Big-meal motorcyclists—you know who you are—ride to eat and eat to ride. But if you’re a tried-and-true member of the gas-and-go tribe for whom a swig of water and a quick snack at a fuel stop is routine on-the-road behavior, these products will be worthy of consideration. All three—Probar meal bars, Nuun hydration tabs, and GOpure water purifier—perform different jobs but serve the same purpose: keep you rolling, hunger-free and hydrated.
The 75,000-plus-member Iron Butt Association has published recommendations for anyone planning a long day in the saddle. Suggestions including eating responsibly ("lunch should be skipped in favor of a light, healthful snack; if you can't eat right, at least try and eat light") and staying hydrated ("drink water on a regular schedule, even in cold weather, whether you are thirsty or not"). Great advice, even if you aren't crossing continents.
Probar Meals were created as a healthful meal replacement, which makes them ideal for motorcyclists in a hurry or far from civilization. Rich in fruits, nuts, and seeds with 5 to 11 grams of protein, the 3-ounce, sub-400-calorie bars are produced in a dozen-plus flavors—s'mores and blueberry muffin are the latest—and said to provide long-lasting energy without the animal proteins, artificial ingredients, dairy, gluten, or GMOs present in other prepackaged foods. Individual servings slip easily into and out of chest or hand-warmer pockets and break into smaller, bite-size chunks.
Dehydration is nothing to fool around with, especially if you're riding a motorcycle, on or off the road. Even mild effects of dehydration can adversely affect your thought process and reduce physical abilities. Problem is, you may not realize you're dehydrated until it's too late. Nuun Sport + Caffeine blends four electrolytes—sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium—plus 40 milligrams of caffeine and B vitamins to keep you in tip-top shape wherever the road may lead you. Each pocketable tube holds 10 effervescent tablets that dissolve quickly in 16 ounces of water.
Water purifiers come in various shapes and sizes, but the thumb-size GOpure Pod leads ease of use. Simply drop the ceramic capsule into any container filled with tap water to begin the purification process. According to GOpure, each pod will purify, protect, and preserve as much as 264 gallons of water, equivalent to 2,000 refills of a 16-ounce water bottle. You can even request a new pod to be delivered every six months so you don't have to remember how long or how many times you've used it.