“CLIF SHOT® Turbo Energy Gel offers all of the performance upgrades of the new CLIF SHOT® Energy Gel, but also includes an extra concentrated caffeine kick for those days that require just a little bit more.” CLIF has made some improvements to its gels, coming up with new formulas that offer better taste, a thinner consistency, and more electrolytes to fuel your performance. Also added are varying amounts of caffeine, with 25mg in the Strawberry and Citrus, 50mg in the Mocha, 100mg in Double Expresso and in the Chocolate Cherry, or no caffeine at all in the Chocolate, Vanilla, and Razz.
I recently got to try all of these new flavors, excepting Vanilla. They are uniformly decent, with a few standouts in the Mocha and the Double Expresso. In fact, I would go as far as to say that the Double Expresso is my favorite gel of all time! These new CLIF gels have very natural flavors, excepting the Chocolate Cherry, which, while still an okay flavor, came closest to the chemically-tinged taste of the past. One other thing I really liked about these new gels is how easily they melted and mixed into water. I’ve been carrying gel flasks a lot recently, finding it easier to drink down the gels rather than squeeze them out of the tube while underway. CLIF SHOT® Energy Gel contains no animal-based ingredients so it is vegan-friendly. BONUS!
CLIF has also added the “litter leash” to its packaging, which keeps the top attached after being torn off, resulting in less litter while exercising. That’s one step closer to being more environmentally friendly. One other suggestion I would make is for CLIF to package their gel in multi-serving packages, so that people like me, who use gel flasks, can refill the flask from a single source, rather than opening a new package each time.
It appears to me that CLIF has, for the most part, made great steps forward in this product. If you need a gel with good flavor and some extra boost from caffeine, give these a try. That they are vegan-friendly is a nice touch as well.
(Disclaimer: I was sent this product for free to review on my blog – courtesy of CLIF, via Lisa at Double-Forte. I did not pay for these items, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)
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