The reviews for the Honey Shotz are coming in now from our reviewers so I will post them here and update the post to include the others.
Honey Shotz, if you don't know, are a new product from Capilano Honey and are basically 7g of honey in an individual packet that you take for an energy boost by folding the packet and eating the honey from the split that develops. Being an all natural substance they are also safe for kids.
Here is Jules's review:
The ease of use is a great bonus, simply bend in half and out pops a small bubble of honey which when placed in the mouth can then be easily squeezed out of the pack giving a refreshing shot of pure tasty honey. Its like a sauce pack now popular in cafés, simply bend and it's open – firm enough not to break in the jersey and easy to manage whilst riding. Once finished it springs back into shape sucking back any stray honey drops so there is no mess – a great bonus.
The flavour is…. well its honey… say no more… much tastier than gels etc.
Each shot delivers 25kcal so a strenuous ride would require quite a few to be taken along.
They were also a hit amongst the people with whom I ride as well as their children.
Over the weekend I had the opportunity to road test the Honey Shotz by Capilano. The short review is that I did a PB. The question though how much of this can be put down to Honey Shotz? Over the course of 1hr 10 I consumed three Shotz and didn’t feel like I'd hit a wall during this time – albeit exhausted at the end.
Honey Shotz are extremely palatable, have a no mess delivery system and can be used without washing them down with water unlike synthetic energy gels. Because they are natural I also didn’t get any gut issues during or post race.
I was extremely happy with Honey Shotz and look forward to trying them out on my next long race or ride.
- How much should you consume – and how often. Some on packet guidelines would be useful.
- I gave one to my mum and she wasn’t sure how to open the shot, looking to tear of the top instead of snap it open.
- The kj count suggests that the common synthetic gels have 4 times as much energy and far more carbohydrates – does this mean you should have 4 times as much? Or should they be slightly larger serves? With many gels there is more than just one mouthful in a sachet. I think the perception in the market would be that they simply don’t offer enough/as much energy as the synthetic gels – they are of course far more price competitive though!
To start, I was a sceptic. It's honey, and I was confused as any other energy boost thingy is packed full of "science". This one is honey. That's it. But in the interest of research, I gave it a red hot go. Sadly, I wasn't able to get on my bike for a while, so most of the first week of having them I ate them at work. And I didn't really notice much difference. On the bike however, a much better result.
Took about 6 with me on a city-Glenelg- Outer Harbour trip. Firstly had two shooting through Semaphore. One handed use was a breeze, fold it and squeeze and pretend to be a duck or pacman while it's still in your mouth. Comedy gold. Didn't feel like stoping for a muesli bar like normal. Energy levels noticeably up.
Next round had three going back through west beach. Same happy feeling, not so much of a power increase, but feeling less tired than normal.
Got home. Had the last one while putting my bike away, which woke me up a bit. I was still pretty tired after my ride and felt a bit sore, but definately have to recommend them, as long as you remember to take quite a few with you, as there's not much in each sachet, and three seemed like the right amount to take per serve. Packaging is super easy to use too.
From Brenton Westley
Since approaching and now passing the dreaded '40' age I decided that I should be looking after my body more, I did all of the mid life crisis things and joined a gym and took up cycling. Nearly three years later and considerably fitter I still attend the gym 5 days a week and cycle to work daily as well as have a 50-100km ride each weekend.
I now watch what I put in my food hole and attempt to ensure that anything I eat is 'natural', if you look at many of the sports gels in the market there are more 'numbers' on them than actual ingredients!
It is this fact that attracted me to Capilano’s Honey Shotz. Being pure honey I know exactly what is in it and have never had any stomach reactions from using it while cycling and it still gives me the 'hit' that the other commercial gels do. I have used the extremely easy to take Honey Shotz packs while cycling as well as in my other sporting pursuits, namely playing Cricket. A good breakfast and two packs of Honey Shotz have provided me with enough energy for a 100km cycle in the local hills.
With packs being easy to use one handed and the good, natural taste of honey, I am more than happy to recommend them to my friends as an alternative to the commercial 'potions' available.
Two more to come.
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I must admit I feel these saches do not hold sufficient per serve for serious riding! A 2 hour easy paced ride consumes around 8,000 KJ's so how many shotz would it take to replace even a 1/4 of this consumption? It will be a little like drinking water from an eye dropper instead of a water bottle!
The carb gels are produced to a particular portion size based on years of research for runners, riders and other sports so how could any resonable sports person feel these Shotz are in any way a reasonable replacement?
I am no expert, I am just expressing what thoughts I had and am willing to listen to any reasonable explaination of how I may have missunderstood the value of these.
The idea is that you do most of that on fat (and condition your body to do so). Extra carbs are for (glycogen-depleting, repeated) serious efforts. :)
New review added to the original post by Michael.
Brenton's review has been added to the original discussion.
Its the bees knees.
In November myself and 3 others rode from RSPCA Lonsdale toy RSPCA Port Lincoln to raise money for the RSPCA. I contacted Capilano who jumped onboard brilliantly. Emma sent us a lot of Honey Shotz and man, did we use them. They work.. They work so well that at 55, I arrived at Port Neil 20 minutes before my fellow riders. They are natural, easy to use and release a slow energy burn rather than spiking like glucose does.
I now ride with a capilano jersey and am proud to be associated with this product.
Capilano will be helping is in this years ride. We just have to work out where we are riding, and who we are going to raise the money for.
Thank you Capilano
Does anyone know where/if you can buy these in retail? I haven't found any at Woolies/Coles.
Try a bike shop!
Only for sale at the Capliano website . $18.95 for a box of 100. Pretty promt in sending them..
link on the right
Lovely...I'll buy some as soon as I get paid.