Energy bars and gels can get old, so it’s always nice to mix things up a little. Varying textures and flavors goes a long way when you’re living on the stuff on long rides. All the usual suspects are always mixing things up, but I’ve had a good sampling of a couple of new products that are worth sampling for yourself.
GU Energy Stroopwafels
We’ve seen stroopwafels before and they are tasty little treats that are great as a pre-ride snack or mid-ride boost. Or, if you’ve got kids, they are always a hot commodity. So, what has GU done to their stroopwafels beyond what others have done? They have packed them with the same energy goodness that GU puts in their gels, but just in a tastier form-factor.
Available in four flavors with/without caffeine and gluten-free options as well. I’ve been eating the Wild Berries flavor and like the taste overall, but you certainly can taste the caffeine and feel it too. Other flavors include Salted Chocolate, Salty’s Caramel and Caramel Coffee. (Price: $22.50 for a box of 16)
More Info: GUenergy.com
SiS GO Isotonic Gel
SiS is the official nutrition partner of Team Sky — you know, the team that dominates the Tour de France with Chris Froome and company. GO Isotonic Gels are unique in the market in that they are gel-like in texture, but more liquid than the competition. The key is making them isotonic so they can be absorbed in a jiffy without the need for extra water or causing your body undue effort just to digest it.
GO gels are easily opened and consumed — much faster than your typical gel. The key is that they are more liquid than your typical gels. Because of that, they swallow with ease and don’t leave a sticky mess in your mouth, gloves or bars. I’ll say that the energy provided is quickly available with a noticeable performance kick — especially when caffeinated. The flavors are all good, but you certainly can taste the caffeine (maybe I’m just sensitive to the taste of it).
The size of the packaging does create challenges for carrying while running since all gel pockets are sized for normal gel packets. My Camelback Quick Grip Chill can store a packet, but it sticks out quite a bit (stays put tho).
I’m liking these as a “gel alternative” for sure and think you’ll appreciate how easy they go down. (Price: $8.99 for six gels)
More Info: ScienceInSport.com