Clif Shot Energy Gel is a fast-acting, easy-to-digest energy gel with 24 grams of carbohydrates -- your body's preferred source of fuel during exercise. Within two to ten minutes, Shot's carbohydrates (both simple & complex) and electrolytes hits your bloodstream, working to sustain your overall endurance and coordination. One little packet packs a punch. Each Clif Shot has sodium, potassium, and magnesium -- electrolytes essential to helping you maintain hydration and allow your muscles to properly function. The Clif Shot Energy Gel 24 Pack comes in eight flavors -- Chocolate, Chocolate Cherry - Turbo, Citrus, Double Espresso - Turbo, Mocha, Razz Sorbet, Strawberry, and Vanilla. The two Turbo Clif Shot flavors each have 100mg of Caffeine -- about the equivalent to a cup and a half of coffee. Shot comes in a box of 24.
a Cross Country Rider
from San Jose, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: June 24, 2008
Strengths: This is for the Dbl Expresso flavor only: It tastes the best of any of the gooey stuff out there. The espresso in it really helps to cut down the insane sweetness that the other flavors/brands all have.
Weaknesses: Unless you like a mouthful of epoxy, the texture still sucks
Of all the quick energy products out there, the Clif Dbl Expresso Shot is my favorite and the only goo style that I'll use. I's the only one that doesn't taste like diabetes in a tube.
Similar Products Used: Hammer Gel, Gu-- lots of them
Bike Setup: Ellsworth Truth--set up good
a Weekend Warrior
from Boston, MA
Date Reviewed: September 13, 2004
Strengths: It did what its supposed to do
Weaknesses: Terrible taste, bad to the point of not being able to finish the entire thing due to gagging
Might give you diabetes
I'm surprised that so many people had good things to say about taste. I was at Pedro's fest when I picked up a free packet, and the first thing I noticed was that it actually tasted sweeter than pure honey (which is sickeningly sweet IMO), and the raspberry had too much of a chemical taste. But I was able to gag down most of it, and it worked well in combination with vita-water and this accelerae-type drink I had in my water bottle. I actually completed a 30 mile circuit that day in the mud, something I probably couldn't have done naturally, so it does seem to deliver what it advertises. Buy if you can handle excessive sweetness.
a Weekend Warrior
from Middleburg, VA
Date Reviewed: April 10, 2004
Strengths: tastes great--at least the Razz Sorbet does. I've also used the Vanilla--good, but not as good as the Razz. They give you energy, so do what they are supposed to.
Weaknesses: Texture is like grease. Texture weirded me out at first, but now I am used to it. Price. Get them on sale--got a 24 pack for $30, a different time I picked a 24 pack up on sale for $16--which I think should be the normal price.
These are the only product I have tried yet, so I can't compare them to others. These do seem to do the trick, though, as long as you can get past the sticky, grease-like texture. Water is necessary, escpecially with the Vanilla; the Razz isn't as bad. However,you will probably drink water when you break to suck one down, anyway, so it isn't a big deal. Give it a shot.
Similar Products Used: Once tried a powerbar years ago--the most disgusting thing I ever put in my mouth!
Date Reviewed: July 25, 2003
Strengths: thiner than gu. Better taste than gu.
Weaknesses: doesn't seem to work as fast as gu.
This product does what it says, but it dosen't seem to kick in for about 10 mins even with water. Gu is a little thicker but kicks in in about 2 mins with water. If you don't like one product or you want to see what else is avalible try Gu or Clif Shot. If you are actually in a race taking one every half hour will aid in a quicker recovery time. Well I hope this helps.
Yuck Yuck Yuck!! I thought i would like clif shot since clif bars are awesome,however, this is not the case. It tastes fine, but it's so sticky that I felt like my mouth was being glued together. Water helps. I prefer powergel, however, if you don't like the consistency of powergel (i seriously dont' mind it), try clif shot for yourself.
Weaknesses: the taste is awful... but better than powergel.
The stuff is awesome, and i hear mixing them into 500mL of water makes it a decent sports drink (though i have a fear of trying that one). The stuff gets into your body really quick, escpecially when you feel like you're gonna just die. The instructions say one shot / 45 minutes... uh... i think that is if you only take water and clifshots only. I don't think i could stomach one every 45 min.
Similar Products Used: Powergel and other stuff i don't remember the name of
Bike Setup: Spec Rockhopper '02 + mods
from Ottawa, Canad
Date Reviewed: April 16, 2003
Strengths: Ease of consumption. Texture and taste (chocolate). Cool package design to keep lid and package as one piece - even when open. Works great.
Compared to the PowerGel I like the Clif Shot more. It's easier to empty the contents because of a larger opening, smaller size, and more liquid-like texture. Taste is great (like chocolate syrup).
I like the fact that there's an extra tab running from the lid to the package body. That way you can tear off the top, but it still remains attached to the package so you don't have to deal with two pieces.
I also have to say for me it appears to have a better energy kick than PowerGel.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: November 22, 2002
Strengths: Easy going in, there are a few flavors. They give you plenty of nearly instant energy and all in all they do not taste that bad. plus they work!!
Weaknesses: A little grimey. Could be a wee bit cheaper
This stuff is not that bad. It looks like sh*t (mocha) but tastes decent. I must say they work. I mean they cure the worst hang over even, and will get you on your back in no time. Trust me. On the trail they work, well but you need tons of water to get some of them down. The flavors are okay. Mocha is the worst texture wise. Vanillia, was a bad idea. The Rasberry is rather good and goes down pretty easy. I think there is one other, but I am not sure. Anywasy the bottom line is that they work. It is like a quick shot of energy. Take a few on any epic or long ride. Also do not follow package directions, every 45 min. Yeah right. You'll be throwing up cliff shot 1/2 way thru your ride.
Strengths: Size ... taste ... ease of consumption ... cost.
Weaknesses: None yet!
I love these things. They are really easy to eat, don't have any weird aftertaste, are cheap and work well. I agree that I'm not going to be downing 2 to 3 of these ever hour but I'll have one before, after and during a ride. I've also found the flavors to be good. The chocolate and vanilla have been very good and I'll be trying the Razz Sorbet soon enough. These have replaced my Clif Bars.
Similar Products Used: Clif Bar, Clif Luna Bar, PowerBar
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 27, 2002
Strengths: Taste (Razz Sorbet my favourite); quick energy hit.
Weaknesses: poor usage instructions. "two to three packages per hour during exercise"? let's get real here
As far as taste goes, this is a love/hate product; I happen to be in the love category. It gives you a good quick energy boost when you need it. But don't use it as basic on-trail nutrition; use Cliff Bars for that.
It's got a lot of energy in a small package, so i find it to be a great emergency supplement when biking or kayaking.