Eating calories on a long run is a no-brainer. So as endurance athletes, we’re constantly trying out new types of fuel during our training runs so that we know what works when it comes time to run a marathon or beyond. When it comes down to it, GU is goo. While they all seem to boast roughly the same amount of calories, and some have caffeine (some don’t), the flavor is what helps keep the GU from coming back up once you’ve forced it down.
Have you used GU products before?
Kristen F: Yes
Kristin K: Yes
Rate the flavor: Cherry lime GU gel
Rate the flavor: Peach tea GU chomps
Comments on flavor:
Brodie: I admit, I was pleasantly surprised about both. The Cherry Lime I like more than the blueberry version of the gu rocs. When this gets on the market I am going to buy.
What was great about the peach tea chops, it was the best chew I have had. I don’t like things too sweet so it was a good balance. In addition, when I use other chews, I need to stop running, eat and continue. The gu, I never lost a stride! Flavor and good texture.
Mike: I was more concerned about aftertaste with these flavors. The cherry lime flavor stuck around for a while and was actually pleasant (prob the lime part).
The Peach Tea flavor stuck around a while and wasn’t all that pleasant to me.
Thomas: At first I wasn’t a fan of the Cherry lime Roctane because the flavor wasn’t what I was expecting. It was on the more subtle side. Then after running a long run and having multiple GUs I realized the lighter flavor was more palatable less gooey sweet. I ended up liking the flavor. The Peach Tea were good but par with the other Chomps I have tried. They would be good to add into your Chomp flavor rotation.
Chaz: Flavors are fine… No complaints…
Kristen F: The cherry flavor was much better then expected. It wasn’t too sweet or sugary which is very important when it comes to consuming something while running/cycling – my personal experience is that the more sugar involved, the more my stomach acts up which is absolutely miserable during an endurance event. I felt the Peach chomps were ok, but that the flavor could be involved. It is my honest opinion that the peach flavoring was a bit much – if toned down a notch, it would probably be very tasty.
Jay: Cherry Lime Gels: For some reason, when I got my first “squirt’ of this, the first taste reference that came to mind was chocolate. Strange, since there weren’t really any chocolate notes in the overall flavor. I couldn’t get rid of it throughout the gel. Overall, i like GU’s citrus based products, but this combination together didn’t really do it for me. I would have preferred just lime, I think.
Peach Tea Chomps: This flavor was much better, and even a bit refreshing. The tea offset any cloying sweetness of the peach. I’d like to see them try a Green Tea Chomp. That would be the yums.
Peter: The chomps tasted great, the gel not so much. I have used GU Roctane before, and it tastes like cough syrup. Guess I can’t complain much since Roctane was what I used in my BQ marathon, but the flavor is not a selling point.
Kristin K: I LOVED the cherry lime GU gel. Brought it along with me for a 13 mile training run. Took it during the last two miles. It’s winter in Wisconsin, so it was quite chilly. The gel was a little cold/hard, but I was still able to push the gel out relatively easily. I always love berry flavored gels, but I wasn’t expecting how much I would enjoy the added tanginess of the lime flavor. An excellent combo…will definitely incorporate this flavor into my gel lineup for future training runs/races. The Peach Tea Gui Chomps were also very tasty. I’m surprised by how accurate the flavor names really are…they really do taste “peach tea” flavored!
Comments about portability:
Brodie: No issues at all carrying the product. When you use these types of products it becomes second nature. I thought the chomps were much easier to carrier than other products.
Mike: GU’s packaging has always been tip-top. The gels are especially easy to store and consume on the run.
The chomps are a bit more cumbersome just because its a bulkier product. Their packaging reminds me more of fruit snacks I used to have as a kid rather than an on-the-go nutritional aid.
Thomas: The GUs have always been a great carry for runs. I have more challenges with Chomps.
Chaz: Tucks in a glove or hat nicely.
Kristen F: One of the many reason I favor GU gels is because they seem to the be the most compact and slim-est option out there. I can pack more GU’s then I can other gels and during a long distance run I’d rather be able to pack more then needed then forced to care less then I may actually need.
Jay: The gel packets are without a doubt much more portable than the Chomps packets. I’ve not really understood why the Chomps packets have two servings in them, but I guess they’re really targeted more toward much longer distances. I don’t really see myself jamming the Chomps packet in my shorts pocket.
Peter: No problems – very portable. Chomps might be a little tougher to stuff in a small pocket.
Kristin K: The gel back was super easy to carry – just stuffed in my jacket pocket for my run. Didn’t even notice it was there – small and lightweight. The Chomps are a little less portable, at least for a run. I’d probably be more apt to use the Chomps during a bike ride – put ‘em in my bento box.
Brodie: The products were fine, same as most others in market.
Mike: The gels are clean if you’ve had some practice with them on the run before. They can get messy if you have to keep the leftover packaging in your hands before you find a trash can for it.
I tend not to bring Chomps with me on runs just because they feel more bulky to me. so they made a great afternoon snack in my apartment.
Thomas: GUs are great one shots, the Chomps can get sticky on the fingers.
Chaz: Not bad.
Kristen F: I feel that overall the gel is well controlled and not very “runny” but that the tearing portion of the GU case/pack could be made a tad bit easier to open. I wrestled with them a little touch then I would have liked to.
Jay: The Chomps are much less messy than the gels, and just pop right in without leaving any gunk on your hands. Although I did lose one as it slipped out of the hot sweaty mess that was my hands. Gels are a sticky nightmare overall. They work OK for me now, as I’ve learned over time how to take them without ending up with them all over my hands and mouth, but it was certainly a trial and error process. GUs have a thicker viscosity than most gels, though. Some people don’t like that and can’t handle the consistency, but I prefer the thickness. For me, it’s easier to get in my mouth mid-run.
Peter: Pretty good compared to other brands I have tried.
Kristin K: The gel was a little messy – found myself licking my fingers after it was all said and done. Gu Chomps are very easy to handle – not sticky/messy.
Would you recommend it to a friend?
Kristen F: Yes
Kristin K: Yes
Brodie: Yes because it worked for me, I would describe what I liked before the recommendation. I really enjoyed the flavor.
Mike: Yes because it worked for me, I would describe what I liked before the recommendation. I really enjoyed the flavor.
Thomas: The Roctane is a great little bit of rocket fuel for your long runs. A nice combo of complex and simple carbohydrates that provide quick and sustained energy, electrolytes for replenishment and caffeine to tap more power and diminish pain.
Chaz: It’s easy to find Gu, the price is right, and probably works well for most people.
Kristen F: I typically always suggest GU gels to runners and chomps to cyclists because my personal history is that they weather pretty well with my stomach and are easy to carry.
Jay: The Cherry Lime GU Gel and Peach Tea GU Chomps were both from the Roctane line and each serving (2 servings in the bag of Chomps) has 2X units of caffeine. So, this is like having two 8 oz cups of coffee for the gel and 4 8 oz cups of coffee for the chomps. I drink quite a bit of coffee, so caffeine generally isn’t an issue for me. However, I have found that on the run, caffeine intake doesn’t work well for me, causing heartburn and sending me into the bushes mid long run more than once. Not everyone has this issue, but heads up…
Peter: Flavor is very unappealing, but from a performance standpoint it’s seems fine.
Kristin K: See above – great flavors, surprisingly true to ambitious sounding names.
Favorite GU product/flavor?
Brodie: Now, Cherry Lime!
Mike: Vanilla Bean Gel
Thomas: Roctane Blueberry Pomegranate
Chaz: No pref
Kristen F: Vanilla Bean GU
Jay: Tri-Berry & Lemon Sublime
Peter: don’t have one
Kristin K: It’s now Cherry Lime!
Brodie: I like the chomps because of the caffeine, double the amount compared to a cup of coffee.
Mike: Thanks for making an amazing product! You’ve got a long time customer in me!
Chaz: I dig Gu products. I don’t use a ton of quick energy products, but when I do I always look for Gu.
Kristen F: I usually go with this flavor because historically it weathers very well with my stomach and it’s actually pretty tasty!
Jay: Nope, thanks for the opportunity!
Peter: When it comes to gels, I tend to prefer Hammer or Carb Boom! because they taste good and don’t make me want to gag as I suck them down. Some of the non-Roctane flavors of GU are much better.
Kristin K: Thanks for the opportunity to serve as a dailymile product tester! Always enjoyable.