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You all know how much we like to look at new things. Usually, it’s some trick bit of carbon, but on this occasion, it’s something to help you ride more comfortably in the saddle, which we all know is very important. Crotch Guard can help in the saddle comfort zone.
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Crotch Guard is what it says it is. It guards your crotch against chafing, irritations, and any rash that may be caused by saddle friction, which can cause saddle sores, especially on longer rides. They claim that it absorbs quickly, reduces friction, creates an anti-bacterial barrier, starts the healing process, excellent cooling effect, no messy hands, and easy to carry.
Unlike chamois creams, which are usually thick and greasy, Crotch Guard is an oil, and my first thought was, “how can oil do anything?” Well, as we found out it does, let me explain.
So What’s the Science Behind It?
Tracie Oehler took two years in research and development and so I’ll let her explain the science behind the oil to skin relationship as the key to the success of Crotch Guard. Ultra Pure Crotch Guard Skin Care Oil was designed to match the natural lipids in human skin. Lipids play an important role in strengthening your skin’s natural barrier function. The body creates lipids using a combination of cholesterol and fatty acids to fill in the gaps and spaces between the skin cells and the areas between the layers of skin. Just like cement mortar fills in the spaces between the bricks and layers of bricks in a brick wall. This lipid/mortar component ultimately supports the entire structure.
Strengthening the skin from within also reduces the friction factor, a vital aspect to cyclists or any athlete. Based on this technology, the body and skin understand the molecular structure of Crotch Guard, and this method of action is what makes Crotch Guard so unique.
Ultra Pure Crotch Guard was designed for the skin as an organ. Other products are designed as a topical agent to create a thick coating to distance the skin from rubbing against other surfaces. Unfortunately, there is no consideration for the actual skin. Based on the ingredients alone, these other products will eventually block the pores of the infected areas and cause further irritations from the dyes and fragrances they contain.
Because the body understands the molecular structure of the Crotch Guard, it will absorb quickly into the surface of the skin. A very clean and natural form of protection for up to 8 hours.
What does the Team Think?
Let me introduce the team of testers for the Crotch guard. Alex Coutts races as a professional in Belgium for the Babes Only Team. He rides multi-day stage races and long one day classics and spends many hours in the saddle training. He is here in Spain training at the moment, and his daily routine is five to six hours a day in average temperatures of around thirty degrees. Alex was skeptical when he saw it was an oil and not a heavy cream.
He said, “I was surprised to find how well the oil works. I’m more used to a heavier cream in my shorts. The Crotch Guard is absorbed into the skin, so I didn’t think it would do anything, but I did a long ride of over six hours in the hills and normally would feel a burning on my inner thighs, from the continual rubbing. Well nothing, all nice and comfortable. Normally after shaving my legs, I would get soreness from the saddle. The Crotch Guard eliminated this problem. Great! I’ll be taking the bottle with me, Belgium.”
Sam is our Tri-Athlon and Mountain Bike expert. He used the Crotch Guard on a Mountain Bike ride, “I hadn’t used any king of shorts protection before, so it was a new experience for me. Spraying the oil on gives you a nice fresh feeling and doesn’t feel oily and soon disappears, probably by the time I had put my shorts on. On the ride, I didn’t feel any different from normal at first, but as the ride went on, I still felt comfortable when normally I would start to get a discomfort after a couple of hours. I also tried the Crotch Guard in a Bike/Run Bi-Athlon and applied the oil before the start. This helped with any chaffing during the bike ride and also in the running section. I will be interested to see how it performs after a swim. It should be OK as it is absorbed into the skin, but I’ll have to wait and see for that one.”
A Roadies Review
Our resident Roady and mechanic, Alastair, has been using the Crotch Guard for two weeks now. Here are his thoughts:
“Like the others, I didn’t think thin oil would do anything. To my surprise, it feels really good! I’ve ridden every day for the last ten days, and I feel nothing, well nothing bad. I also suffer from chafing on the inside of one foot; it helps that too. My only problem was how to apply the oil. It comes in a handy free sample towel wipe which I found the easiest. Sadly, I needed to use the spray as I was going to be using it every day. Eventually, I found if I put one foot on a chair I could spray the inner thigh area where it is needed most, and away I went. This is good stuff, and I intend to use it on every ride.”
My name is Alison. I’ve not been riding as much as I should lately. I have been going to spinning classes once or twice a week, and I had been noticing a slight rash in the saddle area especially after waxing or shaving. However, with the Crotch Guard it soon cleared up. When spinning, I find you generate much more friction and sweat than normal riding. With the Crotch Guard there is no friction. The sweat didn’t wash it away, so for me, it’s been brilliant to use for my workouts.
How to get your hands on Crotch Guard
The Crotch Guard comes in a four-ounce bottle. The bottle has a fine mist finger-tip spray pump. This has a cooling effect on the skin and avoids any drips or mess. The four-ounce bottle should last you three months and can be ordered directly from the Crotch Guard Web-Site. Discounts for clubs and shops are also available.
If you go to www.CrotchGuard.com you can order the FREE sample towel wipe and find out how good they are.
Marks out of 10, we give Crotch Guard 8, well it’s not Carbon or Titanium!.