I’ve written reviews of each individual running energy gel, but how do they compare in relation to each other? Here’s the top gels in each category, keeping in mind my evaluation criteria.
Running Energy Gel Contenders
(Links to my individual reviews)
Best Energy Gel for Performance
First Place: Hammer Gel – Chocolate (
They don’t just make product claims, they back it up with research. A LOT of research. And helpful guides. They make the science compelling and understandable.
Second Place: GU – Chocolate Outrage ( ).
They represent the established fructose/glucose camp, but I didn’t find their arguments and research as compelling as Hammer.
Alternate Scale: Honey Stinger – Chocolate ( ).
If you can’t digest mainstream sugars, this is your best bet.
Best Energy Gel Experience*
First Place: Clif Shot – Chocolate ( ).
The only gel I’ve tasted so far that tastes good in relation to normal food. Thicker consistency, reducing the potential for messes.
Second Place: GU Roctane – Chocolate-Raspberry (
Chocolate Raspberry tastes great (for an energy gel). Consistency is acceptable.).
Third Place: GU – Chocolate Outrage ( ).
Above-average flavor on the energy gel scale. Consistency is acceptable.
Note: Honey Stinger Chocolate tastes like honey. As such, it fails as a chocolate flavor, even if it does taste fine.
*This category is mostly defined by flavor and consistency
Most Healthy Energy Gel
First Place: Clif Shot – Chocolate (
90% organic is a plus. Minimal ingredients, minimal scientific jargon.).
Second Place: Honey Stinger – Chocolate (
It’s essentially fortified honey. Minimal scientific jargon.).
Third Place: Hammer Gel – Chocolate (
Minimal ingredients, minimal scientific jargon. Does have one preservative.
Best Energy Gel Value
First Place: Clif Shot – Chocolate at $1.30/pouch*
Second Place: Tie between GU – Chocolate Outrage
and Hammer Gel – Chocolate at $1.45/pouch*
*You can definitely get these cheaper buying in bulk, and probably cheaper individually as well if you do some research.
Final Recommendation for Running Energy Gels
Winner: Clif Shot – Chocolate ( ).
The performance difference between it and the other gels won’t matter for 99% of people. It has hands down the best flavor and is easily one of the best (or least bad) products for your body, all at a competitive price!
Runner Up: GU – Chocolate Outrage ( ).
An above average taste, combined with its established performance history and a competitive price outweigh its below-average health score.
Honorable Mention: Hammer Gel – Chocolate ( ).
It scores highly on performance and moderately on health, but the taste definitely takes some getting used to. Add in a slightly above-average price, and I just couldn’t give it top honors. However, it is a good, solid product.
Aren’t you craving chocolate by now?? Go out and get the gel that works for you!