Näak was born in Canada with one mission: build the most efficient and sustainable fuel for endurance sports. It's all based in one radical idea. Long lasting energy powered by high quality and sustainable ingredients. Performance and sustainability. Or, as we call it, Ultra Energy™.
The co-founders of Näak, Minh and Will, are old friends who trained together. From the World Triathlon Championships with Team Canada to ultra trail races, they understood that nutrition is key to perform. They started to make their own energy bars with a big ambition: to make sport nutrition more sustainable. They called it Näak for Nutrition for Adventurous Athletes who run Kilometers.
Today, we make sports nutrition for pro ultra-marathoners and first milers, vertical runners and 100-milers, outdoor lovers and explorers, that helps you go longer and farther. Thousands of professional and amateur athletes depend on Näak to explore new playgrounds and redefine what is physically possible. Näak is distributed in 300 stores in North America, Europe and Asia.
Gastro-intestinal issues are the first cause of DNF (Do Not Finish) in ultra trail races. When Minh and Will started to race ultra marathons, they discovered the old nutrition products were inadequate. Because they were too sweet and led to energy crashes and guts problems. And because they were made with unhealthy ingredients that are bad for the environnement. The ideal nutrition product didn't exist. So they created the Näak Ultra Energy™ science.
It’s not just a passion for endurance sports that brought Minh and Will together. They were dedicated to developing a revolutionary idea. Concerned about their environmental impact, they decided to radically change their diet by using sustainable proteins to fuel their ultra distances. First, they created an Ultra Energy™ bar with cricket powder, one of the most sustainable protein sources available. In doing so, the idea to deliver the maximum performance for the minimum environmental impact was refined. Soon after, they developped plant-based Ultra Energy™ bars, waffles and drink mixes for ultra distance athletes.
Our products cover all the nutrition needs of ultra distance athletes: energy, hydration and recovery. All Näak products are designed and tested in close collaboration with world class pro athletes in the Näak Lab. Whether it is the 4:1 carbs:protein ratio for long-lasting energy, the electrolytes you need for hydration or the BCAAs to reduce muscular fatigue, our Ultra Energy™ products got you covered.
Everyone can finish an ultra distance with the right nutrition. We're driven to help people unlock their full potential while preserving their playground, by giving them the most efficient nutrition that is good for them and for the environment.
Our community is driven by the same values: optimism, performance, diversity, equality and the protection of the environment. Our love for endurance sports, spending time in nature and achieving our potential is what bonds us. We believe ultra distance is a meaningful, transformative journey that is about finding oneself.