I first experienced this product when my LBS suggested me a trial pack before a training ride. Since then I have relied on this to keep me going on any my 60 mile ride where the pace is expected to remain in the mid 20's. I can't digest much in the early mornings, so if I need a little push to help sustain me on the weekly group rides that almost rival a cat 4-3 type training race, I will also occasionally use Perpetuem for these shorter but stout rides.
I can no longer find my favorite coffee flavor, but the typical orange cream works well. I like the fact that it is a natural product and will go bad after preparation if not consumed in a couple of hours. I'm always worried of foods that never expire.
I was introduced to Perpetuem by fellow cyclists who swore by the stuff. being a life long backpacker I know the need for sustained energy as you grind away on the trail or on the road. When I began cycling, I tried to employ the same mentality to long bike rides as I do to long hikes. Perpetuem really works! It is not hard on my stomach, and goes down easy. I do not feel the same muscle fatigue using it that I have using just a sports drink or gel. My recent one day ride in the Seattle to Portland classic (204 miles) proved to me that it provides long term fuel for my body.
A friend who is an ultra marathoner recommended this product to me after I mentioned that I sometimes just seemed to hit the wall very quickly on some of my longer bike rides (4-6 hours). Often I need to pack all of my own foodcalories because there are no stores or other sources of food in the remote areas where I most like to train.
Perpetuem has been a nice discovery. It provides long lasting energy, can be carried in several forms (in your water bottle, as paste in small flask, or as powder), and won't make you nauseous. If you have water sources along your route you can go a long long way without packing a lot of weight or bulk (you MUST take in a considerable amount of water along with Perpetuem or you won't be able to digest it).
My friend also recommended that I read through the Hammer website. I hadn't paid a lot of attention to nutritional needs before but found the Hammer documents to be outstanding. They gave me a much deeper understanding of the general needs of long distance cyclists as well as how those needs could be met by specific Hammer products.
I use this product for longer biking events, lasting over 2 hours. Consistency is smooth when well mixed. I have tried both flavors and both taste creamy without much hint of orange or strawberry. I notice a difference when I use this product in that I am stronger at the finish of rides. I recommend this product for what it does, however if you want something that tastes good find another product.
My cousin introduced me to perpetum last yr while we trained for our first ironman. I was getting tired of gels and bars, and this stuff worked great. I usually put about 600 cal in a bottle, and it gets me through 2-3hrs of trainingracing. On the bike, it is really easy for me to continue getting the calories I need without hassling with a bar or gel. I enjoy all the flavors, but it does taste a little nasty on hot days. On hot days, I usually mix it a hr before I ride and place in the freezer so it stays colder longer and the taste doesnt get bad.
I take this with me on every ride over 10-15 miles. I use the orange-vanilla flavor (creamsicle -) It tastes good, you can use it in place of gels, and it can even replace food in a pinch. It has 7gr protien, 54gr carbs in 2 scoops. It can be a real life saver! Great stuff. Hammer is the best. I am just a loyal Hammer fan. They use good ingredients, very well thought out.
For rides races greater than 3 hours, I have found that Hammer Perpetuem keeps me going longer and stronger than any other product that I have tried. For me, the carb to protein mix is perfect. I supplement with a second bottle of 50% gatorade or similar product and then a Gu or two when I am gearing up for a climb or a sprint to get something higher octane into the system.
It is a bit expensive, though. I use about 1.5 scoopshr and that is on the high side of the price spectrum for me, especially if I am also using some gatorade and Gu packs.
I follow the mix directions, and while I thought I would hate the thick mix, I ended up really liking it. Plus, I like the OrangeVanilla flavor. Goes down great.
I've tried quite a few endurance drinks, and this one is by far my favorite. I was definitely losing muscle mass during longer rides prior to using this, and the protein included in the drink seems to keep my body from cannibalizing my own muscle on rides of over 4-5 hours. I know taste is a very personal matter, but I find the Orange Vanilla flavor to be quite nice. The only drawbacks to this product are 1) it doesn't stay mixed well in the bottle, so you'll have to shake the bottle a little each time, and 2) it won't last in your bottle all day. Its fine for 4-5 hours, but much longer than that, and it starts to turn nasty. I now use it in the CamelBak Podium Ice bottles. Fill one with 2 scoops of this, as much ICE as you can fit in, top it off with water, and it'll be good even 5 hours into the ride.
just starting to come around to the "protein drink on longer rides" approach, having had some problems with gut bombs from too many sandwiches on hotter days
i find this stuff undrinkable straight, but cut 5050 with something like orange cytomax, add ice, and you've got a creamsicle shake in the water bottle that will keep you running strong - found it just the ticket on this year's stp along with extra salt!, which was somewhat hot and headwindy from miles 100150
of course low-fat chocolate milk also works quite well when available -
This product worked for me. Eliminated power drops and sugar rushes I was having on long rides.
1. Heads-up Use guidance from Hammer's "The Endurance Athlete's Guide to Success". Also great learning on excess hydration. Otherwise this is a waste of money.
2. Heads-up Need to test how much to use how often during ride. A sip every 15 minutes works for me. After 4 hours I find a need to cut back to less. After 8 hours found I need some solid food.
I need the blender to mix, put it in the freezer the night before doesn't freeze at the concentrations I use.