Overview of REPP Sports Broken Arrow
REPP Sports already had one of our favorite pre-workouts they made, Reactr, but decided to go above and beyond and make another version, this time a fully transparent version called Broken Arrow. We kind of asked them to do this after our initial review of Reactr took a minor score hit with the prop blend.
Broken Arrow is solid focus, pump and energy producing pre-workout still utilizing DMHA (REPP Sports states they are going to continue to use this). The flavors of this pre-workout are great, and the price tag isn’t bad either. It will be interesting to see what kind of change will be made if DMHA gets removed from store shelves, because REPP has a good pre-workout with Broken Arrow.
Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed REPP Sports Broken Arrow 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: Guava Melon.
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.
Broken Arrow from REPP Sports is a solid pre-workout using acceptable dosages of major ingredients. Let’s work our way down the list.
We first start with 6g L-Citrulline Malate. This is the clinical dosage of L-Citrulline. L-Citrulline is going to help produce the pump.
Next, we get 3.2g Beta Alanine. This, just like L-Citrulline, is dosed at the clinically accepted amount. Beta Alanine helps with endurance and strength output.
Betaine Anhydrous is dosed at 1.5g. This is slightly less on the optimal dosage. We typically see Betaine dosed at 2.5g. Betaine helps with strength output.
L-Taurine helps with endurance and strength. This is dosed at 1g. Taurine is typically dosed between 1-2g. This is an acceptable dosage of Taurine.
L-Tyrosine is a cognitive enhancing ingredient, meaning it improves memory and focus. We see this dosed at 1g and that’s exactly what we get here.
Acetyl L-Carnitine aids in fat loss and energy production. REPP doses Broken Arrow at 500mg. I would like to see this at a full 1g.
Caffeine (the GOD of pre-workouts, right?) is a combination of anhydrous and citrate at 350mg. This is a heavy dosage of caffeine, stim junkies will like this. To compliment the caffeine, we also get 150mg of DMHA. This is where I typically see DMHA dosed. Collectively, caffeine and DMHA are going to provide you with that energy rush you look for in a pre-workout.
We also get 300mg Alpha GPC (50%). This is a nootropic that enhances brain functionality and focus. At 50% I would love to see this dosed at 600mg, but it is still a nice addition.
Overall, the profile is really good. I would like to see Betaine, Carnitine and Alpha GPC dosed a tad higher, but all-in-all a decent job.
There are those who are DMAA and then those who are DMHA. Well, soon, there will be neither, but for now I fall on the DMHA side. I like DMHA. It works well for me. This product kicks in and kicks in early. I got a nice energy from Broken Arrow, very similar to Reactr. My focus was on-point as well. Regarding my pump, I typically need more pump ingredients than just L-Citrulline, even if it is clinically dosed.
I would say I had great workouts while using Broken Arrow. They were always consistently tough, long and hard, but in a good way. Broken Arrow helped get my energy up for the gym and keep me focused once I get there.
I was a big fan of Reactr, and I am an even bigger fan of Broken Arrow with the full transparent label.
One word: Sour! This stuff was a rush to your taste buds. I was not expecting that flavor the first time I tried it. Don’t get me wrong, it is good, but it is very sour and tart. It is a nice change of pace to the fruit punch and blue raspberry of the world.
Guava Melon does taste like an exotic fruit. If you want to change it up, then this would be something I would recommend trying. If you have issues with sour or tart then you may want to look at one of their other flavors.
Broken Arrow is a 15.9g serving size. I would mix mine in 6-8oz of water. I like to mix, chug and lift. This is partly the reason it was so tart. It also does leave some residue behind during the mixing process.
It’s not the best mixing pre-workout in the history of mankind, but it sure as hell isn’t the worst either.
With DMHA becoming harder and harder to find, at 30-servings for $40 I would say this is a steal. Until this product is discontinued, you won’t find many DMHA products out there that are under $50.
Broken Arrow works well. It tastes great. It’s made by REPP Sports. Plus, as we already mentioned, it has DMHA. Hop on this while you can!