We recently got our hands on this latest cycling innovation and over the past few weeks we’ve put the product through its paces out on the road. Firstly what is Crotch Guard? Crotch Guard is a company which has come to the UK from the USA and they specialise in skin protection guarding against chafing, irritation and rashes and has been designed specifically for cyclists.
Chafing and irritation can be a real pain (literally) if you are a regular cyclist and let’s be honest it’s not the nicest topic of conversation. Those who are affected badly often have their go to brand of chamois cream which they stick to religiously. So with that in mind we set about testing whether Crotch Guard could get people switching.
The first thing that’s abundantly obvious is that unlike traditional chamois creams, Crotch Guard is a clear oil which comes in a spray on bottle. The ability to spray on the product instantly increases hygiene as it eliminates the double dipping into a cream pot whilst also eliminating mess as the oil is absorbed straight into the skin. Admittedly the first couple of times of applying the oil was a little tricky as positioning the bottle so it sprays efficiently can be tricky but once you pick up the knack its extremely easy. Crotch Guard state that because the liquid does not contain any dyes or fragrances that it will never stain your clothing. I must admit that whilst I never accidentally sprayed any on my clothes I have not noticed any discolouration as a result of the oil as the oil is rapidly absorbed by the body.
Derma Tect (The guys behind Crotch Guard) claim that the product not only helps protect against saddle sores but will also help heal any damaged skin as the oil strengthens and surrounds cellular membranes mimicking the way your body repairs and protects cells with phospholipids (natural compounds found in the skin which help keep it healthy) whilst the anti-bacterial properties will help fight off infection and the development of fungus. Crotch Guard use the following analogy to outline just how it works:
“Imagine a brick wall… the bricks would represent the skin cells, the layers of bricks would represent the layers of skin and the cement mortar in between and surrounding the bricks would represent phospholipids, ultimately protecting and strengthening the entire structure.”
Whilst we’re not scientists so cannot say whether the science behind the product is as incredible as it sounds, we can confirm that the body does indeed absorb the oil pretty instantaneously and the product worked as well as any chamois cream that any of our cycling team have used in the past.
Is it worth investing?
From the tests we’ve done we’d say absolutely. The spray on feature eliminates the wastage of scooping out too much cream and provides the product with excellent longevity as a little really goes a long way with this oil. Whilst some creams are antibacterial not all are so this has to be another big plus for Crotch Guard. Whilst at the upper echelons of the price bracket for similar chamois cream (£18.02 for a 118ml bottle) this oily alternative will last longer, protect and repair skin cells as well as eliminate the mess of chamois cream. What’s not to like?
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