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High 5 Energy Gel - 20 Pack

High 5 Energy Gel - 20 Pack
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Price: £14.99
Manufacturer: High 5
Product Code: HI5002
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High 5 Energy Gel 20 Pack

High 5 Energy Gel is an ultra concentrated sports fuel for instant energy, formulated to deliver carbohydrates and the electrolytes essential to maximise fluid and carbohydrate uptake.

Based on natural fruit flavours the gels contains no artificial flavourings, colourings or sweeteners and are suitable for vegetarians.

Manufacturer's Description

EnergyGel is smooth with a light consistency and a dash of real juice for a great taste. It’s not thick or overly sweet. Easy to open and swallow, each sachet contains 23g of carbohydrate. EnergyGel is award-winning and proven in many of the World’s toughest competitions.

Which High5 gel to choose: EnergyGel or IsoGel? Both types of gel do the same job. However, IsoGel has a lighter consistency somewhere between a drink and a gel. EnergyGel has a slightly thicker consistency, but is less bulky and lighter in weight, which makes it easier to carry in larger quantities.

  • Race proven in the World’s toughest competitions
  • Real juice flavours for a light refreshing taste
  • 23g of carbohydrate
  • Caffeine Free
  • Easy to carry and open
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

Recommended Usage

Use during strenuous and sustained effort, consume upto 3 sachets per hour during activity ensuring adequate fluid intake. Not recommended for use by children under 15 years of age or when pregnant. Maximum 40 sachets per day.

Flavours

High 5 Energy Gel is available in apple, banana, citrus, orange, and summer fruit or select a mixed pack and get a selection of all flavours.

Alternative Pack Sizes

As well as this 20 sachet pack High 5 gels are also available in single sachets -

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If you prefer your gels with a caffeine boost High 5 Energy Plus is based on the same formulation but with added caffeine -

Product Codes

  • Apple - EAN/UPC 5027492997934
  • Banana Blast - EAN/UPC 5027492999174
  • Citrus Burst - EAN/UPC 5027492999204
  • Orange - EAN/UPC 5027492999198
  • Summer Fruits - EAN/UPC 5027492900125

Nutritional Information

High 5 Energy Gel Apple, Citrus Burst nutritional information per 38g/30ml sachet  -

  • Energy - 84kcal
  • Protein - 0g
  • Carbohydrate - 21g (10g sugars)
  • Fat - Trace
  • Fibre - Trace
  • Sodium - 0.02g

High 5 Energy Gel Banana, Orange, Summer Fruits nutritional information per 38g/30ml sachet -

  • Energy - 80kcal
  • Protein - 0g
  • Carbohydrate - 20g (5g sugars)
  • Fat - Trace
  • Fibre - Trace
  • Sodium - 0.02g

Ingredients

High 5 Energy Gel Apple - Maltodextrin, water, glucose, fruit juice 15% (apple, cranberry, red currant), sea salt, preservatives (sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate).

High 5 Energy Gel Banana - Maltodextrin, water, glucose, flavouring, sea salt, preservatives (sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate).

High 5 Energy Gel Citrus Burst - Maltodextrin, water, glucose, fruit juice 15% (lemon, orange), sea salt, preservatives (sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate).

High 5 Energy Gel Orange - Maltodextrin, water, glucose, fruit juice 15% (orange), sea salt, preservatives (sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate).

High 5 Energy Gel Summer Fruits - Maltodextrin, water, glucose, fruit juice 15% (apple, raspberry, strawberry, blackcurrant, cranberry), sea salt, preservatives (sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate).

Allergen & Dietary Information

Press Reviews

 220 Triathlon

High5's EnergyGel is worth a punt for anyone who's experienced an upset stomach after gel consumption. It's free from a lot of the artificial rubbish found in many other gels, and its subtly sweet flavour means it's not a challenge to ingest.

Each 38g sachet contains 23g of carbohydrates (92kcal) and amounts to about one mouthful. If there's one criticism, we don't think there's quite enough liquid in each, but High5 reckon it's the ideal amount in terms of energy requirements and how much your body can comfortably digest.

You also need to be quick to gulp it down once you tear open the sachet, as its sticky, watery consistency can get messy if you're not careful. It's certainly not a gel to put back in your jersey pocket half consumed.

As with most energy products, the rub comes in the price. At £19.80 for 20 sachets, High5's gel isn't as costly as some, the slightly low carb content together with their advice to consume up to three per hour will hit your wallet hard.

Source - BikeRadar Review, October 2012

road.cc

High5 Energy Gels are smaller than the gels available from some other brands, but they taste good and slip down easily - and certainly deliver the energy you need on a long hard bike ride.

Each sachet contains 38g of gel. According to the packaging, the main ingredients are maltodextrin (which the body breaks down into glucose), water and simple glucose. There's also some salt and flavouring. This mixture provides 20g of carbohydrate and 80 kcal of energy.

Do they work? Yes, absolutely. I have used High5 Energy Gels on several long rides, and they definitely provided sufficient energy to keep me bowling along nicely. Most sports scientists agree that athletes can absorb a maximum of around 60g of glucose per hour (give or take a bit, depending on body mass and other factors), and that's illustrated well with these gels: on long sportives, after the first two hours, I find that one High5 Energy Gel, plus some carb-based drink, keeps me fuelled up for half an hour of fairly hard riding.

The structure and texture of these High5 Energy Gels is light and thin, more like a juice than a gel, and noticeably different from some of the thicker gels available from other brands. This is good because the High5 gel is very easy to swallow, but can be a nuisance when you open a sachet on the go with one hand and your teeth, as the stuff can easily escape from the sachet and spill all over your chin, hands and top-tube.

I've been testing banana flavour, which is pretty tasty; also available is apple, orange, citrus and summer fruits.

These High5 Energy Gels are also available in a 'Plus' version. The main ingredients are the same, with the anonymous 'flavouring' swapped out for 'fruit juice' and the addition of 30mg of caffeine. According to High5, this can "substantially increase the absorption of carbohydrate and fluids. Caffeine also stimulates the body's nervous system, reducing fatigue, making you more alert, increasing your concentration and reducing the effort during sport."

This may sounds too good to be true, but in my experience a little bit of caffeine does wonders at strategic points during a hilly 100-mile sportive, and studies by proper sport scientists have found the same effect. It might be imagination, but the boost from these 'Plus' gels seems to be almost instantaneous as well, such that I can see a big hill half a mile down the road, grab a sachet from my jersey back pocket, neck it, then have the legs to attack like a Schleck when the gradient starts to steepen. Okay, a lot of that increased performance is definitely my imagination but at least part seems thanks to the caffeine-enhanced gel.

The different sport nutrition manufacturers disagree on the most effective amounts of caffeine to take on board when you're cycling. So, as with any energy product, it's good to test various brands during training and see which one works best for you.

The recommended retail price on the High5 website for Energy Gel and Energy Gel Plus is £19.80 for a box of 20, plus £5.75 for postage, working out at around £1.30 per sachet. You can pay a similar price or less at your local bike shop and get cheaper deals at the various on-line stores.

On a crude carbs-per-quid basis there are cheaper options out there from other brands, but the relatively small sachet size and the light texture of High5 Energy Gels might be preferred by riders who find the gels from some other manufacturers too big and thick to take all at once.

Verdict - Nice-tasting energy gel, easy to consume, delivered in a small sachet and providing good performance benefits.

Source: Road.cc High 5 Energy Gel Review, June 2012

Triradar

There’s plenty of water in these gels, so they slip down easily. The downside is that they leak onto your hands unless you drink them all in one go. They have a simple fruit taste that isn’t too sweet or artificial, and they contain electrolytes for improved hydration. Their energy comes from maltodextrin, fructose and glucose. The carbohydrate content is marginally lower than some, due to their water content.

Source: Tri Radar, June 2012

Functional Sports Nutrition Magazine

Energy Gel is a fact acting high carb' gel with a smooth texture. It was the first gel to be flavoured with real fruit juice for a fresh taste. Its not thick or overly sweet and it's exceptionally easy on the stomach. Energy Gel has been race-proven in the world's toughest events. Energy Gel Plus also contains 30mg caffeine. When used correctly and in moderate doses, caffeine can increase the speed of carbohydrate absorption. It also acts as a stimulant, reducing the perception of fatigue while increase focus and concentration.

Source: Functional Sports Nutrition Magazine, Jan/Feb 2012

Men's Running

High 5 Energy Gel Orange - Much like running long distances this energy gel requires one thing it would seem: practice. Knowing you are about to ingest sea-salt, for instance, is never going to be particularly easy on the mind, but the body appreciates the orange-flavoured, sugary content and will reward you by moving your legs faster, for longer. Placebo or not it seemed to do the job.

Source: Nutrition Special, April 2011, Men's Running Magazine

 220 Triathlon

This is a pleasantly simple, no-nonsense gel formula with a relatively average carbohydrate (23g) and sodium content (42mg). If you're new to gels this could be a good one to start with.

A 6% carbohydrate solution is generally deemed the optimal concentration for the contents to be absorbed into the stomach while limiting any gastro intestinal (GI) discomfort. When taken with 500ml of water this will bring the product to 4.4%, which is one of the lowest here and less risky on the stomach.

This gel is free flowing, and provides an instantly noticeable zing, but after taking it with water this is hardly noticeable. Rating - 7

Source: 220 Triathlon Magazine, Go Faster Nutrition: Gels - July 2010

 

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