Our chamois are made with a stretchable microfiber layer closest to the skin. This ensures optimal breathability and wicking of perspiration to keep you comfortable. The use of chamois creams is unnecessary with OmniForm chamois and in fact, we don't recommend using creams, balms, or butters of any kind with our chamois. These products decrease the ability of the chamois to breathe and wick moisture by filling the open spaces.
Chamois creams were designed to work with the leather materials that chamois were originally made of – materials that could harden, crack, and dry out. Creams were used to soften and lubricate the leather surface to combat friction during riding.
Modern day microfibers are completely different from those old style chamois. Our Giordana microfibers temporarily and lightly bond with the skin during the ride, so the chamois moves with you and no friction is present to cause irritation. In contrast, the use of creams creates a slippery surface, prevents the microfiber from bonding to the skin, and introduces friction. Repeated use of creams can soften the skin, increasing the likelihood of abrasion.
For those riders who feel there may be times when a little ointment is beneficial, it should be used sparingly. Apply a thin layer to the skin (never directly to the chamois or fabric) and allow to dry completely before putting on the bibs or shorts.