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?