Gatorade Endurance Product review

Disclaimer: I received Gatorade Endurance to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! It is summer and as I tend to do in the summer (and usually regret it around July), I am training for a marathon. And with the heat and humidity that ALWAYS come with Cincinnati summers, I have to pay extra attention to my hydration and fueling. I struggle in these runs often, so I am trying to take extra steps this year to prevent that struggle by controlling the things that I can control. Hydration and fueling are definitely things within the "controllable" part of running and marathons. Enter Gatorate Endurance. When I was offered the opportunity to test this as part of being a BibRave Pro, I felt like it was the perfect chance to really work to step up my fueling game.


The first product I received was the Gatorade Endurance Peformance Formula in a new flavor (Watermelon) which will soon be available on their website! In 1.5 Tbsp of this powder (which makes a 12 oz drink when made to their product specifications) you get 300 mg of sodium (important electrolytes for summertime!), 22 grams of carbohydrates (making it very similar to a gel), and 90 calories. 

The formula dissolves in water fairly easily. I prefer things to be not terribly sweet, and so I used a bit more water than the recommended 12 oz. I carried it with me on a long run in Chicago, where it was definitely needed. The sun was out, it was over 70 degrees, and despite the breeze off the lake, I was incredibly hot. The watermelon endurance formula kept me feeling pretty good throughout the ten miles that I tackled that morning.

In addition to the performance formula, I also received several Gatorade Endurance energy gels in the recently added mango flavor. Some of the stats around this product are 80 calories and 20 grams of carbohydrate! Very similar to other products on the market. Where I think Gatorade Endurance has really stepped up (in my own opinion) is the consistency of the product. I often find myself struggling to swallow gels due to their thick and sticky consistency. This was a much thinner product, so much easier to swallow! You only needed a little bit of water (if desired) to get this one to settle well.

The other wonderful feature of this particular gel is the tear top. That orange section right at the top of the packaging is really fantastic just for ripping it off easily, even with sweaty hands (I try not to do it with my teeth because I know it is bad for them, and you don't need it with this packaging!) I know that this is potentially - to some - a minor thing, but to me this is a HUGE advantage.

Overall this is a fantastic product that I consider myself lucky to have tried. It definitely will be on the short list for me as I continue to train for the Wineglass Marathon this fall.

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