I've previously reviewed a small selection of MuleBar products and was pleased with what I tested. Now they've got a new, and from what I can tell unique flavour, they have asked me to try out.
Before I even tried these I made notice on the packaging of the words 'It Kicks'.. Seeing this I anticipated a fearsome energising taste explosion I experienced with the MuleBar energy gels, which bore the same words on the packaging.
I was pleasantly surprised then, that my mouth wasn't subjected to some kind of insanely fiery taste sensation, but a tasty balanced blend of spices with Oatmeal, Almonds, Cashew Pumpkin and Pistachio nuts adding some firmness and crunchiness to the texture. The nuts are diced up small enough also that they're not much in way of a choke hazard when riding! The main soft textured ingredient that holds it all together is rice syrup which holds the bar's shape really well- again like my previous review of MuleBar products I'll make the point that this is a key point to any energy bar to stay in one piece so you don't have crumbs in your jersey pocket.
This bar like other MuleBar energy bars has a compostable wrapper- in my opinion this doesn't mean dispose of it on the road (put the wrapper back into your jersey pocket), but if you're inclined to when you get home you can add the wrapper to your compost bin.
Suitable for Vegetarians or Vegans this bar contains no meat or dairy products being Vegetarian and Vegan Society approved.
I'll again mention as I have on the previous blog post review of MuleBar products: the 1% for the planet initiative MuleBar has signed up to pledging a minimum of 1% of the value of sales to organisations committed to preserving the environment.
If I had do define this bar I'd say it has a savoury quality to it- a bar I could happily eat several of on a big bike ride.
These bars are available via their website. You can buy as little as 5 so you can see if you personally like them before you might decide to buy more. There is a whole variety of other flavours on their site also so take a browse...
Available box sizes are 5, 12, 24, and 48 bars. Prices ranging from £7.99 to £68 (saving 10%).
At approximately £1.50 it's on par with other sports nutrition competitors, but is made from honest natural ingredients you can recognise with ethics and the environment in mind.
It's a particularly horrid experience as you may well know when you're riding your bike getting wet road spray onto your behind. I needn't go into explaining what exactly is so horrible about this. If you know what I'm on about. You'll know it's not nice. The Ass Saver offers to solve this problem...
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I basically bought this by accident thinking it would be normal chamois cream. Unawares to me this chamois cream is specifically for wet weather riding... And when the description says 'solid chamois cream' they really aren't kidding when they say solid! It's like wax, yellow in colour and requires some aggression just to dig it out the tub!
As I've not had the willpower to bring myself to buy some normal chamois cream I've used this for a bit despite it still being summer... (I've got that excuse because I'm a student now and student's are poor). After using it for over a month, I guess it works to a certain extent by softening the skin, but it's certainly not as effective as the normal stuff that I've used such as Asoss/Chapeau/Udderly Smooth chamois cream.
Dedicated as I am to the cause of reviewing this product I suited up in my weather gear on a dismal day for a 30 mile ride. Did I notice any difference or more effectiveness? No not really... Maybe that's a good thing as I definitely didn't have any chafing- although it was a relatively short ride.
My thinking behind the solid consistency would in theory it doesn't wear away as quickly- which is true. But unless you're doing a century ride or a Grand Tour stage I can't see this product being of much use in preference to normal chamois cream.
I'll be sure to update this if I happen to spend a lot of long hours in the saddle in wet weather...
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