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Best in Test: Energy Gels

Our testers have been gorging themselves on the latest fast-fuel options to give you an idea of the nutrition products that can make a difference to your running

PRODUCT

TORQ ENERGY GEL

MARKS OUT OF 10

TASTE: 9 / ENERGY: 9 / PRACTICALITY: 8

Torq Energy Gel

Deciding between apple crumble or rhubarb and custard is normally an end-of-dinner choice, but Torq have a range of unusual and naturally flavoured gels. A ‘medium’ consistency means these gels are easy to swallow and contain Torq’s 2:1 Maltodextrin:Fructose formula, releasing plenty of carbs and electrolytes quickly.

£22.80 (pack of 15), torqfitness.co.uk


PRODUCT

HIGH5 ENERGY GEL

MARKS OUT OF 10

TASTE: 8 / ENERGY: 9 / PRACTICALITY: 8

High5 Energy Gel

High5 gels have a lot going for them: they are good value, easy to take due to their thin consistency, contain real fruit juice and are light rather than sickly in taste. Opt for one with added caffeine for extra energy.

£19.80 (pack of 20), highfive.co.uk


PRODUCT

CLIF SHOT ENERGY GEL

MARKS OUT OF 10

TASTE: 7 / ENERGY: 8 / PRACTICALITY: 10

Clif Shot Energy Gel

These gels come in several flavours with varying levels of caffeine content (Double Espresso = 100mg). The gels are pretty thick, but the packaging includes a neat ‘litter leash’, which stops the torn top from being thrown to the floor.

£28.98 (pack of 24), wiggle.co.uk


PRODUCT

SIS GO ISOTONIC GEL

MARKS OUT OF 10

TASTE: 8 / ENERGY: 8 / PRACTICALITY: 8

SiS Go Isotonic Energy Gel

A reliable source of energy that’s easy to have on the run and is easily digestible without additional liquid, although that does mean the energy content isn’t as high as it could be (87kcal per 60g sachet).

£28 (pack of 20), scienceinsport.com/uk


PRODUCT

LUCOZADE SPORT ELITE GEL

MARKS OUT OF 10

TASTE: 8 / ENERGY: 8 / PRACTICALITY: 8

Lucozade Sport Elite Gel

These taste like strong orange squash, which goes down a treat mid-run. Easy to open, full of energy (30g of carbs!) with a 2:1 glucose/fructose ratio, and a nice, smooth consistency.

£26.99 (pack of 24), lucozadesport.com


PRODUCT

STEALTH REAL FRUIT ENERGY GEL

MARKS OUT OF 10

TASTE: 6 / ENERGY: 7 / PRACTICALITY: 7

Stealth Real Fruit Energy Gel

As the name suggests, this gel contains real fruit and it does actually taste like the real thing. The gel isn’t especially thick and goes down easily on the run but, be warned, it’s extra sweet and might not suit everyone’s tastes during a long run.

£24.50 (pack of 15), secret-training.com


PRODUCT

GU ENERGY GEL

MARKS OUT OF 10

TASTE: 8 / ENERGY: 8 / PRACTICALITY: 9

Gu Energy Gel

Gu gels come in a range of flavours, from the conventional – Big Apple – to the anything but – Maple Bacon. All are easy to open, easy to gulp down and perfectly portable.

£18 (pack of 15), guenergy.co.uk


PRODUCT

HONEY STINGER ENERGY GEL

MARKS OUT OF 10

TASTE: 7 / ENERGY: 9 / PRACTICALITY: 8

Honey Stinger Energy Gel

These all-natural gels deliver a near-instant hit of energy and, thanks to the wholesome contents, go down without drama. The flavour is very sweet, though, so more than one may not appeal.

£38.40 (pack of 24), honeystingeruk.co.uk

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