Description Clif Shot bloks are a source of carbohydrates and electrolytes all packed into a semi-solid cube. Including three flavors with caffeine and one flavor with 3x sodium. Two servings per pack, and 100 calories per serving
Pros: Like a giant gummy bear. Not too sweet to stomach when you are hot and tired. Still enough sugar to give you a boost.
Cons: Flavors are a bit hit or miss.
Recommendation: I use these while hiking and riding because they pack small and don't taste completely aweful like most "excercise" food. The flavors seem to get better the more tired you are but that could have something to do with simply enjoying some sugar and rest ater mashing the pedals.
Cons: Weird consistancy in your mouth doesnt go down all that well and the taste is nothing spectacular.
Recommendation: These are a good choice for on the trail but id rather go with the PowerBar gusher gummies the taste is much better and the blast of fluid from the center doesn't leave your mouth so dry
Pros: A nice transition between solid food and an energy gel for sure. Energy gels dont seem to fulfill any hunger pains, while these CLIF Shot Bloks definitely feel like you at least put a little something into your hungry belly. They taste great, (I have had Mountain Berry and Citrus) and for $2.00, its not a bad deal every once in awhile.
Cons: If kept in a hot car, can sort of blend together and not come out as individual blocks, and sort of sticks to the wrapper, but it still tastes the same!
Recommendation: I would definitely recommend Clif Shot Bloks to anyone wishing for a bit more substance than an energy gel.
Pros: Easy to eat, easy to absorb. Great tasting and effective!
Cons: A bit hard to eat while on the go.
Recommendation: My go-to electrolyte source for longer rides that have sit-down breaks. They taste great and pick you up quickly. They're a bit harder to eat while on the bike without a lot of pre-planning on your part. They can be a bit pricey, but they have two servings compared to just one of the single-serving gels.
Pros: Taste good.
Longer lasting energy than gels.
Feel like you're eating something.
Easy to digest.
Cons: Hard to eat while riding.
Recommendation: I carry these on longer rides in addition to gels. At high altitude, I usually don't feel like eating 'real' food, but these provide good energy and something to chew on when I take a longer break and get off the bike.
They don't have the immediate kick of energy gels, but they tend to last longer in your system too.