Elite Ozone Endurance Protect Cream is a chamois cream which does its job well, although you'd hope so, sitting as it does at the top end of the price scale. The thick consistency and added menthol help bolster the cream's status as a premium product. If your derrire deserves only the best, Ozone is probably it.
Chamois cream is one of those secrets of the cycling trade that you picks up as an essential over time from the more seasoned cyclist, once you're on good enough terms to discuss the hygiene of their neither regions. After being spoilt by the lubricating, refreshing and antibacterial chamois-skin interface, a dry pad feels wrong. But then comes the issue of frugality.
As a student cyclist, I am always looking for methods of thrift and so have tried many commercial and even homemade chamois creams in pursuit of best value (value of course not just meaning the cheapest). Like washing up liquid, cheap can often mean thin, requiring heavier and messier applications. Some come as a resin which melts to body temperature but again, I have found this to be hard to apply without covering more than my buttocks (direct or indirect application, a whole different field of study!) The homemade options are cheap but just not quite a good as the real stuff and so I come to my review of Ozone's offering.
Immediately upon opening I got a waft of peppermint, something I have only found in my previous benchmark cream: Assos. It gives a nice tingle upon application which makes everything feel a lot fresher down there. Other extracts include arnica as an anti-imflammatory and calendula oil for soothing, I can't say I noticed either - and maybe that's the point plus it is nice to know. Secondly I was struck by the consistency; good and thick so only a thumb sized amount is required. I did in fact notice residue on my pad after washing which could present a problem, I haven't noticed it since so perhaps I used too much first time or the washing machine was on an off. The thick consistency works well in providing ride long protection, one application lasted an 8hr mtb race, with no sores the day after.
The only other downside for me - and it is slightly nit picky - was the method used to seal the tub, a pressed in, sort of upside down cap. Getting my nail around the flange to pry it open I could see it coming before it happened, the cap popped off and landed on the floor, wasting precious cream. I threw it way after and made do with just the screw top so it could only steal my cream once.
Overall I was impressed with Endurance Protect Cream; so much in fact that it has taken the place of Assos as my king of chamois creams. If you're looking for a chamois cream to sell the concept to you, go for Ozone. If you want the best, go for Ozone. It you just want a basic chamois cream or you are happy enough with your current one, Ozone is probably not worth the extra.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Ozone Endurance Protect Cream
Size tested: 150ml
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?
Aimed at enthusiasts who spend long hours in the saddle with tight fitting lycra. Used to stop chaffing and saddle sores; worked for me.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Zinc oxide-based emulsion to relieve skin redness and favour its perspiration. Peppermint extract gives a tingle and freshness. Arnica as an anti-inflammatory and Calendula Oil for soothing.
A hard one to judge. Some may think E45 would do an equally good job whilst others will be sold on the ingredients included in Ozone.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Did its job and lasted the duration of an 8hr ride.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The Peppermint buzz!
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The chosen method of sealing the tub.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 23 Height: 184cm Weight: 66kg
I usually ride: Orbea Onix (Carbon) - Summer, Orbea Asphalt (Alu) - Winter My best bike is: Orbea Alma G10
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Semi pro
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, club rides, mtb,