I broke down each brand’s product line into organic vs non-organic and then any additional differences such as the type of energy gel. Instead of writing a review on every single flavor, I commented on the flavor within each category. Since there are so many different flavors of gels I didn’t rate on the specific flavor, instead, I noted my own comments on each flavor tested. I tried not to let the actual flavor interfere with the overall taste. If I did have a biased against a flavor I noted this in the comments next to the product.
To rate the energy gels I used four factors on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 being the lowest score and 10 being the highest score:
This is how quickly the energy became available after taking the gel.
The most important factor was judged on how much energy was given from the gel. A scientific lab experiment was not done on the exact energy outputs of each gel. Instead, I ran a total of 3 miles (30 minutes – because I pace easily at 10 minutes/mile) during each energy gel test. I ran each morning at the same time on an empty stomach to baseline the results as best as I could. I took one gel 15 minutes before each 30-minute running session.
Note: energy gels are meant to be taken when your run duration lasts 90 minutes or longer. I’m not advising you to take a gel for a 30-minute run. These test runs were done as close to a baseline as possible to get a decent set of comparable results. I will be updating this post at a later date that rates each gel for longer distance runs with multiple gel packs consumed.
Is the product available in physical stores and in big online stores?
How many natural ingredients does the product have?
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The energy was available at the 15-minute mark.
This gel hit the mark with keeping my energy level up for the 30-minute test. I was able to mentally focus without any cloudiness. Once the energy kicked in it sustained me for close to the 30-minute mark. No dragging whatsoever.
Most running stores and big chain grocery stores carry these gels. Also abundantly available online, although Amazon was sold out of quite a few of them. Don’t forget that half marathons take planning so you’re not caught trying to find your energy gels at a store on race day morning. Check out this awesome half marathon checklist for half marathons which includes all items needed for a happy half marathon plus detailed information on what you need to do the week of your half marathon race.