Chafing is serious. Anyone who has ever experienced will tell you how bad it is. The combination of the Phoenix heat and your body's salt lose create the perfect environment for chafing. For years I have relied on a product called Beljum Budder. It was a skin and chamois creme made for cyclist. I found that it worked great as a lubricant for running also. Recently I went to order a replacement tube, only to find out that they were not currently selling any. I immediately began looking for alternatives.
The No Meat Athlete Blog did a write up about different vegan friendly chamois creams that you can read here. At the very bottom of his list I found a product called 'Hoo Ha Ride Glide'. Unfortunately I don't have a 'hoo ha' but I decided to give it a shot anyways.
Initial Impressions- Hoo Ha Ride glide is a skin and chamois cream specifically formulated for women (hence the name). According to Hoo Ha (lets do a count and see how many times I can include Hoo Ha in this post) the cream is designed to protect women's 'most girlie parts'. The first few ingredients are the same as my beloved Belgium Budder. As you keep reading the ingredient list you begin to find special extracts and oils. These are apparent when you pop the lid and get a rush of floral smells. Don't get me wrong the product does not smell like a bouquet of flowers, but the smell is still pleasant. For the record I am very sensitive to smelly lotions and potions and typically prefer odorless. The cream has a similar consistency to Beljum Budder but is not quite as thick. Overall the initial impressions of the product were positive. But who cares about that? Did it work?
Use- On my daily runs I typically take a preventative approach to chafing by applying lube. Typically a pea sized quantity between the thighs, does an excellent job. Hoo Ha Ride Glide has a soothing feel when put on the skin. The oils in the product really come to life. Initially I was concerned with the viscosity of the cream being too thin. After going on many runs I have never noticed it to be an issue. I also do not find myself needing to reapply cream on anything under a four hour run. I would imagine that eventually you would need to reapply some. During my testing I also used the cream as a chamois cream with good success. Again the refreshing feel of the oils made applying the cream a positive experience. On a long ride that left me stranded (and having to hike a bike 4 miles) I had no issues with chafing; which was a pleasant surprise. The Hoo Ha Ride Glide left me chafe-free and ready to ride/run again.
Final Thoughts- Hoo Ha Ride Glide may be specifically formulated for 'girlie parts' but it works like a charm on male skin also. The combination of essential oils and lubricant make for a desirable combination. The price is right and the product works great. If you are looking for a new chamois cream or skin lubricant then Hoo Ha Ride Glide is one of the best options out there. If you can't find it locally you can purchase through amazon. Find out more about the cream here.
*This product was purchased for this review.