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DZ Nuts InHeat Low Heat Embrocation Cream

DZ Nuts InHeat Low Heat Embrocation Cream

DZ Nuts InHeat Low Heat Embrocation Cream

Those of us who live in the Upper Midwest have already had a few fairly cool mornings and have had to decide whether to put on knee warmers for our morning rides. I try to put off wearing knee or leg warmers as long as possible, so I started using DZ Nuts InHeat Low Heat Embrocation Cream on my legs before I ride and have been very happy with the results.

Embrocation creams contain vasodilators that warm up the skin and muscles. They also create a weather-proof barrier that protects your skin from the elements. The company Website says this particular cream was “developed and tested on the European roads by Garmin Transitions and Columbia HTC professional cycling teams to be an essential training and racing tool.” For many of us, embrocation creams are them main reason we shave our legs (just don’t shave your legs on the same day you use an embrocation cream).

If you have never used an embrocation cream before you are probably wondering how this product works. About 15 minutes before you go out for a ride on brisk day you massage this cream into the exposed areas of your legs. It will take several minutes for you to feel the cream working, but once it does you will feel the warmth and be able to ride for several hours in cool weather without having your legs cramp up from the cold.

When your ride is finished you will be pleasantry surprised that the cream did not pick up road grime as you might have expected. I’ve used this cream on long off-road rides on dusty trails and haven’t  had much dust stick to my legs.

It has been my experience that the greatest amount of heat is felt once your ride is finished. While you are riding in the cool weather you don’t really feel the cream working, but then again, you aren’t feeling the cool air on your legs either. Once you put your bike up and go inside you can feel your legs getting warmer and this will keep your muscles from getting tight after a ride. The DZ Nuts InHeat Embrocation Cream washes off easily with just soap and water, but you can still feel it a bit even after you are out of the shower.

One important word of advice: Make sure you put this cream on your legs after you have put your cycling shorts on! If you put the cream on your legs first and then pull your cycling shorts up some of the cream will stick to your chamois. This cream has capsicum in it (think red-hot chili peppers and police pepper spray). If the capsicum comes in contact with your nads you are going to experience a level of pain that the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay never even dreamed about (I speak from experience—and a very painful one at that).

DZ Nuts InHeat Embrocation Cream comes in three strengths (low, medium and high). The low heat cream is good for rides down to around 50 degrees. I’ve not used the other creams yet, but I am certain I will before the winter is out (I ride all year long). A six-ounce tube retails for around $20, but you can find it cheaper on You should be able to get 15 or 20 rides out of a single tube.

In case you were wondering, the “DZ” in DZNuts is for cycling legend David Zabriskie.


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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 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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