I decided to try Hammer Gel Tropical. I’ve been using Gu Roctanes for some time now. But it is time to change. I am sick of the Gu flavors, I’ve been eating them for a few years now.
I tried the Hammer Gel Tropical while training for 50kms from Brooklyn to Turramurra for the first time. I made sure I had my trusty Roctanes too as a back up just incase. 50kms is a long way to not like your nutrition.
I started with my Roctanes, but soon tried the new flask system that I had with my Hammer Gel Tropical, and it just went down like a dream. Hammer Gel Tropical tastes natural. Just like tropical fruit juice, nice and natural. It did not taste foul like other gels. I am a total convert of the new flask system that I have going on. I can fit 5 gels in one easy to carry and manage gel flask. This gel flask fitted nicely in my front elastic pocket of my UltrAspire Surge Pack. I love the Hammer Gel Tropical, I did not tire of the flavor or the consistency. I started to favor the Hammer Gel Tropical over the Gu Roctanes.
A few weeks later I raced with the Hammer Gel Tropical in the gel flask with 50% Hammer Gel Tropical 50% water, and the Gel flask fitted nicely in my bra nicely between my breast. I was able to have my gel and water in one easy container for a short race. (Normally I would not eat for a 7.4km event but I’d run 55kms the day before:)
Hammer Gel Tropical is made from Maltodextrin, Filtered Water, Pineapple Concentrate, Energy Smart , Fruit Juice, Grain Dextrin’s, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Salt, Potassium Sorbate, Caffeine 25mg, Amino Acids (L-Leucine, L-Alanine, L-Valine, L-Isoleucine) Potassium Chloride.
It has 80 Calories. 21 Grams of Carbs, 35mg of Sodium, 20mg of Potassium.
What I like about it is that it has amino acids in it, as well does the Gu Roctanes. Helping reduce the breakdown of my muscles with excessive exercise.
It contains no artificial flavors, colours, sweeteners, gluten, wheat or simple sugars.
A bonus is that it comes in a bottle for about $33.00. And makes 26 serves meaning that each serve only cost you $1.27 or about that.
Another positive of the Hammer Gel bottle is that you can buy a flask to match which can hold 5 Gels. What is awesome about this system is that I do not have to worry about my rubbish. I hate having to carry sticky gel packets around with me on my trail run. I always end up covered in some nasty gel or I cut my breast with the gel packets that I am storing either full or as rubbish in my bra. Not only is it a better way to race by using the flask bottle I’m reducing my footprint on this earth.
The caffeine quantity works perfectly for my body weight. I weigh 52 kilos, so I should be consuming about 1mg of caffeine every hour. Two Hammer Gels Tropical works perfectly with my body weight.
Here is there recommendations for body weight below;
Up to 54 Kg: 2 Servings/ Hour
54-70Kg 2.5 Servings/Hour
70-86Kgs 3 Servings/Hour
86kg Plus 3-3.5 Servings/Hour
I will be running on Hammer Gels from now on with the gel flask and no rubbish!
I may still through in a few Gu Roctanes to vary it up.