Since we didn't have any water to drink with the gels(since our water was taken), it was a little bit harder going down. I chose the Espresso flavor and Beth went with Lemon Sublime. This was the first time either one of us had tried energy gels and I would say that we had mixed reviews.
The gels were easier to open than the Clif Shotbloks and definitely easier going down since no chewing was required. The downside was that the gels coated our mouths and I wish we had water to drink with them. Beth liked the flavor of her gel and I thought that the Espresso flavor was just okay. Beth said that eating the gel reminded her of snot. I don't think I would go that far. The gels have 100 calories per shot and cost about a dollar fifty a piece.
Overall, we'll probably try some more gels. There are a lot of companies that make them and a lot of different flavors to try. Surprisingly, I actually liked chewing the Clif Shotbloks as opposed to just swallowing the gels because I felt like I was getting more substance. More reviews to come as our long runs progress.