Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Try it Tues: Power Gel Blasts


I like to try new things. Remember Mt Dew Code Red? I loved that stuff. What about Pepsi Blue? Yup, tried that too. Peanut butter on Oreo Cookies? Amazing. So, it should come to no surprise that the last time I was in a running store I decided to try a few packages of PowerGel's Blast Energy Gel Bites.

Disclaimer: I am a huge PowerGel fan. I use their gel more than anything else. So, it was pretty easy to pony up $5 for a few packages.

I decided to try the Blasts during my last long run of 13 miles with Jeff and RunningLaur. When eating a gel, I normally eat it every 45 minutes. But, one of the benefits of individual bites is that you can spread them out over the course of an entire run. This way you don't get the sugar 'crash' that feels very similar to running in molasses. So, while running, I tried my best to eat one every 15 minutes or so. However to be honest I usually ended up eating 3 of them or so every 30 minutes.

The flavor was very good. I tried the Strawberry Banana and was very impressed. I later tried the pineapple which wasn't bad either. BUT, the things were like chewing on a piece of rubber. I wasn't too horribly out of breath and it was all I could do to chew them 5-6 times and then just swallow whatever was left. I can only imagine what they would have been had I been pushing hard or towards the last half of a race. I possibly thought that it was just the package that I had (stale, or something), so I tried a few other packages while biking with very similar results.

Pros:
Good flavor
Higher sodium & Vit C content
Larger calorie count than PowerGel (200 vs 100)
Not sticky

Cons:
Chewier than 8 hour old chewed gum
If you are running hard, severe choking hazard


In summary, with all of the great options out there for nutrition, I'm going to have to give the PowerGel Blasts a pass. They get the job done but the risk of breaking a tooth isn't worth it. I really hope that it was just the packages that I bought that were a little harder than normal and others are much softer and easier to eat. It is with a heavy heart, I set free my fail (killer)whale eating my seal of approval.

15 comments:

RunnuRMark said...

I agree 100% on these. I tried a couple of times to make them work since they taste great and are one of the cheapest options out there. But they are far too difficult to chew while running. That's why I went back to ponying up for the Clif Shot Bloks. It's not easy to eat ANYTHING while running hard, but I think those are the easiest.

Psyche said...

They were a FAIL at "If you are running hard, severe choking hazard".

Like I need to add THAT to the "race experience".

Cute FAIL WHALE, tho:)

RunningLaur said...

You'll have to come into the store with all of that free time i'm sure you have and squeeze some of our bags of them. (that sounds dirty) i find the powerbar ones to be much softer then the shot blocks/luna moons/gu chews. if you didn't like these - you should def stay away from those!

BrianFlash said...

Choking hazard? I think I'll pass - there are plenty of potential choking hazards among my current running food choices :)

The Sean said...

At first I read, "I am Trying. Boring Tuesday." I have nothing further to contribute.

Nitmos said...

Good thing your "Try it" series is on a Tuesday otherwise the alliteration just wouldn't work out. Well, maybe Thursday too...

I'm thinking of one of these myself since they seem to be all the rage. Maybe "Sue Me Sunday" or "F*ck It Friday" something like that?

Tricia said...

great review

ShutUpandRun said...

I'm hoping to not die by choking, so I'll pass on these. I did get some free at the store, though, so on second thought the choking might be worth it. Are they kind of like that gum we used to eat that had the liquid filling? What was that called? Googling now...FRESHEN UP!!

Jill said...

I thought the same thing about how chewy they were and how I couldn't fully get them into small enough chunks to swallow. How the heck do they dissolve in your stomach??

Barefoot AngieB said...

good to know. I looked into them but they are not gluten free.
I am trying Clif Shot blocks right now and I really like the GU Chomps. I worry about sucking one into my lung though.

Jameson said...

I had a try it Sunday, where I downed about 53 mint oreos, talk about starting the week off with a (sugar) bang.

Rio said...

I tried these a couple of times and just thought i was unlucky getting stale /chewy ones. i guess that is how they are meant to be. thanks for being brave!

inspiREDtorun13 said...

So true about the monorail to the rental car place in SFO. We had pretty slow service once we got to the rental car place too.

Looks like a fun weekend!
Hope your foot gets better!!!

Jess said...

They looks like those "gushers" fruit snacks that they had around when I was a kid. those were awesome. These don't sound so great.

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

Have you tried Hammer Gel? No sugar crash. :)