saved me multiple times
these shot blocks are perfect to keep in your pack when your on the verge of needing a little boost. My boyfriend packed these on a hike in zion last summer and it was the first 100 degree day I had been in all summer. I was super dehydrated and felt like I was about to puke. I was drinking tons of water but nothing helped. He forced me to eat this weird gummy shot block (Im not into power bars or any thing like these) so I refused but he kept nagging. I felt the effects immediately and now I store a box of these orange ones with caffeine at my house. Im not sure which ones have caffeine and which ones dont but I do believe that really helped.
Good alternative to gels
I am sick of gels by now and really skeptical to try any of the funky running foods that keep showing on the market. Bought these as they were on sale at REI. I found them very useful on a long race yesterday.
They are easy to eat, taste good and the chewy part make them feel more "food" than gels.
Easy to open and eat with one hand, on the go and easy to store after opening without the chance of making a mess.
Also, makes it easier to eat less calories more often compared to gels (once open, you have to swallow it all).
Downside is they have relatively low Na and K content so I carried electrolyte tablets.
Hurrah for Bloks!
I used to think electrolytes were one of those things that only super-athletes worried about, like VO2-Max or TRIMP scores. Then I started getting headaches and nausea during my long runs as the runs got longer and the temperature began to rise. Although a salt packet might be cheaper, these blocks taste a heck of a lot better, and they do a pretty good job of keeping away the headaches and nausea that come with low electrolyte levels. The packaging makes it pretty easy to eat too--don't have to worry about sticky goo getting all over the place. I haven't tried many flavors, but the cranberry is pretty good. Just remember to chase them with plenty of H20.
A real boost on long backpacking trips
I take a lot of long backpacking trips. I drink a lot of water on the trail and I need something for electrolyte replacement. I have tried all of the gooey gel stuff and it doesn't really work for me.
Shot Blocks really work. I pop a few of these in the afternoon when I am beat and I can feel the after burners kicking in.
I like the new packaging. It is very clean and easy to get the number of blocks that you want.
Great for long runs
I've been looking for replacements to the usual sugary energy gels. I prefer something salty when I'm out using up a lot of energy, so the Margarita flavor fit my needs. I hear that you either hate it or love it, and you really need to like salt to like the Margarita. It was a strange combination at first, lime/lemony with a salty taste, but I ended up really liking it and it helped me get through my long run. The texture is like eating a box of Dots.
Better than Gu
Used these on a 13-mile trail run last weekend, ate two packs in 2hrs and 23 minutes.
Why they're better:
-Tube pack makes it easy to squeeze one out on the run
-No edges of a gel packet to cut your lips/cheeks
-No sticky gel residue on hands or in pockets
-Easy to ration out food for a more consistent intake, no spikes
-Easy to chew, taste better than gel
-Fit easily in the pocket of a handheld if the pack is cut/broken in half
I've been using Shot bloks for several years and they are great. I'm an avid cyclist both MTB and Road. I keep these in my pocket for every ride and take them about 30 minutes into a ride to keep my energy level high and to complete the ride on a high level. I've also done several 100 mile rides and these come in very handy. They provide a quick source of sugar and electrolytes.
Strawberry are great
These are a great electrolyte replacement while going UL backcountry. When I start getting tired from going fast, I eat 3 of these and drink out of the backpack reservoir while I keep on going. Good source of quick calories, sodium, and potassium.
Also like to use them while skiing all day in the backcountry.
I think the strawberry tastes great and goes down easy, no unpleasant aftertaste for me.
Tasty and Effective!
Shot Bloks are great at providing extra energy during exercise. They often go down easier than an energy bar, provide a quick boost, and taste great. I generally use them in 2 blok or 3 blok increments starting 15 minutes prior to working out, and then every 1-3 hours depending on the workout type (running vs. hiking). The new packaging works well, although the old pouch wasn't really bad either.
Great alternative to gels.
I have tried several energy gels on the market and just couldn't get past the taste and consistency, which often made me feel like I was eating cough syrup. I love these bloks, which taste good and are so easy to clean up afterwards, no gooey mess left behind like gels. My favorite flavor so far is lemon-lime, but I am going to try others as well.