I tried Baloo at the Archetypes + Thingtesting popup in NYC. I thought the flavors were well balanced and not too intense. My favorite was the Blood Orange & Basil, but Lemon & Ginger and Grapefruit & Mint were both tasty. When I hear "sparkling water", I think of LaCroix/Waterloo etc., where there's no sweetener and just a hint of flavor. I think the flavors of Baloo are more comparable to Liquid Death's flavored options, like there might be some juice in there too. I'm actually impressed by how much flavor Baloo delivers with 0 calories. The big thing for Baloo seems to be the nootropics and adaptogens, which they claim are mood-boosters. I was in a good mood each time I tried Baloo and my mood didn't get any worse after. A more apt test might be to get loaded on Baloo before a trip to the DMV or Walmart and see how it fares.
The can designs are a bit hard to differentiate between so it's sort of annoying to hunt for your flavor of choice when the full lineup is in front of you. One 12-pack of Baloo costs about $40 after shipping. If they boost my mood so much, will my insurance help pay for it?