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Pearl Izumi Men’s Elite Cycling Shorts

When I started cycling I bought several horrible pairs of cycling shorts merely because they were only ones available at the stores in my area. Eventually I started buying my cycling clothes at a Performance Bicycle store and was content with the Performance brand of cycling shorts. Last year Performance stopped selling the shorts I was used to and I couldn’t find a suitable replacement in their store. Fortunately, after several futile efforts, I was able to find a fantastic replacement, the Pearl Izumi Men’s Elite Cycling Shorts.

Pearl iZUMi Men's Elite Cycling Shorts

Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Cycling Shorts

The Pearl Izumi Men’s Elite Cycling Shorts are the most comfortable pair of shorts I ever owned. These shorts have a four-way stretch fabric that moves moisture to the outer surface for fast evaporation. Even when the heat index is over 110 degrees these shorts remain dry and comfortable. The 3D Elite chamois on these shorts is made with a variable density microfiber that wicks moisture away and has active carbon yarns to help reduce odors. These shorts are a bit longer than the other brands I’ve used in the past and have silicone dots on the hems to help hold the shorts in place. The shorts are mode of 69% nylon, 16% polyester, and 15% spandex.

I now own four pair of these shorts and have ridden over 4,500 miles in them over the past year. While the 3D Elite chamois is very comfortable, I would always suggest that you use a chamois cream regardless of what brand of cycling shorts you wear (I prefer the Blue Steel Sports Anti-Chafe Chamois Creme). I routinely use these shorts on 50 to 70 mile rides without any discomfort whatsoever. My quads are rather large (my best friend says they look like tree trunks) and I’ve never had the hem creep up my leg, even though the hem is not as tight as I would like. The waist on these shorts has a drawstring, but I’ve never found a reason to use it.

One added benefit of these shorts is that it uses the same 3D Elite chamois as the Pearl Izumi Men’s Elite Thermal Cycling Tights and the Pearl Izumi Men’s AmFIB Tights. Once you get used to the 3D Elite chamois you can ride in it all year round (I ride in the AmFIB tights in temperatures all the way down to zero).

The Pearl Izumi Men’s Cycling Shorts are not cheap, but it is hard to put a price on a comfortable ride. These shorts have a retail price of $100, but you can find them on Amazon.com for around $75.

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2011 in Bicycle Clothing, Product Reviews

 

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DZNuts High Viscosity Chamois Cream

DZNuts High Viscosity Chamois Cream

DZNuts High Viscosity Chamois Cream

Ten years ago, when I started cycling, I didn’t even own a pair of cycling shorts. After a few weeks I bought a cheap pair of shorts with a very thin chamois—rides became a bit more comfortable, but chafing was still a problem. Eventually I bought a tube of Chamois Butt’r, a reasonably priced chamois cream that reduced friction. I stuck with Chamois Butt’r for a long time, but last year when I drastically increased my monthly mileage I started having problems with chaffing again, so I started looking for something better to protect my backside. I tried Assos Chamois Cream and really couldn’t tell much difference between it and Chamois Butt’r. A couple of months ago I found DZNuts High Viscosity Chamois Cream and folks this product doesn’t even belong in the same category as Chamois Butt’r or Assos Chamois Cream!

Most chamois creams do what they claim, i.e., they reduce friction between your skin and the chamois. What makes the DZNuts Chamois Cream different is that it contains tea tree oil to protect your skin from bacterial and fungal infections. This cream also has evodia (a powerful anti-inflammatory) and masterwort (for wound healing and calming).

Just before I started using DZNuts Chamois Cream I was putting away my winter cycling gear when I found a few of my old cycling shorts that I hadn’t used in years. I decided to change things up a bit and ride in these old shorts on a 50 mile ride. When I got home I remembered why I had put these shorts away—the chamois was like sandpaper! I had scratches and mild abrasions in places that was going to make cycling very difficult for a few days. However, I thought about the tube of DZNuts Chamois Cream I had sitting on my dresser and remembered that it claimed to heal such abrasions. Even though I wasn’t going out for a ride for a couple of days I applied the cream and was simply amazed at how quickly everything healed! I was back in the saddle in two days (and I threw away the old cycling shorts).

I am an ordinary road cyclist and during the summer I ride around three or four 50 mile training routes a week. I have used DZNuts Chamois Cream for the past 500 miles and it lives up to its claims and I would highly recommend it to any cyclist. It goes on thick and stays put, yet it is easy to wash off.

A four-ounce tube of DZNuts Chamois Cream retails for around $30, but you can buy it on Amazon.com for under $19. A product very similar to this is the Blue Steel Sports Anti-Chafe Cream. Both of those anti-chafe creams contain tea tree oil and I believe they are both high quality products and they both knock the socks off the other creams. The biggest difference is that the Blue Steel cream sells for $12 for a three-ounce tube which makes it a lot more economical. Since I can’t tell the difference between the two I have decided to stick with the Blue Steel Sports Anti-Chafe Cream.

In case you were wondering, the “DZ” in DZNuts is for cycling legend David Zabriskie. The packaging for this cream is humorous, but then again, considering where you apply this cream, who could resist?

 

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Blue Steel Sports Anti-Chafe Cream

Blue Steel Sports Anti-Chafe Cream

Blue Steel Sports Anti-Chafe Cream

Today’s review is about a very sensitive topic—your backside. Cyclists often experience chafing, irritation, blisters and saddle sores because of the friction created by the rubbing of their chamois against their skin. I’ve used many different anti-chafe creams, but last fall I started using Blue Steel Sports Anti-Chafe Chamois Cream and I love it!

What separates Blue Steel Sports Anti-Chafe Chamois Cream from their competition is that it contains Australian tea tree oil which is a natural anti-fungal and anti-septic. This cream has a very pleasant smell when first applied and it will not stain your clothing. Runners can also use this cream to prevent skin blisters. This cream lasts longer than any other anti-chafing product I’ve tried, yet it is very easy to wash off.

Blue Steel Sports Anti-Chafe Chamois Cream is a product of South Africa and I don’t think the company has many distributors in America yet. However, you can easily purchase this cream from Amazon.com for under $12.00 a tube and I’m sure you will think it is worth every cent!

 

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