Sometimes, your saddle-butt interface just doesn’t work. Maybe you’re trying out some new shorts and the chamois isn’t compatible with your anatomy. First triathlon? Better believe there will be some friction. The question is, what do you do about it? Cyclists will be familiar with Chamois Butt’r’s original product, a cream that you spread all over your chamois to keep things comfy down there. Their newest, the Chamois Butt’r GoStik, takes all of the benefits of the original and puts it into a convenient (and less messy) portable stick that you can take anywhere.
We’ve used original Chamois Butt’r for years. It kept us riding for a 540-mile week of mountain passes when we did the Bike Tour of Colorado in 2006. So, we know it works. We’ve also used a stick-form friction balm during Ironmans and shorter triathlons, with success. Here, we get the best of both worlds – Chamois Butt’r’s proven formula in stick form.
What sets the GoStik apart? A few things – Chamois Butt’r claims it has a higher melting point than competitors. We can attest that it never melted, even when we left it in the car all day in the hot sun. You’ll also find that the GoStik has a few ingredients that may bump up its effectiveness over competitor brands. On the flip side, those extra ingredients are animal derived, so if you’re vegan or allergic to lanolin, you may have to look elsewhere.
Chamois Butt’r GoStik goes on easily and doesn’t make a mess. If you can’t shower when you’re done with your activity, the GoStik isn’t going to cramp your style by being all sticky and staining your clothes. It works when it’s supposed to and disappears when it’s done. (In fairness, the GoStik’s main competitor does this well also.)
We’ve used the Chamois Butt’r GoStik on both mountain and road rides and on trail and road runs. Chafing is normally an issue on runs, especially on hot days. In our testing on Honolulu, the GoStik prevented the chafing on inner thighs and in the Achilles area. During mountain bike rides, everything was comfy down there, but the shorts we were wearing were already pretty comfy. The road ride is where the GoStik really worked well – it turned our pair of one-hours shorts into a pair of 3+-hour shorts. If you’re a roadie, you know how impressive that is.
Chamois Butt’r products are made in the USA by Paceline Inc. The GoStik comes in 2.5 oz size (normal deodorant stick size) and 0.15 oz size to keep on you all the time. The small size is tiny. We gave one away and lost the other somewhere in the Engearment gear closet. Retail is $14.99 for large and $2.99 for small. Grab a GoStik from that box up above or get one from Amazon if you’re a Prime member.
Finally, we’d be remiss if we failed to draw the parallel with those fabulous Head On headache relief sticks. Except, in this case, it’s more like GoStick! Apply directly to the crotch! GoStick! Apply directly to the crotch! GoStick! Apply directly to the crotch! Whatevs – go get a GoStik. Your skin will thank you.