For years, GU has provided athletes and recreation enthusiasts with quality products to keep fueled and moving forward. GU Energy Gels are designed to deliver lasting energy that can be easily digested to be used efficiently and quickly for bodily exertion. Like many energy gels, GU’s gels contain a “carbohydrate blend,” otherwise known as a sugar blast! Fortunately, from what I can tell, they really have put quality time into designing and testing their gels to ensure their ability to be digested and put into action.


It seems like there’s only so much that you can do with energy gels to make them appealing, but it looks like GU has the right idea when it comes to design and flavors. They have produced at least 15 different flavors of basic gels (not including their other Roctane gels). The newest flavor on the line is root beer. That’s right, root beer.

I’ll give you a second to let that sink in…


At first, I was hesitant to try a Root Beer energy gel. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t had too many power bars or energy gels that I think, “Mmmmm, this is good! I’d like to eat this every day,” even though they are often loaded with tasty glucose. However, I was certainly open to experiencing new flavors and options.


“Root Beer” gave me the impression that I was going to experience an overpowering, chemical-tasting, super-concentrated root beer flavor.  But that was not the case!  After having multiple gels during activities such as mountain biking and hiking, I never found the flavor overpowering or overly-fake. In my opinion, GU Energy really got the flavor balance totally spot-on with this product!  I would recommend it to outdoor enthusiasts looking to carry some compact backup energy with them, and to endurance athletes–those training for endurance events or even just participating in endurance activities on a regular basis.

My last piece of advice:
Don’t be shy, try the Root Beer flavor!  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

MSRP: $11.60 (box of 8)

Huge thanks to Outside PR and GU for providing this product for review!

# Comments

  • James Tracy

    Good to hear. Usually that kind of flavor turns me off as being probably too fake or overpowering.

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