PowerGel is high-octane, super-charged fuelTo blast youThrough "the wall". Its easyTo dispense, consume, and digest, and provides 28 grams of simple and complex carbs for energy. Each pack offers 110 calories.Theyre perfect for use on long rides, endurance races, or just as a pick-me-up inThe afternoon.
a Weekend Warrior
from Sydney, NSW, Australia
Date Reviewed: December 14, 2010
Strengths: - Yumlicious
- Cheap ($2.97 AUD)
- Great Boost
Weaknesses: - Need 2x Caffiene Flavours Other Than Choc Or Vanilla :(
Boost kicks in fast, sweet, great to pour into small bottle then mix with water, then chugalug! It's the gooey stuff in the GEL BLASTS, but theres a lot. so imagine if one pouch of GEL BLASTS gets you 20 mins of energy, and theres 1/10 powergel pack in every pouch, then HOLY SHADOODLIN!!
a Weekend Warrior
from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: February 11, 2007
Strengths: A good variety of flavours, A good boost of energy, Not overly sweet in flavour, Easy to digest, No need to chew.
Weaknesses: Needs a few swigs of water to get the flavour out of your mouth, Energy comes on soon and not a sustained energy boost, You need to consume the whole packet as you can't re-seal it after you open it.
This gel is better then a bar when it comes to ease of digestion. Still requires a few swigs of water like that of bars to clear your mouth. A good boost of energy, but not sustained energy. The ability to re-seal the packet would be ideal. I prefer to consume a 1/2 packet at a time for a better level of sustained energy on 100-120km long rides. Bottom Line: Wow, a gel not a bar! Fast to digest, but no re-sealable.
Purchased At: Costco - Ajax, Ontario, Canada back in 2002
Similar Products Used: No other gels - only bars such as Powerbar, Powerbar Harvest, Clif Bar, Herbalife Energy Bar & Met-RX.
Bike Setup: 2001 Trek Fuel 90 Disk
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: May 29, 2005
chocolate was delicious, and about 10 minutes later the boost really kicked in. nice product. I recommend carrying 4 or 5 at all times. price isn't bad if you buy in bulk. I got 4 boxes (96) for $64. That's only $.67 a piece, can't beat that.
a Cross Country Rider
from Bkk, Thailand
Date Reviewed: January 4, 2005
Strengths: It works, smooth energy rush
Weaknesses: Limited flavours & availability here in Thailand
This really works for all activities related to bicycling whether it be mtb, road, triathlon etc. We've only got tropical fruit, vanilla and lemon/lime flavours over here in Bkk so be thankful you can get other flavours in the US. The price isn't that bad either but I'd rather buy them in the States where they're sooo much cheaper. Am waiting for some more Accel Gels which I personally find to be the bees knees. Strawberry Kiwi flavour is to die for and they work!! Anyone travelling to Bkk sometime soon please pick up a box and I'll reimburse you upon your arrival here in Bkk. Cheers. My email is above, Ciao.
a Weekend Warrior
from Pittsburgh, PA
Date Reviewed: August 26, 2003
Strengths: -They work. -Very portable -Edible in all temp. ranges
Weaknesses: -First few times with these things is harsh. (see below) -Needs water
Tried this for the first time with my dad on an 18mi. ride around Pittsburgh (road). I bonked after about 12-15 miles, and he had the cure.
I had the Caffinated Strawberry Banana. Aside from the fact that I hate that flavor combination in every other food product, it wasn't too awful. He described them as 'eating snot,' but it's thicker than that, and overwhelming in how cloying it can get. Ease into these things; you should be sucking the first few down without tasting them, and chase with a lot of water.
On the positive side, these things are like crystal meth. About a half-mile down the trail, the pain went away, and I just took off. The energy boost was perfect: came on smooth, not jittery or edgy. Now, problem is, you'll need another one a little farther down the road...
The consistancy and taste are something you have to get used to, but for a first-timer, it sucked. Other'n that, great product.
a Weekend Warrior
from Sacramento CA, USofA
Date Reviewed: August 28, 2002
Strengths: Easily digested, does what it claims.
Weaknesses: It is true not all flavors taste great.
I decided to try a gel and picked PowerGel because I've been eating powerbars for a long time. About an hour into the ride I had a rasberry (with caffine) and finished a 2 hour ride strong. The people I was riding with Were pretty whipped back at the truck and I packed up the bikes by myself.
Also, I tried one after the first set of a tennis match and closed out the match in a dominant fashion during a third set tie-breaker. My opponent was pretty tired at that point.
Strengths: everyting, it gives u great boost with easyly disposabel or stow away package, the STRABERRY BANANA
aight i hate, uber wanna be moutian bikerswho cant take alittle bad taste to enhance profonmace what losers. not every power gel flavor is good, pansieys who gave it a 1 chili no nothingabout biking nutrition, it really disturbes me that people wont even try a free demo packet ofone of these.
Bike Setup: 98' FSR ground contrl extereme with all this s--t on it
a Weekend Warrior
from Portland, OR
Date Reviewed: October 2, 2001
Holy Mackerel, I picked up a couple of these in the Tangerine flavor because of the "Double Caffeine" thought that would add even more of a boost, who was I foolin'. My freind and I stopped along the trail and I gave him one and opened on for myself... between the laughter and the need to spew I'm not sure what incapacitated us more!! As my friend Jimmy put "this tastes like ass!" I'm not sure how he knows this, but believe him and AVOID THE TANGERINE!!!
Alas, I have a couple of these in Vanilla but am to gun shy to try 'em. They might be better but I may never know.
Strengths: Just amazing power when combined with the right hydration. Contrary to what another person from WA said, I think the Tangerine rocks :) I keep a few in the cubbyhole on my dashboard to warm them to the right consistency
Weaknesses: foil tears at corners of mouth, sometimes hard to get gel out when focusing on breathing etc
I race inline skates, doing 10k and 26 mile events. I train about 100 miles a week and 25 of those miles are some of the hilliest terrain imaginable down in pt defiance park in Tacoma WA. After being primarily a drink fan, especially Revenge and Prolyte, I decided to try gels and went for the PowerGel first.
Here's an idea what happened once last summer when training and after having had a Powergel: I was coming back on a ten mile section of our training route, amongst a pack of other skaters. I had just finished the gel and was hydrating using my camelpack. Along comes two friends on Litespeed racing bikes and i go after them accompanied by two other skaters. According to tbe bikes, we are going about 20mph. My two friends drop off but i keep with the bikes and we are talking about life,work etc. Well it wasnt long before they dropped off and i took off again, catching up to another cyclist so fast i almost ended up on her rear tire. I left her and two more bikes and basically arrived at the end of our training route about ten minutes before any of the rest of the team, who arrived with gaping mouths wondering wtf happened to me and what i had been eating. Powergel is awesome
If this sounds like bragging...whatever...its what happens when you train hard and happen upon a great maltodextrin energy source aka powergel. I wont say these results are typical, and anyone seriously into their sport knows that it takes time to get to know your body and how your metabolism works and how to feed it exactly what it needs when it needs it.
Favorite Trail: Burke Gilman and Pt Defiance Park Loop
Duration Product Used: 1 Year
Purchased At: REI and aardvark cycles both great online ordering
Similar Products Used: GU, Clifshot, almost every bar and drink imaginable
Bike Setup: 92 Klein Attitude Horizon Linear Fade
from Mclean, VA
Date Reviewed: March 19, 2001
Strengths: So far this product has been excellent for me. I use it for running anywhere from 4 miles + I'm hypoglycemic and frequently hit the "wall" after running 15-20 min or so....getting the shakes feeling my blood sugar plummit. I take about half a PowerGel pack before the run with water and and the other half halfway through and it works! My energy level is sustained at least the 3 times I've used it thus far. Have only tried vanilla flavor so far and it taste fine to me.
Weaknesses: Not too many. The packets aren't the smallest things in the world but half of it is gone before I even start my runs anyway.
This is a great product! It's helped me tremendously. Thank you Power Foods!
I have a bunch of leftover PowerGels from last season. The "Best By" date on the side is May 26, 2006 which is coming up fast. Do you think these things are still good? I did NOT refigerate them over the winter, but they were kept in a cool dry place.
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