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Hammer Gel Comparison

e-Gel vs
Hammer Gel

Hammer Gel and e-Gel are both maltodextrin based with lots of complex carbohydrates, that’s a good thing. The main difference is electrolytes – Hammer Gel has almost none, while e-Gel is designed to provide complete and balanced electrolyte replacement.

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amount per packet

e-Gel

Hammer Gel
Carbohydrates

Calories 150 90
Carb Grams 37 g 21 g
Percent Complex 82% 91%
Carb Sources Malto-
dextrin
Fructose
Malto-
dextrin
Juice
Concentrate
Rice Dextrin
Hammer Gel has no fructose. See why you want fructoseBoth e-Gel and Hammer Gel contain high ratios of complex carbohydrates which is good (see this video). In addition, e-Gel has approximately 18% fructose which allows you to uptake more total energy due to the way that fructose is transported and processed. For more information read this article.

Electrolytes e-Gel Hammer Gel
Sodium 230 mg 25 mg
Potassium 85 mg 0 mg
The most obvious difference between e-Gel and Hammer Gel is the electrolyte content. e-Gel has all the electrolytes you need right in the gel, and Hammer Gel has virtually none. Instead, Hammer encourages you to consume your electrolytes separately in pill or powder form. That makes one more thing to buy, one more thing to carry and one more thing to figure how and how often to consume. With e-Gel we have taken all the guess work out and made your life easy, just take e-Gel and water as recommended and you will get sustained energy along with balanced electrolyte replacement. e-Gel is designed to provide the levels of electrolyte replacement recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine

Amino Acids e-Gel Hammer Gel
Histidine no
Leucine
Valine
Isoleucine
Amino acids help to reduce lactic acid build up, maintain muscle protein and aid in recovery

Citrates e-Gel Hammer Gel
Sodium Citrate no
Potassium Citrate no
Citric Acid no
Citrates assist in the carbohydrate to energy conversion process as well as reduce and slow the build-up of lactic acid in your muscles.

Antioxidants e-Gel Hammer Gel
Vitamin E 120% 0%
Vitamin C 120% 0%
Antioxidant vitamins C and E help protect against tissue damage, reduce soreness and aid in the recovery process. Hammer Gel does not provide these antioxidants.

 Other Ingredients e-Gel Hammer Gel
Vitamin B6 10% 0%
Vitamin B6 assists in the energy conversion process
Caffeine none some flavors
To read our recommendation on caffeine, click here

 Pricing e-Gel Hammer Gel
Cost Per 100 Calories $1.06  $1.55
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Our customers tell it best…

Keith Castleton

"Figuring out how to stay hydrated, not get upset stomach and prevent muscle cramps during long runs and races has been one of my biggest challenges. In the past my muscles would ache and twitch and cause me a lot of pain after long runs. I came across e-Gel energy gels this summer used them during the Top Of Utah Marathon, took 17 minutes off my previous marathon PR and easily qualified for Boston." ...
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Maricopa, Arizona
Sport: Running

Jeff Rommel

"I broke the golden rule and tried e-Gel for the first time on race day. I ran the Houston Marathon and it was a great experience - no stomach issues and no muscle cramping. Water in my bottle and an e-Gel every hour got me through the race. I'm not the fastest runner, but I set a PR!" ...
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Houston, Texas
Sport: Running

Adam Lecompte

"This is by far the best energy gel product on the market, and I have been through them all. I have had nothing but positive training and racing experiences with this product. I trained on and used e-Gel in a half half marathon and busted a 1:32.44! My personal best of 5 half marathons. The sustained energy is incredible! I absolutely love this product." ...
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Houma, Louisiana
Sport: Running and Triathlon

Sam Albrecht

"40 miles into a 56 mile ride in the desert with two big hills I started cramping, and had to stop several times. The next week I did the same ride with e-Gel and had no cramping despite it being over 100 degrees. My hydration was the same, so I have little doubt the e-Gel played a big part in keeping me going that day." ...
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Big Bear City, California
Sport: Triathlon

Bruce English

"I recently completed a half-iron distance triathlon with a brutal bike course. At the end of the ride my quads started to cramp. I nursed an e-Gel over the first mile of the run and the cramps abated. I thought it may have been coincidence, but when the cramps resurfaced at mile 7 only to resolve with another e-Gel I was sold. I only drank water on the run and took e-Gel, so I feel confident that this product made the difference. " ...
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Waynesboro, Virginia
Sport: Triathlon

Mary Rogers

"I used e-Gels exclusively and exactly as directed in training for the Lakefront Marathon. This was my fourth marathon and I did not expect to PR, but just to complete it well. With the help of e-Gels taken at miles 2, 7, 13, 18, and 23, I took 10 minutes off of my marathon time and never hit the 'wall' or cramped as I had done in previous events. Some guy laughed at me at the start asking why I had so many energy gels. I told him I had a plan and I was sticking to it. I'm pretty sure I passed him somewhere around mile 22." ...
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Springfield, Illinois
Sport: Running

David Ball

"I've been using e-Gel for 2 years exclusively and will not go with anything else....I qualified for Boston with a 3:18:16 and felt great. One e-Gel 15 minutes before the race and one at miles 6, 12, 18, and 23 mile marks and then the last three miles were my fasted splits" ...
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Sport: Running, Triathlon

Malcolm Campbell

"I looked for a gel that had less sugar and more potassium/sodium than some of the other energy gels. I came across e-Gel and used them is the US 50K Championships in Caumsett Park, New York. I finished 2nd in 3:04.22, so I guess they worked pretty good!" ...
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Marietta, Georgia
Sport: Ultra Running

Jeff Domenico

"I was running my best marathon ever in Detroit, had five miles to go and I took my e-Gel 100 yards before a water station. I got to the station and it was a bunch of guys handing out beer! GU and other energy gels are so thick that I would have needed water right away, but the e-Gel was so thin and easy to digest, I got through it just fine when I hit a water station about a mile later. Not only did I finally hit my sub-three hour dream, I hit 2:57!" ...
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Battle Creek, Michigan
Sport: Running

Dave Kumler

"I am an on-ice official in the AHL and I want to share my story about e-Gel ... My job as linesman requires me to sprint repeatedly and physically separate anyone who fights throughout the game. We get no breaks, no downtime, no relaxing...I need my energy level to remain constant. I had yet to find any product that satisfied my requirement. I tried GU, Clif Shots and other energy gels, but found that I was still needing something to get me thru the last half of the game. With e-Gel, I found it." ...
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Cleveland, Ohio
Sport: Hockey

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