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I'm not too sure what makes the recipe of this lotion from Reflect Sports better suited to protection of a woman's, erm, hoo ha, than most standard formulations of chamois cream, but it is marketed as 'formulated by women for women' in response to the female manufacturers' having only been able to find 'nut cream'.
The claim is that a woman's needs in the anti-chafing department are different from a man's, and since we are fundamentally different physiologically, I think that's probably not far from the truth. A lot of thought has gone into the making of the Hoo Ha Ride Glide anti-chafing cream, from its quirky and fun name, its largely herbal and natural ingredients and even its packaging.
Ride Glide contains a raft of ingredients aimed at preventing soreness and chafing over long rides, some of the durable lubricating variety, some antibacterial and some soothing and healing. There's an anti-friction, barrier cream action similar to other creams on the market, but also herbal ingredients such as tea tree, lavender and sandalwood oils to help combat infection and encourage healing.
The cream smells great in the tube, and is pleasant to use, being neither over greasy nor gloopy. The tube makes it easy to dispense the quantity you want, without the problem you get with pots, where greasy fingers get dipped back in (not the most hygienic). It is designed to be either used direct on the skin, or smeared on the chamois, and either works fine. Initially, there's a slight tingle (due to the menthol), which can be unsettling if you're not expecting it, but that quickly subsides to a pleasant cool feeling. In use, the cream did make a real positive difference, with noticeable effect over 2 to 3 hours of ride (the longest I tried it on). There was less chafing and soreness, without the greasy feeling of some chamois creams, and yet it seemed to last rather than just disappearing. I started one ride pre-chafed (the things we do for truly scientific testing) and found this soothed and reduced the discomfort significantly. It washes out of clothing afterwards effectively too.
It can also be used by to prevent chafing of other body areas.
£17 seems a little pricy for a tube of chamois cream, at first glance being even more expensive than Rapha and Assos' offerings, but in fairness it is also twice the quantity! It's not the cheapest, but it is one of only two female specific formulations I could find (DZ Nuts Bliss being the other), and it does use high quality ingredients. The tube format is a nice touch too. 7ml pocket packs are available as well, ideal for touring or for giving it a try for £1.50.
Smells nice, seems to do the trick and soothes as it goes.
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Make and model: Reflect Sports Hoo Ha Ride Glide
Size tested: 236ml
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?
Female specific anti-chafe cream.
Ingredients well chosen for female needs.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Handy one-shot 7ml packs available
Contains soothing, healing and anti-bacterial essential oils (including lavender and tea tree) as well as anti-friction ingredients.
Handy tube dispenser avoids sticking greasy fingers back into the pot. One-shot 7ml packs handy for taking on rides.
Did a great job, and lasted well without making its presence felt too obviously.
Lasted well over a 2-3 hour ride.
You'd probably not want to carry the big tube on a ride but the small 7ml one-shot pack is ideal.
Prevented chafing and soreness and in one case also soothed existing chafing, making the ride more comfortable. Slight "minty" tingling takes some getting used to to start with but soon fades into residual coolness.
Not cheap but you don't need to use very much and it has plenty of healing ingredients that many of the competition don't.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed very well as a female specific anti-chafing cream.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Smell, texture, efficacy, name
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
A great name for a well thought out and effective product.
Age: 37 Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.