viable substitute for Hydropel?
Apr 19, 2016 at 8:54 am #3396792
my stash is getting close to being gone, anyone find anything that would be a good alternative????
ThanksApr 19, 2016 at 9:22 am #3396805Link .BPL Member
@annapurnaApr 20, 2016 at 5:12 pm #3397102Shawn BeardenBPL Member
@shawnbLocale: SE Idaho
You didn’t state your usage. For anti-chaffe during long trail runs and ultra races, I use Sportslick http://www.sportslick.comApr 20, 2016 at 5:46 pm #3397107
as do I; Hydropel is reserved for feet on wet trips (the reason my stash has lasted as long as it has)
would be nice to find roughly the same formula in another product- the stuff worksApr 20, 2016 at 6:40 pm #3397117Erica RBPL Member
I was just researching this for our upcoming river walks in Utah. Apparently Hydropel was 35% DIMETHICONE
DIMETHICONE has some downsides: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702011/DIMETHICONE/
I ended up ordering some of 2Toms in sample packets on Amazon for $1.98 each. It’s 5% DIMETHICONE; I don’t see more of a concentration elsewhere.
Actually, when I did Coyote Gulch last year I had no problems with wet feet all day. I think this means my boots fit. There is no substitute for good fitting footwear.
EricaApr 20, 2016 at 8:14 pm #3397128
here’s one that is 20%Apr 21, 2016 at 8:39 am #3397205Link .BPL Member
the ingredients for 2 toms are Dimethicone, Aloe Vera Extract, Vitamin E , I haven’t tried it but I have heard good stuff about it from a couple of friends( I still have some Hydropel )Jan 22, 2023 at 9:47 pm #3771108marvin kBPL Member
updating this thread with current info that I’ve found … not comprehensive
This has 28% dimethicone and 48% petrolatum (vaseline)
This is pure dimethicone used for lice removal (it has been used on my kids)
The first is probably the closest to hydropel. The second is the ‘more is better’ option.
I have not tried either but am planning to try the first in prep for a Brooks Range trip.Jan 24, 2023 at 7:18 am #3771247Jeff McWilliamsBPL Member
Cool update. Last year I used Gurney Goo on my hikes. It contains petrolatum, cyclomethicone, beeswax, and tea tree oil.Jan 24, 2023 at 7:25 pm #3771355Lee WBPL Member
@ltwLocale: Mojave Desert
Was freshening up my supply of Trail Toes the other day and saw this https://www.trailtoes.com/product-page/trail-toes-hp.
It looks like they are using the Hydropel name, not sure how their formula compares to the original. May be worth touching base with them or giving it a try.Jan 24, 2023 at 9:11 pm #3771357Jeff McWilliamsBPL Member
Nice. Thanks for the info.Jan 25, 2023 at 1:43 am #3771371John S.BPL Member
Trail Toes must have bought the formula from Hydropel, guessing since hydropel dot com goes to the trail toes website.Jan 25, 2023 at 7:12 am #3771380
they even spell petroleum “petrolatum” , they don’t list the concentration of dimethicone, but guessing it must be 30%
I’ve tried some of the dimethicone diaper ointments, but they are not thick like Hydropel was, more creamy. Hydropel stays on wet feet for quite awhile. This mentions it can go on thick in wet conditions.
I ordered some :)
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