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Muc-Off Luxury Chamois Cream

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£30.00

VERDICT:

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10
Pricier than some, but its great performance means you won't need to use that much
Barely noticeable – in a good way
Non-greasy feel
Quite expensive
Weight: 
310g
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Goldilocks would be a fan of Muc-Off Luxury Chamois Cream; it's just the right thickness, lasts for plenty of hours on the bike, and washes out of your chamois with ease – there is little to dislike. The only thing our little friend might baulk at is the price – that certainly doesn't hit the middle ground.

If I'm using a chamois cream, I really don't want to feel that I'm using it, if you know what I mean. I hate that greasy feel that some have, and I'm not a fan of overly cold creams that use menthols. Thankfully, the Muc-Off has none of these issues.

It's on the thicker side when it comes viscosity, but not so much that it sticks to your fingers when you apply it. It spreads onto the skin where you need it to with relative ease, so it's quicker than some to reapply when you are out on a ride should the need arise.

Once on, the sensation of having the cream on your skin soon dissipates, and from then on it is barely noticeable while riding, with just the slightest cooling effect of the aloe vera and witch hazel making themselves known when you're shifting about in the saddle.

From short road rides to longer gravel adventures, I found the cream worked for a long time with no feeling of friction or soreness at the end of the ride. Plus, it has antibacterial properties too, so the chances of saddle sores will be kept to an absolute minimum.

The mixture has no lasting effects on your clothing at all, even with some of it soaking into the pad as you ride; it washes out on a cool cycle as if it was never there. Should you get it on the fabric of your shorts it won't stain anything either.

Performance-wise then, it's a big thumbs up from me.

> Read more road.cc reviews of chamois creams here

When it comes to the price, though, at £30 for 250ml it is quite expensive. Ruzer Performance Luxury Chamois Cream, for example, is £18.95 for 225ml. John did say he found that a bit on the thin side, though, so you'd probably need to use more of it than you would the Muc-Off, which would render it less cost effective. You don't need to slap on a huge amount of the Muc-Off.

Up until I tried the Muc-Off I'd been using Faction Actionproof chamois cream, which I like a lot (I reviewed it last year). It has an rrp of £19.99 for 150ml, which works out at 1p per ml more than the Muc-Off (though it's currently discounted to £13.49).

Conclusion

Though the Muc-Off cream is on the pricier side, it does work very well indeed and because of its thickness it doesn't require much in terms of reapplication. It works impressively well for all kinds of riding, and any sports where chafing is an issue.

Verdict

Pricier than some, but its great performance means you won't need to use that much

road.cc test report

Make and model: Muc-off Luxury Chamois Cream

Size tested: 250ml

Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Muc-Off says, "A specially formulated cream to deeply moisturise your skin for total riding comfort and protection, over long distances, in all conditions.

We believe we've created the best cream out there.

Deliberately excluding nasty parabens and toxins, we have made sure our Chamois Cream is infused with essential provitamin moisturisers to help create that long lasting hydrated feeling on your skin.

Our luxury formula uses natural ingredients – including aloe vera, witch hazel, shea butter and sunflower oil – to create a mild cooling effect for total riding comfort.

Designed to form a protective barrier to help prevent skin damage on sensitive areas, it's also anti-bacterial, and ideal for all riding styles from hard fought classics through to long sportives, whether on the road or on a trail!

Created first and foremost for cyclists, our formula is also an essential companion for triathletes, runners and endurance athletes of all disciplines who want to minimise chafing."

It's a very good cream that stops irritation, without a greasy feel.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Ozokerite, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Propylene Glycol, Triethyl Citrate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Lanolin Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Sodium PCA, Polyacrylamide, Ethylhexylglycerin, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Menthol, BHT, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Laureth-7, Benzyl Salicylate, Amyl Cinnamal, Panthenol, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Hamamelis Virginiana Bark/Leaf/Twig Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Limonene, Linalool, Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Keeps you feeling fresh for many hours on the bike.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Barely noticeable in feel, but performs well.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The initial cost.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

It's pricier than some in terms of pence per ml, but veeeeeeery slightly cheaper than others.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

It's very good: it works well, being barely noticeable in use, with the only stumbling block being the initial outlay.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 44  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for road.cc, off-road.cc and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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kinderje | 11 months ago
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I use this or Veloskin - whichever I can get the better offer on.

Both are excellent

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Pot00000000 | 11 months ago
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I switched to this when Assos was forever sold out. Funnily enough, I ordered some Assos today when I saw it was available.

It will be interesting to compare them after using this stuff exclusively for two years. 
 

I miss the minty kiss of Assos on my sack 😳, but can it topple the coconut cream 😂

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Rapha Nadal | 11 months ago
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Yes, this stuff is great and especially for rides in excess of 100 miles.

I ran out recently & made the mistake of trying some Promax in it's place which i won't be doing again.

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Surreyrider | 11 months ago
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This is 5 star cream and marking it down for being expensive is silly - I have never paid £30, not even close. Even the deals promoted on the review page are £19, which is more than I usually pay.

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Cugel | 11 months ago
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The best chammy cream I ever discovered was that made by Hibros - Soprasella. Sadly it seems that its no longer sold in Blighty; and importing it from Italy seems to double its already significant price due to the various fuxdit additional border charges.

It was good for many things besides yer bum, salving various skin-thing bletches & wens, such as the itches of fly bites and the sun damages on the cyclists tan areas.

I too now use the Muccy stuff, which is good for the nethers but not so effective at those other jobs.

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Glov Zaroff | 11 months ago
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I've tried many bum creams and this is the only one that comes close to the now sadly discontinued Rapha offereing. None of the big players sells this at RRP - it's pretty much £19 across the board. Worth every penny IMO.

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recurs replied to Glov Zaroff | 11 months ago
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The Rapha stuff was truly the best, and I'm no Rapha fanboy. 

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Gimpl | 11 months ago
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Not a fan of minty bollocks either - this one's my favourite. 

The shaving cream's not bad either. 

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Steve K replied to Gimpl | 11 months ago
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Gimpl wrote:

The shaving cream's not bad either. 

For its intended purpose, or as a substitute chamois cream?

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Gimpl replied to Steve K | 11 months ago
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yes

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