I recently received a rather lovely bundle from Zipvit giving me a wide range of nutritional products to test and so I packed up the car and decided to head to North Wales to give them a true trial. The first day’s test was an extremely enjoyable adventure up Snowdon, followed by a second day riding the MBR trail at Coed y Brenin – needless to say it was a fair bit of climbing.
To be honest I’m not a big believer in energy gels and other supplements, but I put my prejudiced behind me and loaded up my Camelbak with the Zipvit offerings and headed on my way.
What’s in the Box?
You get a whole lot of supplies for your money here, in the box you get:
- 4 ZV7 Energy Gels
- 2 ZVO Electrolyte Drinks
- 2 ZV9 Protein Bars
- 1 ZV8 Energy Bar
- Elite Water Bottle
- ZV Sport Racebelt
- Months Supply of Omega 3
While you may not necessarily need ANOTHER water bottle or a racebelt, the rest of the items are absolutely essential if you’re having one hell of a riding weekend! Another perk is that they don’t taste bad either – well, the Blackcurrent one wasn’t great, but I’ve definitely taken worse!
Does Zipvit work?
Yes, for sure.
I took two of the ZV7 energy gels going up and down Snowdon and I still felt great by the time I had exhausted myself climbing up and then shaking myself to death down the Ranger’s path. I was the pace setter going up and the leader of the pack coming down – part of this was fitness but I think that having the energy to keep going and prevent bonking was definitely an aspect of it.
When we eventually got down after a whopping 7 (yes, 7!) punctures on Telegraph valley, I scoffed down the protein bar – which was delicious – and then headed to the nearest pub for a well deserved pint!
Day 2 and I felt much better than I thought I would, with plenty of energy in me to do the full 18k MBR trail with enough left over to have a good hour or so playing around in the skills area. Had two more gels when going around the trail and then stopped in the cafe for some proper nosh.
I finished off the ride with another protein bar and then made the long windy drive back to South Wales. I’m not going to lie, by the time I got in I was shattered – something I’m contributing to the driving almost more than the riding. Needless to say, I think I’d have been in a much worse state by the time I got in than I would have been without the Zipvit stuff.
You can’t really go wrong with this energy and recovery pack – for just £10 you get an awful lot of bang for your buck, it tastes pretty good and it definitely works! I do wish that you could pick the flavours however, as I found the blackcurrant ones tasted a whole lot like medicine while the banana ones were delicious!
If you’ve got a big weekend of riding ahead of you then I’d definitely get one of these packs ordered in. Well worth it in my opinion!