Which gels are the best? Why do you need an energy gel? Fuel your run with tasty and effective nutrition products.
If you're running for over an hour, you should consider your nutrition plan, as your body uses its natural stores at this time. The harder you're running, the sooner you need to refuel.
Carbs are the thing that the body needs replacing and it's recommended that you consume 30-60g of carbs per hour for the first 3 hours of running (and more like 60-90g per hour after this).
We run through the best products on the market.
A go-to for many runners and riders. The SIS has become a trusted source of energy due to its easy-to-digest formula.
This gel comes in a range of 9 flavours and provides a 22g carb hit with electrolytes.
Best for: All-round
|Easy to take without water||Not everyone likes the flavours|
|22g Carbs per gel||Quite large|
|Isotonic formula delivers energy fast|
One of the most competitively priced gels on the market. This contains 23g Carbs in one gel.
This is a good solid gel that lots of people use.
Best for: Price
|Good range of flavours||Some people don't like the flavours|
|Ultra-concentrated for fast action|
Best for: Chewing
|Some people prefer chews||Need to take on water with chews|
|Great taste||Pack difficult to open whilst running|
A crazy amount of flavours, so you should be able to find one you like. People like the consistency of these and they have some big fans.
These were launched back in 1991 and were the original energy gel and they're still going strong now.
Best for: Flavours
|Amazing flavours||Can be a bit sticky|
|More filling than others||Some don't like the additional caffeine (check flavour)|
This one really packs a punch. With twice the amount of carbs of a standard gel. It means you don't have to take as many when you're out.
They also contain electrolytes which helps with your hydration too.
Best for: Carb intake
|Huge 40g of carbs per gel (double most others)||Can be 'too much' carbs for some events|
|Natural flavourings||Only 2 flavours|
|Contain electrolytes to remain hydrated|