Torq energy gel review summary: At 45 g per pack, Torq delivers 113-114 g calories and 28-30 g of carbohydrates, of which about 11 g are from sugars. It also contains all five electrolytes. The gels are very sweet and on the thicker side of the texture spectrum.
Torq was founded as a fitness consultancy and coaching company in 1995 and only later developed its popular sports nutrition lineup to provide a more comprehensive service. The Torq Gel portfolio includes thirteen options, with unique flavors such as Lemon Drizzle, Black Cherry Yoghurt, Rhubarb & Custard, etc.
I’ve recently tested two flavors – Cherry Bakewell and Orange & Banana. Below is Runivore’s Torq energy gel review.
“Torq Gel is a naturally flavored high-potency hypertonic energy gel, containing no artificial sweeteners or colors, with a silky smooth melt-in-the-mouth texture,” said the company.
Two other product highlights are:
At 45 g per pack, Torq Gels deliver 113-114 g calories and 28-30 g of carbohydrates, of which about 11 g are from sugars. As mentioned in the previous segment, the energy gel contains all five electrolytes – 49 mg of sodium, 99 mg of chloride, 24 mg of potassium, 6 mg of calcium, and 1 mg of magnesium.
The ingredient list is one of the simplest I’ve reviewed, mainly just glucose, fructose, and electrolytes – nutrients that can be used as fuel and helps with hydration. No exotic ingredients that may or may not make a difference or words you can’t even pronounce.
I tested the Cherry Bakewell and Orange & Banana flavors. Both were very sweet and on the heavier side of the texture spectrum.
I’m not a fan of thick gels, to begin with. On top of that, I had primarily used more watery products like SiS Go Isotonic and gels with a milder sweetness, such as Maurten Gel 100, for the past several months, so Torq’s flavor was a bit of a shock.
While Torq is certainly energy-packed, it’s not the type of flavor and texture I can eat more than 2-3 packs.
Torq is packed in a 14.5 cm x 4 cm sachet. It’s long but narrow enough to fit in most fuel-carrying gears, such as running belts and hydration packs. The top of the packaging has a “litter-free tip,” but the design is too flimsy. I accidentally ripped off the tip both times, which was annoying.
I consumed two Torq energy gels on a fartlek (15 x 2 min + 1 min on off and maintained a float effort for recovery). I tagged on about 20 minutes each for warm-up and cool-down, so the entire run was around 90 minutes.
I had a gel about 10 minutes into the warm-up and the second one after the sixth rep of the fartlek. I only drank a cup of coffee for breakfast.
Below are some takeaways: