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The Above Category Way: Chamois Cream

Anthony Little |

Chamois cream. It's ubiquitous. The name itself? A misnomer. Back in "the day" (before 1986, to be precise), the "pad" in a pair of cycling shorts was an actual leather chamois, requiring constant reconditioning and moisturizing to keep it effective at preventing chafing between the skin and saddle. Now, chamois cream is an anti-chafe cream, applied directly to the skin that contacts the saddle (see: "naughty bits"). And amongst the litany of brands out there, we couldn't find one we absolutely loved. We found ourselves stuck between creams that either withered and dried up under the stress of a long day in the saddle, or others that worked well, but were primarily derived from synthetic compounds and petroleum products.


Solution to our conundrum? We did it the Above Category Way, utilizing our deep well of experience with nearly every cream available - and with riding our bikes far, far too much. We made our own, spending over two years developing a proprietary blend of organic compounds with a local chemist and skincare guru. The result is something we're more than proud to put our name on. It's completely natural, vegan, organic, and manufactured a short ride from Above Category's front door in Marin County.


Designed to hold up to the rigors of 6+ hour days on the bike, the cream is also free of any menthol or tingly compounds, making it suitable for use on both the male and female anatomy. In our anecdotal experience, the blend also may help with healing saddle sores that are well underway (off the bike), and even as a hand cream. The consistency is fairly viscous, but still firm - in the realm of a container of whipped cream cheese.

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Of course, if we're inclined to stand by our claims of vegan/organic/natural/free range/cruelty-free/whipped cream cheese, and if we're more than happy to rub it all over our nether regions, we should also step up to the plate and see how it does inside the digestive tract. In a pinch? It's not quite "I can't believe it's not butter!"-level, but with a hint of sea salt it comes close to a decent substitute on an equally organic bagel. Yes, we really did eat our own chamois cream.


Try it out. Absolutely hate it? We're happy to take it back, as long as you tell us what's wrong. We're currently packaging the cream in convenient 4-ounce glass jars, available for $19.99 from our webstore.