Feb 3, 2009 at 4:22 pm #1233782
Jolly Green GiantBPL Member
I have an upcoming trip which is going to be a little longer than I typically do. As a result, I’ve been thinking about how my feet will fare as they aren’t as durable as I’d like them to be.
I have both the Body Glide and Hydropel products and I was hoping to get opinions as to which is best, if I should bring both or just one, and how often I should apply it. I have used the Body Glide before and found it to be acceptable. I have no long term experience with Hydropel. Weight is a concern and I'd rather not bring a stick of Body Glide if I could just squirt a bit of the Hydropel into something lighter. I don’t plan on using it on other parts of my body…although that may change if something unexpected happens.
This will be for an April trip on the Appalachian Trail. I typically wear Darn Tough socks with Inov-8 GTX 318’s.
Thanks.Feb 3, 2009 at 5:47 pm #1475196
@jdw01776Locale: Southeast Texas
I did a week long late April trip on the AT in Massachusetts last year. The trail was very wet (think walking in a stream), and my feet were never really dry. I used Hydropel, and had no blisters. I believe the Hydropel helped.
I stored my Hydropel in a BPL balm jar, and used less than half of that for the week. I found it much easier to apply than the Bodyglide stick. I tried to apply it when my feet were as dry as possible.Feb 3, 2009 at 5:47 pm #1475198
Mary DBPL Member
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
I haven't tried Hydropel so can't comment on that issue. With Body Glide, I cut a little piece from the stick and put it inside a small plastic bag. Worked just fine–in fact, the one bag lasted through 2 one-week trips, so I obviously cut off too big a piece!Feb 3, 2009 at 6:01 pm #1475210
Devin MontgomeryBPL Member
@dsmontgomeryLocale: one snowball away from big trouble
I also haven't tried Hydropel, but I use and like Body Glide. I package it by using an empty Chapstick tube and repacking it with the Body Glide. Very light – the tube, full weighs about .4 oz.Feb 3, 2009 at 6:01 pm #1475211
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Never use either one.
CheersFeb 3, 2009 at 6:06 pm #1475213
Cayenne RedmonkBPL Member
@redmonkLocale: Greater California Ecosystem
I've used both and I find hydropel better for my feet, body glide better for underarms and undercarriage.Feb 28, 2009 at 5:53 pm #1481610
Brad FisherBPL Member
@wufpackfnLocale: NC/TN/VA Mountains
My favorite is SportSlick.In addition to protecting against blisters and chaffing, it also helps with the healing process.
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