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Hammer Nutrition News and Product Giveaway

Montana based, Hammer Nutrition, continues to evolve and grow as we move into 2010.

Hammer products have been one of my favorite sports nutrition companies for nearly 10 years because their goal is to create solid products that support your athletic goals while not negatively affecting your overall health. So you won’t see artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners. All products are also gluten free.

Another quality I like about the products are the subtle flavors will not shock-and-awe your taste buds. Over many hours of continuous use, this can be appreciated.

One great thing I just found out about their whey protein:

Relative to the WPI that is the key ingredient for Hammer Whey and Recoverite, the milk source is grass-fed cows that do not have antibiotics. Every load that is taken into the plant for processing is tested for antibiotics/hormones and rejected if it contains said. As a result, both Hammer Whey and Recoverite contain the purest form of WPI.

A few additional Hammer Nutrition aspects I like:

  • hammer-gel-flaskHammer Gel Jugs – The Hammer Gel has the option to be purchased in bulk jugs and used with a re-usable flask. This provide great value for you and then the bottles can be recycled when you have used up all the product. No wrappers to toss in the garbage.
  • Bulk Powders – You have the option of purchasing the Hammer powder products in bulk-like quantity sizes (ex: HEED – 80 servings). This not only lowers your cost per serving but also reduces the environmental impact.
  • Endurance Sports Fueling Guide – Hammer put together a guide that can provide a great baseline of information to help you with your endurance sports adventures. Much of the information is not Hammer Nutrition product specific so whether you use their products or not, you can receive plenty of useful information to help you figure out what works best for you. This document was my jump-start.

Also cool, in 2009, they helped support over 2000 events ranging from triathlon, ultra running and cycling, adventure races, paddle/water sports, motocross, and various winter sports.

The Hammer products I am using right now are HEED (powder electrolyte drink), Endurolytes (electrolyte supplementation), and Hammer Gel (gel-based calories).

New in 2010

Here are a few of the things coming down the Hammer Nutrition pipe in 2010:

  • Huckleberry Hammer Gel – A new Hammer gel flavor is available, Huckleberry (wild-harvested in Montana). The product may or may not be available year round based on the product demand and limited amount of Hucks that can be collected.
  • Chocolate Recoverite – Recoverite is Hammer’s post-workout recovery product and it will soon be available in Chocolate flavor. The current flavors are Strawberry and Citrus.
  • Reducing Environmental Impact – Throughout the early part of 2010, all plastic jugs used for the powder products will be replaced with a more eco-friendly re-sealable zippered bag. This is cool!

Quick Melon HEED Review

Hammer-heed-melon1Throughout this fall/winter I have tried out the Melon flavored HEED. The only flavors I have used previously were Mandarin Orange (had been my favorite) and Lemon-Lime.

The subtle honeydew-ish flavor quickly reminded me of my youth and the days of chewing gum like Hubba Bubba. Although I wouldn’t put Hubba Bubba in my mouth today, Melon HEED is now my favorite flavor with Mandarin Orange a close second.

I used Melon HEED as one of my fuel sources throughout my Bandera 100 km trail running adventure and I never grew sick of it through 14+ hours of use. Of course we are all unique, but this was my significant test with the product.

Hammer Discount

If you have never purchased from Hammer Nutrition before, you can receive 15% off your entire purchase by simply purchasing through this Hammer Nutrition link. A pretty good deal if you want to stock up or test out some product.

Hammer Time Giveaway – A Gift to You

Hammer-nutrition-giveawayGet yourself some free Hammer Products!

I have put together six sets of Hammer Nutrition gift packs for you to use during some of your endurance sports adventures. In each of the gift packs you could receive Hammer Gel packets, Endurolyte Samples, HEED Samples, a Perpetuem Sample, or a Recoverite Sample. It will be a nice little collection of goodies. To keep it relatively simple, I will pre-determine what is in each gift pack prior to the drawing.

How to receive a Hammer Nutrition gift pack?

1.  Simply answer the Hammer Time Giveaway question and put your answer in the comment link at the bottom of the post. By answering the question, one ticket will be included in the coolmax running beanie for the big drawing this Friday (Jan 22) in which I will announce the  winners.

2. To increase your odds of receiving some Hammer goods, I will have additional Hammer Time Giveaway questions at the bottom of some posts through this Thursday (Jan 21). So, for each additional question you answer throughout the week, I will include another ticket for you in Friday’s drawing. Opportunities to submit responses for the drawing will end Thursday at midnight.

3. All drawing winners will be notified by email and it will be announced in a post on Friday. The product will be mailed to you…by me.

Note: You can only win one gift pack. If you are drawn more than once, a new ticket will be chosen until a new winner is drawn. I want to spread the Hammer love around. Also, I will only ship to a U.S. address in order to reduce shipping costs. Thanks.

Are you ready?

Here is the Hammer Time Giveaway question for today:

What is your next big race or running goal(s) for 2010?

Simply put your response with a valid email address in the comment link below.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

13 Responses to “Hammer Nutrition News and Product Giveaway”

  1. on 18 Jan 2010 at 3:12 pm Sarah

    Nice giveaway! I happen to like HEED, although in my experience working aid stations I’ve noticed quite a few people who can’t stand it. I guess we’re all different.

    My next race big race is the Tacoma City Marathon in May. It will be my first marathon in over 2 years so I’m very much looking forward to it. Then I have some other marathons and 50k’s planned throughout the summer.

  2. on 18 Jan 2010 at 3:26 pm Rick Sanford

    Thanks for the heads up on what’s new and upcoming from Hammer.

    My next big race is the Coeur d’Alene Marathon at the end of May.

  3. on 18 Jan 2010 at 4:22 pm Jackie Spiller

    My big running goal is to run a half marathon in 2010. I’ve always wimped out at around 7 miles, so this will be a challenge for me!

  4. on 18 Jan 2010 at 5:24 pm Brandon Rodgers

    I am planning on running the “Skyline to the Sea” trail 50k out on the west coast…it runs from the mountains above Los Gatos, CA to the beach…all on sweet single track under a redwood canopy. Been recovering from a pretty jacked IT band over the last 2 months so that has set me back a little in chasing my initial goals but this is the first next big step!

  5. on 18 Jan 2010 at 5:41 pm Patton

    I have a SUPER sensitive stomach, and Hammer is the only gel I used at the Bandera 100K. No fructose! Their Perpetum is really good as well for long distance adventures. Hammer is too legit to quit.

    I am getting ready for the Massanutten 100 in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of Viginia.

  6. on 18 Jan 2010 at 8:38 pm Dylan Wiek

    I have several ultras planned for this year but the first one is the Trail Mix 50k in April.

  7. on 19 Jan 2010 at 12:29 pm Jeff

    I’ve got quite a few races planned for this year, but my big goal for the first half of the year is the Nueces 50 miler in March! Great web site by the way.

  8. on 20 Jan 2010 at 8:43 am David Hanenburg

    Sarah – Good luck at Tacoma City!

    Rick – I have fond memories of Coeur d’Alene. I did an Ironman throughout the beautiful area. Loved it.

    Jackie – Awesome. Enjoy the half marathon journey.

    Brandon – The trail sounds awesome. Happy healing!

    Patton – The challenge and the beauty. Yeah!

    Dylan – Sounds like a great start to the spring.

    Jeff – I really dig the pics on the race site. Looks like a cool race.

  9. on 21 Jan 2010 at 8:15 am Kelly

    I’m going to try the Seven Sisters race in Amherst, Ma this year. I’m also planning on doing my first 50k… race to be determined!

  10. on 21 Jan 2010 at 3:00 pm Jay Hall

    Funny you should ask… Samantha and I were just talking about that the other day. My real goal is to drop twenty pounds so when I run, I don’t feel like I’m carrying a backpack around.
    To that end, Sam wants to run the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in March. I’d like to go back and do some trail runs, even if I’m nowhere near being able to do an ultra. I think just being at, for example, Cross Timbers, would be a good motivation for me.

  11. on 22 Jan 2010 at 9:29 am David Hanenburg

    Kelly – Seven Sisters sounds like a nice challenge. 12 miles, rocky, 3700 ft of climb. Nice. 🙂

    Jay – Awesome! We will have to meet up at a trail or race in the near future. Good luck to both Samantha and yourself in your running journey. The half mary should be a good time as well. Wendy ran her first half at White Rock and really had a comfortable day with minimal/consistent training. It was fun being on the support side.

  12. on 22 Jan 2010 at 11:45 pm Greg Luffey

    I’m a big fan of Hammer products. I use sustained energy and heed mixed, endurolytes, and gel in a fuel bottle. I loathe the little foil packs. Fuel bottle is the way to go.
    Sorry I missed your contest.

  13. on 23 Jan 2010 at 9:00 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Greg – Nice Hammer fuel mix. I also do not use the little Hammer Gel packets for my training or racing but they did work well for this giveaway situation. The little packets can be nice to determine which flavor(s) you like. After that, buy the Hammer jug (cheaper and less waste).

    There will be more fun contests in the future. 🙂