October 19, 2012
By the looks of recent reviews, I’m not the only one who was disappointed with Condense! Purus Labs is still one of my favorite companies when it’s all said and done but if I have to give them a mulligan on one supp, this would be it.
Took a while, but Purus finally jumped on the “concentrated pre” ship and came out with Condense as a minimalist-style powder that focuses on a pump via the nitrate/nitrate pathway and contains no creatine or DMAA.
Not gunna lie, when I saw Purus drop an N.O. product, my heart skipped a beat. I figured it would be a powdered version of D-Pol, or at least deliver the same kind of wicked pumps since they use the same type of nitrate in both products. I was going to stack this with Muscle Marinade (I think this was Purus’ intentions?), but I decided to run it along with some added ConCrete pre workout.
Since I ran it during my DTP routine, I’m not sure if the workouts themselves didn’t lend to a good pump or if they played any role in the product underperforming at all, but I think it’s worth noting.
It pains me to slap Purus upside the head with such a low score, but I have a hard time finding anything positive to say about Condense.
I only took it 4 times a week on days where I lifted. Being the stimulant addict I am, I figured 2 scoops with 400 mg of caffeine would be a breeze for me to handle. I’m not sure if it’s the combo of the stims and the nitrates or what, but there were a couple of times where I felt really light headed and had to sit down to stop my heart from racing just so I could finish my workout.
Even though this is loaded with Beta Alanine, I never felt a flushing or tingling feeling from it. I may be more immune to that feeling now days, but I found it strange to not even feel it on my lips when I drank the stuff. The tingle is basically a signal that it’s working in your body, so I was concerned when I never felt that.
In terms of endurance, I never really felt a tangible gain from this during the marathon sets of DTP. I think a lot of the strength gains that I got in the 4 weeks don’t have a lot to do with this either, but rather the other supps I stacked this with (D-Pol, AD-3, and ConCrete).
The biggest let down… WHERE WAS THE PUMP? IamAlex adequately paraphrased Arnold in saying everyone chases the pump, and I thought this was yet another shortcut to that feeling that makes you feel (and look) like a Greek God. But I never got any extra pump from this at all. I was running it with D-Pol, which gives some density and a decently veiny look, but Condense added nothing to it. EVERY TIME. I kept waiting and waiting, thinking that it might take a while to build in my system, but nothing ever happened.
Looking back, Condense did next to nothing that actually aided my efforts during a workout.
At least Purus gains some “in theory” points back here. I commend Purus for only using ingredients that are backed by research in the proper dosage in every product. That’s the confusing part… On paper, this stuff is awesome. Maybe Purus is mixing the powders the wrong way? I’m reaching for any excuse at this point.
I also kind of like the fact that they don’t add in their own creatine because it makes this a very versatile pre that you can stack with the creatine that works best for you.
And an added bonus: no prop blend. I like how they list the 1 and 2 scoop values for each ingredient to the milligram on the panel. That would be a much cooler perk if it actually worked.
1 scoop (6.3 g)/2 scoops (12.6 g)
Servings per Container: 40/20
Active Ingredients: 5.18 g/10.36 g
Betaine Anhydrous: 2.5 g/5 g
Beta Alanine: 2 g/4 g
Nitratene: 480 mg/960 mg
Caffeine: 200 mg/400 mg
Loses points in the fact that over 1 gram per scoop is pure filler and because no matter how cool the combo of ingredients is, they didn’t do jack.
I would dose two scoops of this about 10 minutes pre workout along with 2 scoops of ConCrete. I was only drinking a whey/maltodextrine shake for my preworkout meal about an hour before the Condense, so it was on an “empty” stomach.
Some more positive points in this category that don’t matter much. The “Crisp Apple” flavor was the first apple flavored supplement I’ve tried outside of protein. I wasn’t expecting it to be that good, but I found it to be very refreshing in cold water and not overly tart. Even though I added really bitter ConCrete to this, I looked forward to drinking it every morning. I will say that apple is a unique taste, so it might not be for everyone, but I liked it. It mixed clear-ish and never left anything at the bottom of the shaker.
This is directly tied to quality, so value suffers a lot here. I usually give a poor rating when a good product has an absurd price, but this is the exact opposite.
I picked this up on Nutra Planet as part of the Thunder and Lightening Stack (with D-Pol) for $39, but they have it on its own for $25. The “per use” value ended up being $1.25, which is decent.
Even though the price tag would be a good value for most pre’s, I wouldn’t pay anything over clearance price for this ever again since it does just about as much as an energy drink would.
I haven’t given a product this low of a score in about 2 years, but Purus… you guys earned it with this one. I’m not sure where the disconnect is between the ingredient panel and the effectiveness, but it’s there BIG TIME. Hopefully Purus catches wind of Condense’s shortcomings and reformulates it.
I won’t hold this against Purus in the grand scheme of things and I’ll be eager to try any new products they come out with. But in the meantime, don’t waste you time or money on this.
*Sigh*…At least the bottle looks cool.
- Bottle Looks Cool
- Great Flavor
- No Ba Tingle
- Too Expensive
- No Increased Vascularity
- No Increase In Endurance
- No Pumps