Overview of Sparta Nutrition Kraken Pump
Sparta Nutrition went through a massive rebrand of their portfolio, while they were in there, they decided to reformulate some of their products. Kraken Pump was one of those reformulations.
We still really like the 2018 version after the formula changes. It still uses 2g of HydroMax but removed and updated it on several other ingredients, still leaving you with a product that produces a great pump, with the addition of cognitive enhancement now. This still is one of our favorite overall pump products. I don’t think we will miss the old version all that much…
Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed Sparta Nutrition Kraken Pump 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 pump supplement, 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: Unflavored.
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 pump products on the market.
As mentioned earlier, Kraken Pump went through a reformulation. Here’s the old version label:
Citrulline: 6g (removed)
HydroMax: 2g (kept)
Nitrosigine: 1.5g (removed)
Beta Vulgaris: 1g (removed)
Coconut Water: 500mg (removed)
The new version uses HydropMax, Vaso6 (similar to Nitrosigine but you use less and it’s cheaper), Alpha-GPC and Pine Bark Extract. It’s hard for me to pick a preference. I love Nitrosigine, more-so than Vaso6, but Vaso6 still does a great job. I love the addition of Alpha GPC, but I miss the Beta Vulgaris and Citrulline. I cannot say which one on paper I love more, I tend to lean towards the old version, but the new version still performs well.
We get 2g of HydroMax still. This ingredient essentially turns your muscles into a sponge and absorbs all the water and blood that flows into it. Alpha-GPC is at 600mg (50%) so you are getting 300mg of Alpha-GPC. This is the minimum you want, and although it is not a pump ingredient (boost cognitive functions) it is an awesome nootropic (expensive) that I am happy to see added here. Instead of Nitrosigine (mentioned earlier) we get 300mg of Vaso6. This is similar to Nitrosigine but you use less and it is cheaper. This boosts nitric oxide levels in the body. So does Pine Bark Extract at 200mg.
The new profile is good and still delivers. I miss several of the old ingredients, but love the addition of Alpha GPC.
Overall, a good profile that stays consistent with the old.
The purpose of a pump product is to enhance your pump. So that’s where I look at the effectiveness. HydroMax and Vaso6 work well together. Pine Bark also helps too. Alpha-GPC doesn’t do much for pump, but if you’re like me, you’ll love the focus you get from it.
I did not get vascular, but I never do. It is a genetic thing, I think. I did, however, showcase nice pumps. That’s the goal. I also have to say that the cognitive enhancement from Alpha-GPC allows you to focus in the gym and get more shit done while in there, thus contributing to your pump in a different way.
This is an effective pump product that uses four solid, proven ingredients.
Bombsicle was a decent flavor. It tasted as you would imagine, like the 4th of July Bomb Pops at your carnivals. The taste is strong enough that it could change the taste of your pre workout if you mixed the two. It is rather sweet.
Unflavored is excellent to add to any pre-workout. It does not change the taste of the pre-workout at all.
With the removal of 6g Citrulline and 1.5g Nitrosigine, the serving size came down quite a bit. We went from 15.5g to 7g on the new version. Thus, mixability improved. This did mix fairly well, even when mixed with my pre-workout. I would use 2 scoops (the 7g version) and had minimal residue floating. Check out the video above for a demo.
Like the old version, this one retails for $35 for 40/20 servings. I elect the 20-serving dosage because that’s where you’re going to get the recommended dosages of the ingredients. You are coming in at less than $2 a serving. Once upon a time, the old Kraken Pump was $40, so this is debuting at a lesser price point, as it should given the ingredient changes.
This is a $30-$35 product that works well. It uses some expensive ingredients (HydroMax, Vaso6 and Alpha GPC) to justify it. At the end of the day you want to know if it is worth $35 and that answer is yes.