TAILWIND ENDURANCE FUEL


Review by Giles Penfold

TAILWIND. A WIND OF CHANGE IN THE WORLD OF TRAIL RUNNING.

But what kind of change, you may be asking? Preventing nutrition ‘gut bombs’ from complete and utter sabotage.

The longer answer is a little more nuanced, so I’ve been testing their Endurance Fuel to really understand how it affects my body.

First thing’s first (and please skip to the next paragraph if you’re squeamish). Tailwind was born out of one person’s necessity to quite literally not regurgitate their nutrition during an ultra. Let that sink in for a second. If you’ve ever had stomach issues when running, you know. If you haven’t, do your best to imagine. I’ve been there a number of times, specifically during runs exceeding the three hour mark. I generally avoid gels and powders, and instead religiously stick to less practical options like fruit and muesli bars.

When the team at Tailwind sends me their product, instinctively, my stomach growls, and my psyche is equally suspicious (gut-brain axis anyone?). Long story short, my body not only reacts surprisingly well to their endurance powder, but actually thrives off of it. Let me elaborate.

I test their mandarin flavour on about half a dozen long runs (20km+) and have zero issues with digestibility. Zilch. This purportedly boils down to Tailwind’s main ingredient dextrose being a form of clean glucose that is rapidly assimilated by your system, bypassing the stomach pile up that complex sugars and protein can cause. Happy stomach, happy days.

The training tick of approval is there, and although initially hesitant, I go all in, choosing to fuel my 110km race at Brisbane Ultra Trail with their endurance fuel. My nutrition strategy is simple – eat intuitively at aid stations and consume two scoops of Tailwind per hour, giving me 50g of carbs and 200cal.

My energy is maintained and my stomach remains in operation. Over 13 hours of racing, I never get sick of the drink mix, and for someone that’s used to chowing down on wholefoods, the ease of drinking calories is genuinely brilliant!

Somehow, I cross the finish line in 2nd Place, and can safely attest to the fact that my nutrition strategy plays a crucial role, spearheaded by Tailwind’s Endurance Fuel.
Flavour wise, Tailwind prides itself on being clean and light. I can confidently back this up, and find the mandarin flavour to be quite mild, making it easy to consume over extended bouts of movement. Let’s be honest, there’s nothing worse than sickly sweet drinks on long runs.

As a heavy sweater, I’m also a big fan of Tailwind’s electrolyte profile. At 606mg of sodium per 200cal, this dose considerably outsmarts other drink mixes when it comes to hydration.

Bottom line – go try it yourself!

VITALS
RRP $65 AUD / 30 Serve Bag
WEB tailwindnutrition.com.au

 

LSKD

HOLY. SMOKES.

Have I found the most comfortable and form fitting running pants, like, ever?!

Australian activewear LSKD, based in Qld, claims to ‘hug you in all the right places’…and yes. Yes it does. Yes it does hug me in all the right places. 

The LSKD Women’s Fusion Full Length Legging has one of my favourite features in a running pants leg – a high rise fold over waistband with pockets. There’s no seam in the front, so the chance of a ‘camel toe’ is pretty much not on the table, and the material is, in the words of Sean Paul, ‘…smooth, just like-a silk’ made out of 70% polyester and 30% elastane. 

Out on the trails in the Fusion Full Length Leggings, comfort was supreme. No falling down at the crotch, length was perfect for those colder mornings, and my keys and phone were held firmly in place. 

I also had a chance to review LSKD’s Fusion Mid-Length Bike Shorts in the Auburn colour, which is fast becoming one of the brand’s best sellers in the lead up to summer. Again, comfort reigns supreme in these (70% polyester, 30% elastane) with 4-way stretch fabric, soft matte finish, and a fold over waistband. These are so versatile, they’ll become your new fave go-to pair for everything – trail runs, gym, cycling, and even everyday wear, with absolutely no worries about sweat marks. You can also get ones to suit your personality with a range of colours (Auburn, Blush Leopard, Black, Navy, Spark Pink and Flamingo). 

Essentially, LSKD are true to size once you measure yourself according to their online size chart and for a guide, I’d say their worded sizes translate to the following numerals: S(8), M(10), L(12), XL(14), 2XL(16) and 3XL(18). 

The fabric on both the Women’s Fusion Full Length Legging and Fusion Mid-Length Bike Shorts is top notch quality, whilst the entire LSKD brand is inspired by a streetwear aesthetic. And you know when sometimes you put on a pair of running tights and they just don’t quite look right? LSKD are flattering on all size legs and pocket life is real. 

The bottom line? The most comfy, hug-me-tighter run pants I’ve ever trailed in.

VITALS
RRP Fusion Full Length Leggings $73 AUD
RRP Fusion Mid-Length Bike Short $67 AUD
WEB www.lskd.co

CELL SQUARED


IF YOU’RE KEEN TO ACTIVATE THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF, CELL SQUARED SHOULD BE YOUR GO TO.

They provide the very best in delivering ‘back to basics’ ingredients in their health and wellbeing products with superior sourcing, superior quality, and conscious agriculture in Australia.

I had the opportunity to test out two of their showstopping products – Organic Grass-Fed Beef Liver Capsules and their ACO Certified Organic Grass-Fed Beef Liver Powder.

Hear me out, seriously. I understand. You hear the word ‘liver’ and yes, it’s an acquired and unique taste in our western world, but Cell Squared
has created these capsules and powder that can give you all the nutrients of beef liver in its best supplement form possible.

Historically, ancient cultures have praised the health benefits of eating organs, with liver widely known as one of the most nutrient dense of them all – but in Australia, our modern way of life has lost its connection with the ‘nose-to-tail’ way of eating, and we tend to avoid organ meats simply because we’re not accustomed to it, favouring muscle meats for their flavour.

Beef liver is a rich source of Vitamin B12, Vitamin A, Folate, Heme Iron and B Vitamins (plus so much more) offering healthy immune function, energy, endurance, recovery, muscle growth, healthy hair and skin, good vision, improved mental function, gut and digestive system health, and overall wellbeing.

Cell Squared’s beef liver is organically sourced from ancient remote grasslands across Australia with the capsules themselves easy to swallow; alternatively you can also break them open and sprinkle on top of food. Simply take 4 to 6 per
day with a meal or snack, and you’re done. The powder, on the other hand, is a creative way to get liver into your diet, and Cell Squared’s website has a range of recipes you can whip up to sprinkle a teaspoon of it on.

Essentially, a teaspoon of Beef Liver goodness goes beautifully on top of meals like beef stew, lamb shanks and meatballs, and also smoothies, soups and stir fries. This is a brilliant way to add nutrients into recipes (or sneak into the family’s meals whilst they’re not looking, but keep that on the down low; don’t get me into trouble),
and technically the only difference between the capsules and the powder is that one version is encapsulated within a high quality bovine gelatin capsule.

VITALS
RRP Organic Grass-Fed Beef Liver Capsules $49.95 AUD
RRP ACO Certified Organic Grass-Fed Beef Liver $59.95 AUD
WEB cellsquared.com.au