May 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm #1289809
@jackelliottLocale: Bend, Oregon, USA
In his book, "Ultralight Backpackin' Tips," Mike Clelland likes Hydropel as a foot blister preventative. I drove around Bend, Ore., this morning in search of Hydropel but was met with blank stares everywhere (and we have an REI). So I bought this sampler size of Body Glide from a running store.*
Is this stuff equivalent to Hydropel?
* I don't mean that the store was literally running, but that it catered to people who find running to be an important part of their lives.May 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm #1876784
I don't think so. I usually get my Hydropel from Amazon. I don't know of a brick-and-mortar store where you can buy it.May 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm #1876790
Body Glide=anti-chafingMay 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm #1876793
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
I use Body Glide on my feet to prevent blisters. Seems to work! It also helps with the wet feet issue.
Another possibility, advocated by Andrew Skurka, is "Bonnie's Balm Climber's Salve."
I don't know why old fashioned Bag Balm (available at any livestock store) wouldn't work, too. For generations dairy farmers have used it on the parts of the cow chafed by milking, and many farmers' wives swear by it as a hand cream.
All of these products have a waxy base to repel water and contain moisturizers which condition the skin to prevent cracking as the feet dry.
I have not tried Hydropel, so if anyone can explain how it differs from these other products, please do!May 11, 2012 at 5:55 pm #1876796
Body Glide, no, but Body Glide Liquified Powder, kinda sorta yes. They're not the exact same thing, but the BG liquified powder is supposed to provide a barrier against friction and moisture. It's also much cheaper than Hydropel, and available locally. I use mine in summer to help prevent chafing, but haven't used it on my feet (never have any problems with my feet, even when wet). FWIW.May 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm #1876816
"Another possibility, advocated by Andrew Skurka, is "Bonnie's Balm Climber's Salve."
I have used Bonnie's Balm extensively over the last couple months. It is excellent for healing chaffing – best stuff I have used so far. Not so great at preventing blisters.
RyanMay 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm #1876824
similar, but not the same, I use both- Hydroglide for when I know it's going be soggy, the stuff really works- my wife and I used it for the first a couple of summers ago where we made no less than 100 stream crossings in two days (it would have been five days if you stopped and changed/took off shoes! :) )- not a single blister, hot spot, nothing and our feet were wet for the better part of two days- we did dry our feet out thoroughly in the evening and donned dry socks, in the morning a light application of hydropel and on w/ the damp socks/shoes, repeat
body glide I don't use backpacking, but I do trail running- as mentioned above it's an anti-chafe so it's gets put anywhere there is even a slim chance of chafing, knock on wood the stuff has always done the trick- mostly recently on a 33 mile run in the Grand CanyonMay 11, 2012 at 9:28 pm #1876859
Here's what Brian Green had to say about the two:
In short – Body Glide is half the cost and works just as well.May 12, 2012 at 12:43 am #1876885
Brian used the two in dry conditions and his result might be true for that. Many use hydropel when wet creek crossings will be the norm. He did not test that.May 12, 2012 at 6:38 am #1876914May 12, 2012 at 8:56 am #1876948
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A little off topic: like the OP, I've heard of Hydropel, but never tried it–mainly because I've never really had problems with blisters. But I have noticed discomfort when my feet get real prune-y from stream crossings–a sort of burning pain along along the wrinkles. Would Hydropel prevent that? (Or Body Glide, for that matter?)May 12, 2012 at 11:05 am #1876982
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
I just went searching for the ingredients, but drew a blank at Body Glide–its active ingredient is Allantoin (0.5%), but I couldn't find the other ingredients, except that it contains no petrolatum, lanolin or other oils and is water resistant. I don't have an original container around right now and won't be shopping until next week (ingredients are supposed to be listed on the label).
Hydropel: 30% Dimethicone; inactive ingredients are petrolatum, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate (I hope I copied that correctly!). Any chemists in the house?
I might try Hydropel to see if it works any better, although I've been quite happy with Body Glide. I've never been very happy with petrolatum-based items on my skin, though.
Bonnie's Balm Climber's Salve: "The herbs & unrefined oils we infused together are known to be antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobic & antiviral. It is 100% natural, loaded of Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, Zinc, Lethicin & Foliate Acid." (Edited later: Andrew Skurka says this stuff can double as lip balm, but it sounds as though it would act as a vitamin supplement, too! LOL!)May 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm #1877009
that's the exact scenario when I use Hydropel- multiple stream crossings, sustained rain or wet snowMay 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm #1877018
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