Product Review: SaltStick

If you’re training in the Vegas heat, going long distances on the bike or the run, experiencing problems with chronic cramping, avoiding salt in your foods, or simply sweat a lot, then you’re going to need to to look at ways to keep your electrolyte and sodium levels up.

I’ve used a number of salt tablets over the years when training and racing because, as you know if you’ve attended one of my indoor bike classes, I sweat…a lot.

No matter the brand of salt tablets, I’ve always had problems keeping those tiny things within easy, quick and safe reach on the bike. It’s not easy fishing them out of your bento box when you’re zipping along at 20+ m.p.h., dealing with crosswinds, etc.

The folks at SaltStick sent me samples of their salt capsules and what promises to be a handy-dandy dispenser.

Photo credit: SaltStick.com

Photo credit: SaltStick.com

You insert the capsules into the dispenser and attach the dispenser on your bike handlebar ends or aerobar ends.  Here’s Macca’s 12-second video shows how it works.

There is definitely some fiddling around with O rings, tape etc but better than losing all you electrolytes on a bump in the road.  I have also had athletes not take their electrolytes because they could not get into their bento boxes during a race due to rough road conditions.  For these athletes, this is a great option.  NO EXCUSES!

If you want to see what it looks like, the SaltStick website lists the following local shops as having their products for sale:

  • Bike Shop, 2570 Wigwam Parkway, Henderson, (702) 897-1618
  • McGhie’s, 4035 South Fort Apache, Las Vegas, (702) 252-8077
  • Pro Cyclery, 7034 W Charleston, Las Vegas, (702) 228-9460
  • REI, The District/ Henderson, (702) 896-7111 or Boca Park, (702) 951-4488

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