Review of the gels
Svensson has energy gels for every kind of performance
Energy gels are indispensable in today's cycling. They are easily digestible, easy to carry and, above all, a direct supplier of energy for every level of drivers, from tourists to competitive riders. We received the Endurance Energy Gel, Booster Energy Gel and Final Energy Gel from Svensson and tested them in competitions. This resulted in an unexpected anecdote.
Final Energy Gel
The first gel that will be reviewed is the Final, which must be taken in the final of your competition or effort, as the name suggests. The Final is available in "spicy coffee" taste - which suited us as a notorious coffee lover. The gel is easy to open with the mouth - always handy during the course - and is very fluid, which is an absolute plus. Some other gels are rather syrupy and therefore difficult to get. If the gels are difficult to take, they can also be optimally utilized by mixing them in a water can with 450 ml of water, so that you get an isotonic sports drink with the endurance gel.
A 46g gel contains 75mg of caffeine, which can be seen immediately after ingestion. Within 10 minutes after ingestion we were aware of an increased concentration increase, and the aching legs became a thing of the past. In addition to caffeine, the Final also contains black pepper, which stimulates the nervous system and reduces fatigue, and 30g of carbohydrates, which makes this gel in combination with a thirst quencher an ideal form of energy supply in the final.
TIP: Do NOT use this gel for the evening. We thought it was a good idea to test this gel on an evening criterion. However, that turned out to be a very bad plan. This gel is certainly an incentive for sports performance, but there are better means to get to sleep. Sleeping was a task - something that is usually not a problem after a race - and the 3-hour clock was easily exceeded.
Booster Energy Gel
The Booster can be seen as a combination of the Final and the Endurance Energy Gel. It also contains caffeine, but less than the Final - 35 mg in a 45g serving, compared to 75mg in the Final. The Endurance is intended for a slow release of energy, so that this gel is also more focused on the endurance of the athlete. The presence of caffeine and guarana also ensures that the gel provides a stimulus in terms of concentration and a reduction of fatigue, which results in a fresher feeling.
Because the Booster contains 30g of carbohydrates, this is the perfect gel to take during an effort. The big difference is that when taking the Final there is a danger that, when the caffeine has finished, the dip that is known afterwards, which athletes often complain about when taking a high dose of caffeine during a competition. Because the Booster contains only half caffeine, there will be a noticeable difference in the ability to concentrate and the fight against fatigue, but there will not be a characteristic dip when the caffeine is exhausted.
The Booster is available in the flavors of red fruit, mint and natural tea.
Endurance Energy Gel
Last but not least: the Endurance Energy Gel, a gel that, as the name implies, is mainly focused on the long-term release of energy and is therefore perfectly suitable for endurance sports. With this gel there is no longer any question of the presence of caffeine, guarana or the like, but of citrates and electrolytes. These ensure that the athlete suffers as little as possible from fluid loss during exercise because they have a moisture-retaining effect.
The Endurance comes in 4 flavors: lime, banana, cappuccino and cola - with the latter in particular being our personal recommendation.