Overview of Blackstone Labs Dust v2
Blackstone Labs will have the extremely difficult task of producing any pre-workouts that were as effective as Dust Extreme. Everything the company makes now will seem to be pitted against the king of the pre-workout category (once upon a time). Although Dust v2 isn’t a reformulation of Dust Extreme, we will still always have the memory of Dust Extreme in our minds whenever we try a Blackstone pre-workout.
Dust v2 is going to be a let down for those of you who loved Dust Extreme. That’s not necessarily Blackstone’s fault, with the government coming down on DMAA and DMHA you have to find a new way to create highly effective products. I was let down that Blackstone decided to try to do it via prop blend. Overall, Dust v2 is OK, but it doesn’t rank in our top 5.
Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed Blackstone Labs Dust v2 on five categories. We first start by looking at it’s ingredient profile. This portion of the review looks at the different ingredients used in the pre-workout, what their intention is and how effectively dosed are each ingredient.
We then look at effectiveness. An effective pre-workout will use high quality, proven ingredients, at clinically backed dosages. This is generally an extension of the profile section. The higher quality ingredients used at proper dosages, the more effective that product will be.
Then we move into the taste of the different flavors we’ve tried. We grade each flavor separately and average the scores for their overall taste rating. We were able to test out the following flavors: Cotton Candy.
Mixability refers to how well the powder mixes in 12oz of water. We use the shaker bottle test. This would be your typical Blender Bottle with the spiral chrome ball.
Finally, we talk about value. Value is the combination of profile, effectiveness, taste and mixability in relation to cost. Another part of value are the competitors and other versions of pre-workout products on the market.
As we mentioned earlier, Dust v2 uses a prop blend containing 10g (8.2g active ingredients) containing 13 active ingredients.
The first ingredient listed is Beta Alanine. The clinically accepted dosage here is 3.2g. We are unsure that is what we are getting with Dust v2. Beta Alanine provides the “itchy” feeling but also prolongs endurance and strength output. If this was dosed at 3.2g that would leave 5.1g left for the rest of the ingredients…not likely.
Next we get L-Taurine. L-Taurine is typically dosed 1-2g. L-Taurine helps with strength output. Then we get L-Carnitine-L-Tartrate. This is used a lot in weight loss supplements and increases oxidation to the brain. I have seen this dosed anywhere from 500mg-3,000mg.
Citrulline Malate is next. This is for your pumps. The clinically accepted dosage is 6g. It is safe to say we are not getting enough L-Citrulline. Then we get N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, a cognitive enhancing ingredient. I have seen this dosed from 500mg-1,000mg.
Betaine Anhydrous is next. This helps with endurance and strength. This has been dosed at 1.5-2.5g. Where it is listed on the label, it is safe to say we’re not getting the full dosage. Agmatine Sulfate is another pump ingredient. I see this dosed at 500mg to 1000mg. This helps your pain receptors so you can get another rep out. L-Norvaline is another pump ingredient. L-Norvaline works by inhibiting arginase, allowing you to achieve longer, stronger pumps that give more power and recovery ability. This is typically dosed at 100-200mg.
Di-Caffeine Malate and Caffeine Anhydrous are next. Collectively we’d like to see these around 300mg, but due to the prop blend, we’re not sure. Hordenine is listed next and aids in fat loss. This is used a lot in fat loss ingredients. There has not been sufficient studies on what the proper dosage should be. N-Methyl Tyramine is used next. This is used for weight loss. There are no sufficient studies on this for dosage either. Lastly, MaxxEndureXT(Stearoyl vanillylamide) is used. This is similar to Capsaicin without the burning and irritation.
Overall, there are a couple energy ingredients, a couple pump ingredients and several weight loss ingredients. The issue is we don’t know what we are getting of each. If each serving is 8.3g, we know it is going to be under dosed, which is evident in the effectiveness section.
Dust v2 was semi-effective. One thing right away is we didn’t get the tingly feeling from it like we do with others with Beta Alanine, which leads me to believe it is under dosed.
We had a nice increase in overall energy and focus (the caffeine also contributed to the focus with the L-Tyrosine). Energy lasted a good 40-50 minutes. We expected this with the use of two different types of caffeine. Endurance was average as well (better than not taking anything).
The pump was something we were disappointed with. They were average, at best. We realize there is Norvaline, Agmatine and Citrulline, but just not sure they are dosed sufficiently to be effective.
In terms of fat loss or increase in body temp. we did notice we sweat quite a bit more on this, so this could be a good pre-workout to help you shed some of that water weight.
Cotton Candy was spot on. It tasted just like you’d think Cotton Candy would taste like. For us, it is a bit too tart and sweet. If you’ve ever had cotton candy flavored anything from Hi Tech you’ve probably already tasted this.
Overall, it tastes just like it says it does, but it’s a little too “candy” like for us.
One nice thing about a small serving size is that it typically mixes well with water. Since this is a 10g serving, you can expect it to mix well, and it did. I didn’t have any issues with it mixing using a Blender Bottle and 6oz of water.
A fully dosed pre-workout now days retails for about $40 for 20-servings. Dust v2, although under dosed, is 25-servings for $34. So there is value there. You can also double up on serving size too to ensure you might be getting the right dosages, but you need to be careful when using products that contain certain ingredients.
I would much rather have this be a fully transparent label, then I could vouch if this is a better value for you.