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Verdict: 
Very easy to swallow and gentle on the stomach
Weight: 
77g

Enervit's Liquid Gel sits somewhere in between a gel and an energy drink, making it more versatile than a lot of products, helped by the resealable pouch.

  • Pros: Easy to swallow and digest
  • Cons: Tastes quite sweet

The three flavours I tried – Black Cherry with Caffeine, Orange, and Lemon – taste quite sweet and a little 'manufactured', but I found they sat easy on the stomach. The ingredients are gluten-free too.

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A single pouch delivers 112kcal and 28g of carbohydrate, which I found enough to get me out of trouble if the dreaded bonk reared its head for around 45 minutes to an hour of riding.

The Black Cherry with Caffeine contains what Enervit says are high caffeine levels (42mg/100ml), and recommends sticking to just two pouches a ride, or four if it is a really long, drawn out effort.

I suppose it all comes down to how you react to caffeine in the first place. As a big coffee drinker, I could feel the hit if I was running out of fuel but not to the point where it had any adverse effects, even taking two pouches one after the other.

With water being the main ingredient, the gel is really easy to swallow – ideal if you need to fuel in the middle of a race or time-trial and don't have the time to ease off the power.

The screw cap might not be ideal in those competition scenarios, though, rather than just tearing the corner off a sachet with your teeth like most gels, but for more sedate riding it is actually a big bonus. You can take just half the gel, for instance, before replacing the cap and sticking it back in your pocket.

> How to fuel right for sportives and long rides

For a 60ml pouch the £2.85 rrp doesn't seem too extreme, considering that most gel sachets at half that size come in around the £1.50 mark. Torq's 47g Energy Gel is £1.85, for instance.

On the whole, the Liquid Gel pouches are handy to keep in your pocket, and thanks to how easy they are to drink and digest I'd imagine they'll work for most people no matter how hard you are riding.

Verdict

Very easy to swallow and gentle on the stomach

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Enervit Liquid Gel Competition with Caffeine

Size tested: 60ml

Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Enervit says, "Enervit Sport Liquid Gel Competition is a carbohydrate-based product for use during sports. It is a source of thiamine that contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism."

I found the Liquid Gel pleasurable to use and it delivered the energy needed.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

INGREDIENTS (Black Cherry with Caffeine)

Water, Maltodextrin (22,8%), Fructose (17%), Acid: citric acid, Flavourings, Caffeine (0,035%), Thiamin hydrochloride. Percentages indicated in g/100g (100g = 85ml).

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

Per 100ml, Per 2 cheer packs (120ml)

Energy: 799Kj, 952Kj, 188Kcal, 224kcal

Fat: 0g, 0g

of which Saturates: 0g, 0g

Carbohydrate: 47g, 56g

of which Sugars: 22g, 26g

Protein: 0g, 0g

Salt: 0.013g, 0.015g

Thiamine: 0.33mg, 0.4mg

Caffeine: 42mg, 50mg

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It delivers a decent punch of fuel to flagging legs.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Easy to swallow.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Slightly sweet flavouring.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

For a 60ml serving the price is on a par with many others on the market.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

The slightly manufactured taste aside, these Liquid Gel pouches are really good, delivering an extra hit of fuel when you need it.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed

Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.

6 comments

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bechdan [255 posts] 1 month ago
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Glad you only gave it 5/10 for value, £2.85 is pretty bad for 28g carbs

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DoctorFish [221 posts] 1 month ago
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That is a lot of plastic packaging for a small amount of sugary calories.

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BehindTheBikesheds [3322 posts] 1 month ago
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Or make your own energy drink which takes seconds, as above all this plastic shit for cycling is disgusting, how much can be recycled, pretty much none of it even if it isn't chucked at the side of the road!

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DoctorFish [221 posts] 1 month ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

Or make your own energy drink which takes seconds, as above all this plastic shit for cycling is disgusting, how much can be recycled, pretty much none of it even if it isn't chucked at the side of the road!

I really think that packaging really should start to become a part of the review of these unnecessary products.  I've started making my own "energy snacks" blend dates and nuts and roll in to balls.  Cost much less and much less packaging.  A bottle of sugary squash with a pinch of salt for shorter rides, an electrolyte tablet (plastic packaging, need to find one that isn't, or learn to make my own) to prevent cramp on longer rides.  Even packaging that can be recycled might not be, and then there is a limit on what it can be recycled into.  As a group us cyclists could do better, these guys are just selling expensive sugar.

 

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Rapha Nadal [1127 posts] 1 month ago
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If you're bonking after 45 mins to an hour of riding then you should be looking at your diet in more detail!

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aegisdesign [141 posts] 1 month ago
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Rapha Nadal wrote:

If you're bonking after 45 mins to an hour of riding then you should be looking at your diet in more detail!

That's not what the review was saying. It was when you've hit the bonk, this will stave off more bonk for 45 minutes to an hour. ie. it's an emergency "get me home" fix when you've been out for 5 hours already and it's another 1 hour to home but you've ran out of puff.

Personally, that's when I reach for the SIS Double Espresso gel.  150mg of caffeine. Tastes like cold coffee and has the consistancy of er, frogspawn. It's lovely.