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Overall
Overall
7.5
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
7.5
Value
Value
9.0
  October 13, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Builds Muscle
  • Good Value
  • Boring Flavor
  • A Lot Of Puffery

Quick Summary

I got two tubs, one vanilla and one strawberry. The vanilla tasted like vanilla, but the strawberry was fake tasting to me. It's a good budget whey isolate, but if you want a home run on flavor, look elsewhere.

Introduction

I'm a powerlifter who recently started running (just did my first 10k this morning). I am for 1g/lb bodyweight in protein, and have 1-2 scoops of whey every day (usually one shake and one protein + greek yogurt).

I saw this product on BOGO, and decided to grab a couple of tubs as I was low on whey isolate at the time. I've had MT's pro...

Quick Summary

I got two tubs, one vanilla and one strawberry. The vanilla tasted like vanilla, but the strawberry was fake tasting to me. It's a good budget whey isolate, but if you want a home run on flavor, look elsewhere.

Introduction

I'm a powerlifter who recently started running (just did my first 10k this morning). I am for 1g/lb bodyweight in protein, and have 1-2 scoops of whey every day (usually one shake and one protein + greek yogurt).

I saw this product on BOGO, and decided to grab a couple of tubs as I was low on whey isolate at the time. I've had MT's protein before, and their flavoring was pretty good.

This time, though, I was a bit underwhelmed.

Ingredient Profile

This is a whey isolate product using whey peptides and whey protein isolate. Some of the protein is whey protein isolate 97%, but the label doesn't say how much. The whey is cold-filtered which is better than ion-exchanged.

One scoop gives us 130 calories, 2g fat, 2g carbs (2g sugar), and 25g protein. Each scoop has 2.6g Leucine and 5.6g BCAAs.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

The vanilla tasted like vanilla, 7.5/10. There weren't any interesting undertones or other tastes present. For example, Mexican Vanilla is a bit spicy. French vanilla is made with egg yolks, so you get a custardy flavor. There was nothing like that here. Just plain vanilla, which made it a good base for smoothies, but on its own was not very interesting.

The strawberry was artificial tasting to me, more like a strawberry flavored candy than an actual strawberry, 6.5/10. I find this is often the case when it comes to strawberry flavored proteins. I have yet to find one that does it for me (and it may not exist tbh)

Both flavors mixed pretty well in a shaker, minimal clumping but a little foam at the top. They made decently thick shakes and mixed in well with yogurt and oatmeal.

I used 1 scoop at a time. The scoopers were a bit large. I used a food scale to make sure I got 1 serving.

Effectiveness

This protein was reasonably effective for me. A shake would keep me satiated for 2-3 hours, which for me is pretty good for only 130 calories (up to 210 if I used milk instead of water).

My recovery while using it was fine. There wasn't anything special to report (positively or negatively), and my diet is pretty good.

MT makes a lot of claims with this product (both on the tub and on their website). E.g., that is the "most pure whey" or "make gains like you have never experienced." This is just puffery. It doesn't mean anything.

Value

I got two tubs for $35, which comes out to less than $9/lb ($.65/serving). To put this in perspective, many whey protein isolates are $1-1.3/serving. Honestly, I was a bit nervous getting a WPI this cheap, but there are a few other brands that can match MT's pricing, so the price was not completely absurd.

Side Effects

None

Conclusion

For the money, this was a pretty good product, but the flavors were nothing special and there's nothing here that will build you muscle faster than any other whey. If you need whey on the cheap, this is a good buy. If you're willing to pay for "mouth-watering flavor" then save your pennies for a more premium product.



Overall
Overall
7.5
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
7.5
Value
Value
7.5
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to VMI Sports for sending it out!
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  October 7, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
  • Good Value
  • Tasty
  • Fat Reduction

    Quick Summary

    I used L-Carnitine 3000 pre-workout on days that I worked out and before my first meal on days that I didn't. I only lost 2lbs over the month, but I lost a decent amount of fat off my waist and my back. If you're looking for some non-stim fat loss, I'd look at this product.

    Introduction

    I'm a competing powerlifter, and I've recently cut down from the 84kg class to the 72kg class. I'm about 69kg right now, and I wanted to shed a few more kg before I switch gears and work on building muscle.

    I wanted to give L-Carnitine 3000 a shot because it's a mix of diffe...

    Quick Summary

    I used L-Carnitine 3000 pre-workout on days that I worked out and before my first meal on days that I didn't. I only lost 2lbs over the month, but I lost a decent amount of fat off my waist and my back. If you're looking for some non-stim fat loss, I'd look at this product.

    Introduction

    I'm a competing powerlifter, and I've recently cut down from the 84kg class to the 72kg class. I'm about 69kg right now, and I wanted to shed a few more kg before I switch gears and work on building muscle.

    I wanted to give L-Carnitine 3000 a shot because it's a mix of different types of carnitine, so there's potential for fat loss benefits and for improved muscle recovery

    I lift 4 days a week using an upper/lower split, and on my off days, I run.

    Ingredient Profile

    L-Carnitine 3000 has 1.5g L-Carnitine, 750mg ALCAR, and 750mg LCLT.

    ALCAR is used to help mobilize fat and LCLT is used to improve muscle recovery.

    3g is a reasonable dose, and in particular, 750mg is good for ALCAR and 750mg is good for LCLT.

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    I got the Rainbow Candy flavor, and it was fine 7/10. It was a little sweet and a little sour. I thought it was a bit too sour for my tastes, but it wasn't jarring. I'm not sure I know what rainbow candy actually tastes like. It reminded me of shoving a bunch of nerds in my mouth at once and tasting a bunch of different flavors.

    I didn't mix it at all. I just downed a spoonful and then followed it with water.

    I took either a spoonful pre-workout (I train before breakfast), or a spoonful before my first meal (on rest days).

    Effectiveness

    I haven't used L-Carnitine of any form in at least a year, and I couldn't remember what my experience was with ALCAR the last time I took it, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised with L-Carnitine 3000.

    Objectively, I know I got leaner in the 4 weeks that I used the product. The scale didn't shift much, but I lost about an inch off my waist and my once fitting leggings are now too loose.

    Subjectively, I felt more energized during my workouts. I train at about 5AM and I didn't use any pre-workout. I'm not sure if L-Carnitine is supposed to provide energy acutely (it does help the body utilize energy systemically), but I felt something.

    I can't really say if this product helps with muscle recovery. The program I was running at the time (Brian Alrushe's Powerbuilding Routine) was for me pretty light in volume and the intensity wasn't particularly high. My recovery was already on point before I started using the program, so there wasn't much room for improvement.

    I would have to try the product with a more aggressive training program in order to give feedback on the muscle recovery.

    Value

    The lowest price I saw for this product was $16. That comes down to just over 50 cents a serving and is comparable to similar products.

    Side Effects

    None

    Conclusion

    VMI put together a nifty little L-Carnitine product. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who wants a bit of a boost with fat burning.



    Overall
    Overall
    8.5
    Effectiveness
    Effectiveness
    8.5
    Value
    Value
    8.5
      September 11, 2018

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Good Value
    • Excellent Taste
    • Hydrating

      Quick Summary

      I used this product before I ran, intra workout (for my lifting sessions) and sometimes in the afternoon just because it tastes good. It kept me hydrated and performing well. No complaints here.

      Introduction

      I'm a powerlifter and I recently started running, so I need to watch my water intake/electrolytes so I don't get dehydrated. I saw a buy two get 1 free deal for Hydra-Charge and decided to give it a shot.

      Ingredient Profile

      In one scoop (4.7g), we have 10 calories, 2g carbs, 1g taurine, 500mg coconut water powder, 239mg electrolytes (calcium, ...

      Quick Summary

      I used this product before I ran, intra workout (for my lifting sessions) and sometimes in the afternoon just because it tastes good. It kept me hydrated and performing well. No complaints here.

      Introduction

      I'm a powerlifter and I recently started running, so I need to watch my water intake/electrolytes so I don't get dehydrated. I saw a buy two get 1 free deal for Hydra-Charge and decided to give it a shot.

      Ingredient Profile

      In one scoop (4.7g), we have 10 calories, 2g carbs, 1g taurine, 500mg coconut water powder, 239mg electrolytes (calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, sodium, and potassium, and 100mg of a SPECTRA (a trademarked blend of different fruits and veggies).

      I like that they have different electrolytes, but I wish there were more of them. Other than that, I like the profile as it is.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      I got one tub of each flavor: fruit punch, orange mango, and apple limeade. All three flavors were good, but orange mango was my favorite (9/10). Mango's my favorite fruit, so I'm biased in that regard. The apple limeade was my second favorite, 8.5/10. The fruit punch was a bit too sweet for me (8/10), but I just added more water to compensate.

      The mixability was pretty good. One scoop would dissolve in my shaker. I used about 16 oz of water.

      I used 1 scoop at a time, and would have 1-2 servings a day.

      Effectiveness

      I found this product to be pretty effective.

      They say if you're thirsty while training then you're already dehydrated. I'm not sure if that's actual science or bro science, but when I drink hydra charge in the morning, I'm less thirsty throughout the day.

      I had less dry mouth/cotton mouth during training, which is another indicator that I was well-hydrated.

      I also just felt like I could perform better. I'm not sure if that was entirely physical. It could have been the placebo.

      I also felt better during my lifting sessions and during my runs on days I drank hydra charge vs. days that I didn't.

      Value

      I got 3 tubs for $48, and each tub has 60 servings, so that was about .$27/serving. To me, that's a pretty solid deal. Electrolyte supplements can run from $.20-$.45, and this is one of the better ones I have used (in terms of performance and flavor).

      Right now, I can get it for about $20/tub, which is about .33/serving. That's still acceptable to me.

      Side Effects

      None

      Conclusion

      If you want to stay hydrated and have your water taste good, get Hydra-Charge. It's worth it.



      Overall
      Overall
      6.5
      Effectiveness
      Effectiveness
      7.0
      Value
      Value
      6.0
        September 7, 2018

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Quality Ingredients
      • Good Micros
      • Digestive Enzymes
      • Not Enough Calories
      • Not Enough Fat
      • Bad Taste

      Quick Summary

      Core MRP has a nice profile, but the flavor was disappointing and the texture is gritty. The other flavors could be better, but I'm hesitant to get another tub at this price.

      Introduction

      I'm a personal trainer who competes in powerlifting and recently started running. I didn't have a fridge or a microwave at work over the summer (have both now), so I wanted an MRP, so that I could have a decent lunch and avoid eating take out/fast food.

      I saw Core MRP for sale and decided to try the Blueberry Crumb Cake

      Ingredient Profile

      One serving is 2 scoops ...

      Quick Summary

      Core MRP has a nice profile, but the flavor was disappointing and the texture is gritty. The other flavors could be better, but I'm hesitant to get another tub at this price.

      Introduction

      I'm a personal trainer who competes in powerlifting and recently started running. I didn't have a fridge or a microwave at work over the summer (have both now), so I wanted an MRP, so that I could have a decent lunch and avoid eating take out/fast food.

      I saw Core MRP for sale and decided to try the Blueberry Crumb Cake

      Ingredient Profile

      One serving is 2 scoops (68g) and will give you 27g protein, 27g carbs (5g fiber, 2g sugar), 3g fat (1g saturated) and 245 calories overall, and also comes with a pretty solid micro profile. We have Vitamin A, C, Calcium, Iron, Vitamin D, E,and K1 to name a few.

      The carbs come from oats and barley.

      The protein is a blend of from cold-processed whey protein concentrate, Milk protein concentrate, micellar casein, and cold processed whey protein isolate.

      There's also a digestive enzyme blend (protease, amylases, lipase, and lactase).

      My two critiques are that it could use more calories overall (245 is a small meal) and more fat. You could mix it with milk for more cals and more fat, but I didn't have a fridge at work, so I was mixing it with water. If I had a fridge, I just would have brought a meal.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      The taste was not good, 4/10. It tasted like artificial blueberry mixed with a multivitamin. It was chuggable, but the flavor really missed the mark for me.

      The texture was also not very pleasing on the tongue. It had a chalky mouth feel and when I used a shaker bottle, I had some clumping issues.

      I used 2 scoops at a time with 12 oz of water.

      Effectiveness

      The product was reasonably effective. It would keep me full during my work shift, and it kept me from relying on take out on days I had work.

      Where the effectiveness failed, though, was with the flavor. I did not look forward to drinking this product, and I often had gum on hand to keep the taste from lingering.

      In terms of recovery, I didn't notice any difference between when I was taking the product and when I wasn't. My overall calories didn't change, so I wasn't expecting to see anything.

      I can, though, say the product is easy to digest. I think the added enzymes are useful.

      Value

      One tub is $36, which is $1.8/serving. This isn't bad for an MRP as they're intended to be a meal replacement vs. a standard protein powder that is usually $1-$1.3/serving.

      The only problem was that the calories per serving is low. If a standard meal is 500 calories (just guessing here), then I'd need 4 scoops, which brings me to $3.6/serving. Still less than getting takeout, but not as much. I can get lunch for $5 where I'm am.

      Side Effects

      None

      Conclusion

      This product could have been a go to for me if they fix the flavor. At $36, I'm not willing to get another tub and risk more disappointment. Improve the taste, and we'll talk. Improve the taste and add some more calories/fat, then I will buy.



      Overall
      Overall
      6.5
      Effectiveness
      Effectiveness
      7.0
      Value
      Value
      6.5
        August 22, 2018

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Open Label
      • Amino Profile Given
      • WPC-80
      • Builds Muscle
      • A Bit Bland
      • A Bit Expensive

      Quick Summary

      I wanted to get Genetidyne because they use real candy pieces in their product, so I thought "that had to taste good". I got the vanilla snickers, and it wasn't bad, but it wasn't "so good either," kind of a letdown. Also, the shake was too thin for my liking and the macros aren't great. It's an okay product, but I'd pass on this flavor combination.

      Introduction

      I'm a powerlifter currently shedding some vanity pounds. I use protein powder almost every day to keep my protein intake high while keeping my calories on the lower side.

      I train 4 days a week (upp...

      Quick Summary

      I wanted to get Genetidyne because they use real candy pieces in their product, so I thought "that had to taste good". I got the vanilla snickers, and it wasn't bad, but it wasn't "so good either," kind of a letdown. Also, the shake was too thin for my liking and the macros aren't great. It's an okay product, but I'd pass on this flavor combination.

      Introduction

      I'm a powerlifter currently shedding some vanity pounds. I use protein powder almost every day to keep my protein intake high while keeping my calories on the lower side.

      I train 4 days a week (upper/lower split) and will do 3-4 cardio sessions through out the week.

      When I saw Genetidyne on Stack3d, I knew I had to try it. I got three different products, and this is is my final review.

      Ingredient Profile

      Genetidyne uses WPC-80 that has been cold-processed and comes from Wisconsin. WPC-80 is the best whey concentrate you will see in the market. You'll need to look at WPI or hydrolyzed whey if you want a higher whey percentage (and some hydrolyzed proteins are only 80% whey).

      In one scoop (30g) we get:
      18g protein, 5g carbs (>3g sugar), 18g protein, and >3g fat for 114 calories. In terms of micros, we have: 10% RDA Calcium, 6% RDA Phosphorus 2% RDA Iron 16% RDA Magnesium.

      The protein here is a bit low, but this is a protein powder blended with candy. I expect most of their consumers are here for the taste and not necessarily the macros. They do, though, offer the amino profile on the tub.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      I went with the vanilla snickers (I got different flavors for each product I ordered), and it was okay 6.5/10. The snickers pieces were good, although I would have liked to see them a bit bigger.

      The disappointing part for me was the vanilla. There was a vanilla flavor there, but it was weak and a bit bland. If they had gone with a french vanilla, it would have complimented the snickers well or maybe if they had added some salt. Snickers bars are a bit salty, so having that would have really made the flavor memorable.

      The mixability was fine. The shakes were too thin for me, but the powder dissolved well (except the Snickers pieces. Those won't dissolve).

      I usually went with one scoop. I tried double scooping to see if that made a better shake and it did, but I did not do that often. Else, I would have finished the tub in two weeks. Most of the time, I just stirred one scoop into yogurt.

      Effectiveness

      I thought the product was reasonably effective. It was easy to drink; it helped me meet my protein goals without costing me too many calories, and it was easy to make sure I was getting enough leucine per serving. (I really wish all companies posted their amino profiles or at least the quality of whey they use).

      In terms of satiety, the product was okay. In water, you get little/no satiety (not surprising), but with yogurt, I found that I stayed full for a good 3-4 hours. The powder mixed with milk was in the middle. I'd say I stayed full for 2-2.5 hours.

      I can't say that I saw enhanced recovery or anything that I can attribute to this product specifically. Whey is whey. Meet your macros. Eat your food. Gains will come.

      Value

      One 2lb tub is $34 which is a little high for a whey concentrate (but not exorbitant). You're looking at $1.13/serving, which is a bit much to me. $1/serving is more typical. You can get a better deal if you get a 5lb tub ($1.07/serving), but you have to commit to 5lbs, which you may not want to do. It would be nice to see this product in more stores; then the price would most likely come down a bit.

      Side Effects

      None

      Conclusion

      Genetidyne made a decent effort here, but I would not get another tub of this protein as it is now. If they adjusted the flavor a bit (and maybe the price too but mostly the flavor) we can talk. I do, though, like some of their other products, so I do think they are a brand worth talking about, just get their whey isolate instead.



      Overall
      Overall
      7.0
      Effectiveness
      Effectiveness
      8.0
      Value
      Value
      6.0
      Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
      Thanks to TC Nutrition for sending it out!
      (Show run details )
        August 20, 2018

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Decent Pumps
      • Increased Energy
      • Open Label
      • Inaccurate Label Claims
      • Too Expensive

      Quick Summary

      This is a pretty solid pre-workout, high energy, solid pumps, but there are a number of other products that will do the same job, so I'd only recommend this one if it's on sale.

      Introduction

      I'm a competing powerlifter, and I'm currently shedding some vanity pounds and getting ready for a 10k. I hadn't heard of TC Nutrition before, but the profile was good, so I decided to give Batch 27 a go.

      Ingredient Profile

      They offer two options in the profile: 1 full scoop or 1/2 a scoop. One full scoop, gives you:

      300mg caffeine (the front says 325 but caff...

      Quick Summary

      This is a pretty solid pre-workout, high energy, solid pumps, but there are a number of other products that will do the same job, so I'd only recommend this one if it's on sale.

      Introduction

      I'm a competing powerlifter, and I'm currently shedding some vanity pounds and getting ready for a 10k. I hadn't heard of TC Nutrition before, but the profile was good, so I decided to give Batch 27 a go.

      Ingredient Profile

      They offer two options in the profile: 1 full scoop or 1/2 a scoop. One full scoop, gives you:

      300mg caffeine (the front says 325 but caffeine citrate is only 50% caffeine).

      8g Citrulline Malate 2:1 (5.3g citrulline)- Citrulline malate is a pump enhancer and can also help with muscular endurance. 8g is a pretty liberal dose.

      1.8g betaine Betaine is a genereal health supplement that people are now taking for athletic performance: improved power output, muscular endurance etc. I personally haven't seen any benefit from it, but there is some research to support it's use. 1.8g is a bit low. People often use 2.5g/day (sometimes split in two doses).

      1g Creatine HCl- Creatine is one of the best known and studied ergogenic aids out there. The most common one is creatine monohydrate (which is dirt cheap and very bioavailable). Here, we have creatine hydrochloride which is supposed to be more absorbable, so less of it is needed. I honestly think that's marketing bs. There are countless studies on CM. There are virtually none on C-HCl and the only one I could find suggests that it may be worse than CM. In any event, 1g is too low.

      600mg Agmatine- Agmatine is a metabolite of arginine and is often used as a pump enhancer. I've found it to be very effective for that purpose. I think this is a good dose.

      500mg L-Carnitine- Carnitine supplements are often used for various reasons. It can help with fat loss, insulin sensitivity, etc. It's commonly dosed at 500mg-2000mg per day.

      250mg Theobromine- Theobromine is mild stimulant and a vasolidator. More research is needed in terms of how to dose it.

      110mg Synephrine- This is a common weight loss ingredient. It's chemically related to ephedrine, but no where near as potent or effective. I honestly think it's just a filler ingredient.

      100mg l-theanine- This amino acid will help take the jitteriness away from caffeine. I like it's addition here. The dose is reasonable. Too much can make you feel groggy.

      5mg black pepper extract- This can help improve the absorption of other supplements. Unfortunately, I don't think it will help with any of the ingredients in this product. A lot of companies add it because it's hot right now.

      120 mcg Huperzine A- a nootropic similar to a racetam that may need to be cycled. This is a good dose.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      I got the Sour Batch flavor, and I thought it was pretty good, 8/10. It tastes like a sour candy.

      The mixability was fine. There was some residue in my shaker, but no clumping issues.

      I started with a 1/2 scoop as that was one of the options on the label. I also tried 3/4 scoop and a full scoop and I used 3/4 most of the time. I only used a full scoop on a day that I felt like I was dragging

      Effectiveness

      I found this product to be pretty effective when I used either 3/4 a scoop or a full scoop. The energy was strong without being jittery (I don't like shaking when I'm trying to lift), and it would last about two hours, which was more than enough time for me to finish my workouts.

      The pumps were nice and full. The vascularity was decent, and I actually found that I liked the focus at 3/4 scoop better than I liked it at a full scoop.

      At 1/2 a scoop, the energy and focus were still decent, but the pumps were not there. That's not surprising as 1/2 a scoop will not give you enough citrulline or enough agmatine.

      Value

      One tub is $45, which is a lot for a 20 scoop product ($2.25/serving). If you use 3/4 scoop at a time, you get 26 servings, which brings you down to ($1.73/serving). I still, though, think that is too high. There are a number of pre-workouts out right now that are similar and cost $30-32.

      Batch 27 is almost 50% more than the competition right now. That's just too much.

      Side Effects

      None

      Conclusion

      I enjoyed my time with Batch 27. I just can't justify paying that much for it when there are other products I liked just as much that were cheaper. If the price came down (and made some minor tweaks from the formula) I think they could have a top contender.



      Overall
      Overall
      7.2
      Effectiveness
      Effectiveness
      7.5
      Value
      Value
      7.0
      Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
      Thanks to VMI Sports for sending it out!
      (Show run details )
        August 13, 2018

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Good Digestion
      • Builds Muscle
      • Natural Protein
      • Amino Profile
      • Electrolytes
      • Digestive Enzymes
      • Incredibly Foamy

      Quick Summary

      I got the chocolate fudge cookie. It tasted like a chocolate fudge pop to me, and the stevia wasn't overpowering. It made good mug cakes, but the shakes were a bit too foamy. I recommend it if you want a naturally flavored product. Else, stick w/ the regular VMI Protolyte.

      Introduction

      I'm a competing powerlifter, currently cutting some vanity pounds before I bulk in the winter. I'm lifting 4 days a week using Brian Alrushe's Powerbuilding Program and I'm running 3 days a week in preparation for a 10k race in October.

      I really enjoyed VMI's Protolyte, so w...

      Quick Summary

      I got the chocolate fudge cookie. It tasted like a chocolate fudge pop to me, and the stevia wasn't overpowering. It made good mug cakes, but the shakes were a bit too foamy. I recommend it if you want a naturally flavored product. Else, stick w/ the regular VMI Protolyte.

      Introduction

      I'm a competing powerlifter, currently cutting some vanity pounds before I bulk in the winter. I'm lifting 4 days a week using Brian Alrushe's Powerbuilding Program and I'm running 3 days a week in preparation for a 10k race in October.

      I really enjoyed VMI's Protolyte, so when I saw they had a natural version in the Troops Program, I had to try it. I've had a few natural protein powders before and they never tasted good. I hoped VMI would do better than the rest.

      Ingredient Profile

      One scoop (27.6g) gives you 21g protein, >1g fat, 1g carbs (0g sugar), and is 105 calories. There are also 10.5g EAAs per scoop, added electrolytes, and VMI gives us the amino profile on the tub.

      In terms of ingredients, VMI uses non-GMO cold processed whey protein isolate, cocoa powder, natural flavors, xanthan gum, stevia, and an enzyme blend.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      I thought it tasted pretty good for a natural protein (8/10). There was a clear chocolate flavor. There was no bitterness. In my experience, natural proteins usually bitter from the stevia. My one critique would be that it tasted more like a fudge pop than actual fudge. This product, though, did not taste as good as the regular Protolyte.

      Mixability (6/10) This is where the product started to falter. I don't know what happened (guessing VMI had too much xanthan gum in the product) but my shakes were excessively foamy. They didn't look as bad as some of the pictures I saw of the vanilla cake batter, but I would say 20-30% of my shaker cup was foam.

      The xanthan gum, however, did come in handy when I made mug cakes in the microwave. They came out great every time. The product also mixed well with yogurt.

      Dose- I had a scoop at a time.

      Effectiveness

      For me, this product was pretty effective. I usually drank it (or ate it) post workout, and my recovery has been pretty solid over the past month. (I had been concerned that my running would affect my lifting, but so far my legs are doing fine)

      Protolyte Naturals digested easily, and it was very easy to fit into my macros.

      On its own, it was not very satiating, but I would not expect that for 105 calories and almost no fat.

      With milk, however, the satiety was better, and it was best, when I mixed it with greek yogurt.

      Value

      The lowest price I saw was $40 for a tub, which is $1.6/serving. This is a bit expensive to me. I can usually get a whey isolate for $1.1-$1.3/serving. That being said, I think the price is fair. One, those other products may not give me the amino profile or have added electrolyte and enzymes (all of which add value).

      Also, when I looked up the costs of some other natural protein powders, they were $2/serving.

      Side Effects

      None

      Conclusion

      VMI gave us a pretty solid natural protein option (they just need to fix the foaming issue). If you don't care about natural sweeteners vs. artificial ones, go one to regular Protolyte.

      Thanks for letting me try it.



      Overall
      Overall
      6.5
      Effectiveness
      Effectiveness
      8.0
      Value
      Value
      6.5
      Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
      Thanks to Redcon1 for sending it out!
      (Show run details )
        July 30, 2018

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Convenient
      • Good Value
      • Lactose Free
      • No Bloating
      • Low Fat
      • A Bit Chalky
      • No Amino Profile

      Quick Summary

      The Dutch Apple Pie tasted okay. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. The macros are decent, but there's no amino profile, so I'm unsure of the protein quality. It is reasonably priced, but I would pass on this one.

      Introduction

      I'm a personal trainer, and right now, we don't have a fridge at work, so my lunch options are limited. I saw MRE in the Troops program and thought it would be a good alternative to beef jerky or buying restaurant food. I've had Redcon1 products before and enjoyed them, so my expectations were high.

      Right now, I'm cutting vanit...

      Quick Summary

      The Dutch Apple Pie tasted okay. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. The macros are decent, but there's no amino profile, so I'm unsure of the protein quality. It is reasonably priced, but I would pass on this one.

      Introduction

      I'm a personal trainer, and right now, we don't have a fridge at work, so my lunch options are limited. I saw MRE in the Troops program and thought it would be a good alternative to beef jerky or buying restaurant food. I've had Redcon1 products before and enjoyed them, so my expectations were high.

      Right now, I'm cutting vanity pounds, so the MRE shake was my largest meal of the day. I also fast one day a week.

      Ingredient Profile

      One serving is 4 scoops (130g) and gives us 525 calories, 47g protein, 75g carbs (8g fiber, 5g sugar), and 4g fat >1 saturated. We also have 250mg potassium and 200mg sodium.

      I would like to see more fat, though, as this is a meal replacement and 4g is pretty low. It would be nice to see 10-15g of fat and to bring the carbs down a bit (to keep the calories the same).

      I like that the product uses rolled oats for carbs.

      This is a diary free product. The protein is a blend of beef, salmon, chicken, egg, brown rice, and pea protein. I really wish Redcon1 gave us an amino profile here.

      Usually beef protein products are just collagen which is good for your skin, but offers nothing in terms of a quality protein source. Salmon protein powder is similarly untrustworthy, and I couldn't even find anything on chicken protein powder that wasn't marketing.

      47g of protein is good amount, but we don't know what all the protein actually is.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      I asked for, and received, the Dutch Apple Pie. When I opened the tub, I got that smell of cinnamon that tells you that you're about to eat apple pie. I was excited. Unfortunately, the taste did not live up to the scent, 6.5/10.

      The initial taste was alright, but the finish was really earthy. It wasn't a beet flavor but it reminded me of beets. It's hard to describe. It lingered through which was the real issue.

      The mixability was okay. I didn't have any big clumps but it was a little sludgy when I used my shaker bottle.

      I used 4 scoops in 16 oz of water.

      Effectiveness

      For me, the product was fairly effective. It was quick and convenient, easy on my stomach, and it kept me full for hours, which is what I needed.

      My training has been going pretty well the past six weeks, but I'm in my off season now and not chasing any PRs, so I can't say anything cool like my recovery has improved X amount since I started taking this product.

      Honestly, I'm not pushing myself that hard right now, compared to what I'm used to doing.

      Value

      One tub is $72, and has 25 servings, so we're looking at $2.88. This is actually pretty good for an MRP. I compared this product to two others and one was over $3 serving and the other was $1.6 serving, but only had half the calories, so if you double scooped it, you're looking at $3.2/serving.

      All of these options are cheaper than buying takeout (save the $1 menu), so if that's your other option, there's clearly decent value here.

      I would have rated the value higher if I had liked the taste.

      Side Effects

      None

      Conclusion

      All in all, this was a decent rough draft, but it needs refinement to be a good final product. If Redcon1 were to (1) give us the amino profile, (2) fix the flavoring, and (3) add more fat, they would have a knockout product.



      Overall
      Overall
      7.4
      Effectiveness
      Effectiveness
      8.0
      Value
      Value
      6.5
      Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
      Thanks to Ryse Supps for sending it out!
      (Show run details )
        June 27, 2018

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Great Taste
      • Builds Muscle
      • A Little Clumpy
      • Too Expensive

      Quick Summary

      This protein tastes really good and has added MCTs. The only downside is that the product is expensive.

      Introduction

      I'm a competing powerlifter, and I go through a lot of protein shakes each week. I try to consume some fat post-workout along with my protein and carbs, so when I saw Ryse's Loaded Protein in the Troops program, I knew I wanted to give it a go. The added MCTs were a big plus for me.

      Ingredient Profile

      One scoop (38.7g) gives us 140 calories, 25g protein, 5g carbs, (2g fiber, 1g sugar), and 2.5g fat (1.5g saturated). There's also 260...

      Quick Summary

      This protein tastes really good and has added MCTs. The only downside is that the product is expensive.

      Introduction

      I'm a competing powerlifter, and I go through a lot of protein shakes each week. I try to consume some fat post-workout along with my protein and carbs, so when I saw Ryse's Loaded Protein in the Troops program, I knew I wanted to give it a go. The added MCTs were a big plus for me.

      Ingredient Profile

      One scoop (38.7g) gives us 140 calories, 25g protein, 5g carbs, (2g fiber, 1g sugar), and 2.5g fat (1.5g saturated). There's also 260g, 200mg potassium, and 120mg calcium.

      The protein sources are whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate. The fiber is probiotic fiber added to improve digestion and the amino profile is posted on the side of the tub.

      1 scoop gives you 5.2g bcaas (2.4g from leucine), which is pretty normal for a whey powder.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      I got Peanut Butter Cup (made with PB2), and it was really delicious, 9.5/10. It had the right balance of chocolate and peanut butter and it had a hint of salt which you would get if you ate a Reese's cup. It's one of the best protein powders I've had, and is the best chocolate peanut butter cup on the market in my opinion.

      The mixability is okay. There was a little clumping when I used a shaker but not a lot. I wish the shake had been thicker. This mixed a little thin for my tastes.

      I used 1 scoop at a time, usually in a glass of milk but sometimes, I mixed it in yogurt.

      Effectiveness

      My results using Loaded Protein were mostly good. I usually had this protein post workout/for breakfast. It would keep me full for 2-2.5hours which is pretty normal for me.

      It was easy to digest. I don't know if the probiotic fiber helped, but it certainly didn't hurt.

      In general, my recovery was pretty good while I used Loaded Protein. I was doing an ultra high frequency program at the time, so I had some joint soreness, but that was to be expected.

      Unfortunately, I'm not sure if I saw any benefit from the added MCTs. They're supposed to give you energy, but I didn't notice anything special. It's possible that i don't respond to them. It's also possible that 1g isn't enough.

      Value

      One 2lb tub retails for $45, which is a lot, $1.66/serving. Only found one "deal" on the product, bringing the price down to $40.5 and the cost per serving to $1.5.

      That's just too high in my opinion. The protein tastes very good, but taste alone isn't enough to justify the expense. It would be one thing if the product was unique, but there are two other protein powders that I know of with added fats (one has MCTs and the other sunflower oil), and they're cheaper $ ($1.16 and $1.33/serving respectively).

      Perhaps if this was a pure whey isolate or there were more MCTs, I could understand the price. But right now, it's just not competitive.

      Side Effects

      None

      Conclusion

      I enjoyed Loaded Protein. Ryse definitely brought the flavor, but it's too expensive to be a go to protein for me. Perhaps if I was in the mood to splurge.



      Overall
      Overall
      8.0
      Effectiveness
      Effectiveness
      8.8
      Value
      Value
      7.2
      Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
      Thanks to Redcon1 for sending it out!
      (Show run details )
        June 25, 2018

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Increased Energy
      • Good Recovery
      • Bad Mixability
      • Too Expensive

      Quick Summary

      Cluster Bomb is a tasty and effective carb supplement. The science on HBCD is a bit iffy, but if that's what you want, this is a solid option.

      Introduction

      I'm a powerlifter and I've recently cut from the 84kg class down to the 72s. I decided to cycle my carbs as that makes it easier for me to keep with my deficit. When I saw Cluster Bomb was available, I had to grab it. I've tried a number of products from Redcon1 and they'd all be good, so I was looking forward to using it on my refeed days and it was my main carb source for my competition this past weeken...

      Quick Summary

      Cluster Bomb is a tasty and effective carb supplement. The science on HBCD is a bit iffy, but if that's what you want, this is a solid option.

      Introduction

      I'm a powerlifter and I've recently cut from the 84kg class down to the 72s. I decided to cycle my carbs as that makes it easier for me to keep with my deficit. When I saw Cluster Bomb was available, I had to grab it. I've tried a number of products from Redcon1 and they'd all be good, so I was looking forward to using it on my refeed days and it was my main carb source for my competition this past weekend.

      Ingredient Profile

      Pretty straightforward formula here. 1 scoop gives you 25g of highly branched cyclic dextrin and is 100 calories.

      HBCD is a specially processed form of dextrose intended to have low osmolality. This means it will pass through the stomach quickly and get to your muscles faster. People use HBCD over cheaper carb sources to try and avoid the bloating they may get when using a cheaper carb source and to try and get faster muscle recovery.

      Honestly, I think this is pretty much bro-science. There's not really any evidence that HBCD will treat your muscles better than other carbs. It could be true, but the only "proof" we have of it is marketing. The literature I've read is unpersuasive.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      I got the strawberry kiwi, and it's pretty good, 8.5. It's sweet without being overly sweet (I used a 22oz shaker bottle to mix 1 scoop with) and it tastes like a "strawberry-kiwi" drink normally tastes. In other words, it doesn't taste like a real strawberry or a real kiwi.

      The mixability was okay, 7.5. I didn't have much clumping, but it left a chalky texture on my tongue. I didn't like that very much.

      In terms of dosing, I would use 1 scoop intra workout and one scoop post workout on my refeed days. For my meet, I had two scoops (one in each shaker bottle), one shaker I drank immediately after weigh in and one I sipped on for the next hour.

      Effectiveness

      I found Cluster Bomb to be effective for three different reasons. (1) Using it, I had more energy for my workouts. I typically train 1.5-2 hours, and I usually train fasted. The first hour goes pretty fast, but usually in the second hour, I can feel the fatigue setting in. When I had Cluster Bomb, I didn't feel tired at all, so I was able to put more in the last part of my workout.

      My meet this past weekend was a bit rough. Squats and bench were not going my way at all, but I was able to come alive during the deadlifts, and I think the Cluster Bomb helped me keep my energy levels up in the latter part of my meet. For those of you who don't compete, there can be an hour (or more) between events, so it's easy to start off hot and have fatigue catch up to you through out the day. With Cluster Bomb, I was able to pull with fury!

      (2) I found that I recovered faster between workouts when I used Cluster Bomb. So I usually take a week off after my meet, but I went in today. Wasn't 100% of course, but my post meet soreness was much better than it usually is.

      (3) I had bigger pumps and increased vascularity on days I used Cluster Bomb.

      Value

      Cluster Bomb typically retails for $35-38, which is a little high to me, considering there are no extra here. I found competing brands that were cheaper, and the one that I found that was over $30/tub had electrolytes added to it. It would be nice to see Cluster Bomb have electrolytes added to it (or to have the price come down a bit)

      Side Effects

      None

      Conclusion

      This is a pretty good carb supplement. If Redcon1 can fix the chalky mouth feel and add some extras to it (or bring down the price a bit), they could make the product great!




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