- PowerGel’s first big performance claim is the glucose/fructose blend supported by some academic research. In their words, “a 2:1 glucose to fructose blend found to deliver 20–50% more energy to muscles than glucose alone and improve endurance performance by 8%” (according to that study). Hammer Gel would disagree, but again, we’re likely quibbling over ~1% performance difference. As long as you’re not Lance Armstrong, other factors should be more important to you.
- Their second performance claim is that they have the most sodium of any gel on the market at 200mg per gel, which replenishes your electrolytes. I use energy gels as my calorie strategy and Nuun/Gatorade/etc. as my electrolyte strategy. If replenishing electrolytes was as easy as adding more salt to your gel, why aren’t all the other energy gels making this simple tweak? I’m not convinced. However, if you’re a person who really needs extra salt, this might be a good gel for you.
- Taste: Strong strawberry banana flavor, somewhat like medicine. Also, it has a VERY strong smell.
- Consistency (see video): very runny.
- Sweetness : mild.
- Texture: smooth.
- Aftertaste: standard.
- Ease of use (see video): the packet feels flimsy. Don’t trust it around sharp objects. Tear top was easy enough with a two-sided option, but the mouth/consistency ratio was bad. Add in the standard energy gel stickiness and you’re looking at a mess if you miss.
- Quality of Ingredients/ Artificial ingredients: Uhhh…I understood the sugars, water, and salt…what’s the rest of that stuff??
- Flavorings: “natural” flavors.
- Preservatives: Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate
- Allergens: made on equipment that also processes milk and soy
$1.25. The cheapest end of the market.
Running Energy Gel Bottom Line
If you don’t care about anything but price, go for PowerGel – Strawberry Banana.