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Chafing Prevention
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Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Chafing Prevention on 09/15/2013 09:30:41 MDT Print View

I've had a life long problem with inner thigh chafing....up to 4 days ago. Just returned from a 4 day backpacking trip with temps in the 80s. No chafing. Two Toms Sportshield prevented it:


I took 4 packets (towelettes) on the trip. Ended up using only one for all 4 days.

Stuff feels like silicone.

Edited by lyrad1 on 09/15/2013 19:23:44 MDT.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: Chafing Prevention on 09/15/2013 10:03:52 MDT Print View

Thanks for the link. I have also had a lot of success with wearing spandex biking shorts, which have all but prevented chaffing for me.

Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - F

Locale: Southeast
Re: Re: Chafing Prevention on 09/15/2013 10:40:19 MDT Print View

+1 with Dave. Spandex shorts took care of all the inner thigh chaffing. Sports Slick for all other random chaffing. Will have to look at Daryl's suggestion too.


doug thomas
(sparky52804) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Iowa
Re: Chafing Prevention on 09/15/2013 11:54:56 MDT Print View

Wondering what his wife meant about "still nothing there"

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Chafing Prevention on 09/15/2013 11:59:43 MDT Print View

Under Armor boxers are basically spandex shorts and work great for me chafing-wise.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Re: Re: Chafing Prevention on 09/15/2013 12:31:58 MDT Print View

Jockey makes some snug-fitting, longer-length UW that are akin to bicycling shorts without the butt padding and of thinner material (i.e. lighter). I get them in black and have worn them as my one and only on the trail - they look like bicycling shorts and the black hides the contours pretty well. They wash & dry very quickly and are cheaper than other options I've seen.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Chafing Prevention on 09/15/2013 13:24:29 MDT Print View

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Chafing Prevention on 09/15/2013 19:37:10 MDT Print View

I've tried various form fitting undergarments without success. The chafing occurs very high up and almost no garment will stay up that high throughout a trip.

I think it is possibly the hairy rough skin of the scrotom rubbing against the more vulnerable skin on the upper inner thigh. To test this out I recently bought a jock strap and will see how that works. If nothing else it might help me sort out exactly what causes the chafing. (I know....too much information)

In the meantime the towelettes worked wonderfully so I now know I have at least one thing that prevents the chafing.

This chafing thing is no small item for me. I almost had to turn back on one trip because of it. Had to walk bow legged for several miles. (yippee ki yay)

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Other Options on 09/15/2013 20:36:48 MDT Print View

I have thin legs. Take that!

Willie Evenstop
(redmonk) - F

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Chafing Prevention on 09/15/2013 20:43:32 MDT Print View

Soap and water are a preventative treatment for chafing.

TP is a preparation for chafing.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Chafing Prevention on 09/15/2013 20:45:07 MDT Print View

Body Glide Liquified Powder works wonderfully to help prevent chafing for me.

If you want to try it, PM me your address, I have an extra tube.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: Chafing Prevention on 09/15/2013 21:05:42 MDT Print View

To me, longer boxer briefs would be for thigh-thigh chafing. If the chafing is higher on groin as Daryl describes, it seems a slightly tighter brief should be tried, maybe along with some cream or even changing briefs midday to reduce moisture.

Edited by jshann on 09/15/2013 21:07:08 MDT.

David Walls
(tbird911) - F
Other options . . . . on 09/16/2013 06:48:27 MDT Print View

May sound strange, but saw this on a Nat Geo show at some point. Gel antiperspirant! Works great-- I'm a big guy and sweat a lot, this stuff does the trick and can be bought just about anywhere. All problems with chaffing-- gone gone gone!

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Other Options on 09/16/2013 17:09:56 MDT Print View


"I have thin legs. Take that!"

Well you definitely have a leg up on me in that department.

I think I spent too much time with the thigh master during my formative years. I blame Suzanne Somers.

Edited by lyrad1 on 09/16/2013 17:13:57 MDT.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Other options . . . . on 09/16/2013 17:13:08 MDT Print View

David Walls,

I bought some of the gel antiperspirant and will give it a try.

If it works I may use it around town and save the towelettes from my original post for backpacking. The towelettes are much lighter but the gel is much cheaper.

David Walls
(tbird911) - F
Re: Re: Other options . . . . on 09/16/2013 17:36:48 MDT Print View

Daryl Daryl,

No lie. Right Guard Total Defense 5 with Active cooling . . .

You will find , likely, that your BTL temp (between the leg LOL!) will still rise and you may get sweat as before, but trust me on this and feel free to report back . . . apply to "leg pits" just as you would arm puts and I think your worries are a thing of the past. My son used to get chaffing really bad as well, especially where salt water was involved. My wife had seen a Dr. OZ show on tv while we were at the beach house and he and a whole panel of exercise/running pro's had indicated the gel antiperspirant and possibly/probably solid stick worked exceedingly well. Side benefit, single stick could be used for arms as well, Love the multi-purpose gear!


Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: Re: Re: Other options . . . . on 09/16/2013 17:47:30 MDT Print View

What about shaving the nether regions?

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Re: Re: Re: Other options . . . . on 09/16/2013 18:41:46 MDT Print View

Dave U,

I shaved my armpits once, many years ago, just to see how it felt. It felt scratchy.

From what I've read I should be trying to reduce friction between skin parts and between skin and clothing. Seems like short scratchy stubble would increase friction?

I can't know for sure without trying it of course. So maybe I'll get liquored up and go in for a scrotum/inner thigh bikini wax job.........not.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Re: Re: Other options . . . . on 09/16/2013 18:50:42 MDT Print View

"What about shaving the nether regions?"

Sometimes shaving can have the opposite effect. I'll just leave it at that.

Edited by IDBLOOM on 09/16/2013 18:51:43 MDT.

chafe on 09/16/2013 19:35:15 MDT Print View

If you have something that works for you, stick with it.