I've been running with gu for the last few years and I find that all the sugar just sits in my belly all day after a long run. I picked up a strawberry and gold gel pack while I was at REI yesterday and headed out for a 17 mile run this morning. While the gel was a little sweet, it was much easier to swallow and didn't reside in my belly making me feel nauseous for the rest of the day. I felt really great my entire run (took the strawberry with caffeine around mile 6 and the gold around mile 12). I would recommend this product to other runners!
Awesome energy gel
I decided to give this gel a try instead of the usual Gu or Hammer during a long run up the hills, and I must say I was very plesantly surprised with the product. It is just like honey but less gooey which means it went down a little easier. The colour of the gel is bright yellow - looks weird - but hey, it works very well. I loved the taste as it is more natural than the other energy gels. No stomach cramps or problems with it. I'm a new fan!
All Natural Version of Gu
I have a sensitive stomach, and a few years ago when I started training for my first marathon, I tried all different kinds of Gu to keep me going during long runs. They all made my stomach upset, and I didn't know how I was going to get through training, until I discovered Honey Stinger. It's an all-natural version of Gu, and it was the only energy gel I could consume before and during my runs that kept me energized without upsetting my stomach.
I had not used gels/gu/etc. in my training, then thought I could get used to them in the weeks prior to "the long race" of the year. Bad idea. GU was too thick and strong, gummies were too cumbersome...stinger was just right. Went down smooth and easy. I still like the taste better than the alternatives. Highly recommended if you need nutrition for a race but haven't properly (months in advance) trained with it!
Way better then the compitition!
I tried the gold one and the ginsting. Both Were great. Much better then that...other stuff. It held my stomach hunger off for a while. I could see some improved energy. But then again climbing is exciting! These also taste very good in green jasmine tea on a cold morning.
My Go-To Energy Fix on Rides
Honey Stinger goes down easier than other gel/gus/gummies I've tried and provides a better boost. It's easy to tear off w/just one hand and your teeth.
Cons: You'll get leftover gooey honey in your jersey pocket, but that's with any gel/gu based energy product you use.
Good Change of Pace
The sweetness can be overwhelming, but mixed with water it's a great snack, especially if you're looking for a change of pace from the routine gels and bars. As an adventure racer, it's a great source of carbs during long training sessions.
Tasty and Portable
I use the Gold flavor as a substitute for honey in my tea and oatmeal when I go backpacking. It's much easier to carry than regular honey and provides extra vitamins and an energy boost before I start climbing all those hills!
Good taste and easy to go down
Used these while hiking for a quick and easy boost on the go. Hiking 9-12 miles after 10hrs of work and before dinner, they give the extra boost to keep going. Would also be nice for distance runners.
Good clean energy, B Vitamins and more!
These are the best gels out there, period! With great energy from honey and then add in B Vitamins and all the salts you need for sustained workouts. This product can not be beat.