Muc-Off's Luxury Chamois Cream performs really well. That's the bottom line here. When it comes to the other kind of bottom line – the financial kind – you might be put off by the reasonably high price. That's assuming you buy it for the full retail price, though: shop around.
Muc-Off's formulation is anti-bacterial (containing aloe vera and witch hazel) and has a ‘mild cooling function’ – a bit tingly but nothing like some I've tried. It's pleasant enough when applied.
Once it's there, it stays there and does a good job of staving off any chafing from your shorts. This is definitely one of the better chamois creams I've tried in terms of long ride comfort. Head out for five or six hours and it'll still be doing a job when you get back. It's maybe not quite as good as my personal favourite in that regard, Sportique Century Riding Cream, but it's up there. If you're worried about the post-club-run random drug tests then you'll be please to know it doesn't contain any ingredients prohibited by WADA.
It lasts a long time on the bike, then. But it washes out well too; sometimes those feel like mutually exclusive goals. A standard wash is enough to remove any traces of the cream from your pad, save for a lingering scent. A nice one.
Overall it does everything you want it to do. It keeps you comfy, smells nice, feels good and washes out ready for next time. In terms of performance it's difficult to fault and if performance is the only thing that you care about it's one for your wishlist.
If you also care about eating and paying the mortgage then you might baulk at the £20 price tag, although it's certainly not the most expensive option out there: that Sportique stuff is a tenner for 100ml, and Assos and Castelli offerings both cost more. Then again, Udderly Smooth and Morgan Blue, to name but two, offer good creams for about half what this Muc-Off cream costs, or you can get a big tub of udder cream or Sudocrem for a fiver if you want. Horses for courses. Personally I'd say it's decent value if you like a long ride – you get really good performance for hours and hours. Shop around, though: I've seen it on offer at half price, and it's a steal at a tenner.
Very good performance for longer rides and washes out well too
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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: "This high performance Luxury Chamois Cream is specifically formulated to deeply moisturise your skin for total riding comfort and protection, over long distances, in all conditions.
"Saddle Sores? It happens to the best of us. That's why we decided it was time to develop the ultimate, high performance Chamois Cream. Specifically formulated to deeply moisturise your skin for total riding comfort and protection, over long distances, in all conditions.
"Our luxury formula is enriched with Provitamins, uses natural ingredients and creates 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!
"The Muc-Off R&D team looked at every way to improve rider experience and worked closely with pro teams to bring you the latest addition to our Athlete Performance range. Deliberately excluding nasty parabens and toxins, we have also made sure the formula is infused with essential Provitamin moisturisers to help create that long lasting hydrated feeling on your skin."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Anti Bacterial - Kills 99% of germs
Does not contain any materials that are prohibited by WADA
Extreme Skin Lubricant naturally reduces the friction of your skin
Free from Parabens and formaldehyde
Luxury formulation, deeply moisturising for total riding comfort
Enriched with natural Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Shea Butter and Sunflower Oil
Has a mild cooling function
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's really good: stays put, washes out, keeps you comfy.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Longevity, easy to wash out.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
A bit expensive.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? At full retail? Maybe.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? If they shopped around, yes.
Use this box to explain your score
It's really good, but shop around.
About the tester
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR, Kinesis Aithein
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.