Writing this Xtend review and comparison has been pretty important to the BWSB staff. After all, Xtend by Scivation was the first true original BCAA supplement worth anything on the market.
Today, Scivation’s Xtend is more powerful than ever, and comes in a trio which includes: Xtend Original, Xtend Perform, and Xtend FREE (previously Xtend RAW).
Here, we are going to share with you our staff’s cumulative review of each Xtend BCAA. As well, we are going to explain the differences and similarities between all of Scivation’s BCAA products.
Scivation Xtend BCAA Versions Comparison and Explanation
Xtend Original BCAA:
This is the updated flagship Xtend supplement made by Scivation. Each scoop contains 7 grams of BCAAs in a 2:1:1 ratio, as well as glutamine, citrulline malate, and an electrolyte blend. This version of Xtend comes in many flavors and even RTD bottles.
Xtend Perform BCAA:
This version of Xtend comes with everything that the original Xtend contains, along with 1.5 grams carbs per scoop and 2 grams of their PeakO2 Performance Blend, which increases endurance. We will explain this farther down. As of now, Xtend Perform comes in 3 flavors: Black Cherry, Fruit Punch, and Mango; Black Cherry has the highest rating for taste.
Xtend FREE BCAA:
While Xtend Original and Xtend Perform come in many different flavors, FREE BCAA only comes two: Mixed Berry and Crisp Apple. This is because Xtend FREE doesn’t contain artificial flavors, sweeteners, or dyes like the other two types. This version of Xtend used to be called Xtend RAW but now they have re-branded to Xtend FREE. Each serving contains all of the same ingredients as the original Xtend, just with the new source conscious additives.
Our Original Xtend BCAA Review
The Original Xtend is a fantastic BCAA supplement compared to 97% of the market, for the simplest reasons ever. It tastes good, mixes well, and has a relevant clinical dosage of BCAAs in it. Really, the only downside to the original and performance blend Xtend is that they use artificial sweeteners, colors, and flavors; which to us is a problem. But, to many of you isn’t a big deal.
While reviewing Xtend, we preferred taking it before workout on days we didn’t take pre workout supplements, as well as during workout on days that we did take pre workout supplements.
Both scenerios resulted in noticeable benefits, with each Xtend variation.
Speaking of Xtend Original specifically – we noticed the greatest increase in performance when taking it before workout, without a pre workout supplement. Compared to not taking anything at all, Xtend really increased endurance. Under both conditions, Xtend reduced the effects of post workout muscle fatigue.
It’s worth noting that taking Xtend during our workouts did not have a massive performance effect. But, this is due to the fact that we’ve been taking Transparent Labs BULK, which already contains a large dose of BCAAs.
When comparing Xtend taken before workout to taking BULK pre workout – BULK was the clear victor in increased performance. Hands down.
Difference between Xtend and Xtend Perform
Taste wise, these two are pretty similar when you match up flavors. Some reviews on other websites said that Xtend Perform can get a bit chalky, but we didn’t have that problem at all going with the recommended water dosage.
Compared to the regular Xtend, Xtend Perform was similar with a bit more muscular endurance which we best explain as ‘less time needed between sets’. But as a whole, these two products are mega-similar.
Difference Between Xtend and Xtend FREE
Xtend FREE has got to be our favorite version of Xtend, despite not tasting quite as good (for obvious reasons).
Xtend FREE contains all of the same active ingredients as the original Xtend BCAA, but Xtend FREE doesn’t contain the nasty accessories. Meaning, with Xtend FREE your not getting synthetic dyes, sweeteners, or flavors.
This is pretty important to us, and its great to be able to get a 1 scoop 7 gram BCAA dose with a clean ingredient sheet.
Conclusion on our Scivation Xtend BCAA Review
As a whole, we love Xtend and all its variations. Xtend FREE is our overall favorite version, since we prefer to avoid synthetic ingredients. However, each is still light-years ahead of most of the market.
To see where Xtend ranks versus the other top products, check out our Best Rated BCAA Supplements List. And of course, before you leave drop us some lines below with your Xtend and BCAA experiences. Have you had the chance to compare and review Xtend? Share what you thought below!