- competition (we beat them)
- complex carbs
- low sugar
- multi-carb sources
- 4 x electrolytes
- thin consistency
- less expensive
- no artificial colors/sweeteners
- no caffeine
- no fat, fiber or protein
- aminos and antioxidants
- large easy-grip top
- customer testimonials
More detail on each of these reasons:
When you compare e-Gel to other energy gels, the advantages of e-Gel become obvious. We’ve prepared head-to-head comparisons between e-Gel, GU, Roctane, PowerGel, Hammer Gel, Clif SHOT and all the rest. Check it out:
head to head comparisons
#2: Complex Carbs
(lots of them!)
During athletic activity your body depends on your glycogen stores as its primary source of energy, and to a lesser degree on your body fat. Fat is an inefficient fuel source in comparison and therefore you are not able to achieve optimum performance when relying on fat as a significant source of energy. During endurance sports this raises a dilemma because your glycogen stores are limited in how much they can hold.
Fortunately there is a third source of energy – blood sugar. The beauty of energy gels is that they are rapidly absorbed in your small intestine, thus providing energy in the form of blood sugar that can supplement your glycogen stores. However, not all energy gels are created equal, and if you want to achieve optimum performance then it is important to use a product that will deliver maximum energy to your body while also maintaining proper hydration and electrolyte balance. The key to maximizing energy is complex carbohydrates.
When selecting an energy gel, don’t just look at the calorie count – look at the carbohydrate sources. Because of the way energy gels are absorbed by your body, you should look for high levels of complex carbohydrates. e-Gel derives 82% of it’s carbohydrate energy from complex carbohydrates (maltodextrin), significantly more than GU and other gels.
For a more detailed explanation of why you get more energy with complex carbs, watch this short video:
video: complex carbs vs. sugars
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#3: Low Sugar
As explained above, you should choose products with both high levels of complex carbs AND low levels of simple sugars. In addition to maximizing energy uptake, it also helps to maintain consistent energy levels without the spikes and crashes that are common with high sugar products.
Compare e-Gel (18% sugar) to GU Roctane (29%), GU (32%), Clif SHOT (50%), Huma Gel (80%) and Honey Stinger (100%)
#4: Multi-carb sources
e-Gel uses maltodextrin with a bit of fructose, which is a key difference. Fructose sometimes gets a bad rap for endurance athletes because when consumed in excess it can cause stomach and GI discomfort. But when you use small amounts of fructose it can actually significantly increase energy uptake and performance. For a more detailed explanation, read this article:
fructose: what you need to know
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#5: 4x Electrolytes
(complete and balanced)
Endurance athletes sweat … a lot! When we sweat it cools down the body through evaporation, but unfortunately sweat contains critical electrolytes that need to be replaced in order to maintain hydration, avoid cramping and reduce the risk of injury. Other energy gels have very few electrolytes which means you should also be using some sort of electrolyte supplement. With e-Gel just take the gel and water and you get everything you need.
Each pack of e-Gel contains
230 mg Sodium
85 mg Potassium
#6: Thinner Consistency
Most gels are so thick that you have to have water immediately just to get it down. With e-Gel we like to say it’s more like drinking it than choking on it. It’s not too thin, but just right so you can get it down and then take your water when it’s convenient.
#7: Less Expensive
GU and most other gels sell for about $1.50 (100 calorie packet) and depending on the quantity of e-Gel you purchase, you can get 100 calories of e-Gel for as low as $0.81.
Each packet of e-Gel provides 150 carb calories which also means that you have fewer packets to carry and less trash to deal with.
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#8: No Artificial Colors or Sweeteners
We actually don’t add any color to e-Gel at all, what you see is just the natural color of the ingredients.
As for artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes (Xylitol, Sucralose, etc.), these can cause all kinds of gastrointestinal issues (gas, cramping, etc.), and really have no place in an energy gel. You won’t find these ingredients in any of our products.
#9: No Caffeine
Read our view on caffeine and why we don’t put it in e-Gel or any of our products:
#10: No Fat, Fiber, Protein
Fats, fiber and protein have to go through a digestive process that draws blood and oxygen away from the working muscles. This can be completely counterproductive to your workout. For a more detailed explanation, watch this short video:
video: liquids vs solids
e-Gel’s amino acid blend is designed to slow lactic acid build up, fight muscle degradation and assist in maintaining focus and concentration.
The antioxidants in e-Gel are designed to protect tissues by neutralizing free radicals that are produced by the muscle’s use of oxygen during intense athletic activity.
#12: Easy-Grip Top
e-Gel’s large easy-grip top makes it easy to open no matter what you’re doing.
Often energy gels are hard to open because you’re sweating and going hard, and the tiny tabs are hard to grip. Nothing is more frustrating than having difficulty opening your gel.
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Bonus: Customers Proof
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Customer Success Stories
"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." ... continue reading
Maricopa, ArizonaSport: Running
"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!" ... continue reading
Houston, TexasSport: Running
"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." ... continue reading
Houma, LouisianaSport: Running and Triathlon
"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." ... continue reading
Big Bear City, CaliforniaSport: Triathlon
"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. " ... continue reading
Waynesboro, VirginiaSport: Triathlon
"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." ... continue reading
Springfield, IllinoisSport: Running
"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" ... continue reading
Oklahoma City, OklahomaSport: Running, Triathlon
"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!" ... continue reading
Marietta, GeorgiaSport: Ultra Running
"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!" ... continue reading
Battle Creek, MichiganSport: Running
"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." ... continue reading
Cleveland, OhioSport: Hockey
"I am an Ultra-Runner and a proficient sweater and I need to take in large quantities of salt to keep from shutting down during training and races. I was relying on salt caps along with other Gel's like GU to try an maintain my metabolism but it was easy to get the mixture wrong and bonk....I plan on using e-Gel as my main electrolyte / energy gel at Western States 100 mile this June, bypassing the aid station's GU which made me so nauseous by mile 80, I almost did not finish the race." ... continue reading
Livermore, CaliforniaSport: Ultra Running
"I just finished my first marathon, and I am singing the praises of your product! I have been training with Team In Training/Greater Los Angeles Chapter/Long Beach since May. .... At first, I bought them just because I LOVED the taste compared to the Clif shots I had been using. Also, I LOVED the consistency of your e-Gel, in that I didn't feel like I had to chew it!" ... continue reading
Lakewood, CaliforniaSport: Running
"My buddy and I were riding home after a 40 mile training ride-1/2 downwind, 1/2 upwind on the way home. My friend bonked 10 miles out against a 25 mph headwind. We stopped. I administered to him my coveted e-Gel. He complained-wondered if it would make any difference. 10 minutes later he was back on his bike, riding hard, and saying, 'This stuff is incredible.' He now buys from Crank Sports. I always thought our experience was a simple but elegant testimony." ... continue reading
Burns, OregonSport: Cycling, Mountain Biking
"I wasn't sure which energy gel to purchase, as there were a ton on the market. After some research I went with e-gel because it didn't have caffeine and it was the best bang for my buck. Man was I thrilled to have it with me on Tough Mudder! We took one every hour or so on our adventure and I didn't once feel fatigued. I can definitely attribute my success on Tough Mudder Tri-State 2011 to the use of e-gel. We killed it and none of my 7 person team were exhausted thanks to the electrolytes and sodium in e-gel." ... continue reading
Burtonsville, MarylandSport: Adventure Racing
"Three hours into an agressive 5 hour ride, my legs were cooked, and my body needed electrolytes in a bad way. I shot another brand of energy gel and come to find out the gel had gone bad. I had no other means on me, when a training partner handed me what turned out to be the best tasting, quickest reacting energy gel I had ever used. Not only did the Tropical Blast e-Gel get me through the remainder of our ride, it made an immediate impact on my new gel of choice. I don't leave the house without a supply of my new best friends: Tropical Blast and Cherry Bomb. Thanks for finally making a gel that works AND tastes great. " ... continue reading
Dunwoody, GeorgiaSport: Triathlon
"I competed in my very first Ironman at Ironman Arizona after 17 years in triathlon. With horrid winds on the bike, I was nervous about my marathon. I packed my 6 Cherry Bomb e-Gels and I was off to a sub 4 hour marathon including a sub 7 minute mile at the finish line! The Ironman distance is all about nutrition and pace. I was so pleased with the experience and the endurance that the e-Gel formula gave me. I plan to continue to use Crank Sports products as I conitue to set PRs. Thank you Cherry Bomb!" ... continue reading
Glendale, ArizonaSport: Triathlon
"I ran my first marathon in 2003 using Clif Shots but they really bothered my stomach. My trainer recommended the e-Gel and I have had no problems on my long runs now. I have told all my friends who are runners or starting to run about your products and have passed out sample gel packs too! You're e-Gel is awesome! No blood sugar drops either like I had with other products.Products always arrive sooner than expected! You guys (and girls) are awesome!" ... continue reading
Columbia City, IndianaSport: Running
"I learned about the value of gel products through training for marathons. So when I returned to coaching basketball at a very academic school, I decided to see if I could combine the two worlds. With a small roster, our players are on the court for long periods of time and need to sustain high intensity for a solid 90 minutes. After learning what impact fuels have on your body for endurance sports, I decided to try it with our players. It has been brilliant! ..." ... continue reading
Pasadena , CaliforniaSport: Basketball