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If you read my previous blog post, you know I had an Instagram contest going on to give away 2 6-packs of Science in Sport Energy Gel. Congratulations to the winners of that giveaway @Januaryrunr11 and @samoorebrown! I hope you enjoy your 6-pack.
Now for the review of the product. Honestly, I didn’t feel sold on the idea of an energy gel that did not require water intake. I primarily use gels or gel blocks on longish runs and for marathons and I realize the need to take the appropriate amount of water with those products. Science in Sport shipped me a generous supply of 4 types of gels:
My first sample was the Apple Isotonic Gel. The flavor was pretty light, not sour, and the consistency was like a melted down applesauce or jello cup. I liked the idea of not having to take water with these. I followed the instructions on the box and used them for my first run and I definitely did not feel fatigued during or after the run. The gels did not bother my stomach at all! I feel like these could be very useful for long runs and ultra runs where I have more trouble swallowing thick gels or real food towards the later stages of the race. The pouches are easy to store in my pack, too.
I then tried both of the energy gels later in the week on different runs. These you have to take with water. The flavor of both was mild, although I preferred the Salted Strawberry flavor over the Lemon + Mint. The consistency of these is much thinner than the Apple Isotonic Gel.
Last, but not least, was the Expresso flavored caffeinated gels. These really pack a punch! I can see me using these before early morning runs (instead of drinking coffee) and also in the last half of long runs/races for a little kick.
I took some samples to friends in my running group to try. Several said they liked the flavors but there were mixed reviews on the consistency.
I was able to train with them and use them during the Rock N Roll Half Marathon in Chicago this weekend. And, much to my happiness, SIS was on course for this race! I took 3 gels over the course of the race and let me tell you, they were lifesavers. Race morning was around 78 degrees but the humidity was high, making the forecast for the heat index a hot one. Let me just say, this was by far the hottest race I have run in a while and I really felt like the SIS helped me power through. Bonus: I didn’t have to take water with it, so I timed my nutrition around the water stops. Double Bonus: It was so hot, I really didn’t want to eat anything, but the gels went down nice and smooth and set well on my stomach. I ended up running that half marathon right at a 2:05, which was not my desired pace but definitely made me push my boundaries- and SIS Isotonic gels were there to help me do it!
Personally, I feel like if the product works well for you, then over time the consistency will grow on you! In summary:
- Product is in easy to carry pouches
- Easy to take and digest
- Nice, subtle flavor
- Most SIS Products are suitable for vegans and people with serious allergens (see more here).
- Great value
- Pouches are larger than most gels I am used to carrying
- Pouches can be difficult to open
- Some people may not like the consistency
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You don’t have to just take my word for it, you can see other reviews from my fellow BibRave Pros here: