Camelbak Elixir Review

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Elixir uses three sweeteners, Sorbitol, Acesulfame potassium and Sucralose, the latter two are considered artificial. A sugar substitute is a food additive that duplicates the effect of sugar in taste, usually with less food energy. You can find reams of information on the internet on the health controversy on these substances, but in moderation they can have their place. Better fitness through science!

  • Sucralose is 600 times as sweet as sucrose, and was discovered in 1976 by scientists from Tate & Lyle, in collaboration with Leslie Hough and Shashikant Phadnis. It is manufactured by the selective chlorination of sucrose, which converts three of the hydroxyl groups to chlorides.
  • Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol which is 60% as sweet as sucrose, and is slowly absorbed by the body, was first discovered by a French chemist in the berries of the mountain ash in 1872. It is obtained by reduction of glucose, changing the aldehyde group to an additional hydroxyl group.
  • Acesulfame potassium is 200 times sweeter than sucrose, and was discovered accidentally in 1967 by German chemist Karl Clauss at Hoechst AG. It is manufactured by the transformation of an organic intermediate, acetoacetic acid, and its combination with the naturally occurring mineral, potassium.

Bottom Line
All in all, I really liked Elixir, it was great tasting, was refreshing, easy to use, left no residue, had no overwhelming sugariness, and extended my athletic performance and recovery. The major benefit, outside of the electrolyte replacement, was that is made me drink the required amount of water on a ride (easy to drink).

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

MSRP: $10 (for a 12 tablet tube)

CamelBak Elixir – Supplement Facts

Specification Orange Berry Lemon-Lime
Serving size 1 tablet 6 g 6.1 g 6.1 g
Servings per container 12 12 12
Calories per serving 10 10 10
Carbohydrates 2 g 1 .3 g 1.3 g
Sodium 340 mg 420 mg 410 mg
Potassium 125 g 70 g 70 g
Calcium 0 33 mg 33 mg
Magnesium 0 18 mg 18 mg
Manganese 0 1.4 mg 1.4 mg
Chloride 0 68 mg 68 mg
Vitamin C 120 mg 86 mg 86 mg
Riboflavin .9 mg 0 0
Niacin 5 mg 0 0
Vitamin B6 2.5 mg 0 0
Vitamin B12 3 mcg 0 0
Biotin 150 mcg 0 0
Pantothenic Acid 5 mg 0 0
Taurine 100 mg 0 0
Caffeine 70 mg 0 0
Inositol 30 mg 0 0
Glucoronolactone 25 mg 0 0
Guarana seed 25 mg 0 0

Berry and Lemon Lime Ingredients: Citric acid, sorbitol, sodium bicarbonate, artificial (berry) and natural (lemon lime) flavors, sodium carbonate, sodium citrate, potassium bicarbonate, sodium benzoate, ascorbic acid, calcium carbonate, magnesium sulfate, sodium benzoate, polyethylene glycol, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, manganese gluconate

Orange Ingredients: Citric acid, sorbitol, sodium bicarbonate, natural flavors, sodium carbonate, potassium bicarbonate, sodium benzoate, ascorbic acid, sodium benzoate, polyethylene glycol, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, taurine, caffeine, acesulfame potassium, inositol, d-glucoronolactone, guarana, biotin, calcium-d-pantothenate, niacinamide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, ridoflavin-5-phosphate, cyanocobalamin

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.

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  • gorgedon says:

    My favorite liquid for long rides is a 50-50 mix of OJ & water with a dash of salt mixed in. Gives you all the benefits of the electrolyte drinks at a fraction of the cost. And it doesn’t have anything in it that looks like a science class term.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Sounds interesting, thks for the info, drinking 3 liter of that solution is to much acidity for me, but that is personal thing, OJ also has quite a bit of sugar even at half strength, in the future I will checking out some other mixes and see how they stand up

  • kristian says:

    Hey Brian,

    Any residual taste leftover on the next time you filled up with water? That’s always my fear when putting anything other than H2O in my camelbak… Well, that and forgetting that I have something other than water, leaving it in the pack, and discovering a new life form next time I open it…

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Adding plain old water back in gave no hint of anything, just make sure to clean it out well, after drying the plastic has a very slight hint of berry smell, but that’s about it

  • Michael Alan Bielat says:

    I prefer this Elixr from Camelbak. Have you ever tried the Alert Tablets? They are good and work and are only like $6 or $7 bucks.

  • Duderino says:

    tried this stuff the other day, really like the lemon/lime

  • Logan says:

    Good write-up! Another great product that is very similar is nuun. I’ve had great success with it for racing and riding. Doesn’t funk up your bottle or bladder which is a bonus.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    The Alert is just the Orange flavor, which I did try, and is noted in the review, I am updating the review to make it more obvious.

  • jaji says:

    picked up some orange alert because it was right by the register. turned out to be the best impulse buy. it really works like the write-up says. gave me a boost of energy when needed and the added caffeine truly made my more “alert” as the bottle says, which in turn increased my confidence. it wont make you ride like a pro, but it will give you the extra edge that you thought was lacking.

  • colin says:

    I don’t think sucralose has any place in any diet – $hit’s bad

  • colin says:

    want some potassium and electrolytes? pick up some coconut water – that $hit’s good

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Colin: I would have preferred that they had just use Sorbitol

  • Brian Mullin says:

    I tried some coconut water, tastes like you are licking the inside of a green coconut, yuk!

  • Zuke says:

    Did you leave the Elixired water in your pack (unwashed) for any decent period of time? Since I only use straight water, I usually only need to wash my Camelbak every month or two. I’m wondering if this treated water would not mold even if left in there for weeks?

  • Brian Mullin says:

    I might leave my Elixir mix in the reservoir at most for a week and then I flush it out, but I do that with plain water also. I find it gets sort of stale (water or Elixir mixture), and it can contain micro organisms, your backwash, etc., and can go bad (get the funks). Sealed and distilled water on the other hand can have a indefinite shelf life (filtering helps, as does boiling, chlorine or water purification drops, etc.).

  • Terry says:

    I guess I’m one of those people who hate the taste of atificial sweetners or any kind. I’d rather have to clean sticky water bottles, that contained something that gave me an energy boost when I needed it. If you’re concerned about drinking something that doubles as a water bottle cleaner just put some Dr. Bonners in your water bottle – same nutrional value…

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Terry, quite a few companies make stuff without artificial sweeteners, Cytomax and Zym use the natural Stevia sweetener.

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