February 18, 2012
*Note: Six Star has updated the packaging for this product. It's a black and silver tub now instead of red and black.
Okay, time for yet another protein review. As a preface, I only got this protein because I was in a major pinch after running out of IsoPure a little faster than I expected. Otherwise, I would've never even considered a brand like Six Star given that they are a child company of Muscle Tech. But in passing by it while shopping at K-Mart, and with my Mom offering to buy 1 tub if I bought 1, I couldn't pass up the opportunity lol.
After all, no matter the brand, it is REALLY hard to mess up a pure whey isolate product, unless the company feels the need to put weird amounts of fats and carbs in there. Thankfully, Six Star had some common sense when they produced this protein.
Can't really complain at all here. Each scoop delivers: 140 calories, .5 g fat, 4 g carbs, and 30 g whey isolate (yielding 3.5 g Leucine). Of course Six Star recommends the 2 scoop serving... gotta love marketing!
The other ingredients were also fairly impressive, one of the shorter lists of ingredients I've seen in while: "Hyper-Pure" Whey Protein Isolate (a.k.a. WPI), cocoa powder, natural/artificial flavors, and then a few preservatives. I found this as a pleasant surprise considering how Six Star/Muscle Tech is synonymous with "Prop Blends" and crazy amounts of fillers. Would've appreciated 0 g fat and 0 g carbs, but I'm not gunna knock the product that much for about 20 extra calories.
Here's essentially the only major downfall of this product. Like I stated earlier, I ended up with 2 tubs of this (thanks Mom) for $54 at K-Mart. 1 tub gets you 17 scoops, so I ended up with 34 servings. Per serving price ends up being $1.59, which is actually higher than Platinum Hydrowhey! And you already know how many problems people have with the price of Hydrowhey. I consider this price tag to be a bit ridiculous, even if it was Hydrolyzed Whey and not the Isolate that it is. Even though I recommend this product, I don't recommend the cost if you don't have the money to blow. There are just too many comparable WPIs on the market for much less per serving.
Again, pleasantly surprised in this area. I found 0 issues while mixing this throughout the entire time I used this stuff. Granted, I only used a shaker and never spoon stirred it, but I'd venture to say spoon stirred would work just as well judging by how easily it mixed in a shaker.
As for the taste, the "Decadent Chocolate" tastes pretty damn good! I know a lot of people think that Optimum's Gold Standard Double Chocolate leaves a lot "to be desired" in terms of taste, but for comparisons sake I'd call this flavor a much bolder version of the Gold Standard. It tastes more like a dark chocolate protein instead of milk chocolate, and I loves me some dark chocolate! I look forward to the taste after every workout, which is always a plus. Never a problem with consistency either.
Just wanted to note how I used it along with all of this other info. This was the first time I've taken a BCAA/Creatine product immediately postworkout followed by the WPI shake about 15 minutes later. I was worried that this would mess with the effectiveness but in terms of recovery, I feel no differences, which is a plus. Simply put: WPI will help recovery postworkout, just make sure you don't wait too long to take it.
Also, I mentioned in my IsoPure review that the IsoPure's versatility was a great selling point. I'd say the same about this, but only to an extent. This only comes in Vanilla and Chocolate, not all of the other exotic flavors that Iso does. But I still threw this into my oatmeal now and then with some PB to make a Reese's-tasting treat.
Like I said, recovery and reduced DOMS is definitely noticeable with this product, as I would expect with any WPI. The fact that it does it's job nets this protein an 8 in my book. Now, idk exactly how much of the improved recovery I should be attributing to the BCAA/Creatine combo I'm taking immediately post as well, but as far as combining the two shakes, the recovery is phenomenal.
At the end of the day, this Whey get's a 7. A pretty darn clean product from a pretty unclean company was a pleasant surprise and it tastes even better than it works. But I just can't bring myself to give this a thumbs up because on the open market, WPIs can be had for MUCH less than $1.59/serving if you know how to shop around.
So, if you got the cash and are in a pinch (like I was), don't let the brand's reputation scare you from this product! Just make sure you don't get suckered in to their other stuff!
- Aids Recovery
- Tastes Great
- No Prop Blend
- Good Taste
- Price Per Serving Is Unreal