I haven't reviewed a gel pen since March of 2013. That's a long time for me, especially considering that gel pens were what I was using and reviewing most when I started this blog. Today's long-awaited gel pen is the Bic Velocity Gel, a basic retractable 0.7mm gel pen. I feel that there are a lot of pens similar to this one - the Pilot G-2 (which I have - oddly - never reviewed), the 0.7mm Zebra Sarasa (my personal favourite), and the PaperMate Gel, for example - so I was curious to see how the Velocity Gel would compare to those others.
The Bic Velocity Gel has a translucent barrel to view the ink supply, and a basic plastic clip and grip, both of which indicate the ink colour (it's only available in black, blue, and red). It looks very similar to both the Pilot G-2 and the Zebra Sarasa - fairly unremarkable but thoroughly functional. Personally, however, I'm not a fan of the Velocity's grip. It has a slight lip or ridge before the tip that bothers me since I grip my pens very low on the barrel. I prefer the Zebra Sarasa's more tapered grip. But depending on how you grip your pens, this might not be an issue for you.
I've found that 0.7mm gel pens nearly always write well. The Velocity Gel may not be quite as smooth as the Zebra Sarasa, but it does write smoothly enough and I don't have any problems with it. It would be nice if this pen was available in 0.5mm, but it is not, and 0.7mm is probably going to be the best size for most people anyway (i.e., normal people who don't have absurdly small handwriting).
Overall, I am happy with the Bic Velocity Gel. While Bic may be more well-known for their ballpoints, they know how to make a decent gel pen as well. I don't feel that there is anything about the Velocity that really sets it apart from its competition (and I still prefer the Zebra Sarasa), but it is a good option if you're looking for a basic, inexpensive gel pen.
Related reviews: Economy Pens, Gourmet Pens.