Welcome to the world’s finest fuel specifically formulated for multi-hour to multi-day events. No matter how long or extreme your exercise regimen or races may be, Perpetuem is always up to the task. Thoroughly tested and proven in the world’s toughest endurance events, Perpetuem’s unique formula – containing complex carbohydrates, soy protein, healthy fats, and key auxiliary nutrients such as sodium phosphate – is unsurpassed for maintaining optimal athletic performance for as long as you want. Perpetuem provides consistent, reliable energy, maximizes stored fat utilization, and buffers lactic acid to prevent muscle fatigue. On the road or trail, Perpetuem is the breakfast, lunch, and dinner of champions. Take it long with Perpetuem!
Carnosine, one of the ingredients in Perpetuem (it’s also in HEED, Sustained Energy, and Recoverite), is both a performance aid (a superb acid buffer) and a premium general health nutrient (multiple free-radical scavenging and anti-glycation antioxidant).
Strengths: Effective race nutrition. No gastrointestinal discomfort.
I am a triathlete, endurance mountain bike racer, runner, and medical adviser to many of the top triathletes in the world. Therefore, not only am I a user of race nutrition products, but also an expert on them as they relate to exercise physiology. I do not work for Hammer Nutrition. I do get support from them (disclaimer), however I had been using their products exclusively prior to becoming one of their sponsored athletes. I compete in distances ranging from sprint triathlons and 10K's to Ironman and ultra mountain bike races. I have used MANY different race nutrition products, and the one that I have settled on is Perpetuem. The ingredients are high quality. It is dominated by the right carbs and ratios. It isn't overloaded with ingredients meant to make it look more effective (yet really increase the risk of causing problems). It is just simply the right combination of ingredients. However, the one thing that really makes it stand out is that I literally have never had any gastrointestinal discomfort from perpetuem while racing, no matter how intense or long the race is. In the race nutrition world, that is amazing. I can honestly say that after recommending this product to hundreds of athletes, I have never had anyone unhappy with it. The feedback I hear the most is that it is easy on the stomach. Sure, the taste isn't amazing. But, if taste means everything to you, you had better get used to crampy gut as well...because that is the trade off. I'll take something with a little less taste anyday.
I prefer to mix perpetuem in a flask to a pancake batter consistency.
Bike Setup: Focus Izalco Chrono 2.0 with Zipp Super 9 Clincher Disc and Zipp 808 Firecrest Clincher Front
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: August 3, 2009
Strengths: I works! Flavour is ok over many hours. Easy to mix and you can even freeze a bottle for those hot summers. Complex sugars and electrolytes based on sound researc e.g. DON'T try to put back in what comes out!
Weaknesses: If you're doing lots of long rides you churn thru this stuff pretty quick and its not cheap
I ride mainly 100km rides up to 400km and the Hammer Perptuem is the answer if you like to make good pace and not be stopping for foodstuffs. I find the orange/vanilla flavour ok to drink/sip over the hours and never feel hungry and energy levels stable throughout the ride.
Strengths: Prevents bonking and cramps
Easy on the GI system
Weaknesses: Taste (I describe it as liquid oatmeal)
I swear by this product. I have used it for many century rides, and have never bonked or cramped. It doesn't taste that great, but the positive is that it is easy on the stomach. For my first couple of centuries none of my riding buddies would try Perpetuem. Finally one buddy tried it for a century ride. He was amazed that after 60+ miles into the ride that he was not hungry, and still going strong.
For any endurance event that lasts more than 3 hours, I recommend using this product.
Strengths: Complete endurance ride food. Keeps you going better than anything. Very palatable. Stays down. Mild, easy to stand (orange-vanilla) flavor. Mix to concentration needed for particular length/intensity rides. Hammer has reams of information on how to use their products.
Weaknesses: I can't get for free.
I've been riding for 20+ years. Done centuries, some racing, every year I work up to 6+ hour rides. And until last year, fueling has always been a challenge for those longer rides. I'd gone through pretty much all the viable choices in the endurance nutrition market, and, yes, also tried the "let's just eat real food" option several times. After having gastric distress in a century late in 2007, I (yet again) started looking for something better for 2008. When ordering Hammer's really good Voler-made bib shorts, I saw their perpetuem, heed, and recoverite claims. But did not order them. And suprise, suprise! Hammer included an individual packet of each as FREE samples! That got my attention. So, I tried them all, and they seemed to work well. But, of course I needed more than one serving, so I bought my first can of Perpetuem. I used for my longer training rides, and eventually during my one century last year. With TWO bottles filled with just enough calories to get me through the century, I had NOTHING else (aside from lots and lots of water spiked with electrolyte tabs). Stopped at the rest stops with my buddies. No bananas. No cookies. No pop tarts. I drank almost 2000 calories of Perpetuem in 6 hours. The end result? Finished stronger than I EVER HAVE at a century. NO gastric stress. And I wasn't even particularly starved after (well, maybe a little bit). Their claims for this product are true. Do you do rides of over two hours?Try it. Buy it.
Can you guys advise on best way to combine hammer gel and perpetuem solids on a ride of ~4-4.5 hours? I'm preparing for the Haleakala climb and wondering A) how much to eat B) how to combine these 2 (i.e. start with gel for first 1-2 hours and then switch to perpetuem solids or eat both together t ... Read More »
In my most recent long race, Centurion WI, my bowels rebeled about 3.5 hours in. Got bloated and gassy. GU and Gatorade became intolerable. A Ginsting Honey Stinger kept me from bonking but being off my feed definately hurt. I think it was the Gatorade, (handed of at all the aid stations) that was t ... Read More »
I found this story in the ADN of a 92 mile run in 25 hours at Denali National Park using just Perpetuem -
[url=http://www.adn.com/2011/07/31/1994515/runner-conquers-92-miles-of-denali.html]92 miles of Denali Park Road in 25 hours: Running | Alaska news at adn.com[/url]
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I am well aware of the spoilage issue with Perpetuem but have been unable to search and find an answer to these specific questions.
Does mixing Perpertuem into a batter or paste delay spoilage as compared to a multi-hour bottle mixd for 2 or 3 hours?
Does a thicker concentration in a multi-hour ... Read More »
I am doing the RAIN ride - 160 miles across Indiana in mid-July. I would like to mix 4, 2-hour water bottles with Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem to carry on the bike so I will not have to bother with premeasured portions in plastic sandwich bags and mixing the contents on the ride. I would also like to ... Read More »