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Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gel

Test Series By Erin Foudy


  • Initial Report - January 21, 2013                            

Tester Info:


Name:  Erin Foudy
Age:  31
Gender:  Female
Height:  5'11'' (1.8 m)
Weight:  150 lbs (68 kg)
Email address:  erinfoudyATyahooDOTcom
City, State, Country:  Tucson, Arizona, USA


Backpacking Background:
I started backpacking while working for the National Park Service ten years ago.  I have been a backcountry ranger/law enforcement ranger and served on search and rescue crews.  I typically take two or more camping trips a month, year round.  I appreciate light weight, but am not obsessed by it.  I often carry a 30 lb (14 kg) pack and stay out from three to nine days at a time.  I also enjoy day trips with only water on my back.  I take trips to Colorado and Montana in the summertime and enjoy the outdoors there as well.



Product Information and Specifications:


Manufacturer: Honey Stinger
Product Name: Organic Energy Gel
URL: http://www.honeystinger.com
MSRP: $1.35 US Single Pack

$32.40 US Box of 24

$233.28 US 8 Box Case
Listed Weight: 1oz (32g)
Measured Weight: 1.2oz (34g) in wrapper
Flavors Offered: Vanilla, Fruit Smoothie, Acai & Pomegranate
Flavors Tested: Vanilla, Fruit Smoothie, Acai & Pomegranate
Year Manufactured: 2012
Best Buy Date: February 2014 as marked on wrapper


Product Description:

The Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gel is a carbohydrate gel that comes in a single-serve plastic packet.  To consume the gel, the top of the plastic packet is ripped off where it is perforated and the gel is squeezed out of the top.  Energy gels like Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gel are most often marketed to provide energy for endurance sports such as running, cycling, and triathlons.  Honey Stinger offers their organic energy gels in three flavors, Vanilla, Fruit Smoothie and Acai-Pomegranate.  The gels are made with USDA certified Organic ingredients such as organic tapioca syrup, organic honey and electrolytes.   



Initial Impressions:

I have never tried an energy gel before and I will be honest, I have never really had a desire to try an energy gel as it just didn't sound very appetizing.  I like the idea of a light and fast energy source while in the backcountry as every pound adds up, and it certainly is nice to be able to easily eat something while on the go.  The Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gels look like they could easily fit in the pockets on the hip belt of my day pack and my backpacking backpack.  These gels definitely work for convenience.  However, on my first try of the Honey Stinger Organic Gel I was not so impressed with the taste.  I tried the Vanilla flavor, the consistency of the gel was much thinner than I had expected, it tasted like a very sweet and thin consistency vanilla pudding.  The flavor of honey was also very apparent.  After trying a couple of large squeezes of the Vanilla from the packaging I just felt like I couldn't eat any more.  I remembered that the Honey Stinger website stated that the Classic Energy Gels could be consumed in different ways aside from just straight from the packet.  The classic gels according to Honey Stinger can also be spread on toast, combined with tea, or stirred into water to make an energy drink.  I figured that maybe the Organic Gels could also be tried in these different ways.  With what I had left of the Vanilla, which was a good amount, I toasted some bread and spread a large amount of gel on the toast.  It looked in consistency and color much like honey except maybe a bit thinner.  I completely covered my toast and tried it out.  It wasn't bad, not great, but a bit more palatable in my opinion.  Unfortunately, I was holding my toast in such a way that the gel actually ran off of the toast and down my hand.  As I said, the gel is thin.  I wound up with a very sticky hand and table.  Even after trying the gel straight from the packet, and on toast, I still had about a third of the packet left.  I decided to try mixing it with approximately a cup (.24 liters) of water.  The Honey Stinger website doesn't give any suggested mixing ratios for consuming the gel in this way.  With the gel easily squeezed from the packet into the water, the water turned a light golden color, once stirred the water looked more cloudy but seemed to dissolve easy enough.  The flavor was what I would expect, a watered down vanilla flavor but still very sweet.  I drank about half of the water/gel mixture and then poured the rest out.   My first experience with the Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gel was not the best.  I look forward to trying the gel out in the field while hiking to see if my body's need for carbohydrates and energy will improve the overall experience and taste. 

Summary:

The Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gel is a carbohydrate gel used during exercise to maintain energy.  So far, I have only tried the Vanilla flavor and found it to be very sweet, of thin consistency, and hard to consume.  Inside one of the single serving plastic packets is 1oz (32g) of gel which turned out, for me, to be a lot to finish.

Pros:

1.  Easy way to consume carbohydrates while exercising or hiking.
2.  Small package is easy to carry and light weight.

Cons:

1.  I didn't really like the Vanilla flavor or consistency.
2.  The gel is very thin and easily pours out, easy to make a mess.


This concludes my Initial Report.  Please check back in a few months for my Long-Term Report.  Many thanks to Honey Stinger and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me to participate in this test.


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