Andy Johnston, top master mountain bike racer of the Southeast, tested DZnuts chamois cream and shares his experience with Examiner:
One of the many wonders of our spandex cycling gear is that it acts like a second skin to protect from chaffing. The chamois pad, however, does not, and can be a source of skin irritation for cyclist. Many solve this by simply using a lotion, cream or petroleum jelly to reduce friction. Yet, none of these can stop the skin irritation caused by sitting on sweat soaked fabric for long hours of training, and trying to medicate the area after can be more painful than the irritation.
Introducing DZnuts, a buttery, medicated chamois cream that heals while it protects. DZnuts says:
Treating and preventing saddle sores is accomplished by a four point strategy.
1. Eliminate chaffing, the precursor of saddle sores.2. Anti-inflammatory action soothes irritated skin.
3. Wound healing actives heal existing saddle sores.
4. Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial reduces chance of infection.
For any cyclist who has ever experienced the stinging pain of the un-savory monkey butt this product brings new hope. While no amount of chamois cream will reverse the chaffing effects of those poorly made team shorts we all wear at times, DZnuts will protect you from the irritation and skin rash that usually comes after.
I was fortunate enough to have DZnuts to test during a 5-day mountain bike stage race. 16 hours of racing over some of the areas most brutal terrain meant I would be suffering saddle sores and irritated skin for most of the event, or so I thought. The DZnuts has a refreshing menthol fragrance to it, the consistency was a light fluffy cream, and the squeeze tube keeps your friends from double dipping. It is a water-based product, but feels more like an oil based product that will stay on longer.
In the bicycle world, these small things can make a huge difference on the over-all experience. DZnuts has improved my enjoyment on the bike, and will stay in my chamois from now on.
After the first day’s stage the normal stinging down there while showering was gone. I felt like a normal person. In fact, I had no saddle rash issues during the entire stage race, and even the issues I had coming into the event were starting to dissipate. DZnuts erased the negative effects of riding all the time.
In my 20+ years of racing and training I have tried many remedies for soothing the saddle discomfort. From Noxzema, to Vasoline, to hand lotion, to Bag Balm, to assorted varieties of cycling specific chamois creams, but none had the healing properties of DZnuts. The key ingredients in DZnuts are Tea Tree Oil (Anti-Fungal/Bacteria component), Evodia (anti-inflammatory component) and Masterwort. (anti-rash).