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This lovely energy supplement is an extremely sugary liquid, billed as “nitrous for your body.” The idea is to boost your performance over the last hour of a race or hard ride.
Cost: 2. Retail is 5 bucks a pack; about twice what a PowerGel costs. Enervit claims each pack is two servings’ worth, but drinking half a pack is both difficult and impractical.
Portability: 3. Nothing fancy, same size as most energy gels, slightly thicker package size. Several fit fine in a jersey pocket.
Ease of Use: 3. Again, pretty standard. The screw-off top is a little easier to open without making a mess and allows resealing, but the consequences of an accidental swallow are much higher.
Edibility: 3. The taste is pretty neutral, but the massive amount of sugars can make it tough on the throat. Still, the fact that it’s entirely liquid makes it go down easy. Not bad, not good.
Punch: 5. As far as I can tell, this is the next best thing to 400mg of meth. The impact is immediate, like a good Coca-Cola buzz, but long-lived and without the nasty belches. I took one with 2 laps to go at the Boulder-Roubaix race, and it made me a different man. Time your usage well, though; the comedown hits hard after about an hour and 20 minutes.
Final Thoughts: Expensive, but useful. Find someone who works at a shop that imports from Veltec, and get them at cost.