We recently scored a stash of new CLIF Shot Energy Gel that - best of all - comes in three "doses" of caffeine. We passed it off in a gesture of remarkable generousity to our MTB friend Siobhan to test for us. Even before taking the food on an epic ride, she had a lot to gush about:
"I’ve been using Clif Shot Bloks since they hit the market a few years ago. I really like what I see and am eager to try out in the next few weeks. As a mountain biker, I like the packaging. It looks much less messy than traditional gels and easier to eat because no water is needed to digest the bite-sized portion.
"For longer endurance events – especially those that begin at dawn, the caffeine-enhanced Turbo shots will serve as a fantastic boost first thing in the morning along with a cup of coffee. Typically around the +3-hour mark, I like the idea of having another caffeine-infused packet helped get me through the early afternoon slump.
"I found that I can’t eat an entire packet of anything at once during the afternoon because the jitters tend to set in, so I typically tuck the uneaten ½ packet in my bike shorts and then eat about 30-45 minutes later.
"The heavy texture should be an added bonus because it will feel like ‘real’ food coming in whereas more liquid-textured gels don’t last as long.”
We'll get the field test results back soon!