Formerly known as FuelMax gels the freshly rebranded MaxiNutrition Viper Active gels live up to their name by adding a little bite to the flavour. Whilst many (indeed most) sports gels are overly sweet, the Viper has a pleasant tang that cuts through proceedings with a medium viscosity that doesn’t demand more than the slightest swig of water to get down.
On the nutrition front they are pretty much where you would expect a gel of this quality (and price-point) to be with the 70g sachets giving a little over 100kcal from 25.2g of carbs of which 7.9g are sugar. Energy comes via a proprietary blend of maltodextrin, sucrose, dextrose and fructose so, arguably, the performance boost will be more sustained with less jags. On test this certainly seemed to be the case using two gels per hour of strenuous running (good for the bike too naturally.)
Both the Mixed Berry and Lemon & Lime flavours were more than palatable and the benefit of requiring little or no extra water to get them down is always appreciated. Viper Active also contain electrolytes to help manage the hydration strategy, but in practise this is less than 0.1g of sodium rather than the range of ‘salts’ you might expect if you are really looking to enhance performance.
As a standard gel to help fuel training and racing the MaxiNutrition Viper Active stacks up reasonably and the quality of the flavours certainly lift them above much of the competition.
MaxiNutrition Viper Active gels retail at £35.99 per box of 24 gels with online purchase at shop.maxinutrition.com