New Product Review: Chomper Body Crank Embrocation Rub and Muscle Butter Therapeutic Lotion
More than any other type of cyclist, cyclocrossers have an infatuation with embrocation. The ointments can help protect your skin from the elements, and give you a sense of warmth when it’s cold outside – not just during cyclocross but also during the wet winter and early spring season. With the growth of the cyclocross, there’s an ever-growing number of choices and flavors. We take a look at two all-natural from Chomper Body.
Chomper Body “Crank Embrocation” Rub ($15.00 / 4 oz.):
Crank Embrocation Rub comes in a tub like most other embrocations, but it comes out of the jar quite solid, more like the consistency of lip balm than a lotion, definitely more solid than other embrocations like Mad Alchemy. It spreads more easily once you’ve warmed it in hand, but it definitely takes a bit more effort to get a smooth application.
Labeled “Spicy Hot – 32-45 degrees F,” it goes on pretty hot – I was stinging pretty well for the first few minutes. After a few minutes it calmed down and kept a good steady warmth during my ride and afterward. I would rate it as overall less hot than the popular “medium” Mad Alchemy, but perhaps I was using less of it than I would have used of the Mad Alchemy. Clean up in the shower was pretty simple.
With such a solid consistency, the Crank Embrocation would be ideal to put in some sort of applicator for hands-free embrocation. At $15.00 for 4 oz. retail, it is a bit cheaper than some of the competition, and a good value.
Chomper Body “Muscle Butter” Therapeutic Lotion ($9.00 / 4 oz.):
Muscle Butter is a rubdown/massage lotion that provides a a good excuse to do some more warm-down stretching or massage after a post-ride shower. It’s described by Chomper as “a stimulating mix of rosemary, peppermint and basil essential oils” but to my nose, it was a bit too heavy on the rosemary; I kept thinking someone must have brought home a rotisserie chicken, but I was really smelling my legs.
Whether you like the rosemary smell or not, the upside is that if used after a ride, you’ll get the blood flowing in your muscles and flush out some of the lactic acid, and in doing so, you may have built up a craving for some freshly roasted recovery protein. At $9.00 for 4 oz, it’s not expensive but doesn’t last as long as the embrocation.
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