NipGuards are a quirky product that 99.9% of the human population will never need. Patented and launched in 1999, NipGuards revolutionized the market for protection against painful nipple chafing and abrasion.
Prior to NipGuards, endurance athletes would commonly experience nipple chafing on extended workouts as a result from dried sweat and body salts acting like sandpaper between the chest and shirt (or wetsuit). This painful phenomenon was amplified if the workout occurred in foul weather conditions like rain, heat, snow, heavy winds or high humidity. For most athletes, nipple chafing was limited to a mild yet painful stinging sensation,with an intensely painful surprise, often being felt for the first time in the shower after the workout. More serious, openly bleeding abrasions on the tip of the nipple were not uncommon.
Prior to NipGuards, a variety of make-shift solutions proved mostly ineffective. Bandages or tape that adhered to the chest would repeatedly fall off due to sweat or chest hair ruining the adhesive. Messy petroleum-based jelly would rub off and need to be reapplied throughout the workout, only to rub off again and would also stain shirts.