QM Sports Care Embrocation $20.99
When you feel that early autumn nip in the air, you can't count on the sun to help you warm up your muscles. QM Sports Care Embrocation Warming Lotion can cut your warm up time and reduce muscle fatigue to keep you riding in comfort even when the cold snaps.
QM Sports Care uses 100% natural ingredients to concoct products that aid performance as well as mitigate stress injuries. As far as this Embrocation Lotion is concerned, a little dab will do. It's packaged in a tub like your grandma's old cold cream, but don't be fooled that it will be anything but the most advanced pre-ride massage product on the market. With an off-white color and clover honey-like texture, it's easy and mess-free to scoop with your fingers and rub it into your leg muscles before you slip into your bib shorts.
To keep your legs warm throughout the winter months and the changing temperatures of the season, QM Sports Care has developed three different versions of the Embrocation Lotion with three different heat levels. Level 1 or the Warm Embrocation is intended for those early fall days where the temps will hover around 75 degrees F. It feels like a quick jump start, but nothing overpowering. Then there is the Level 2 Hot Embrocation Lotion which is designed for 60 degree days that may threaten a little rain too. This will give you a pleasantly warm feeling, though not with an annoying tingling effect. It will reach deep into the muscles with just a few minutes of massaging. And if your legs are still a little sore from the previous day's ride, the lotion will give you definite relief from the pain.
When it's cold and rainy, but you still have to get out and ride, it would be time to bring out the heavy-hitter in the QM Sports Care embrocation quiver. The Level 3 Extra Hot Lotion has been added to the lineup to aid folks who ride a large portion of their base miles in Classics style weather. The Extra Hot Lotion is for those 40-45 degree days where rain and or snow are not only a possibility but a given. And here the folks at QM Sports Care are cautious enough to suggest that you use it sparingly. Don't just slather on more lotion the colder it gets; rather, rub in the normal amount earlier than usual to give the QM Sports Care Embrocation Warming Lotion time to be absorbed fully into the deep muscles.
What community has to say
Level one tested; early fall
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have tried the mildest level. Works as described: it keeps your legs warm but no severe tingling. When you stop and have no wind across your skin it gives a hint of heat but during your ride it will feel like light knee warmers. If you have never tried embrocation this would be a good starter. No skin irritation. Washes off extremely easy. Not much of a smell. Thin lotion. Tub will last all fall/late spring. This is not like my winter embroc mad alchemy coffee heat which I love but its an oily paste that will make your legs scream the minute you stop riding.