New to cycling; Texas heat is brutal but EFS LS made the difference! Review by LUCKY 13
Riding in the Texas heat can be brutal but prehydration using EFS LS made the difference! The consistency of the product is easy to consume and the flavors are great. Really glad to have found this product. Thanks 1st Endurance for continually making great products for endurance cycling! (Posted on 6/16/13)
awesome product Review by Phil Gaimon
I have a lot of trouble eating bars and dealing with gels when I'm racing. The convenient flask in the Liquid Shot is effective, easy to stomach, and no problem when I have to be attentive to the race situation. (Posted on 3/20/13)
Easy calories Review by Carter Jones
During hard training or racing a bottle filled with EFS and water makes it easy to get the calories you need when you might not be able to eat solid food. (Posted on 3/20/13)
Everything you need nothing you don't Review by SHot!
Awesome, its the only thing I need and race on for food. Easy to calculate exactly how much Cal I need to have and mixed with a little bit of water or in a whole bottle tastes great. Adjust with more water or less to make it easy to swallow during really hot rides/races. Quick to absorb and doesn't have any extra stuff in it that you don't need like there is in gels. Has changed my pro riding diet on the bike to a simple math problem Miles * ( shot + water ) = going the distance. (Posted on 3/20/13)
Can't Train Without Liquid Shot Review by www.TheTriHouse.com
I started using EFS Liquid shot a year ago and now I can't train without it. I used to train with all of the other gels on the market. Some made my stomach sick, some didn't provide enough calories or electrolytes. Now I'm hooked on EFS Liquid Shot. We now use it at all of our triathlon training camps.
Thanks for making such a great product. (Posted on 10/15/12)
Very palatable! Review by WV Cycling
As the readers know, I’ve never been too hot about manufactured foods and snacks while on the bike. Instead of dextrose, give me a peanut butter and jelly sammich. Instead of artificial flavors, give me some nutella. First Endurance has changed me forever for the better.
I received the EFS Liquid Shot in the mail, opened the package, and read the flask’s label. Vanilla? VANILLA? Liquid Vanilla is scary. There are so many ways it can go wrong. EFS did not fail, and actually made it kinda enjoyable. Saying that about an energy gel is a big compliment. The flavor is kind of creamy, and the viscosity of the gel is not intrusive on the flavor, or the enjoyment of it. This is because the liquid shot does not have any of the traditional gelling agents used in other products. The flavor does not linger for a long time in your mouth, it is still nice to have a sip from your water bottle after it but not necessary. About half way through my ride, I wanted to just drink the rest of the liquid shot, since the slightly sweet taste was becoming really enjoyable! :)
The flask is 130ml, and was able to get me through 40-50 miles with no problems. The perfect mix of dextrose, sucrose, and sugars did not irritate my stomach, and I was not craving solid foods or anything else. I was doing fine with my water, and the flask of vanilla gel goodness. One thing you must remember is that this flask is pure energy. Before or after the ride is the best time for the food, or any time you cross your stomach’s threshold for needing substance. This is something that will take a bit of time to learn, but the ease of sipping on the liquid shot was enjoyable enough that I have purchased one of their 32 oz refill bottles. This refill bottle is like 20-30 of your normal gel-shot packets depending on which ones you buy; the best part is that you don’t have a sloppy wrapper in your back pocket or right above the elastic of your shorts once you are done with it. The flask itself does not leak, has a pretty average spout releasing just enough depending on how you squeeze the soft plastic container. Feeding yourself becomes no-nonsense.
The EFS Liquid Shot also is a carrier for the basic necessities like sodium, magnesium, potassium, calcium, etc that we sweat out while on a ride. These ingredients do not make a significant influence on flavor, but can make the difference between cramping up or not on a hot day. Basically, it is jam-packed with electrolytes, and we’re not talking about Brawndo-type electrolytes…
The only flavor currently available is Vanilla. First Endurance plans to introduce additional flavors of the EFS Liquid Shot later in 2010. I am hoping to try the berry flavor when it come out, since this product has been a hit.
Surprisingly great flavor
Large volume, compared to other “gels”
Full of essential calorie based energy, amino acids, and trace elements the body needs.
Refillable flask is a bit more environmentally responsible, as compared to traditional “gels”
Does not irritate stomach
Price ($6 for a 5oz flask) While all prepackaged nutrition is typically more expensive than home-made products, First Endurance has done their homework, and guarantees that this product will do its job, and satisfy you.
Novelty – If this is something that you have never tried, it may be quite foreign to you, and possibly have you hesitate. Don’t worry, it’s worth a try!
Not going to lie, I still enjoy real food, but on a race, or gran-fondo, these are a must.
4/5 Stars (Posted on 10/6/12)
easy to carry, easy on belly Review by Marisa
The vanilla flavor is perfect for longer rides, half ironman runs, and marathons. Easy to carry, easy on the belly. Take it like a "gel", a big gulp, and chase with water. Or take a tiny sip at each aid station and turn the water into a sports drink. (Posted on 8/28/12)
Fast, great quality energy that tastes good Review by Mathew
I like the liquid shot because I can save and reuse the flasks or fill my own flasks - no more peeling the tops off messy packets and fumbling with the used wrapper while I ride. Fill the flask, put it in your jersey pocket, and ride. Simple, fast, effective. Plus, you know First Endurance makes a quality product and it also tastes great. (Posted on 8/25/12)
Dependable fuel for long events Review by Darkmuse
Just complete my first ironman with these as my primary fuel source. I'm 50, the goal was to finish on time and have a lot of fun in the process. The liquid shots got me through 16 hours in Coeur de Alene with no hunger, cramps or stomach problems. My next race will be focused on trimming down the time and it 's great knowing that I have the fuel question successfully resolved. Thanks guys! (Posted on 7/7/12)
I'm oredering more! Review by wirelessJake
a member of my tri club suggested EFS while training for our 70.3. I tried them on shorter rides but today we rode 60+ miles and then ran a few miles. Not a a single cramp, no GI issues, and didn't need to carry a bunch of gross gels. My favorite is the vanilla, as the mocha was a bit too sweet late in the ride. Great job, I'm ordering! (Posted on 5/13/12)
Love the vanilla Review by Brian
Not your dad's gel. Trying other gels was like swallowing a glob of nondescript superglue that took half a water bottle to wash it down. The consistency of EFS liquid shot is more along the lines of a smooth syrup that easily washes away with the water bottle. I've incorporated the holy hand grenade into my ultra distance rides and it greatly help relieve cramping as well as an energy boost in the last miles. (Posted on 2/22/12)
Overall best gel product on the market! Review by Jeff
Very easy consistency going down. Very light flavor and high electrolyte content. Have used for distances from intermediate to IM distance triathlons and runs up to 50k. Highly recommend!!! Love the vanilla, but for me the mixed berry is too sweet. (Posted on 1/8/12)
great product Review by Aaron
Liquid shot was the initial First Endurance product I used and after using Gu and powergels, i experienced a bigger and more noticeable boost especially 2-2.5 hrs into a ride or race. Even with no caffeine, there is a much greater difference than gels with up to 50 mg caffeine. I wouldn't train or race with anything else! (Posted on 11/7/11)
Best product I've used and I've tried a lot! Review by K.F. Zaitz
Best nutrition I've ever used during long runs and races. It tastes great, has a great consistency and allows you to get some water consumption at the same time as the liquid shot. It is the only stuff that doesn't upset my stomach. Definetly a winner, I've been telling all my teammates about it! (Posted on 11/6/11)
Unfair advantage Review by Cabe
Having raced competetively over the last few years, i've tried a variety of nutrition products designed for cycling. Theres GU, Hammer and Clif but, nothing compares to this. The taste, consistency and effect is unmatched! I used to cramp up in races and hard training rides but just taking a sip of this almost immediately quiets my protesting muscles. Its my go to fuel for every ride i go on lasting over an hour. It may be "expensive" but the results are worth it and fueling properly while riding effects your recovery immensely. Hats off to FE for making such a wonderful product. More people should take advantage of such a great product but then, there goes my unfair advantage. (Posted on 9/7/11)
Cake Batter Liquid? Review by Bill
Theres a lot of reasons to love EFS Liquid Shot, but I can't get over how closely it resembles the taste of cake batter. For anyone whos tried a number of different gels or similar products and knows how much the taste of something can actually affect your willingness to use a product, this should come as a relief! I admit to randomly taking swigs from my 30 oz refill container just because I wanted a snack. Beyond the exceptional taste, this little flask packs a punch from a nutritional standpoint. There aren't many training runs that one single flask can't be the primary fuel for considering the 400 calories included in each bottle. And even though First Endurance manages to cram 400 calories into this small bottle, I've never experienced in GI stress of any kind. Moves through the system easily and efficiently. If you havent tried yet, what are you waiting for? (Posted on 8/31/11)
bee's knees Review by megan.
this stuff is the bee's knees and the cats pajamas. (Posted on 8/27/11)
This stuff really works, unlike all others Review by Eric
If you sweat more than average, and need to refuel quickly and sustainably because your fast twitch fibers are too demanding, this is the stuff. Take a good shot of this about 10-20 minutes before a long climb on the bike and then augment every 20 minutes with another sip. You will be amazed at how well you feel. (Posted on 7/16/11)
Perfect 10k Run Nutrition Review by Michael Hutto
I just ran for a new 10k run PR this past weekend. All I used for race nutrition was my wild berry liquidshot and a little water from aid stations. It was the perfect recipe for my PR! (Posted on 6/20/11)
Does not work for me Review by Tony
I tried EFS gel in three different races and definitely does not work for me. I like other product from First Endurance but something wrong with the gel. Maybe I cannot absorve it but in three different races I got lots of cramps and feeling weak. Maybe I am doing something wrong or just some ingredient does not work with me. (Posted on 6/12/11)
Great for racing Review by Dan
For many years I used various gels (Hammer, Gu, Clif shot) to keep my energy up while racing but I always disliked the thick consistency and most of the flavors. After learning about the EFS Liquid Shot I thought I would give it a try and have been very pleased with it. I tried the vanilla variety and thought it had a good flavor and it settled well. I also like that the consistency is closer to water than a gel, so you don't need a water chaser just to get it down. Overall, I think it is a solid step up from all of the other gel-type foods and it will be the only one I'll buy from now on. (Posted on 5/4/11)
Best product on market! Review by NWRunner
Agree with all positive comments. Excellent product! PLEASE produce in single (gel size)packets. For runners, this is optimal. Thank you. (Posted on 4/21/11)
I hate Gu, but this stuff is Great. Review by Curly Su
Well, normally I have trouble with this sort of product. I train on peanut butter, honey, and gatorade and hope for the best. My stomach just tends to revolt with anything else. But, with the training ramping up for a serious tri-season, I thought I'd try again.
I tried both the vanilla and berry flavors, and they're both great. No gag-reflex, and they definitely spurred me through my whole 10 mile run, even when I hadn't eaten breakfast beforehand.
I also love that they're in a reusable container. I got the refill, and I've been using the containers over and over again with no problem. The container fits perfectly in your hand; I forgot I was even carrying it. You could also put it in your fuel belt if you wanted...
A truly awesome product -- I love First Endurance! (Posted on 4/3/11)
my favorite energy product Review by Laura Wheatley
The liquid consistency is great, and i love the mildly sweet vanilla flavor. I've been using this product since summer 2009 and I recommend it to everyone! The reusable flasks are awesome too! (Posted on 4/1/11)
Easy to Carry Review by Meredith
My husband did an Ironman while eating on Luna Bars on the bike. It was messy and difficult to use. I knew this would not be a good option for me in my training/racing as I have a hard time swallowing solid foods while on the bike. I was introduced to EFS Liquid Shot last year and immediately it was a great option as (a) it worked and (b) it was easy to carry and use. It fits perfectly in the pocket of my jersey or in my fuel box. And I don't have to carry as much fuel as the Liquid Shot is very concentrated and has many "shots" in each flask. I love it! My favorite flavor is vanilla. (Posted on 3/30/11)
Your All-In-One Nutrition Answer Review by Anne
Like others I have tried lots of different nutrition combinations, however, I have been lucky because my stomach handles most things well ... so for me it is a matter of finding something that works that is also EASY!
I was tired of caring gels, chomps, salt, etc. It was too complicated and invariably something would get dropped or forgotten. That is when I found EFS Liquid Shots and I have not looked back!
I love the refillable flasks, the flavors, the sodium, and particularly the viscosity of the shot. I definitely recommend trying this product! (Posted on 3/27/11)
Smooth and easy on the stomach Review by Beth
I am so happy I tried the EFS shot. I have used a lot of other gel and had a lot of problems. I would always have stomach troubles on hard intervals and during races. NO PROBLEMS with EFS. I like the flask. It is easy to slip into your jersey on long rides. I also like that you can refill the flask. Much better than all the competitors. I like the wild berry the best, but the vanilla is also smooth. (Posted on 3/18/11)
Much better alternative to gels Review by Christopher
I used to encounter GI trouble using gels, specifically late into a longer race such as a marathon. Liquid shot is easy to carry, provides the calories and electrolytes that you can't get from gels AND it's easy on your stomach. They're great for running, cycling and multisport. (Posted on 3/18/11)
Great for Marathon Racing & No GI Issues! Review by EndurancePro
I first became aware of the EFS Fluid Shot from the advertisement in Triathlete magazine. I became so curious that I decided to try it to see if it would help me on race day! Previously I was using GU/Clif Gels and they upset my stomach on race day,and I didn't like having to open it, and squeeze it to consume it! When I am racing, I don't like losing valuable mins! I tried the EFS Fluid Shot vanilla flavor at the Safari Park Half Marathon. I put the contents in a flasks, and I was so happy with the taste, easy of use with the flasks, saved valuable minutes, and felt like my body absorbed it quicker and gave me a surge of energy! In addition, I noticed that I did not have GI/stomach issues, cramping and other symptoms I have had previously using other products! Great product, I am running the LA Marathon March 20, and I am excited to use this product, and will continue into the future! I'm ordering the Berry flavor! Thx First Endurance! My body and stomach is very happy! (Posted on 3/17/11)
Makes Mouth and Tummy Happy Review by Kristin
So I'm one of those people that has a sensitive stomach. I've done the gels, the chomps, ect I've tried everything. And after using them for a while my tummy gets overwhelmed and I feel nauseated. When I first started using Liquid Shot I was totally blown away with the ease of digestion. I could actually take a shot of it and not feel sick to my stomach. I think I did a little happy dance when this happend.
Now a days I use this for every work out. Especially if I haven't eaten in a while and want to squeeze in that workout. I have enjoyed NOT having to take extra electrolyte pills with this product as well. The south gets so humid and you just sweat and sweat and sweat somemore so this has significantly improved my heat tolerance. LIquid Shot has all the electrolytes you need...perfect!! Two thumbs up for EFS Liquid Shot vanilla and wild berry!! (Posted on 3/16/11)
Great tast, easy energy, and fantastic bottle! Review by Kacie
I have tried both flavors of EFS liquid shot, and I really like both of them. Having the product in the bottle with the sport cap is really great. I can just throw it back in my bag and pull it out for the next workout. I love the consistency, because I don't have to choke it down quite like other products! It is smooth! I also think it really works. When I start struggling and I reach for that bottle, I really do feel better and more able to attack the rest of the workout! A friend of mine called it "liquid gold," and I agree completely! (Posted on 3/14/11)
Positive Points of EFS Liquid Shot Review by Kyle
I have tried many products on the market for a source of energy and nutrition while competing, and have found that after many years of experimenting that EFS Liquid Shot is the ONLY product that works and the ONLY product that I use. EFS does not give me any symptoms of cramping or even an upset stomach. What can I say, I love and use the product! (Posted on 3/12/11)
Tastes Great & Less Filling Review by Anthony
I've tried 'em all, and haven't found anything that gives you energy faster, is easier to get down, or tastes as good. I love not having to wash it down right away, or let it dissolve in your mouth before gulping it down. If it does start to taste too sweet or get to sticky on a hot day, its great in a bottle of water, or EFS electrolyte drink. (Posted on 3/7/11)
Wild Berry tastes good! Review by Michael
I've used the Vanilla shots for a while, both mixing it into my water bottles with the drink (can't go wrong with the fruit punch!) and taking it straight up while running, and really like the taste and consistency. I don't have any plans on mixing the Wild Berry and for now find the taste a good change after being on the bike for a few hours. My only disclaimer is don't judge the taste when you're not exercising - for me it had a very different (and better) taste during exercise. (Posted on 3/2/11)
No GI Issues! Review by Mandy
EFS Shot is really awesome. I have tried a lot of different brands of gels and I always have to wash them down with water or something - they are so thick and over sweet. Not so with EFS Shot, it goes down easy, tastes great, and provides me the fuel I need to keep moving on. AND the best part for me is that since I started using EFS Shot last year, I have had no GI Issues! Thanks First Endurance! (Posted on 3/1/11)
No GI Issues! Review by Jill
Leading up to my first 140.6 race my main concern was nutrition. In my past 70.3 races, I'd always had issues digesting my nutrition and always ended up running with nothing left to fuel me. Once I started using the EFS line, including LS all my problems went away. I love the LS, and never got tired of the flavor. I sweat a lot and my main concern is replacing electrolytes; LS delivers everything I need. Plus after a year of 140.6 training I still like how it tastes!! (Posted on 2/28/11)
Something my Stomach Agrees With - Finally! Review by Kati
As a Gluten Free triathlete I struggle to find gels or sports drinks that agree with my sensitive stomach. After many a race ruined by stomach cramping and/ or gut shut down I was thrilled to find Liquid Shot.
I have found that for a half to full Irondistance race I can use a combination of Liquid Shot and EFS drink for 100% of my calories and my stomach is happy.
One of my favorite things is how quick the energy return comes after drinking my Liquid Shot. Once my blood sugar drops I can quickly get into a bad place but a chug off my Liquid Shot quickly gets me back in the game! (Posted on 2/26/11)
Finally something I can stick with! Review by R Little
I've tried almost everything on the market, and the EFS Liquid Shot is the one thing I have found to consistently keep my stomach settled while giving me the energy I need - whether it is on the long or short course. Last season, I mixed the Vanilla LS with my EFS sport drink and used that mixture on my long rides. This year, with the new Wild Berry flavor, I'll be using it mixed straight with water. My stomach is the happiest it has ever been! (Posted on 2/18/11)
Ditched the gels! Review by Josh Scobey
Ever since I started racing triathlons, I have had issues with the consistency and thickness of gels. Once I found the EFS LIquid Shots, I no longer had this issue. I can get the calories I need in an easy to digest, great tasting alternative. Thanks EFS! And be careful, the new Wild Berry Liquid Shots are good to the point of being addictive:) (Posted on 2/17/11)
Much Better than the Other Guys Review by Joel Strickland
Prior to 2010, I was a Gu guy, but not because I really liked it. It was just the least "gross" of all the gels I'd tried. In 2010, I switched to Liquid Shot - and now I will never use another product. There are so many positives...firstly, I love that the product comes in a flask. This is very convenient and portable. It's easy to open and consume - and best of all, doesn't create litter during a race. Secondly - and really most importantly - the taste and consistency of Liquid Shot are unmatched. Whereas other products are so thick that you almost have to chew them, Liquid Shot's consistency is much more palatable. It's very easy to consume. The vanilla flavor is my absolute favorite. It's so good that I'm often tempted to just take a swig, even when I'm not exercising. I'd bet Liquid Shot would taste fantastic on ice cream (though I'm not recommending that). Since switching to Liquid Shot, I have not had any GI issues. This past weekend, I used Liquid Shot during my marathon - while I saw others dealing with GI issues, my stomach was happy as a clam! (Posted on 2/17/11)
Best Semi-Solid Fuel Review by J Stephens
I've only been racing triathlon for 2 years, but I've tried every semi-solid fuel from every brand with the same results: the race morphed into a sprint to the next port-a-let. The major GI distress ruined races for me, until I tried FE's EFS Liquid Shot. The first use was during a 5hour brick session; zero bonking and GI distress. The big test was the Rock n Roll Marathon in New Orleans; 2 EFS Liquid Shots, and a steady pace through all 26.2 miles with a happy stomach and high energy. Tastes great; no GI issues, and keeps energy coming; I couldn't never use anything else again. (Posted on 2/16/11)
Finally found a substitute for gels! Review by Josh Scobey
Since I started racing, I have been unable to use gels for calories due to me not being able to stomach the consistency and thickness of them. EFS Liquid Shot has changed the game! No more thick gooy gels. It goes down smooth, tastes great and provides the fuel you need for your race or training! Thanks First Endurance! (Posted on 2/16/11)
Beats any gel product by at least a mile Review by Megan Killian
Liquid shot has been my go-to energy since early 2010. I have been racing marathons for years, and was always unsatisfied with the flavor, consistency, and general "way I felt" after I would take a Hammer Gel or Power Gel. I made the "rookie mistake" of trying Liquid Shot for the first time in a marathon last spring, only it wasn't a mistake at all. I ended up feeling unstoppable at mile 22, and ran the last four miles of the marathon faster than any of the previous miles. I have taken to throwing Liquid Shot in my handheld flask with a little bit of water so that it is a little more runny (so that I don't waste any, of course). The vanilla flavor is well balanced, and not overwhelming, and the salty-sweet combo is perfect during a race. Two thumbs way up! (Posted on 2/16/11)
Too sweet Review by Kim
I've been using EFS Liquid Shot (Vanilla) for 3+ years for ultramarathon training/racing, and although I think it's a good product and will continue to use it, it's too sweet. In hot weather it tastes sicky sweet. I would like to see FE tone down the sweetness. I still prefer the flavor of GU Just Plain, so I use both products. I will try the Berry flavor to see if it is any less sweet. (Posted on 2/10/11)
Easy on the stomach Review by Ryan Oilar
I really like the ease of the product. For an added bonus, I added 2.5oz to 2 servings of EFS during Rev3 Cedar Point! Had a great race!!! (Posted on 2/2/11)
Perfection in a bottle Review by Matty
Cant say enough good things about this product. Has everything you need and nothing more! No need to add salt pills or anything, for an Ironman or a short race! (Posted on 1/25/11)
Did not freeze Review by BJK
20 Degree F ride 2 hours. the EFS LS did not freeze solid. it did thicken a bit more to the consistancy of GU or Hammer Gel. (Posted on 1/25/11)
Great tasting, awesome fuel. Review by JC Ramirez
Been using Liquid Shot for all my long distance triathlon racing for the last 2 seasons. No stomach issues whatsoever, tastes great even when hot. I tried the berry flavor last year, long before it was released and while it is very good, I personally prefer the original vanilla. The 30oz container is super convenient, and its shelf life (18mo) is amazing. If you race/train long, it doesn't get better than this. (Posted on 1/19/11)
Great consistency, easy source of calories. Review by Donna
I love the consistency and taste of the EFS Liquid Shot. It's not as thick as regular gels, and it's easy to consume while training and racing. Since I've started using the EFS Liquid Shot, I've had no GI issues while racing. I also love the convenience of having a small flask that holds 400 calorires - a great way to make sure you always have enough calories with you. (Posted on 1/17/11)
Best Bet for Easy Energy Review by Eric Limkemann
I used the EFS LS almost exclusively (along with a bottle or two of EFS and water) in my first Ironman distance race and had no cramping or stomach issues and had the energy to finish strong. A total of 4 flasks for the day and STILL enjoyed the taste well into the marathon. I don't think many products out there stand the test of time like that! I've always got a flask with me for my long workouts and never regret it! Nice work First Endurance (Posted on 1/12/11)
Great fuel - easy on the stomach Review by Christina
I started using the liquid shot last year after experiencing GI issues during my ironman in 2008 and the subsequent half I raced. After switching to the liquid shot (also use the drink powder) I have not had any issues during my last ironman (St. George) or any half distance like I used to experience. It works great for me! (Posted on 11/11/10)
excellent over the long haul Review by trlrnr
Having run ultras for 10 years I have also had 10 years of stomach problems and difficulty staying fueled over the long haul. I have switched to EFS liquid shot as my ONLY source of calories and I have managed to keep my stomach under control in varying, extreme conditions. Thanks for a great product. (Posted on 11/11/10)
The BEST for quick calories Review by James
I love EFS Liquid Shot. I’ve tried other brands of gels in the past and they all have that same thick consistency that makes you feel like you have to wash it down or break it down in your mouth before you swallow it but not with EFS LS. EFS LS has a more “fluid” consistency that goes down smooth and tastes SO good! My biggest problem is that I want to chug the whole thing because I love the flavor. EFS LS is my “go to” quick calorie source for all my races and endurance rides. I see they have a new Wild Berry coming soon…I can’t wait to try it. (Posted on 11/9/10)