Wilderness Athlete Review

By Jay Kincaid

The author, Jay Kincaid. Read more from Jay on his blog, High Country Outdoors.

The author, Jay Kincaid. Read more from Jay on his blog, High Country Outdoors.

When I was younger I had absolutely no concept of nutrition. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I always ate poorly or always had a bad diet, but I really could have done a lot of things differently. In 2003 I won the Freestyle Kayaking World Championships in Graz, Austria on a strict diet of McDonald’s and Pizza. Not ideal, but it worked. Certainly better nutrition during my kayaking career would have helped me get more out of the long daily training sessions, and the long days on the river. As I have gotten older I have become interested in other endurance sports, and it wasn’t until I was racing paddle-boards for 1 to 4 hours, or out for 1 to 4 hour runs in the mountains that I realized just how important good nutrition really is. These days it is very obvious that if I want to be on my feet for hours on end, whether I am trail running, upland bird hunting, big game hunting, hiking, etc… that to get the most out of my body during that experience, I need to be putting the right nutrients into my body.  Also, I can’t overstate the importance of general daily health.

Recently I began using products by Wilderness Athlete. Now I am not going to pretend for a second that I am anything near an expert on nutrition, but with a lifetime of athletic experience I have learned enough (and am continuing to learn) about my own body to have a much better idea of what works for me and what doesn’t. An American made product that is Gluten Free, designed with the science of elite sports nutrition, for outdoor athletes. Wilderness Athlete makes Hydration Drinks, Energy Drinks, Multi-Vitamins, and a Wide Assortment of other products designed to fit your nutritional needs. I would recommend all of their products, but there are three products that I use daily that I believe would appeal to a wide range of people;


  • Joint Advantage is a new staple in my diet. After years and years of hard, but worthwhile, miles on my body, my joints don’t always feel like they used to. Joint Advantage helps protect and preserve healthy mobility of my joints and it makes a difference in my everyday life. Here is some more information on Joint Advantage.
  • Wilderness Athlete’s Multi Vitamin is a product that I genuinely believe in. For year I have taken a vitamin every day, for the sake of better general health, hoping that it is actually being absorbed by my body and is of benefit to my body. This is the first time that I really believe in what I am taking.
  • Exercising every single day is a goal of mine. It doesn’t always work out that way, but 28 days out of 30 I will find the time and motivation to exercise for at least an hour. If that means losing and hour of sleep to make it happen, I will almost always happily trade that hour of sleep for some fun time either on the trail, in the field, or on the wrestling mat. Now that the weather has really cooled down I have began running to work and back on Wednesdays. It is a 16 mile round trip, and at 5am when I leave my house in the cold and the dark, having a little extra energy definitely helps with the level of motivation. I will be the first to admit that some days I need a boost. The reality is that most energy drinks end up taking more energy from you than they give, and almost always leave me feeling shaky and light headed after the initial kick has worn off. Energy & Focus gives me the sustained energy that I need with plenty of nutritional benefits to go along with it. It contains all of the good things that you need and none of the junk that you don’t.

       If you are interested in vitamins and/or supplements for general health, or are looking for more specific nutrition for athletes, take a few minutes, visit the Wilderness Athlete website, and see for yourself.

Jay Kincaid


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  1. greg wenner on February 19, 2013 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    I have been using your products for years with great results. I only wish you would bring back the gel-packs and the single serving powder packs for the hydration drink mix. Any plans too??

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