Recently SiS brought out a new product called WHEY20 which is basically a protein gel that's a bit like a yoghurt without needing to go in the fridge. Given my ongoing ambassador role with SiS they decided to send me some of these gels to use after my rides so I could figure out my opinion. Admittedly I was a little skeptical at first as I've always been a powered protein man, and gels were always associated with that sweet and sticky kick of power. However, always open to new ideas I've given them a test.
I'm no expert on sports science so bear with me on this point. After a hard training session, race or sportive the optimum time to start the recovery process is the first 30 minutes, so pretty much every sports nutrition company would tell you, to get your protein ingested during this time. When taking on that protein most people can only digest and make effective use of 20g of protein per sitting so that's the most people really need to be taking after an event before you're just wasting your money. So SiS have basically made a gel with, you've guessed it, 20g of protein to keep things efficient. They have also cut back on the carbs at 1.8g and only 88 calories.
Taste & Texture
SiS make the WHEY20 gel in two different flavours; strawberry and lemon. Both have a very distinctive taste with the lemon gel tasting very much like a lemon tart with a zing when it touches the tongue. The strawberry flavour on the other hand brings back childhood memories of those Froob yoghurts that every child had in their lunchbox as a kid. Both have a strong taste but it's not overpowering which makes them easy to ingest after a long ride when the chances are you maybe don't feel like taking on food straight away. The texture of the gels is pretty thick but still easy enough to squeeze out of the packet and swallow and given they are a little bit heavier than a normal gel might leave you feeling a little bit more full than usual.
The gels come in packs of four for £8 or 12 for £24 which when you first look at it might seem a little bit on the steep side, but lets not forget these are effectively a premium product aimed at helping you get your recovery kick started as soon as possible when it's not as practical to carry a powder and shaker. The most important thing to remember is that they are really not designed for every day use but more those times at the end of a sportive or race when you need your protein in that 30 minute window but you've got a long drive home. Equally, if like me you quite often end up sat in the cafe chatting through your ride for hours afterward they are an easy way to get your protein onboard. Therefore you are paying for convenience.
The gels are great tasting, easy to digest and definitely a convenience after those rides when I'm not close to home. I admit though that the price point won't appeal to everyone and probably doesn't make them an everyday item to use after rides. Ultimately they're something different and a niche in the market.
Given quite a few people have probably had the chance to try these as well now I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts? Or why not drop me a message for 10% off your next order from here.
*As mentioned above I did get sent the gels and do have an ongoing relationship with SiS but I'll always give them the same feedback, constructive or otherwise as I would anyone else.