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GU Energy Gel

in Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks

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4.40 / 5 (5 reviews)

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Daniel Goldenberg
( DanG - M )
GU Energy Gel on 08/09/2005 21:10:35 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

This stuff actually works great. Unlike energy bars, these are easily and quickly digested and give you a pretty quick energy boost. They are just the thing to get you going when the energy is getting low, or you need a boost like when you are about to start a climb. I like to always have 2 or 3 of these in my pocket.

1. They actually work pretty good.
2. Small and convenient.

1. They are in liquid form so are a bit heavy if you are going to carry a lot of them.

2. They don't give sustained long term energy, more of a short burst.

3. They can be messy, and you end up with a sticky wrapper that needs disposal.

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Ryan Hutchins
( ryan_hutchins )

Somewhere out there
I love GU on 04/12/2007 13:09:56 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I really like GU (flavor dependant of course)!

I have used it on mountaineering routes and backcountry skiing as well as road biking. I have found that it can work for sustained energy if you keep to a strict schedule.
On mountaineering routes, I will set my watch to go off every 1/2 hr -45min and then slam a GU packet and drink some H2O. they are so small you can carry quite a few in a pocket, and using the timer technique helps to calculate how many you may need on a route.
I would probably not (and haven't) use them as a primary energy source for hiking, but as a quick boost at the end of day they work very well. It is worth trying them out prior to a big trip as I know many marathoners and ultra runners who found that the gel didn't sit well during heavy exertion.

They work great for what they are!

Paul Tree
( Paul_Tree )

It does the trick alright on 10/17/2007 16:10:26 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

They do work, better than PowerGel. Faster than food. Works fine at low temps.
I don't mind the taste or texture. I've gone snowboarding all day with no other food than 5 GU packets.

Cons: the tear-off package is prone to litter.

Mike Clelland
( mikeclelland - M )

The Tetons (via Idaho)
GU Energy Gel on 11/29/2007 09:37:16 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

Hey - Make yer own in bulk. Cheeep and works great.


I've been using a form of homemade sports gel, and it's been really successful - and I have a circle of friends that are way into it!

I read the ingredient of a few popular gel products, and I thought - geesh, this stuff is simple!

Here's my recipe:

1. Brown Rice Syrup (easily available at health food stores) --- [carbs]

2. Protein Powder (vanilla seems to work best) --- [protein]

3. Cashew Butter --- [fat]


I make this stuff in bulk, and I never measure anything, so bear with me.

a) Start with a blender, a full blender load will be our volume.

b) The brown rice syrup will be too thick to mix in a blender. Warm the stuff up for about 15 minutes by putting the jars into tub (or in the sink) with hot water. Avoid a microwave, which will work fine, but may create bad vibes. The syrup needs to be thin enough so you don - 't burn out the blender's motor.

c) Pour a bunch of syrup into the blender, have some hot water ready for adding to the syrup, a little is all thats needed to thin it out.

d) Add a heaping spoonful of cashew butter.

e) Add a few scoops of protein powder.

f) Taste it, if there is too much protein powder, it'll taste chalky - just add some more syrup.

That's it!

I store it in old Gatorade bottles in the fridge.

When I do a long trip, I carry it in an old grocery store soda bottle.

I use a funnel and fill up the gel flasks. I found - 'em at a local sports store - but they are easy to get on the web:

I use this GOO while backcountry skiing, this is where it's really successful for me. I get a good boost on those long uphill skin tracks!


[reply to Ryan's posting below]

Puke green? True enough. That oppressive color is from my hippy spiralina protein powder. Alas, I'm colorblind, so I can't factor the ascetics into my recipe. But, I did make a batch with cranberry protein powder - AND - by-golly, it ended up pink!


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Gatorade 1 priced at: $16.99
Gatorade 3 priced at: $46.99
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Jay Wilkerson
( Creachen )

East Bay
Easy Quick Fx on 11/04/2008 12:29:38 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

GU'S are excellent for thru-hiking becuase they get in your system quickly, a small package to hold, a good variety of flavors. The Moca flavor has 2x caffine. On long hikes I usally take one after breakfast w/ caffine then one after lunch w/ no caffine. I have never bonked or crashed after taking GU'S. I think that GU'S should be a new Essential on the list for backpackers and thru-hikers.

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