Of all the riders in the ProTour peloton, it makes perfect sense that Dave Zabriskie would be the one to formulate and market a new chamois cream. Why Dave Z? We think it's for 2 reasons:
(1) For years he's been recognized as the world's most aero TT rider. And, as we all know, it ain't a real TT unless you've got nuking legs, scorching lungs, and a crotch that feels like it's been on the business end of a ball peen hammer. The nose of your saddle in a TT does you no favors, so TT experts like Dave Z do anything possible to ease the pounding on deez nuts.
(2) Over the last few seasons, Dave has had an unusual amount of spare time on his hands. In the '05 Tour de France he won the yellow jersey in the Stage 1 TT, only to lose it shortly thereafter thanks to a freak crash at the very end of the TTT -- the injuries from which forced him to drop out of the race. The '08 Giro treated him little better, with another crash forcing an early exit. In his downtime he could've cultivated his already-well honed skills at slam poetry. But instead he indulged his interest in science and worked with a pharmaceutical lab to develop the product now known as DZ Nuts High Viscosity Chamois Cream.
Some quick background for you about chamois creams in general: Did you know that for the last 4 years our #1 selling product by unit here at Competitive Cyclist has been Assos Chamois Cream? It doesn't cost much, but the enjoyment it brings to your riding experience is dramatic. If you've never used any, you need to understand that chamois cream ain't snake oil. Once you start using it, you can't imagine not. Even for a 30-minute bike commute to work, we find ourselves reaching for the white jar since it makes the simple act of pedaling so much less abrasive and pinch-prone to our skin.
The deep, dark truth about Assos' cream is this, though: Its popularity isn't due to the fact that it's remarkably better than the other chamois cream options in the marketplace. Rather, up to now it's been the only cream that consistently stays in stock at its distributor. Assos' historic rivals like NRG and Elite Ozone make quite nice chamois creams themselves, and we'd gladly use them if we were out of Assos. But for whatever reason, their supply is chronically low or gone, so we embrace the path of least resistance: The easily available Assos.
This brings us back to DZ Nuts. Why choose it over Assos? For us, the texture of DZ Nuts is noticeably different from Assos. DZ Nuts has the consistency of a moisturizing cream like Lubriderm or Eucerin. We use these creams in day-to-day life, and there's something comforting to its familiar feel on our fingertips. But unlike Lubriderm, which gets thoroughly absorbed in your skin after you rub it for 5 or 10 seconds, DZ Nuts layers up on the surface of your skin with just the right amount of slickness. Assos is less like a cream, and more like a jiggly paste. It's not to say that Assos' cream isn't another effective option, but the texture of each brand gives it an entirely different feel when you apply it to your skin.
The second reason we've got a crush on DZ Nuts is the fact that it uses plant-derived all-natural ingredients. The main three are Tea Tree Oil to make the cream anti-bacterial and anti-fungal; Evodia is an anti-inflammatory and wound healing agent from Chinese herbal medicine; and Masterwort is another herb well-regarded for its wound healing and calming properties.
One tube of DZ Nuts is 4 fluid ounces. Manufactured in the USA.
I tried a tube of this to see if it is better than Chamois Butt'r. The price difference may lead you to believe that there is a substantial difference in performance. What I found is that DZ Nuts is doesn't work better, nor is it inferior. I found it to work just as good as CB. The menthol was a seriously invigorating the first time I used it. I found the sensation to be far less dramatic in future uses. For me, this honestly comes down to cost. I'm not a pro, and I have to pay for my equipment. DZ nuts costs about 50% more than Chamois Butt'r for half the amount of product. I just can't justify the price considering the consumable nature of the product. A tube of Chamois Butt'r may barely last two weeks if I'm riding a lot. There's no way I would want to essentially triple that cost, I would rather spend the money on durable products that I may still have in a couple years.
I had a real problem with chafing and saddle sores for about 6 months while using Chamois Butt'r. About 18 months ago, I switched to DZ Nuts and haven't had another issue with the undercarriage. On the odd occasion that I get caught in the rain, or covered in filth while on the CX bike, and am lucky enough to get a chafe spot, a little of DZ's product takes care of it within a day or so.
As others have said, it's a bit tingly upon first application, but after continued use, the tingle gets less and less. It will open your eyes wide on a chilly morning though!
I've thought about trying other stuff, but can't bring myself to do it.
And it's not terribly high dollar, especially when you consider it's keeping your chassis in proper working order...
There are few if any things that I like more in this world than my "man bits & pieces". That being said, I certainly don't mind spending a bit to make sure that everything down below is well taken care of while moving around on the saddle. Won't go on anything other than a short ride without it. DZ I salute you.
I think I've tried most options available, and I've found nothing that compares to dz. in summer it feels cool and deals well with copious amounts of sweat well. In winter it feels like a gentle heat.
It is pricey with a bunch of strange ingredients, but still 5* product, I doubt I will ever try another cream.
Whew. About 2 mins in I actually thought I may have applied the wrong cream. The menthol is no joke and brings a bit of a fire drill to your crotch. Had me worried that I slathered embrocation all over my carriage. Two mins later the heat mellowed and the cool breeze sensations commenced. Pretty expensive stuff.
This was my first attempt at using chamios cream for my rides. Boy does it make a difference. A healthy application before a ride has kept me chafe and saddle sore free without fail.
There is some tingle when you first put it on, it doesn't bother me now that I am accustomed to it.
This stuff is the real deal Holyfield. Other creams I've used don't even compare in durability and comfort. It's noticeably thicker, but goes on smooth and easy, washes out with no problem, and doesn't have that greasy feel/texture. Pay a little more to protect your valuables!
It is amazing, I put the stuff on my stuff and it made for a much better ride. My chamois did not chafe me and it kept my butt cool where I applied the cream. Works as advertised, I recommend it to anyone.
Great. I don't use cream all the time because I don't ride everyday. I tend to use it for longer rides but have noticed it seems to help with healing if you're already a bit sore.
I always use it for long rides.
This stuff saved my freaking life on a backpacking trip. Totally changed my whole world. A cycling buddy of mine introduced it to me on a backpacking trip and I went from rashy, smelly, misery to menthol fresh, creamy comfort.
A backpacker's dream
Saddle sores are caused by chafing and moisture. Once you let the problem heal (tea tree oil is a great help) use talcum powder. It's the ticket. If you think about it and gymnasts, weight lifters,golfers and mothers (baby diapers) do, it only makes sense that you'd want something dry and slippery not wet and goopy. Of course its too cheap and available to make money on and you won't read a romance novel about Dave Zabrieske and all the hype CC writes,but try it.