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OTE Caffeine Energy Gel Multi Pack 20 Sachets

 OTE Caffeine Energy Gel Multi Pack 20 Sachets
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Price: £35.00 £28.00
Manufacturer: OTE Sports Nutrition
Product Code: OTE008
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OTE Caffeine Energy Gel 20 Sachet Pack

Caffeine energy gel with a unique 'dual delivery' pack design allowing you to either sip or gulp the product depending on how you open the packet.

Formula based on a maltodextrin and fructose blend with caffeine sourced naturally from guarana and no artificial sweeteners, flavourings or colours.

This pack contains 20 x 56g Single Sachets.

Manufacturer's Description

OTE Caffeine Gel is easy to use, contains balanced electrolytes and 50mg of Caffeine to deliver energy to your working muscles when they need it most. Professional athletes use energy gels when they need ‘instant’ energy during exercise.

Caffeine, found in food such as coffee and chocolate, a naturally occurring stimulant. Our Caffeine Gel sachet provides 50mg of caffeine (sourced naturally from the Guarana plant) provides just the right amount for mental stimulation during your workout, without causing anxiety or reduced performance.

OTE Energy Gels have been designed to be light on the stomach; made with real fruit concentrates, they not only energise and taste delicious, but also prevent stomach discomfort caused by many other commercially available gels.

The light and refreshing pineapple taste twinned with our DualDelivery packaging system makes our OTE Energy Gels easy to consume during your workout.

Recommended Usage

Caffeine energy gels are a great way to give yourself an extra boost during training and competition.

Each gel provides enough carbohydrates to fuel 20-30 minutes of exercise, due to the caffeine content you may want to use this product alongside non caffeine versions for extended use during endurance events.

Flavours

The caffeine version of OTE energy gels are only available in pineapple. Non caffeine versions are also available in Lemon & Lime or Orange.

Alternative Pack Sizes

As well as this 20 sachet pack this product is also available to buy in single sachets -

OTE Caffeine Energy Gel Sachet

Product Codes

  • OTE Caffeine Energy Gels Pineapple - EAN/UPC 5060339190259

Nutritional Information

OTE Caffine Energy Gel nutritional information per sachet -

  • Energy - 82kcal
  • Protein - 0g
  • Carbohydrate - 20.5g (4.8g sugars)
  • Fat - 0g
  • Fibre - g
  • Sodium - 28mg
  • Magnesium - 11.2mg
  • Caffeine - 50mg

Ingredients

Water, maltodextrin, fructose, fruit juice concentrates (pineapple, lemon), natural guarana extract, thickeners (cullulose gum, xanthan gum), natural flavouring, preservatives (potassium sorbate), electrolytes (sodium chloride, magnesium corbonate).

Allergen & Dietary Information

Formulation contains no allergens.

Contains caffeine, not recommended for children or pregnant women.

Press Reviews

road.cc

OTE is a new range of nutrition products aimed mainly at cyclists and triathletes, including these energy gels. They're entering a crowded market place but the OTE gels do stand apart from some competitors thanks to their distinctive taste, the fact that they're made from all-natural ingredients, and their neutral PH balance to help reduce the stomach discomfort.

OTE stands for On The Edge, a new company aiming 'to be the brand that delivers both functionality and taste', as previously reported on road.cc, and they certainly do that with these gels.

On taste, the flavours available are Vanilla, Lemon & Lime and Orange. We tested the latter two. The taste is pleasant and distinctive, not strong, bitter or acidic, and not as tangy or zesty as some other brands. Whether that's a good or bad thing comes down to personal taste. Personally, I found it just right.

The consistency is on the liquid side; not as drink-like as High 5 gels but not as thick as, for example, ZipVit or Mulebar Kick gels.

On functionality, each gel contains 20.5g of carbohydrate, and provides 82Kcal. Depending how hard you ride (and on other factors such as physiology) that's enough carb to keep you going for about 20 to 40 minutes. I tested the gels on a long hilly ride around Cornwall (and, boy, was it hilly), taking one every half-hour, and found they powered me along nicely.

The neutral pH recipe seemed to work as well. After consuming a few of these gels, there was no sign of any bloating or other stomach discomfort.

According to the packaging, the main ingredients are water, maltodextrin, fructose and fruit juice concentrates. The gels also contain 'balanced electrolytes' - a pinch of sodium and magnesium – which 'help to promote fluid uptake, so you remain hydrated during exercise'.

So far so good, but it's worth noting that the gel itself weighs 56g, so for every 20g of carb you're carrying another 26g in your back pocket. OTE gels are not unique here - the same kind of ratio is found in some other very popular gels - while others have a much higher carbs-per-gram ratio, which other riders prefer.

The OTE energy gel is also available in a pineapple flavour, with the same carb content plus an additional 50mg of caffeine. The favour is mild, and not surprisingly doesn't have the citrus notes of the Orange and Lemon & Lime gels. I was expecting a coffee taste, but it doesn't have that either; the caffeine is derived from guarana – a South American plant, with beans that have a higher caffeine content than coffee. I used one of these caffeine gels on the last few miles of my Cornwall test ride (that monster out of Newlyn, for those that know the area) and it definitely gave me an extra kick.

The OTE gels are free from artificial flavouring, colouring and sweeteners. They're also gluten free, dairy free and kosher, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Finally, a note about the packaging. OTE gels have two openings: a small one if you prefer to sip or you're refuelling on the go and don't want gel all over your track-mitts; and a large one if you're off the bike or just prefer to get the stuff down in one gulp. It's a small touch, but an excellent idea.

On price, these energy gels retail at £1.35 each on the OTE website. The caffeine version is £1.75. This is roughly on a par with the price of gels from other manufacturers, and somewhere half-way along the scale on a crude carbs-per-quid basis. But as with all energy products, for most cyclists is doesn't just come down to price or the carbs-per-gram ratio. It comes down to more personal considerations such as taste, texture and impact on the stomach – all positive in my opinion, and on that basis I'd recommend giving OTE gels a try. If they work for you, stick with them. If they don't, then no harm done.

Source: Road.cc webiste, August 2013

 

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