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Cool. Crisp. Clean.

That is what the newest version from Gatorade promises to be. And luckily, it delivers!

gatorade rain bottle

One day I came home to find a new style of Gatorade bottle on the counter, and since I love the stuff, I rushed over to check it out. The first thing I noticed was the big “RAIN” on the label, which conjured a feeling of refreshment.

The label, plus the light, transparent look of this Gatorade instantly told me what it was – a refreshing new drink without the thick aftertaste of regular Gatorade.

How did I know that so fast? Easy – it’s a common problem among athletes that Gatorade is pretty strong and leaves a definite aftertaste. It also leaves a thick, sticky feeling in your mouth if you don’t wash it down with some water. And we’ve all been waiting for something like this to come out, so once it did, I recognized it instantly!

But… I didn’t try it. I put it in the fridge for once I finished my other Gatorade.

Then a few days later, when I was getting ready to ride, I filled a bottle with this new RAIN. Apparently I wasn’t even thinking, because I didn’t notice anything special about it.

Then it hit me – there was a very good reason I didn’t notice anything…

The RAIN was not leaving an aftertaste in my mouth! At that point, I was sold.

Later that day I tried some cold right out of the fridge, and it was cool and refreshing. I proceeded to tell everyone I knew about how great this new Gatorade was. I was so excited to say, “check out this new Gatorade, it doesn’t leave a bad aftertaste!”

Now that my little story is out of the way, here’s a bit more info on the product itself:

I find this to be a happy-medium between regular Gatorade and the Propel fitness water. The flavor is crisp and refreshing, but not overpowering. And it still provides as many calories as usual.

My final verdict is…

I will be drinking Gatorade RAIN almost all the time. Usually I mix my own from the powder, since it saves space and is more economical. But for racing, there is no question – I’ll be drinking RAIN.

On training rides, it’s not a big deal to sip some water after a swig of thick, sugary Gatorade. But if I’m racing, I’d prefer to carry a couple bottles of sports drink – if I’m carrying RAIN, I can do that!

As far as flavors, try all of them. I’m quite partial to the Lime.

Official website: www.Gatorade.com

Product Review Details
Company: Gatorade
Product: Gatorade Rain
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 3.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2006-09-29
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No

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  1. It really does have that ‘crisp’ taste – I prefer it over regular Gatorade.

  2. Gatorade Rain is definitely fabulous tasting and delicious!

  3. I’m glad you feel the same way Michaela! 🙂

  4. I definitely agree RAIN is my gatoraid of choice. I started mixing 1/2 the recomended reg. gatoraid powder to water ratio and that seems to not be as sweet (and cheaper). But if they come up with a RAIN powder I’m sold.
    does anyone know if there is a RAIN powder or where to get it?

  5. I wondered about RAIN powder myself, but I have a feeling that anything mixed from powder wouldn’t give you that crisp RAIN taste and texture.

    But maybe the Gatorade engineers could prove me wrong 🙂

  6. I was directed to drink Gatoraide Rain “Clear”.
    I found various flavors but cannot find “clear”. Does it exist?

  7. @Rich

    I’ve never heard of a Gatorade Rain “clear” flavor. The only Gatorade I ever had that was clear was the Lemon Ice flavor.

  8. Does Gatorade Rain offer the health benefits of something like Hammer Heed?

  9. @Casey

    Gatorade Rain and Hammer Heed have completely different formulas, but I wouldn’t say that either one offers health benefits. Heed might be the lesser of two evils, though.

  10. What happened to Gatorade Rain? I remember drinking it in middle school and high-school. It was my favorite kind but just suddenly disappeared.

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