Vega Sport is a product that is using all natural “vegan safe” ingredients to produce the nutrition products we all use, as cyclist and as triathletes. They carry a full line of sport drink mixes, gels, bars, pre-workout fueling, and recovery based products. We were given a couple cases of gels and a few of electrolyte hydrator packages. I tried the gels for a month and the drink mix shortly. I decided to write about the endurance gel, because of the commonality of its use.
The gels use several ingredients that most gels don’t have in them. These are all “plant based” and “all-natural”. They are “formulated to provide instant and sustained energy”. Plus they use vitamins and electrolyte replenishment during workouts. The product is also made for easy digestion and is free of many harmful ingredients other products use.
When talking about gels my main concerns are, one does the product work, two does it taste good, and three how easy is it to swallow while riding. I truly could care less if it is vegan. I love meat! When using all these factors, I find that the gels are relatively easy to get down the hatch. They are a bit gritty and they have a slightly different texture than any other gel I’ve ever eaten. It wasn’t bad, but it was a texture I had to get accustomed to. The product taste surprisingly good in the raspberry flavor. It didn’t go over the top with flavor which is good. Now to the number one reason why we even eat these things. Does it work? I noticed it fell a bit short for me. I didn’t bonk, but I wasn’t as chipper as I needed to be while riding. I felt like if I ate two in a row then it would sustain for the forty five minutes and then I’d have to eat two more. It almost seemed as if I needed double the recommended usage. This could be for several reasons. Maybe I was training harder than others, which is highly unlikely. Maybe my body wasn’t acclimated to that type of ingredients, which is not probable. Maybe they didn’t test it for sustainability in my training conditions. I think the main factor why I didn’t get the product’s full potential is because I had been using the same gels for so long (years), it took at least 2 weeks of the 4 to get acquainted with the new gels, then the third week to notice that I should eat two at a time, and finally the fourth week I was feeling good, except that it was the end of a long training block.
So here are the words you want to hear… Over all can you trust this product? I would say yes, but there is a big but I need to add. But, you need to try it in the winter base period. Use it all winter and be fine with it by the race season. The middle of a race season wasn’t a good time to try things out nutritionally. I also think the product is formulated more for casual riding and exercise and maybe not for more the elite cyclist or athlete. I hate to review something and not get 100% behind it, but I would never recommend it for elite athletes, but probably would for the recreational/weekend warrior.
Head Coach Kevin Lee