy Now
    Buy Now

Product Description

Hammel Gel Heed energy drink mixes are designed as a sole source of calories for workouts upTo 2 hours. Complex carbohydrate formula, no added simple sugars Complete electrolyte profile for easy assimilation Designed as a sole source of calories for workouts upTo 2 hours


Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 15 (35 Reviews Total) | Next 15

User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Rob a Weekend Warrior from BC

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2011

Strengths:    Provides carbs and electrolytes.

Weaknesses:    Tastes awful. Expensive.

Bottom Line:   
I couldn't stomach the taste. Was 4 hours into a century ride and got "over-HEEDed". Had to switch to water to finish it off.

Bottom line: it's like Buckley's cough syrup. Tastes awful but it works.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Gatorade, Cytomax


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sjumpr1 a Racer from westmont, IL, USA

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2010

Strengths:    taste good, stays down well, light taste not syrup-like

Weaknesses:    more flavors would be nice

Bottom Line:   
works as advertised, even better. The only one that stays down really well even while going hard in the heat. Nothing is even close for 2 hours or less. The big thing for me is heartburn with all the others and with this not even a hint of heartburn. Can go longer and harder without energy plummeting. Level stays very consistant. Works perfectly!

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   palos forest preserve

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   direct

Similar Products Used:   gatorade, powerade, cytomax

Bike Setup:   stumper fsr xc pro

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott a Cross Country Rider from Seattle WA

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2010

Strengths:    Wondrous anti-bonk fueling. No sugar, fast absorption, electrolytes, stays down, no upset stomach, mixes easy, does OK with hydration packs (no mold if rinsed and dried). No sugar crash, helps with cramps.

Weaknesses:    Tastes a little odd at first. After a while everything else tastes too sweet.

Bottom Line:   
There is no better sports drink product on the market. Buy it if you prefer sports drink over gel, or if your serious about refueling. Great for 1-3 hour rides. Adjust caloric intake for intensity and duration of ride, 100cal/scoop. Combine with Perpentium for rides over 2 hours. Personally, I need over 30oz per hour during the summer. I cramp on everything else.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Fishook Flats

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Hammer

Similar Products Used:   To say this product is like Gatorade is like comparing a Ferrari to a Chevy!

Bike Setup:   Kona Dawg, Specialized Tricross, Specialized S-works Rubaix

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Monkapotamus a Weekend Warrior from Essex, Vermont, USA

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2008

Strengths:    good taste, works great.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
it tastes good, the mandarin oranges tastes kinda like a creamsicle, its very subtle though. You can drink as much as you want and it doesnt make you sick. I can ride harder for longer periods of time without getting burnt out. i was very surprised that i actually noticed a difference. HEED Has increased my workout significantly, and now i dont crash when im done. Very satisfied.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Similar Products Used:   gatorade, powerade, monster, redbull etc


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric Gregory a Cross Country Rider from Yakima, WA

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2008

Strengths:    flavor, works well, not to expensive, easy to drink, not sugary, mixes well

Weaknesses:    its hard to pour the powder into a water bottle(I crafted up a paper funnel)

Bottom Line:   
I tried the orange and unflavored heed. The orange has a very light taste and it wasn't to bad at all.
The unflavored was pretty close to being unflavored, but not as bad as many other unflavored powdered drinks. Sometime I mix the unflavored heed with tang(its good if you like tang)
Overall the product works great.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   OP

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $18.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   gatoraid, poweraid, cytomax

Bike Setup:   Giant Anthem 3 - Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Racer from Erie, PA

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2008

Strengths:    I've been using a spectrum of Hammer products for the last couple of months of base training. The main result I've noticed is a reduction in cramping. Heed has a very mild and somewhat creamy taste which takes some getting used to. Its not foul tasting, just don't expect Gatorade or Endurox.

Weaknesses:    It tastes like the dogs butt the first time you try it. By a blessing of nature, the human mind can get used to anything over time... Now I've grown quite fond of it. Actually, its got a mild taste unlike Gatorade or Endurox which may be a good thing during really long events.

Bottom Line:   
You gotta drink something while out on the road and trails. If your spending lots of time and money tuning your bike and body for big race efforts why would you neglect your nutrition? You owe it to yourself to fuel yourself correctly. Hammer seems to have a winning formula for a wide range of race durations. The fact that I'm not suffering night cramps since switching to their products makes me a believer.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Competitive Gear

Similar Products Used:   Gatorade and Endurox

Bike Setup:   Road: Stock Trek 5200
MTB: Mostly stock Trek EX8

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JD Baldwin a Cross Country Rider from Kalamazoo, MI, USA

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2007

Strengths:    Dissolves really well.
Tastes good (lemon-lime, at least).
Keeps my energy up.
Buffers lactic acid and definitely speeds recovery.


Weaknesses:    None!

Bottom Line:   
Works as advertised. I don't know anything better for short and medium length rides.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Various

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $18.00

Purchased At:   alfred e. bike, jensonusa.com

Similar Products Used:   Accelerade, Powerbar / Gatorade / various other sport drinks.

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel EX 9.5

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin K a Cross Country Rider from Sherman Oaks

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2007

Strengths:    Best tasting, best working product out there for rides under two hours.

Weaknesses:    Only last for approx. 2 hours.

Bottom Line:   
This is the best product for sub two hour rides available. I even use it on three plus hour rides, I just mix two scoops of Perpetuem with three scoops of Heed, and off I go. I recently did an Eight hour ride in Colorado, the ride was supposed to be four hours, and the combination of heed and perpetuem, along with my camel back, kept me energetic, focused for the entire eight hours. Nothing compares.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Sullivan/Thunder Mt. Utah

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $19.00

Purchased At:   smartbodynutrition.com

Similar Products Used:   Gatorade endurance, cytomax

Bike Setup:   Titus Talus Switchblade 2004, Thomson Seat post/stem, Manitou Minute 3 IT, Fox Talas Shock, Sram X.0 rear derailer/Grip Shifters, Shimano XT Crank/front derailler/chain/cogs/bb, Egg Beater twin ti, Mavic 819, DT Swiss 240s, Hayes El Camino brakes, WTB Weirwolf UST tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Cross Country Rider from Lakeville, IN USA

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2007

Strengths:    Great tasting, mixes well, no simple sugars, doesn't stain bottles, consistent energy.

Weaknesses:    Not as readily available as other brands, a few more flavors would be nice.

Bottom Line:   
For rides lasting less than 2 hours, HEED can't be beat! It has great flavor without being overpowering. I wish they made a few more flavors, for variety, but that's a minor issue. Since it doesn't contain simple sugars, HEED delivers consistent energy, rather then a quick sugar buzz. GREAT STUFF!!

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Potato Creek

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $17.00

Purchased At:   Directly

Similar Products Used:   Cytomax, Accelerade


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Karl Etzel a Racer from San Jose

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2005

Strengths:    Convenient all in one mix for short (sub 2 hr) efforts. Good taste, not too strong, even when mixed at the high concentration end of the suggested range. This one will definitely go down well in the hot conditions unlike a lot of the overly sweet drinks out there. Can combine with other Hammer products for longer efforts.

Weaknesses:    If I have to come up with one: I guess if you are a last minute shopper this one is not in a lot of stores yet so you gotta stock up online if your LBS isn't carrying it.

Bottom Line:   
Another great product based on sound nutrition from the folks at Hammer.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Cytomax, Gatorade, PowerBar products, Accelerade


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a Racer from Texas

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2005

Strengths:    - No simple sugars.
- Great mild taste.
- Good price per serving.
- No artificial colors.


Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
A great electrolyte drink that's not only good for your training/racing but is also not detrimental to your health.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   www.e-caps.com

Similar Products Used:   gatorade, powerade


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian a Racer from Phoenix

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2005

Strengths:    This stuff tastes great and has a light taste so you don't get tired of it. Fully customizable--Toss in some Hammergel for more calories. Loaded with electrolytes. Use this for anything under 2 hours. Go with Perpetuem (adds more calories and protein) for anything over that.

Weaknesses:    None that I've sen yet.

Bottom Line:   
Use this with Hammergel, Perpetuem and Recoverite for a killer setup. I use this stuff for anything under 2 hours and it works great! It's light and very effective. I drink this stuff at work as an afternoon pick-me-up before I go home and ride.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Monarch Crest Trail CO

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Direct Online

Similar Products Used:   Extran, Accelerade, Gatorade, Cytomax, SportsPep.

Bike Setup:   Titus Racer-X--nothing else. SRAM, FSA, Magura, FOX, King, DT.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Deanna Frank a Racer from Birmingham, Alabama

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2005

Strengths:    It tastes good. The taste is not overpowering so it is easy to drink. It does not make my stomach sick when going hard.

Weaknesses:    Can't think of any.

Bottom Line:   
I've tried several other sports drinks. I've shied away from using sports drinks when going hard in training or racing because they made me sick to my stomach. The Hammer Heed sits well. I can even use it during hard track workouts. I like the taste as well because it is not strong. Has electrolytes needed during racing and training comparable to other sports drinks.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Gatorade.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fred a Racer from CO

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2005

Strengths:    no sugar = steady energy source. taste that works in the long run, no film on in yar mouth, no weird tastes or colors.

Weaknesses:    slightly sweet for my taste

Bottom Line:   
great complex carbs with electrolytes, simple and clean taste. Have not tried to mandarin orange flavor yet. Great for 1-2 h hammer fest, I add some whey protein for longer rides.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   single track

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   e-caps.com

Similar Products Used:   cytomax, Accelarade, extran, gatorade, powerade etc


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marc Heim from Saline, MI, USA

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2005

Strengths:    Light mild citrus taste that is good and refreshing in the heat, energy without insulin spike, electrolytes to reduce cramping.

Weaknesses:    You can't pick it up at the corner convenience store in a ready made single serving.

Bottom Line:   
A phenomonal product! Gatorade should be embarrassed. This is the real deal. Energy, low sugar, great taste, no aftertaste, real electrolyte replacement. Ideal for sipping at any time, better than water. As a primary fuel source, best for shorter durations, say for less than 2 hours. For longer durations, look to use a more potent fuel source. As a hydration supplement, good anytime for any duration.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Potowotami

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   e-caps.com

Similar Products Used:   Almost all.


Reviews 1 - 15 (35 Reviews Total) | Next 15

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

 

INTERBIKE

Contests





Interbike Featured Booths

Check out the hottest mountain bike products from these brands!




















See All Interbike Coverage - Click Here »

   

MTBR on Facebook