Thursday, February 26, 2015

Product Review: Morgan Blue Solid Chamois "Cream"


Picture borrowed from Competitive Cyclist

I've been using this product for the past two seasons and change and I LOVE IT.  Why you may ask?  Well, it does what it's supposed to do for a long, long, long time.

 This isn't a typical eucalyptus scented "creme" from Rapha.  It's perhaps a bit non-traditional in that it's wax based and because of this, it's good for rides in wet weather AND is not as affected by perspiration.   It will still "disappear" like a traditional chamois cream but not nearly as quickly - I've found that it's good for at least a 5-6hr summertime ride but your mileage may vary depending on how much you slather on and/or perspire.


picture borrowed from crossbikereview.com

In fact what prompted me to write this is that after (finally) washing my bibs from this past weekend, the pair I wore for the shorter ride still has a small amount of the waxy residue.  Think about that, after just short of 5 hrs saddle time and a "delicate" wash cycle there's still some of that stuff lingering.  I'm not 100% sure that is a good thing but just know that 
  1. it may take more than one wash cycle to get this out of your chamois
  2. it will last for a while
Because it is paraffin based, the application is a little different.  Instead of simply reaching/scooping like you would with the shea butter based creams, you'll need to use your digits to apply a small amount of pressure while rubbing the surface of the cream.  This will warm up the substance and allow you to gather some on your fingers for application.  I'd imagine you wouldn't need to do this if it was say 90 degrees out but I can't validate that.  It feels kind of tacky in your hand but I honestly haven't noticed that once applied.

The fact that it does last so long also means that it's not necessarily easy to remove.  I'll use baby wipes post race to get most of what's left but... ...I only use this if I'm going out for ~4hrs or more so there usually isn't much left.  I did have a spot on our bibs near the chamois that is difficult to get rid of but Oxiclean seems to help keep it in check

I'm out of Oxiclean Billy!



I'm not sure how/if this would work for you odd folk who run after you bike but if you have friction problems, it might be worth checking out.

Pros
  • Long lasting
  • relatively odor-less
  • highly water resistant
Cons
  • atypical (I'm not 100% sure this is a con)
  • more difficult to remove from skin than shea butter based creams
  • more difficult to remove from your bibs - can lead to discoloration on white areas
I've been getting mine through a local dude - Balm Co. for somewhere around $25-30 and have been going through about 2 tubs/season

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