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Paceline's chamois cream comes in two different versions: you've got yer straight Chamois Butt'r (in the tube, £12.99 for 227g) and yer Chamois Butt'r Eurostyle (in the jar, £13.99 for 227g).
They're both mineral oil-based with a whole bunch of other long-named ingredients in there (iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, anyone?). The difference is that for your extra pound, the Eurostyle version comes with witch hazel leaf extract, menthol and schinus mole fruit extract. Together, they give a cooling, slightly tingly effect - a bit you get with menthol chewing gum... but on your undercarriage.
They're a similar consistency to one another - a lot like Savlon, say, in texture - and they're easily applied either directly to your skin or to the seatpad of your shorts. They're not entirely odour-less but neither smells strongly.
Once slapped on, the Chamois Butt'r does a fine job of preventing soreness and chafing, and it doesn't disappear even over the course of a long ride. It comes out easily enough in the washing machine too.
The Eurostyle version also comes in 5ml individual sachets at 70p a pop, so you can take one or two with you and re-apply during your ride but, to be honest, we never felt the need so would stick with the jar - it's cheaper.
On the whole, we'd be inclined to go for the Eurostyle version complete with that cooling effect. It just feels a bit better and for the sake of an extra quid, why not?
Good chamois cream - easy to apply and it does the job. Go for the Eurostyle version for a cooling feel
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Make and model: Paceline Chamois Butt'r
Size tested: Eurostyle
You can get cheaper, but it's not an outlandish price
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 40 Height: 190cm Weight: 74kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.