Nick Livermore test drives Muc-Off’s latest addition to its ‘Athlete Performance’ range – Muc-Off Luxury Chamois Cream – and just wants to eat it?! You’ll see.
RRP – £20
Website – www.muc-off.com
I’m going be honest here; my use of chamois cream is infrequent at best. Despite indulging in around 600 hours in the saddle in 2015, if indulging is the word I’m looking for, I’ve never found it essential.
But let’s face it, saddle sores are part and parcel of cycling, especially if you’re pushing the 200 mile mark week in week out. And when they strike, you’d better hope you have some cream to hand.
Is It Worth It?
There are plenty of options out there, some cheap, some expensive. At around £20 for 250ml, Muc-Off’s offering probably strays into the latter; it’s more expensive per ml than the Assos alternative.
However, if it works it’s probably worth giving a go. And it certainly does.
The Magic Formula
Generally speaking, I find the sensation of chamois cream… off-putting. Too thick or too thin, perhaps i’ve simply never found the cream for me. Well, until recently.
“…I want to eat the stuff it smells so delicious.”
This isn’t a sales pitch and I certainly won’t start using chamois cream on a daily basis, but in terms of fragrance and viscosity Muc-Off has nailed it. Forget smothering it, I want to eat the stuff it smells so delicious. That’s what you get when you incorporate Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Shea Butter and Sunflower Oil into the mix.
Naturally, the benefits of Muc-Off’s ‘Luxury’ chamois cream run deeper, claiming to kill 99% of germs dead, moisturise your most delicate parts deeply and provide provitamins (what would we do without them?). All of this without potentially harmful parabens and formaldehyde.
The Bottom Line?
I’d say it was a pleasure to use, but that doesn’t seem like quite the right approach. Let’s just say that this chamois cream is pleasantly functional and certainly lives up to its ‘luxury’ moniker.
Is it worth your hard earned money? Well, that’s up to you. If you’re happy with your current cream, then why switch? But if you haven’t found your saddle sore soul mate, then this could be the cream for you.