in depth review about clif shot enery gel

Clif Shot Energy Gel Review – Should You Buy It?

When it comes to endurance sports like long distance cycling, marathons and ultra-marathons, most athletes prefer eating energy gels to keep their performance at peak for a longer duration.

But the question is, should you buy Clif Shot Energy Gel? Or should you go for a different brand like GU Energy Gel or Spring Energy Gel? (check out the reviews I’ve done on both of those brands)

That is exactly what I’m going to go in-depth in this article. Because lets be honest, most people recommend a certain brand of energy gel. And if it is a shitty brand (pardon my French), then you won’t even feel energetic after eating those gels.

Although, most energy gel brands have figured out a way to make sure that at the very least, you will feel a surge of energy as soon as you eat the gels. Even if you feel a huge energy crash after 30-45mins.

I’ll talk about why that happens later on in the article.

This review will be slightly different than the other ones that I’ve written. I’ll start off with a pros and cons list so it is easier for you to make a decision. And then I’ll go into all the questions that you might have about this energy gel.

So without any further ado, lets jump right into it.



  1. Less expensive than other energy gels

It is true. Compared to other brands, Clif Shot is the least expensive option out there.

GU Energy gels cost $32.80 for a 24 pack.

Spring Energy gels cost $29.99 for a 12 pack.

While Clif Shot costs $28.45 for a 24 pack.

This is definitely a huge pro because you don’t want to spend a lot of money on these energy gels. Because at the end of the day, if you are going to be doing any type of athletic activity for a longer duration, like long distance cycling where you will be cycling for a couple of days, you will want to make sure that you are taking a break and eating a full meal.

You don’t want to down an energy gel whenever you feel weak because that will do more harm than good.

I know Clif recommends that you can take one energy gel about 15-20 minutes before your activity and then eat 1-2 gels every hour. That is not good advice when you will be cycling for multiple days. It doesn’t make sense to eat 11-20 of these energy gels in a day when you are competing.


  1. Available in most stores

Unlike other energy gels like Spring Energy Gel, Clif Shot Energy Gels are available at most physical stores out there. That is great because even if you have Amazon Prime, you will have to wait at least 1 day to get these gels delivered to you.

So, if you forgot to buy any gels before your competition day, you can at least pick them up at any physical store on the way to the competition. That makes the whole thing easier and less stressful for you.


  1. Incredible taste

I’ll be honest, out of all the energy gels I have tried over the past 2 years, Clif Shot energy gels taste the best. Not just that, they also have a wide range of flavors that you can choose from so you never get tired of eating the same gel all the time.

I know most people will have a favorite. Like with ice cream, most people choose chocolate. But if you eat ice cream frequently, you will want to change things up at some point. With Clif Shot, you can do that because there’s just so many flavors they have available.

And they also keep launching new flavors all the time.


  1. Pouch is small and compact. Can keep it anywhere

Clif Shot energy gel pouch is small so you can keep it anywhere you want. Although, I recommend bringing a fanny pack with you regardless of what endurance sport you are going to be participating it. A fanny pack will keep things simple for you coz you will have everything in one place and not have to worry about anything.

Remember, you want to free up as much mental energy as possible so you can focus on maintaining your pace and completing the race in a good time.




  1. Your energy drains earlier than 30 minutes

It is weird because with every energy gel you eat, you expect to get at least 30 minutes of peak energy performance out of it. But with Clif Shot Energy gel, I felt like my energy levels started depleting at the 20-23 minute mark.

Maybe it was because of the flavor I chose. I don’t like to consume a lot of caffeine throughout the day so I chose to go with the chocolate flavor. It has 0mg of caffeine in it.

If I had gone for the Double Expresso or Citrus flavor, the energy levels would have sustained for longer than 30 minutes.

The good thing about these energy gels is that you won’t feel any digestive issues when you eat them. This is a huge factor to consider because the last thing you want while running is feel like you are bloated or nauseous after eating an energy gel.

So here’s the question that you’ve been waiting for.


Would I Use Clif Shot Energy Gel?

I wouldn’t use it as part of my normal workout routine. I have my diet dialed in pretty well and so I feel energetic throughout the day without needing to consume any caffeine at all. So whenever I’m weightlifting or running to prepare for a full marathon or a half marathon, I can usually get all my training done without having to rely on any energy gels.

But on the day of the event, I would definitely keep these in my bag to make sure that I have something to eat that tastes great and will give me the energy boost I need to finish my marathon.


How Do You use a Clif Shot Energy Gel?

It is pretty simple. You just tear open a packet and consume the whole thing in one go. Make sure you don’t save anything for later because then you won’t get the energy boost you were looking for.


How Long Will It Take For the Energy Gel To Kick In?

It depends on the person. Some people are able to digest sugars and carbohydrates very quickly. While others take a bit longer. But in general, you should feel a spike in your energy levels within 2-3 minutes after eating 1 entire packet.

If you absorb these carbs slower then it is possible that it could take up to 15 minutes for the energy gel to kick in for you.

You will have to eat them yourself to find out how long it takes for you to start feeling the energy.