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Good but expensive and there is other options
on December 14, 2013
I've tried just about every energy drink ever made including some of the more obscure ones.
One the one hand this product does exactly what it claims: provides a boost to long term nutritional energy without the caffeine buzz or the hard crash afterwards. (of course it has that soft crash, the mid day "lull", but you'll get that from anything you eat/drink if you do not maintain your nutritional intake throughout the day to support it, this isn't meant to be a meal replacement after all)
The downside and the reason I can't rate this more than average is that there are several other options out there for nutritional energy and most of them cost less. V8 energy drinks for example are very similar to this and cost less than 70 cents each, if you catch them on sale I've gotten them for less than 50 cents. They also taste better (In my opinion) because they are based in fruit juice.
If you really break down what these are it is basically a vitamin water; to which you could just be taking normal vitamin supplements and water to achieve similar results. The benefit here is the faster bio availability of it being in liquid form but that same benefit exists in other water or juice + vitamin products at lower price points.
From a nutritional point of view there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with ruckpack; and if what you are looking for is a vitamin water shot they are an option to consider. Just be aware they don't really taste all that great and there are cheaper options out there.
Note: On a personal note, I have transitioned away from the high caffeine energy drinks over the years and I do prefer liquid based vitamin supplements like this for their faster metabolism into the system (I find that for me, a multivitamin pill takes so long to metabolize that it's not really useful for changes in energy levels and they are more suited for end of day usage so your body uses it over night).
So having said that I tend to use nutritional drinks in the morning and afternoon and take my vitamin supplement pills in the evening. I'll probably continue to use ruckpack occasionally just for variety (say once a week or so); but my daily go-to is a v8 energy can (v8 fusion + energy) at a cost of less than $4 for a 6 pack (I've gotten them as cheap as $2 a 6 pack during sales events)