Hi, I’m David Burdette. You might remember me from taste tests such as “Orangey goodness in the Year of the Bunny,” and “Sip o’ sunshine.” Well, I’m back again, but this time, we’ll not only taste, but see if Sneak has managed to add to their brand what I hoped they would back when we reviewed it originally – a delicious hydration variant. We still made a video, but I’d be remiss if we didn’t dive deeper into how good this non-caffeinated version of Sneak is.
Sneak Hydrate is a hydration formula, meaning it has zero caffeine. As with Sneak’s Energy mix, it’s also zero sugar, so if you’re like me and trying to discard all those sugary drinks this is still viable. The reason for having a zero caffeine option is simple; you really should only drink so much in a day. When the recommended dosage is around 400mg, and the verbiage on the back says to not exceed two servings of Sneak Energy in a day, it’s something to look out for. Funny enough though, Sneak Hydrate does mention to not exceed three servings daily. I’m curious as to why, and I also wonder if that includes servings of Sneak Energy.
But, you’re not here for a lecture on how much to drink, you’re here to know if Sneak Hydrate is the way to go. First, just like its brother, it mixes well. There’s a little more graininess than Sneak Energy, but it’s still better than the competition. When you mix it in, an interesting difference is that you’re supposed to use the 7g scoop (three less grams than Sneak Energy) and combine it with 14oz of water. That’s very different than Sneak Energy, in that while it still tastes fantastic in up to 20oz of water, it requires only 10-12oz. I generally stick with the 16oz/500mg of water in mine, and it still does the trick, Hydrate mixes and tastes fine even with two additional ounces.
After you’ve mixed everything together, it’s about the taste. Sneak Hydrate gets this perfectly right, and it’s no contest. I’ve had some of the other energy formula makers versions of hydration drinks, and they have an odd taste behind them. Sneak’s actually might be a little sweeter tasting even with no sugar, and in launching with Cherry Bomb, Raspberry Lemonade, and Electric Mango, you have plenty to try. They all taste like their Sneak Energy counterparts too, giving the same great flavors even in a different formula. My only qualm here would be I’d prefer an original flavor in the lineup, and I’m surprised Blue Raspberry is missing given its popularity. Seems like it could have replaced Electric Mango in the trio.
As far as ingredients go, everything looks to be on the up and up. There’s no aspartame in here, although the maltodextrin I mentioned in our Sneak Energy review returns. Sneak Hydrate does have one downfall though, and that’s containing coconut, meaning if you’re allergic that’s something to look out for. If you take a look above (left is Energy, right is Hydrate), you’ll see the supplement facts for both, and the subtle differences, like additional Vitamin B12 and B6 in Hydrate. Just from the quick glance it’s easy to tell the minds over at Sneak Labs are trying to give you a boost without relying on caffeine, and even if it’s not the same exactly, it’s something.
This leads into the main question- Does it help? I’ve been drinking it for the better part of a week, and it’s definitely a nice duo with Sneak Energy, and can even be used in its stead. If you’re like me, caffeine is a regular part of your life, whether you like it or not. But I’m also a late-night gamer. Having something to drink while I play is nice, and Sneak Energy is usually my choice due to its tangible benefits of focus and alertness. Hydrate allows me to enjoy those benefits without going to bed wide awake from the caffeine. I’ve definitely felt the missing caffeine in the mornings when drinking Hydrate, but the difference has been negligible enough to keep moving forward.
I’ve had a lot of writing to do for Gaming Trend over the last week, and especially with the new Call of Duty season in full swing, I’ve been playing my fair share. This has led to aforementioned late nights, and with a large crew we don’t get into Ranked Play until a few fall off. That means we’re playing the toughest mode in Call of Duty close to midnight. My first night of drinking Hydrate, we went on a seven-game win streak. Is that possible without Sneak? Maybe, but being able to get the same boost from Hydrate I do from Energy means I can drink more of it, and not be as reliant on caffeine. That’s a win-win right there.
If you’re curious about Sneak Energy, check out our other taste tests here. You can pick up Sneak Energy, The NEW Sneak Hydrate formula, your Yuzu & Mandarin tubs, and if you want to try it out, your starter kits, here (GAMINGTREND15 for 15% off when you spend over $50).
David Burdette is a gamer/writer/content creator from TN and Lead Editor for Gaming Trend. He loves Playstation, Star Wars, Marvel, and many other fandoms. He also plays way too much Call Of Duty. You can chat with him on Twitter @SplitEnd89.
Sneak Hydrate is the perfect power-up for anyone wanting to avoid the caffeine monster but get the benefits of an energy drink. The promises of focus and concentration are still there, backed up by tremendous taste. If you want a daily drink, a compliment to your caffeine, or just something tasty for your plain water, you’ve come to the right bunny.