Enervit's Liquid Gel sits somewhere in between a gel and an energy drink, making it more versatile than a lot of products, helped by the resealable pouch.
- Pros: Easy to swallow and digest
- Cons: Tastes quite sweet
The three flavours I tried – Black Cherry with Caffeine, Orange, and Lemon – taste quite sweet and a little 'manufactured', but I found they sat easy on the stomach. The ingredients are gluten-free too.
A single pouch delivers 112kcal and 28g of carbohydrate, which I found enough to get me out of trouble if the dreaded bonk reared its head for around 45 minutes to an hour of riding.
The Black Cherry with Caffeine contains what Enervit says are high caffeine levels (42mg/100ml), and recommends sticking to just two pouches a ride, or four if it is a really long, drawn out effort.
I suppose it all comes down to how you react to caffeine in the first place. As a big coffee drinker, I could feel the hit if I was running out of fuel but not to the point where it had any adverse effects, even taking two pouches one after the other.
With water being the main ingredient, the gel is really easy to swallow – ideal if you need to fuel in the middle of a race or time-trial and don't have the time to ease off the power.
The screw cap might not be ideal in those competition scenarios, though, rather than just tearing the corner off a sachet with your teeth like most gels, but for more sedate riding it is actually a big bonus. You can take just half the gel, for instance, before replacing the cap and sticking it back in your pocket.
For a 60ml pouch the £2.85 rrp doesn't seem too extreme, considering that most gel sachets at half that size come in around the £1.50 mark. Torq's 47g Energy Gel is £1.85, for instance.
On the whole, the Liquid Gel pouches are handy to keep in your pocket, and thanks to how easy they are to drink and digest I'd imagine they'll work for most people no matter how hard you are riding.
Very easy to swallow and gentle on the stomach
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Enervit Liquid Gel Competition with Caffeine
Size tested: 60ml
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Enervit says, "Enervit Sport Liquid Gel Competition is a carbohydrate-based product for use during sports. It is a source of thiamine that contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism."
I found the Liquid Gel pleasurable to use and it delivered the energy needed.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
INGREDIENTS (Black Cherry with Caffeine)
Water, Maltodextrin (22,8%), Fructose (17%), Acid: citric acid, Flavourings, Caffeine (0,035%), Thiamin hydrochloride. Percentages indicated in g/100g (100g = 85ml).
Per 100ml, Per 2 cheer packs (120ml)
Energy: 799Kj, 952Kj, 188Kcal, 224kcal
Fat: 0g, 0g
of which Saturates: 0g, 0g
Carbohydrate: 47g, 56g
of which Sugars: 22g, 26g
Protein: 0g, 0g
Salt: 0.013g, 0.015g
Thiamine: 0.33mg, 0.4mg
Caffeine: 42mg, 50mg
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It delivers a decent punch of fuel to flagging legs.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Easy to swallow.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Slightly sweet flavouring.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
For a 60ml serving the price is on a par with many others on the market.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
The slightly manufactured taste aside, these Liquid Gel pouches are really good, delivering an extra hit of fuel when you need it.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.