After being introduce to Hammer Gel during a difficult Glacier National Park climb a few years ago I have been found by others craving the additional boost of energy it gives. I have also been known to frequent stores where it is sold as well as hide my Hammer Gel from my wife so she cannot use it.
I have converted friends who also use the product. As noted in the information below Hammer Gel must not be the only source of calories. I find it quite helpful when an additional "boost" of energy is needed.
Hammer Gel is sold by Hammer Nutrition and is marketed in Montana's Flathead Valley.
Here is what the company says about Hammer Gel.
The staple of any energy drink, bar, or gel is carbohydrate, and Hammer Gel stands alone in today's glutted market of energy products. A look at the ingredient list on the label will tell you why: we use long-chain complex carbohydrates for smooth, consistent energy release. There's only a trace of sugar, so Hammer Gel doesn't set off wild insulin spikes causing "sugar high" and "sugar crash." You won't find our products saturated with cheap, ineffective, commercial-grade sugars, which can ruin health and performance. Hammer Gel is an easily digested, concentrated source of complex carbohydrates with four amino acids added to enhance performance and prolong energy levels during intense training and competition. Hammer Gel has a syrup-like consistency that mixes easily with water if so desired. You can drink it straight, dilute it, or use it to flavor other components. Use it before, during, and after exercise.
Use as a primary source of calories during exercise/competition lasting up to two hours.
Mixing / Usage Instructions:
Consume 1-3 servings per hour (see chart below) along with 16-28 ounces of plain water per hour from a separate source.
Suggested Doses by Body Weight*:
Up to 120 pounds: up to 2 servings/hour
120-155 pounds: up to 2.5 servings/hour
155-190 pounds: up to 3 servings/hour
190+ pounds: up to 3.5 servings/hour
*These are estimated doses. Each athlete should determine in training, under a variety of conditions, their personal optimum.
Hammer Gel may be used as the sole source of calories during workouts and races up to two hours and as a partial source of calories when exercising for longer periods. When training sessions or races go much longer than two hours, select either Perpetuem or Sustained Energy as your primary fuel source.
Hammer Gel is perfectly compatible with all other Hammer Nutrition fuels. During ultra distance events, while Hammer Gel cannot be your sole source of calories every single hour, it may be used occasionally to give you a little variety in what you're consuming.
I was a die-hard GU fan until I started using Hammer Gel earlier this summer (still a huge fan of GU). I always buy it in bulk which is nice because I am able to keep the mess down from drippy individual wrappers. The taste is great and there is no bonk because it is not a sugar-based carb. The bulk bottle ended up being the perfect size for myself and my climbing partner during summit day on Rainier this year, so it works well to bring the whole bottle with a partner. Individual flavors are good as well and I have enjoyed every flavor that I have tried.