Blister Challenge – May The Best Foot Win!

Hydropel vs. BodyGlide

Well more accurately, may the luckiest foot win – depending on which of the these two products does the better job of protecting my feet from blisters. As part of my upcoming trip to Mt. Whitney in a few weeks, I’ll be doing a side-by-side test of Hydropel (right foot) and BodyGlide Liquified Powder (left foot) to see once and for all if Hydropel deserves the hype and cult following status.

I’d like to personally thank Hydropel and BodyGlide for being the unofficial sponsors of my feet. Naturally, being the gram weenie that I am, I have repackaged both products into tiny 3ml dropper bottles and will be taking 9g of each with me on my trip. I’m excited to see how the two products compare.

Disclosure: The author owns these products and paid for them using their own funds.

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  • Divonbriesen

    i’d be curious about plain ‘ol olive oil….

    • If I had a third foot I’d test it out for you! Maybe that’s a follow up test or something one of our readers could try and report back on via a guest post?

      It would be great if olive oil worked because then it would become a double-duty item!

      • LOL. The ultimate ultralight backpacker–that’s what you are sir. If the olive oil works, why not? But for my Sedona hiking adventures, I’d go for either the Hydropel or BodyGlide. Olive oil is only for my food. Just saying. =)

        • Kate, you’re right about Olive oil only being for food. I was half joking about trying it. One issue I could see is that my feet would smell awfully tasty to the bears and marmots at night. Kinda hard to stash your feet in a bear canister!

  • Divonbriesen

    i’d be curious about plain ‘ol olive oil….

  • If I had a third foot I’d test it out for you! Maybe that’s a follow up test or something one of our readers could try and report back on via a guest post?

    It would be great if olive oil worked because then it would become a double-duty item!

  • LOL. The ultimate ultralight backpacker–that’s what you are sir. If the olive oil works, why not? But for my Sedona hiking adventures, I’d go for either the Hydropel or BodyGlide. Olive oil is only for my food. Just saying. =)

  • Kate, you’re right about Olive oil only being for food. I was half joking about trying it. One issue I could see is that my feet would smell awfully tasty to the bears and marmots at night. Kinda hard to stash your feet in a bear canister!

  • KevinB

    Did you end up doing the test on Mt. Witney? What were the results?

    • Yes I did. Just didn’t get a chance to write it up. The results were….

  • KevinB

    Did you end up doing the test on Mt. Witney? What were the results?

  • Yes I did. Just didn’t get a chance to write it up. The results were….

  • mountain snow

    I had a chance to test the BodyGlide LP on a local hike this past weekend. I normally put moleskin on my heels prior to skiing or hiking as I am so prone to blisters. Even with moleskin, I can get blisters on long hikes. Been this way for a long time and through several dozen pairs of boots, so I can’t blame it on the gear, just have bony heels that move too much in the boots. 

    The hike is short, about 7 miles round trip, but has 3000 ft of elevation gain, so steep with lots of heel pressure going up. I liberally rubbed the BodyGlide on both heels but came prepared to stop and put on moleskin. I then used my normal sock combo. 

    The entire hike was without any hotspots or blisters.  I am absolutely amazed as I really doubted it would work.  I want to try this on a longer hike, but I may never need moleskin again. Highly recommend trying it if your feet are like mine.

    • Wow that’s great to hear and confirms what I’ve experienced. Prevention is the key thing here. I put some on the usually hotspot areas before I set out and then at the very first sign of any discomfort. I’ve been blister free using this method ever since I started using it. Thanks for the feedback and great to hear. Hope it works just as well on longer trips!