2Toms Butt Shield definitely helps improve comfort on long rides if you suffer from saddle irritation. The roll-on or single-use wipe presentation makes it easy to apply, it stays put during the ride, has a smooth texture and provides low-profile coverage.
Works well to increase ride comfort
Easy to apply
Keeps working through longer rides
Single-use sachets are quite expensive
If you find yourself getting a bit uncomfortable at the end of a long ride, it might be worth trying 2Toms Butt Shield on your next excursion. Its main ingredient is dimethicone, a silicone oil also found in high-end cosmetics. It’s mixed with shea butter, a trendy skin smoother, and a range of other plant extracts.
Unlike other chamois creams, which come in tubs or tubes, 2Toms sells Butt Shield as a 45ml roll-on and also as single use wipes sealed in sachets. Both are clever modifications to the usual packaging. The roll-on is really convenient and easy to use, as you don’t get the product all over your hands and it’s easy to carry around.
You just apply the product to any area where you might get chafing or irritation and it forms a smooth, thin transparent film over the skin. Butt Shield reduces friction and rubbing between your rear end and saddle and also between layers of skin.
There’s no need to reapply during a ride, as it will stay put and keep working for the duration. It’s also waterproof, although it can be washed off with soap and water after a ride. It feels very smooth on the skin: something between olive oil and Vaseline (don’t ask).
Watch: A buyer's guide to road bike saddles
The single-use sachets are very useful if you’re travelling to an event or are planning a multi-day trip, although at £1.70 each they’re quite pricey.
Price for the roll-on is comparable to many other chamois creams. The low mess factor and easy application are big advantages. Since you only need a thin film, Butt Shield should prove reasonably economical too.
Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
Same teams, new faces: Murphy, Langley crowned US national road racing champions
Full team effort from Human Powered Health rewarded with national title for Kyle Murphy; Emma Langley (EF Education-Tibco SVB) drops breakaway companion for her Stars & Stripes jersey
By Clara Beard • Published
'Can you imagine winning a 35th Tour de France stage in the British champion's jersey?' asks Mark Cavendish, admitting Tour ride is 'unlikely'
The Manx Missile said 'I'm good enough to do the Tour'
By Michelle Arthurs-Brennan • Published
Mark Cavendish sprints to his second British National Road title
The Manx missile put in a stellar performance in Scotland to secure the second National road title of his illustrious career
By Pete Trifunovic • Published