LTR Clif Mountian Berry Shot Bloks Jenn E.
Here is my LTR for the Clif Mountain Berry Shot Bloks. Thank you in
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Long Term Report
March 2, 2009
During the four month testing period I have consumed the Bloks on the
trips outlined below. I have used them while day hiking, backpacking,
snowshoeing, mountain biking, and on my fitness walks on the beach
Newport Beach, California: The temperature was recorded at 55 to 57 F
(13 to 14 C) with heavy rain over a course of two days. During one of
these these days I ate the Shot Bloks on a day hike in the Newport
Beach area totaling 4 mi (6 km).
Mount San Jacinto State Park, California: This was a 6 mi (10 km) two
day snowshoe/backpacking trip. We camped at an elevation of 9,100 ft
(2,775 m) on 5 ft (1.5 m) of snow pack. The temps ran from 40 to 22 F
(4 to -6 C).
Red Rocks, Nevada: This was a three day climbing/camping trip. At the
locations where we were climbing that there was no sun and it was
about 41 F (5 C) with a light wind. The highs were around 55 F (13
C). The lows at night were around 30 F (-1 C).
Crystal Cove State Park, California: This was a day hike for a total
of 5 mi (8 km). The temperature was recorded at 53 F (12 C) with
light rain in the early morning. The elevation here is just above sea
Cleveland National Forest, California (San Mateo Wilderness): This
was a two day backpacking trip on the Tenaja Trail to Fisherman's
Camp then to Tenaja Falls. From Tenaja Falls we went back to
Fisherman's Camp to spend the night. We hiked 9 mi (14 km) on the
first day and 3.5 mi (6 km) on the second day, all up-hill. It hit 75
F (24 C) for a high and got down to 28 F (-2 C) at night. The high
elevation was 2,000 ft (610 m) with a total of 1,300 ft (396 m) of
elevation gain and loss.
Crystal Cove State Park , California: The Shot Bloks were consumed
two day hikes at this location. The elevation was from sea level to
60 ft (18 m). The one day hike completed was on the beach mostly in
wet sand as we followed the coast in and out of the tide pools. It
was raining right before we left so it was a bit cool. The
temperatures were between 50 F to 68 F (10 C to 20 C). Both trips
were 5 mi (8 km) each. On one of the hikes in this location there was
a light misty rain.
Huntington Beach, California: I consumed the Shot Bloks several times
during my exercise walks on the beach path. Sometimes I consumed the
Bloks just starting on the path as a snack after work. The elevation
is at sea level and the temperatures ranged from 55 F to 81 F (13 C
to 27 C). On my walks I average 5 mi (8 km).
I also used the Shot Bloks on Mountain Bike rides in Southern
California in the Cleveland National Forest and at Crystal Cove State
Performance in the Field
The Mountain Berry Shot Bloks have a pleasant taste. They have a
berry flavor that is not overpowering, not overly sweet, and they are
not tart. They have a gummy and chewy consistency. The Bloks do not
stick to my teeth and they fit perfectly in my mouth when I consume
them one at a time. I find them to be a satisfying supplement. On all
my hikes, mountain bike rides, snowshoe, backpacking trips, and daily
walks I consumed 1 to 4 packs of Shot Bloks per day.
The Bloks do not leave a coating on my teeth until I consume three
packages or more in one day. At that point I also begin to get bored
of the taste of having just one flavor. The manufacturer recommends
on the packaging to consume the Bloks followed by water. I feel
thirsty after I eat the Bloks. But, I am satisfied if I drink water
right away. There are times that I forgot to drink water right after
eating the Bloks. As soon as I became thirsty I drank some water and
I felt fine. Sometimes I drank Clif Shot powder mixed with water
after eating the Bloks. I have a few flavors of Clif Shot Electrolyte
Drink and I found this combination to be overly sweet when I had the
lemonade flavor. The Cran-Razz Electrolyte Drink complemented the
taste of the Mountain Berry Shot Bloks.
Even though these Bloks do not have caffeine in them I noticed a
spike in energy after I consumed them in about 10 minutes. This
energy lasts for about 30 minutes to an hour depending how intense my
activity is. My muscles became tired when I only ate the Bloks during
intense activity without some added protein in my diet for the day. I
like to consume the Bloks before I have to tackle long uphill climbs
while hiking and backpacking. They seem to give me more energy to
help me push myself.
I like the tubular shape of the new packaging. The package fits
nicely in the side pockets of my hiking pants or in the side pockets
of my pack without added bulk. They also fit better in my cycling
jersey rear pockets allowing me to carry more packages with this new
On the Mountain Berry retail box I was provided with there was an
illustration to push the Bloks from the bottom as a stack for
consumption. That is a good idea if I was consuming the entire pack.
This method leaves the Bloks at the top of the package and there is
no way to store them effectively without having to push them pack
down the tubular package. If I only wanted a few Bloks I found a
better approach. I ripped open the top and slid each Blok out one at
a time at the base of the Blok so that I had some extra wrapping to
fold over to store the Bloks for later use. I can store the Bloks
using this method for about an hour to overnight. When stored
overnight they tasted fine, but not as fresh as a newly opened
Bloks near the opening of the package. This does not make for
My storage approach
I wish there were some perforations or a notch at the opening of the
package where it says "Cut Here". That may make the package easier to
open, especially when I am riding my bike. Sometimes I end up opening
the packaging with my teeth or I make a cut in it with my teeth. I
have difficulty sometimes opening the packaging with my fingers as
they slide off the plastic and there is no notch to assist in tearing
the packaging more easily.
Lack of perforations or notch at package opening.
After being exposed to high and low temperatures the consistency did
not change drastically. They became hard and difficult to chew at an
outside temperature of approximately 22 F (-6 C). On one of my
backpacking trips I stored them overnight in my sleeping bag and they
were much easier to chew. While being exposed to a high temperature
of 81 F (27 C) they became softer in consistency and more sticky in
nature. However, the Bloks showed no signs of melting. In warmer
temperatures I noticed that my fingers feel sticky after handling the
It seems like I am always hungry on the trail. The Shot Bloks provide
me with an adequate amount of nutrition as a supplement between
meals, as a light lunch snack, or as a breakfast item. I could eat
them on an empty stomach with no queasiness. If I eat them for
breakfast or lunch with no other food I find myself hungry in about
Things That Rock:
Things That Are So-So:
Taste after about three packages
No perforation or notch to easily open the package
I enjoy the taste of the Mountain Berry Shot Bloks. They are not
overly sweet or tart. I found that they provide me with an adequate
amount of nutrition as a supplement between meals while hiking,
backpacking, and mountain biking. They give me an extra spurt of
energy needed for long hikes or uphill climbs.
I like the tubular design of the new packaging. The only change I
would make to the packaging is adding a notch or some type of
perforation at the top so it can be more easily opened.
This concludes my reporting on the Clif Mountain Berry Shot Bloks.
Thank you Clif Bar & Company and backpackgeartest.org for providing
me with the opportunity to test the Mountain Berry Shot Bloks.