A cleverly designed, water proof, compact tube of 12 electrolyte tablets intended to provide a simple solution for on the go hydration.
A "non-fizzing" option as well as an ingredient list that is A LOT shorter.
This has a place, but to us, that "place" is not in the cycling, running, or triathlon world.
NUUN, pronounced "Noon", is a cool company. Their website is cool, their products look cool, and the concept of their product is cool. It's a great idea, to have the ability to carry a supply that will make 12 - 16oz electrolyte drinks all in a tube the size of a roll of quarters.
That being said, we were unable to make these tablets work very well for us in the activities that we feel are important. (swim,bike,run,recover,repeat) Whether it was the vibration from cycling or the sloshing bottle while running, they both seem to enhance the "fizzing" action that Nuun produces. Side Note: If you do choose to use Nuun, leave your bottle in the open position after dropping the tablet in so that the pressure doesn't build up in the bottle.
We are not sold on the "dehydration" tactic that Nuun seems to use for their marketing tactic, however we think these little tablets just make more sense in the hiking/backpacking world. It's certainly a great way to carry electrolytes with you when space is at a premium. If you do need a compact solution for carrying an electrolyte drink and you like the taste (which we talk about next) of Nuun, then it would probably be a good choice.
Another great use for Nuun, straight from their website, is as a hangover cure. Hangover headaches are a result of dehydration caused from alcohol, so it might be a good idea to keep a tube of Nuun tablets by your bed.
There are certainly plenty of flavors to choose from in the Nuun lineup. (Strawberry Lemonade, Lemon Tea, Tropical, Fruit Punch, Grape, Tri-Berry, Orange, Lemon Lime, Citrus Fruit, Banana, Kona Cola) One of the things that Nuun is trying to accomplish with their tabs is to be a sugarfree alternative. That's fine by us because if there's one thing most of us could stand to have less of it's sugar. The problem that creates in our opinion is the effect it has on taste. We just aren't big fans of the fake sweetener (sorbitol) taste that you get with these tabs. If you like sugar free products in general this probably won't be an issue for you.
Nuun's strategy for their tabs is simple. Provide you with sugar-free electrolyte tablets. That's it. No carbohydrates, no protein, etc. So, it's pretty obvious that if you do choose to use Nuun as your electrolyte choice in an endurance event, you will need to supplement with some type of carbohydrates. You can see the full nutritional breakdown below:
Nuun tablets are fairly priced when you consider how much electrolyte fluid one tube of tablets will produce.
TriBomb Bottom Line
We like the idea of having an "on demand" electrolyte source at our disposal. However, the fake sweetner taste combined with the uncontrollable "fizziness" make Nuun an inconvenient solution for electrolytes in the sport of triathlon.