Overview of Samson Labs PRE-CHAW
Samson Labs is a new company to the sports nutrition world with only two products, and the products you’d expect from an up-start: protein and pre-workout. It’s not their protein that is catching fire online, but it’s pre-workout: PRE-CHAW.
PRE-CHAW is gaining popularity not due to any flavor or ingredient, but due to the way it is used. PRE-CHAW is a pre-workout pouch (yes, you read that right) that provides some energy and a unique delivery system. This could potentially spark a change in the way we consume our pre-workout supplements but time will tell.
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Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed Samson Labs PRE-CHAW 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: Spearmint.
Mixability refers to how well the protein 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.
PRE-CHAW is a pre-workout pouch. The delivery system of going through your upper or lower lip while you workout has it’s advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that the ingredients are absorbed into your bloodstream through your lip without ever having to go through your digestive system. This could change the way we think about proper dosages. Clinical studies talk about oral consumption of popular ingredients, nothing I can find that talks about entering the bloodstream without going through the digestive system.
Why is this important? PRE-CHAW may look under dosed on certain ingredients compared to other PWOs on the market, but those other PWOs are consumed orally. It is hard to say whether or not the ingredients are dosed correctly given the way they are consumed, but we can look at each ingredient and what it does.
PRE-CHAW packs in 1.4 grams of ingredients into a hemp pouch. That isn’t a lot of active ingredients. It starts with 20mg of Niacin then moves into 500mg of L-Tyrosine. L-Tyrosine is an anti-stressor, which helps you get into the right mindset for your lift. According to Examine.com, L-Tyrosine is dosed at 500-2000mg. Given the way this is taken I would say it is dosed properly.
Then we get 250mg of GABA. GABA is a form of a nootropic and anti-stressor as well. Studies show this is dosed between 3,000-5,000mg for enhancing growth hormone metabolism (we find this in sleep aids). This is drastically less than that. We need more here.
Now we get into the energy portion of PRE-CHAW. We get 200mg of Caffeine Anhydrous. This is a typical caffeine source used in PWOs. I see caffeine dosed anywhere from 150-300mg in effective PWOs. Siberian Ginseng Extract is used at 200mg and, according to WebMD.com, is used to increase athletic performance. Studies indicate that a dosage of 300-1,200mg are typical, although 2-4g is recommended. We are low here as well.
Yohimbine Extract is dosed at 7.5mg, which is shown to increase your adrenaline. Recommended dosages are based on bodyweight but a 200lb person would need about 18mg of this to be effective.
Overall you have to take into account how the product is consumed. There is some leeway in proper dosages because of that, one would think, but overall still not the best dosed product. It’s tough when you have a small pouch.
The other side of the coin, the negative side, to how this product is consumed, is the limited space for ingredients. Common ingredients for pump like Agmatine or L-Cittruline have to be ignored due to the higher dosage required. Other cognitive enhancing ingredients like Alpha GPC are not used because you’re limited in space. We love the delivery method, but you have to understand there is going to be give-and-take.
A little 1.4 gram pouch can be effective, if you take two! I am a higher stim guy so I would use two of this (makes for a FAT lip). I was pleasantly surprised by the feeling I got from PRE-CHAW. My energy levels were great. I figured that they would diminish but given that it was dosed at 200mg (I used two so I was at 400mg) you could feel the energy you got from the pouch. I would also use this prior to athletic competitions, and during, and it worked.
The focus was non-existent. I am a big cognitive enhancing ingredient guy. The limited space of the pouch limits what you can get with this PWO. I think the addition of a nootropic like Alpha-GPC would be great here to help more with the focus factor, but overall it wasn’t bad.
Missing from this is the pump factor. There isn’t one ingredient in PRE-CHAW that provides a pump.
Overall, this can be effective for energy, and a small amount of focus, but nothing more than that.
One of my favorite things about PRE-CHAW is that it tastes fantastic. You actually keep a pouch in throughout your entire workout. The flavor lasts the entire time (some of my workouts were over an hour long). The flavor tastes like a spearmint mint, or a good piece of spearmint gum.
Due to this being a pre-workout pouch there is no mixing needed.
PRE-CHAW retails for $39.99 at the Samson Labs official website. There are 30-servings per container. If you put this into perspective, there are other PWOs on the market for the same price. Then there are ones for $40 but are only 20-servings. Then you need to think that each serving is only 1.4 grams versus a minimum of 8-10 grams for the other lightly dosed PWOs.
I understand there is a higher cost associated with this delivery method. You have to pay for the hemp pouches and use a manufacture that most likely isn’t doing the sports nutrition thing for a living. With all that being said I think this product is an OK value. It works. It just misses on some of the ingredients I would like to see. At $1/serving you can afford to try it out to see if this is right for you. Once a concrete study comes out that proves PRE-CHAW is better absorbed into the bloodstream than the others then this would become a really good value product.