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Powerbar Gel


Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Powerbar Gel

Manufacturer: PowerBar

Your Opinion: 
 - 5 Votes


Page By: mrbynum

Created/Edited: Jul 16, 2007 / Jul 16, 2007

Object ID: 3549

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Product Description

Easy to swallow and quick to digest, PowerBar's energy gel is targeted towards high endurance athletes who need a quick burst of energy. In it's compact, easy to open pouch, this product is simple to use with minimal mess.


Double Latte**
Green Apple*
Plain Energy
Raspberry Cream
Strawberry Banana*

* Flavor has 25mg of caffeine
** Flavor has 50mg of caffeine

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 41g = 1 packet

Calories 110
Calories From Fat 0

*Percent Daily Values (%DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Total Fat 0g (0%DV)
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g

Sodium 200mg (8%DV)

Potassium 20mg (1%DV)

Total Carbohydrates 27g (9%DV)
Sugars 10g
Protein 0g
Caffeine 0mg

Vitamin C 15% Vitamin E 15% Chloride 2% Not a significant source of calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

(Nutrition facts taken from the Raspberry Cream flavor)


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mrbynumPowerBar Gel = Leg Cramps?

Voted 2/5

After hiking for many years, I have only had 2 MAJOR leg cramps, once on Mt. Defiance, and once while hiking up to Crater Rock on Mt. Hood. Looking for the common factor in these cramps, I discovered that these are the only times when I used PowerBar Gel. Being a physicist, I know that this is not a statistically valid sample, but it does concern me that I've had major leg cramps 100% of the time when I've used this product.

My assumption here is that the massive amounts of Sodium (200mg compared to 20mg of Potassium) in this product is causing a major imbalance between the levels of Sodium and Potassium in my leg muscles, thus causing the cramps.

As far as the burst of energy goes, this certainly works as a quick pickup, but not enough of benefit if it means I'll have another wicked cramp.
Posted Jul 16, 2007 2:59 pm


Voted 3/5

The taste of the powerbar gel is so strange, like eating plastic, so sweet and synthetic.
The price is really high and i think its not worth to spend so much money on it.
I have not had problems with leg cramps.
Posted Jul 17, 2007 4:17 am

MelbaToastMy favorite

Voted 4/5

Maybe not for everyone but the tangerine is awesome. Gulps down easy and fast and leaves a nice aftertaste. The worst thing about gels is getting rid of the sticky package. I put them in a ziplock in my pocket for later dumpage.
Posted Dec 22, 2007 4:43 pm

icypeakI just love these, but only...

Voted 4/5

..the vanilla. Like tommi, I find all the others have a very strange taste. I use them on all of my long climbs and get a real energy kick that lasts about 1-2 hours.
Posted Jul 25, 2009 5:17 pm

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