New GU Review (and giveaway)

Just curious–and I know I’m dating myself here–anyone remember “New Zoo Review?” Can’t quit thinking of it as I write a review on GU. Anyhow–the nice folks at Outside PR have hooked me up with all kinds of great products to try, review, and give away. My first round of reviews and giveaways is several products made by GU.
I’m pretty sure GU was the original maker of energy gels, but I could be wrong. Over the years I’ve tried many of these products, but I have always gone back to GU; I’m a vanilla bean fan. So when Outside sent me the different flavors and varieties to try, I had to break out of my norm. Let’s start with the gels–I’ve tried a bunch of different flavors, some I liked, such as the new Roctane blueberry pomegranate, and some I didn’t, like the Roctane vanilla orange. Regardless of my personal flavor preferences, though, GU works. I use it about every six miles whenever I am running over 10 miles.
Another product I tried was GU Chomps. These are little gummy squares full of stuff like sodium and potassium, amino acids, and vitamins E and C. I’ve tried these before on long runs and found I preferred gels. I’d have to say I feel the same way after try number two–for me, carrying chomps is a bit burdensome compared to a gel, and I really don’t like having to chew anything in the midst of a run. Personal preference is all.
I also tried the GU Brew electrolyte drink and recovery drink. I liked both. The electrolyte drink is perfect during a workout and I found it was easy to digest. I tried the recovery drink in orange pineapple post-race last weekend. I liked the taste and my legs have felt pretty good this week after their trashing on Saturday, so a thumbs up.
For you, my followers, I have a great GU goody bag to give away. I’ve got one packet each of the electrolyte and recovery drink, four packs of GU chomps, and six packs of GU gel. Here’s the deal to enter:
  • Be a follower or become one and let me know
  • Go to GU’s site, take a look at their products, and tell me if there are any products you haven’t tried
  • Extra entries if you post this on your site 

I’ll select a winner on 7/1 (can it really be almost July?) Good luck!

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  1. Marlene says

    I am a GU fanatic! It's the only gel/chew I will use. I have tried almost everything, but we don't seem to have Gu Brew here in Canada yet, not do we have some of the flavors. Need to do some shopping in Seattle! 😉

  2. busyrunningmama says

    Only thing I have ever tried is Shot Blocks so when I went to the GU website, it was all new to me! I am game for anything!!!

  3. Michele says

    I have only tried GU Chomps, but wasn't a fan of chewing while running either. I've never tried the GU gels! I normally use clif shots, but would love to try something new.

  4. running mom says

    I've never tried any gu product and have been wanting to try the gels forever! It might be enough motivation for me to try a long run again (:

  5. Pam says

    The only GU product I HAVE tried is the original gel in a handful of flavors. I'd like to try the Roctane ones.

  6. abbi says

    I haven't tried any GU products…yet! I never used anything for my half marathons but now that I'm training for my first marathon, I'm going to start experimenting on long runs.

  7. Stephanie says

    I have never tried the GU Brew, and would love to try it! Especially since now I am training for my first marathon!

  8. WannabeRunner says

    I haven't tried the chews, but I would love to. They sound like Cliff Shot Blocks which I love.

  9. MB says

    I've never tried GU and I'm not really sure I would want to but it may prevent the shakes I've gotten if I don't eat right away when I get home from the gym.

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    Delicate and feminine is Henrietta Hippo.
    Very wise and very smart is Charlie the Owl. (Whooo!)
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  10. Chloë says

    Oh I've been dying to try incorporating gels or chews into my workouts but I'm too scared to spend the money in case it's a complete fail. It would be nice to get some free… 😀

    I'm a follower :)

  11. Irene says

    Already a follower.:) I haven't tried Gu Brew yet, but I'm a fan of Orange Burst and Lemon Sublime Gu flavors.

  12. Running and living says

    I have not tried the brew. I feel the same about chomps, though I do like them as a candy!

  13. J says

    And I have only tried one GU ever! The mocha flavor. I am way behind and have really never used or had any GU's!

  14. blissfulrunner says

    I actually don't think I've tried any Gu products. I've always been more of a raid-the-pantry-for-random-portable-fuel type of girl. Peanuts and raisins usually win out. :)

  15. A perfectionist says

    I'm follower of your blog for a while. I started training for my first half-marathon two months ago. I was not even familiar with electrolytes about a month ago. I am making my own recovery drink after the runs but it would be nice to try some of the stuffs you have :)

  16. S Club Mama says

    I've never tried GU or anything like it. I'd have to travel like 40 miles to buy anything like that

  17. Angie Bishop says

    I have tried all of the GU products except the recovery brew because it has whey and I can't have casein. I LOVE the Vanilla Bean :)

  18. Caratunk Girl says

    Mint Chocolate! Mint Chocolate! Mint Chocolate! I want to try it but can't find it besides online.

  19. Brenna says

    I've never tried any of the GU products, but after my first half-marathon, I'm really interested in the electrolyte mix and the gels. Anything you have to chew while running is too off-putting for me!

  20. Sarah Woulfin says

    I love blackberry gu. I've never tried the recovery drink and wonder how the strawberry watermelon tastes 😛

  21. Maura says

    I'm a follower… I love GU gels, esp Tri Berry – my go to flavor for all runs over 10 miles… I like the blueberry pomegranate chomps, but only prior to a long run… never during as I can't stand when they stick to my teeth, just not something I want to deal with while running. I haven't tried the GU Brew…

  22. PhishyPaul says

    I'm a follower and like the GU products. I have yet to try their recovery drink, but it has to be better than Cytomax.

  23. Christine says

    I have not tried any of the Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel.I usually get the regular energy gel. I would love to try :)

  24. KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) says

    I'll try not to date myself either but have been using Gu gel since my first marathon back in 1997. I think at that time there was Vanilla Bean, Just Plain and Chocolate Outrage. My, how times have changed. Now there are tons of flavors. I've actually tried all of their products and my fave is the gu chomps. LOVE em'!

  25. KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) says

    Your giveaway is posted on my blog sidebar.
    Thanks for having this nice giveaway. One can never have too much Gu.

  26. Erika says

    Um…I've never tried ANY GU products, but am up to try anything. I start training for my first full this Monday, and for my 1/2's I've ran I usually use starbursts but need to find something new as I almost choked to death during my Borgess race…SIGH!

  27. lisa says

    I'm a new follower. I just found your blog through The Recovery Sock facebook page. Have to say love it. I've tried gu gel, but not the roctaine variety. I also haven't tried the gu brew or chomps.

  28. Jill says

    I have issues with GU and running, it messed up my stomach, but I can take it on a good climb up a 14er. I bought some blackberry the other day but haven't tried it yet. I'd like more of that flavor, as it's my favorite summer fruit!!

  29. Kenley says

    I follow you, of course. I went to their website and just on the home page they have a new flavor called Jet Blackberry. I love anything berry. Take care. My favorite is the Lemon Lime. I mix it with Gatorade. yummy. and drink during run. No stomach problems. Take care.

  30. Courtney says

    I haven't tried Chomps or Brew.
    I'm like you – I don't really want to chew something on a run. Love gels and GU is my favorite because the packaged is smallest and it seems to give me a more instant kick than other gels.

  31. April says

    Love your blog, just started reading it about a week ago. It's already in "my favorites" though. The only GU I have tried to date is the espresso love gel. Like it, but would love to try more flavors. Will be post to my blog as soon as I have one 😉 -hopefully that will be soon!

  32. Angela says

    Just became a follower of your blog and I haven't ever tried the Gu's before. I usually use Hammer gels and I've also tried Poweraide gels. I've been wanting to try the Gu gels.

    Posted a link to your giveaway in my blog.

  33. Julie says

    Hi Zippy,
    Thanks for hosting another great giveaway! I am going to pass on this one because my tummy has issues with the GU brand…it will give everyone else a better chance to win:)

    Hey,just in case you didn't know…tomorrow is Friday!!!

  34. Holly says

    I visited their site. I'm very much open to trying any of their products. The only one I have tried is the regular GU — which I really like.

    I'd really like to try the chomps.

  35. lindsay says

    i looooooove gu. you had me at "4 packs of chomps"! :) i still haven't tried all of the flavors but i've tried all the products… brew (active and recovery), gels, chomps. love them all :) (yes, i am a follower, so pick me!)

  36. Luke says

    I am a new follower. I have never tried GU but would like to. I have added your contest on my sidebar.

  37. says

    I am a follower. I first had a GU on my first half marathon. It was cold that day and the GU was almost solid. LOL! Love them when they come out of the pack more liquid.

  38. Tara Kieninger says

    I'm a new follower as well as a new runner and have never tried GU; thus, I need to win this give-away! Thanks!

  39. Rachel Wasserman says

    I haven't tried most of the gu products. Had my first chocolate mint gu last week and am hooked. Am interested in the brew and recovery drinks!