Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Bodyglide Chamois Glide

Bodyglide is best known to us triathletes as an essential for guarding against painful chafing from wetsuits. I’d wager the majority of triathletes have a stick (or two) in their kitbag somewhere!

This new Bodyglide Chamois Glide is an extension of their range and is, you guessed it, designed for keeping your sensitive areas pain and chafe free on the bike. Unlike most chamois creams, the Bodyglide product comes in a stick form (like the Bodyglide lube you know and love), rather than a liquid or cream. Bodyglide calls it a ‘balm’.

Bodyglide ChamoisThe advantage of this is that you don’t get your hands messy applying the Chamois Glide – which is particularly handy when you’re applying it in the field, or transition, where a basin and towel are not readily to hand. Applying the Glide feels a little like the existing Bodyglide product, but it is noticeably softer and so spreads more easily. It has a pleasant hint of a citrus scent.

The proof of the pudding is that the products works well. On rides up to three hours long, I felt just as comfortable as I did with any other chamois cream, but with the added benefit of not having any ‘wetness’ in the groin area.

Showering after various rides, the effects of the balm were still clearly in evidence, showing that it resists sweat and rain well, providing protection for the full ride.

Overall, the Blodyglide Chamois Glide scores well. It applies reasonably well, but more importantly, it performs as well as you could hope for on long rides in all conditions (okay, I can’t say I tested it in 40c+ heat!). I’d say it’s a great mess-free addition to your kitbag, especially for race day or training rides that don’t start at home.

You can find out more about the product here: http://www.bodyglide.com/products/chamois/