This 60ml gel contains a whopping 51g of carbs – which is twice as much as some others out there, which in terms of energy makes them pretty good value. That energy comes mostly in the form of malodextrin with sucrose (table sugar) and glucose syrup and provides you with 154 calories of energy. That’s enough to keep you going for maybe 30-40mins on the bike – depending on how hard you’re riding, your size and so on.
ZV7 is isotonic too, which means it’ll deliver that energy where it’s needed without you needing to drink extra water to absorb it. You don’t get any electrolytes to replace those you’re losing in sweat, though, so if you want those on a longer rider you’ll need to get them in a drink – Zipvit’s ZV1 Energy Drink Elite, for example, contains the electrolytes you need during exercise.
You can fit several ZV7s into a jersey pocket easily and biting the top off the sachet and getting the gel down without any mess is simple – it’s a user-friendly design in that respect. On training rides I take one about one every half hour or 45mins - less if I've got an energy drink on the go too or I'm having a bar. I try to mix it up - bit of bar, drink and gel because like many other riders I find it's easy to go off some energy products although that hasn't been a problem with these.
The ZV7 gels are quite a thick consistency and both the orange and blackcurrant flavours are sweet but they were a hit in these parts we really like the taste. I found myself looking forward to the next one well before it was due, which makes a change. As mentioned above I get sick of some gels, particularly on longer rides, and forcing them down can become a chore. Not these, though – they were equally popular with the other members of the team that tried 'em too. If you do want a bit of variety, you can always use them in conjunction with an energy drink and/or bars.
Energy-packed gel that's tasty and simple to swallow
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Make and model: Zipvit ZV7 Energy gel
Size tested: 30x60ml
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 39 Height: 190cm Weight: 74kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.