People overthink creatine. It works, it’s always worked, it’s inexpensive (or at least it should be) and companies have spent a lot of time trying to fancy it up and add things to it that aren’t needed in order to charge more for it or make it “special”. <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/creatine"target=“new”>Creatine Monohydrate or <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/creatine-malate"target=“new”>Creatine Malate, at the highest quality possible, should cost you about 22 cents a serving. Some supplement companies have claimed to have made creatine magically better. In reality it MIGHT be .0001% “better” but what you’re actually paying for are their ads in bodybuilding magazines and booths at shows.
That rant aside, malate doesn’t need to be loaded and those that don’t respond to good ol’ monohydrate, or get bloated from it, usually do better with malate. Malate may also lead to great work capacity effects. They cost is about the same, at least from Biotest, and the quality can’t be beat. Choose one of those and you’re good to go.