The first gel I tried was the GU Tri-Berry.
Taste - this was the first thing I noticed... YUM! I thought that it tasted pretty darn good! Much better than I expected!
Consistency - not a big fan. I've heard most people just take this in one huge gulp, like a shot. I could not do this. The gel reminded me of very thick honey. I had to take it a little at a time. This didn't necessarily bother me, but I could see how it will hinder my time during a run.
After Taste - after I took this and drank some water to wash it down I could not help but focus on the after taste during the rest of my runs. I felt like I kept burping up the stuff. YUCK! For the rest of the night I swear I kept slightly tasting the after effects of the gel. Not a fan of this.
Energy - this was a little bit disappointing for me... I really didn't feel like it gave me any more energy on my run. This could be because I'm struggling on runs right now, but I was disappointed not to feel that second wind that so many people speak about. BUMMER!
Cramping - when I tried the gel mid way through my run I made sure I was not too far from home for the rest of my time running since I was worried about having problems. Much to my surprise I did not feel any cramping or upset stomach! YAY!
I still have 2 other gels I'm going to experiment with before my half marathon to see which I like best. I'll make sure to do post on the next ones as well! So far I would say I'm not real impressed.