GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink

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Not a noticeable improvement in my performance, but…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (Seth at Trailspace)

Summary

Not a noticeable improvement in my performance, but it tastes good so I drink more water.

Pros

  • Amino acids to help recovery
  • Makes water more appealing
  • Calories and sugar for energy
  • Not overly sweet

Cons

  • Over-hyped advertizing claims

Why Roctane? Why not drink Gatorade or something similar? Good question. For a long time I did and I ended up diluting it a lot since the super sweetness was a turn off during exertion. Frankly Gu Roctane isn’t the first company to mix amino acids with their energy mix.  I tried Endurox mixes, which incorporate amino acids into their drink powders and liked it but it never seemed to mix completely in my bottle and would leave residue that was hard to clean out. Roctane mixes more completely.

I liked that Roctane isn’t so extremely sweet like Gatorade and additionally it has some amino acids to help my muscles heal a little bit post-workout. The flavor isn’t half bad too; it helps me drink more so that I won’t get dehydrated.

I drink a glass of it before my morning trail runs. No side-aches.  I still can’t quite catch up with my daughter as she runs ahead of me and I don’t notice a huge difference in the soreness I sometimes feel afterward.  The one positive difference I do notice though is that I don’t get the ammonia smell in my sweat that I sometimes get from not consuming enough carbs beforehand, so there is some tangible benefit.    

Anything that helps me drink more water on the trail is a benefit.  The sugars, calories and protein are helpful to keep me going since I don’t eat lunch during hikes, I just slurp Gu and drink to avoid the energy drain that comes with digesting a snack bar. 

I won't go out of my way to buy this again, but if it's available and similar in price to other offerings I'll continue to use it. 

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Manufacturer's Description

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Roctane Energy Drink is a carbohydrate intensive energy drink for ultra distance and intense efforts. It contains the critical carbs and electrolyte replenishment that endurance athletes need to compete at high levels. And it comes in a super light tasting, easy to mix formula for fueling serious efforts. It also contains caffeine, taurine, and beta-alanine to help increase performance. There's a lot in there for days when a lot's going on.... Each serving contains 240 calories of complex and simple carbs that is optimized for rapid absorption and energy accessibility. Key electrolytes such as sodium and potassium help with hydration. Here's a breakdown of Roctane Energy Drink's other key performance ingredients:. Ideal carbohydrate ratio - Unique ratio of glucose and fructose are podium-proven to better maintain glycogen levels than glucose or fructose alone. Key electrolytes - Sodium and potassium properly maintain hydration. Taurine - Can help maintain heart & muscle performance during prolonged exercise which would otherwise lead to fatigue and decreased performance. Caffeine (except grape flavor) - Can stimulate the central nervous system and reduce pain perception leading to prolonged exercise, delayed fatigue and increased performance. Beta-Alanine - Supplements dietary beta-alanine to improve muscle buffering capacity and performance during intense efforts. Branch Chain Amino Acids (Leucine, Valine, Isoleucine) - Shown to serve as an additional fuel source (when taken with carbohydrates), reduce muscle damage, enhance recovery and delay fatigue - all critical during intense or long efforts. Histidine Amino Acid - helps to promote buffer capacity of muscles. Does anybody actually like eating chalk? No, they don't, especially endurance athletes who are hungry and need performance calories. Then why do so many drinks on the market taste "chalky"? We believe athletes deserve, and appreciate a carbohydrate intensive, electrolyte packed energy drink that performs the way it should and tastes good. Enter Roctane Energy Drink. Consistency - it mixes easily and isn't chalky like most calorie dense drinks on the market. Taste - it's light- you'll be surprised there are 240 calories in there. Performance - key ingredients are specifically designed for long and intense endeavors. If you already use Roctane gel, you can substitute some Roctane gel for Roctane energy drink. This will help tailor energy intake to your needs and provide the beneficial ingredients found in both the gel and drink. While many ingredients are similar in the two products (carbohydrates, branched chain amino acids, histidine, and caffeine) each has unique ingredients which may also help improve performance (gel - OKG for muscle recovery, vitamin E as an antioxidant; drink - taurine to help heart and muscle function, beta-alanine to help increase muscle buffering capacity). Therefore, using both products will help provide every nutritional advantage possible to athletes who demand the best from themselves and their nutrition. For many athletes, all they may need during prolonged exercise is one 21oz bottle of Roctane drink and 1 Roctane gel per hour for 340 calories and extra nutritional support to maximize performance. Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink packs 240 calories into each serving. It's an ideal way to get those much needed calories during long or intense workouts. It mixes easily and is surprisingly light tasting. For optimum results, use with 1-2 Roctane gels per hour during training and racing. Exact Roctane intake depends on the intensity of your pursuit and your body weight and fitness level. The fitter you are and the more you are used to consuming carbohydrate during exercise and the more Roctane you can eat each hour, up to approximately 340 calories every 60 minutes. Combine Roctane Energy Drink with Roctane Energy Gel, original GU Energy Gel, GU Electrolyte Brew and GU Recovery Brew for the ultimate in sports hydration, fueling and recovery. Take one gel 15 minutes before training or competition and then one gel every 30-45 minutes during exercise. Drink Roctane Energy Drink or Electrolyte Brew throughout your training or racing, and drink Recovery Brew within 30 minutes after you've stopped. If you already use Roctane Gel, you can substitute some Roctane Energy Drink for Roctane Gel. This will help tailor energy intake to your needs, and provide the beneficial ingredients found in both the gel and drink. While many ingredients are similar in the two products (carbohydrates, branched chain amino acids, histidine, and caffeine) each has unique ingredients which may also help improve performance (gel - OKG for muscle recovery, vitamin E as an antioxidant; drink - taurine to help heart and muscle function, beta-alanine to help increase muscle buffering capacity). Therefore, using both products will help provide every nutritional advantage possible to athletes who demand the best from themselves and their nutrition. For many athletes, all they may need during prolonged exercise is one 21oz bottle of Roctane drink and 1 Roctane gel per hour for 340 calories and extra nutritional support to maximize performance. Flavors: Lemon Lime, Grape, Tropical Fruit. Net Weight: 780g (1.72 lbs). 12 Servings

- Tahoe Mountain Sports

The GU Roctane Ultra Endurance energy drink mix supplies the carbs and replenishes the electrolytes that are crucial for sustained, high-intensity exercise.

- REI

Whether you're training for a marathon, touring cross country on your bike, or about to take on an intense workout, reach for the GU Roctane Energy Drink as a way to stay on top of your game. This twelve-serving canister mixes easily and tastes surprisingly light and refreshing while you're pushing your limits. Ideal for those who need calories during long or intense workoutsAll three flavors mix easily and have a surprisingly light, refreshing tasteExact Roctane intake depends on the intensity of your pursuit and your body weight and fitness level: the fitter your are and the more you are used to consuming carbs during exercise the more Roctane you can consume each hour, up to 340 calories every 60 minutesCaffeine (in all except grape flavor) increases mental acuity, increases performance, and decreases perceived effort, all of which tend to go south during prolonged activityTaurine combats heart and skeletal muscle fatigueBeta-Alanine and Histidine help buffer acid caused by going over lactate thresholdAmino acids help prevent muscle damage and aid with muscle recovery

- Backcountry.com