I use the standard (non-isotonic) High5 gels and find that they are not too bad.
Perosonally, find the summer fruits or banana blast ones the nicest.
I use Shot Bloks, but they're in a soft jelly format, but I think that you can get them in a gel format. Taste is OK, not too sweet and they come in strawberry, forest fruits (or blackcurrant) and orange.
Someone recommended Torq gels to me, but I've never tried them. I have problems with lactose and gluten intolerances, so am more limited in the ones that I can take, hence my sticking to Shot Bloks by Clif Bar as they're free from both.
I'm a fan of SIS Go gels- the orange ones are not too heavily flavoured.
It's a very personal thing, what works for one person may not work for you.
High 5 for me, works well in marathons and Ultras so far as long as you take with water.
£20 for 40 from wiggle - bargain!
I recently switched to the High5 gels and like them. Not to sweet, not too sickly. The normal ones, the ones with added caffeine and the Isogel ones - they're all good. but yes, the Isogel ones are large and runny and easy to spill all over yourself.
I also like the Powerbar gels, particularly the tropical Fruit flavour. Yum!
Fruit loaf, malt loaf and banana loaf are all great for energy, but can be difficult to digest if you're running with a lot of effort. I'll eat banana loaf while doing my long slow runs and it's lovely, but if I tried it on a tempo run, I know I'd just chuck it all back up straight away...
+1 for the High 5 Gels - only thing I can manage. Others are just too thick and gloopy, or have unpleasant side-effects...
For bars - currently liking Nakd Bars, as I'm on a bit of a raw food kick. The Banana Bread one especially...
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