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  • Blackstone Labs Dust V2 Review

    Blackstone Labs is a recognized supplement brand, in Australia and throughout the world. When it comes to the pre-workout supplement by the name of Dust V2, it is no different, even though many people think of Blackstone Labs products as being for hard-core athletes only.

    The truth is, even though there is a certain amount of enigma surrounding the Blackstone Labs brand, there is a very distinct possibility that your workouts stand to benefit handsomely from their products. So should you spend your time (and money) on Blackstone Labs Dust V2? Let's check out what it brings to the table.


    Regardless of your taste preference, Dust V2 has something that will suit your palate. One of the most surprising discoveries we made about the taste is the fact that it is not overpowering. This is a good thing overall, as it means that they have included less artificial sweeteners in the product, even though you can clearly detect that there is some amount contained in it.

    Dust V2 uses maltodextrin and erythritol as their sweeteners, which would explain the less intense sweetness possessed by the product, and the faint bitter aftertaste.

    In terms of flavour varieties, Red Ice, Black Lemonade and Watermelon are likely to appeal to the majority of users, even though Pineapple, Blue Sky, Cotton Candy and Sour Gummy Bear aren't that bad either.

    Overall, not the best tasting pre-workout on the market, but undoubtedly refreshing for people that are tired of intense and overpowering additives in their pre-workout.

    Taste: 4/5


    One of the factors that contributes to making a pre-workout powder successful is how well it mixes in water. In the case of Dust V2, the manufacturer has taken care to ensure that it does this exceptionally.

    Even though many consumers never consider the overall mixability of a supplement before purchasing, they should. Dust V2 leaves no residue in a shaker bottle after mixing, given that you indeed use the recommended 8 to 10 ounces of water per serve.

    It also mixes well with a spoon if you are unable to mix it in a shaker bottle.

    Pro Tip: if you dislike having to chug down more water than is necessary, do not use cold water when mixing your pre-workout powder. Mixability goes up if you add room temperature water instead.

    Mixability: 5/5

    Nutritional Breakdown

    As pre-workout supplements are becoming more advanced, arginine is not commonly employed anymore, instead opting for citrulline. Dust V2 follows this trend as well. More on that in a bit.

    To start off, even though you can see the name of the ingredients found in Dust V2, it is disappointing that the specific ingredient amounts are masked in a proprietary blend known as the Blackstone Labs Dust V2 Blend. There is a total of 8.3g of ingredients, although we do not know the exact amount of any.

    That aside, its ingredient profile looks solid. For instance, starting off with beta-alanine is a solid base, as this ingredient can help you to workout longer by buffering the effects of lactic acid accumulation [1]. Muscles achieve failure- the inability to contract, as lactic acid levels raise and their pH changes to an acidic one.

    The presence of betaine may help to increase the body's natural creatine production [2], proving useful if you do not supplement with exogenous forms of creatine.

    The presence of two citrulline forms; the tartrate and malate may help to further boost absorption and ease digestive discomfort some individuals experience, although citrulline already possesses a much lower likelihood of causing these effects when compared to arginine. Citrulline also more readily supports nitric oxide production and helping you achieve muscle pumps.

    While these ingredients are great, arguably what makes Dust V2 magnificent is its blend of stimulatory and nootropic ingredients. These include caffeine anhydrous and di-caffeine malate, which is a sort of buffered caffeine which delays its rapid onset and clearance. Caffeine is well established to improve exercise performance, energy levels and metabolism [3].

    Agmatine and norvaline, combined with hordenine and N-methyl Tyramine help to exert a calming effect on typical caffeine response, in addition to Agmatine and norvaline possessing dual actions helping to support nitric oxide levels as well. Norvaline inhibits arginase-the enzyme that breaks down arginine [4] and reduces the amount of nitric oxide that may be synthesized. Acreoline (as Arcofuel), also supports resistance to mental fatigue and can result in improved physical performance during your workouts.

    Taurine may also help to take the edge off [5] of caffeine even more, so users do not experience a significant crash of any sort, and may help to prevent muscle cramping from fluid loss during your workout.

    Velvet Bean Extract is a very interesting ingredient, to say the least. There are times when regardless of the amount of stimulants you consume, you lack the drive to get up and get things done. This could be related to your brain dopamine levels- this neurotransmitter being necessary for your drive and ability to achieve things. Velvet Bean Extract (also known as Mucuna Pruriens) is a rich source of L-Dopa, a precursor to the synthesis of dopamine [6]. This explains why Dust V2 is able to take your workouts to new heights, in conjunction with its other nootropic and stimulant compounds.

    Lastly, is MaxxEnsureXT, also known as stearoyl vanniylamide, a compound related to capsaicin, which may help to enhance thermogenesis and metabolic rate.

    Based on its ingredient profile, if you have a difficult time maintaining focus and energy levels throughout your workout you will notice a significant difference. The presence of beta-alanine and betaine also up performance levels and your resistance to fatigue helping you beat the goals you set for yourself.

    Finally, citrulline does what it set out to do – increase muscle pumps and nitric oxide production, and when supported with norvaline and agmatine, you won't be disappointed.

    The only ingredient whose presence seems a bit off in the mix would be stearoyl vanniylamide, which would increase your metabolism but probably not contributes to overall efficacy of the supplement.

    Ingredients: 5/5

    Value For Money

    Dust V2 is fairly priced, with each serve costing you approximately$1.60 (less if you're a Club Z Member), as there are other pre-workouts which are significantly more expensive but don't deliver half as much as Dust V2 might.

    For this reason, it ranks among the best when it comes to value for money.

    Value: 5/5


    Based on the fact that it mixes well, tastes fair, and includes ingredients which are likely to deliver what you've come to expect from a good pre-workout product, Dust V2 gets our recommendation.

    The only thing we would like to see changed is full disclosure of ingredient dosages, but Blackstone Labs has built an impressive reputation for a reason – they consistently make great products. If you are new to using pre-workout boosters, or are looking to take things to the next level, Dust V2 is very likely to help get you there.

    Overall: 4.5/5

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