Hydropel vs. BodyGlide LP | The Results!

Hydropel vs. BodyGlide Blister Challenge

It was recently brought to my attention that I did not report back on the results of my ‘Hydropel vs. BodyGlide Blister Challenge‘ post from Aug 2011, just prior to my trip to Mt. Whitney – shout out and thanks to ‘dkramalc’ on the BPL forums for keeping me honest.

For those that are new to my blog or who missed my previous post, here’s a recap:

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 that it has.


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.

Hydropel vs. BodyGlide

Is Hydropel really as good as all the hype? I’m sure you’ve all read about it like I have and probably wondered if it’s really as good as everyone says it is, and more importantly, whether it’s worth $20 for a 2oz tube? That’s a lot of money even if it does last a long time.

If a 1.6 fl oz tube of BodyGlide Liquified Powder only costs $10 at REI, why then does a 2.0 fl oz tube of Hydropel cost $20? Is the hype driving up the price or is Hydropel, with almost identical ingredients to BodyGlide LP, really a superior product?

Hydropel vs. BodyGlide Blister Challenge

I used both products daily during my climb of Mt. Whitney last year. It was hot, my feet sweated and I had the perfect building ground for hot spots and blisters – which is quite normal for me. Side note: the Scarpa Epic trail runners that I wore were not very breathable and made my feet sweat pretty bad.

My results did not surprise me in so much as both of my feet survived the trip up and down Mt. Whitney without so much as a hot spot or blister. So what does that mean?

Hydropel vs. BodyGlide Blister Challenge

Simply put it means that, in my side-by-side test of two competing products, the one that costs half the price of the leading, and most hyped, brand performed just as well as the other. To be fair both products are great at what they are intended for.

If you already have a tube of Hydropel and are using it, then I’d say you should keep using it, but if you’re looking to buy one of these I’d recommend you hop on down to your nearest REI store and save yourself $10 and shipping (I could only find Hydropel online!) by buying a tube of BodyGlide LP – your feet and your wallet will thank you for it.

Have you used BodyGlide LP or Hydropel, if so what were your results?

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Disclosure: The author (Brian Green) owns these products and paid for them using small furry animals. No dollar bills were harmed in the making of this post.

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  • sygyzy

    Thanks, you just saved me a lot of time researching. Just curious, who are these products meant for? I have never applied any sort of lotion or gel or powder to my feet. I have also never gotten a blister. So is this for people doing really long hikes (backpacking)? Or just for people who are prone to blisters?

  • http://outdoorswith.me/ Chris

    It’s more for people doing long repetitive days in very wet environments. It’s kind of like a DWR for your feet.

  • Henry8

    How can you say they both performed equally fine if you never knew whether you encountered conditions which would have required it in the first place? It is like taking antacid and saying how great it is not to have heartburn after never experiencing heartburn or eating something to set it off.

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    I can say that because I know my feet. I know that when they get hot and sweaty I get blisters. I know that if I do nothing, the blisters get bad, they burst, it ruins my hike and I get miserable and cranky. I also know, because I’ve hiked with and without using these types of products, that if I use them as a preventative method I will most likely not get hot spots or blisters.

    If either of these had not been up for the task, I know that I would have felt it on my feet and toes pretty quickly from the length and effort of the hike. So, I know that they both did the job well because I didn’t get blisters when I was in perfect blister making conditions and territory for my feet. That’s how I know. I also know that I’ll be buying the cheaper of these too products because I now know that they both work and that I like to save money :)

  • Stonepitts2

    I am a runner and I have used Hydropel on other parts of my body to prevent chafing.   It works fine, but it stains clothing badly, so if this is important to you, use something else.

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    It stains, really? It’s practically transparent how bad of a stain does it leave, or is it a greasy stain? That would suck.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17334362489077942298 Chris Sussman

    Thanks for the info. I have a tube of hydropel and will make the switch to glide when it runs out. Any suggestions on the best way to get these types of substances into the mini-dropper bottles? Tried before the last trip, but got so frustrated that I just brought the entire tube. A shame since I find that I don’t need much and tend to concentrate it on problem areas like around the toes and heels.

  • Stonepitts2

    On light colored synthetic running shirts I got bad brown stains from it, though I managed to get the stains out with WD-40, of all things.  Now I’m using Udderly Smooth Chamois Cream and I’m pretty happy with it, though it’s clammy when it goes on.  I’ve also got a tube of Alba Un-Petroleum but I haven’t given it a thorough trial yet.
    Have you tried Leukotape as a blister preventive? On my feet, that’s what I use.  It’s amazing stuff.  Put it on a hotspot and no more worries.  I tend to get heel blisters on long runs so if I’m worried about that, I put a piece on each heel before I start, and it works flawlessly.

  • Rshew

    I used Body Glide on my 7 day hike on the “West Coast Trail” in 2011 and it worked great, was very glad I had it with me!

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    Did you use if for your feet or other body areas?

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    I’ve used Leukotape occassionally here and there, but have never gotten too bad. As my hikes, runs and workouts get longer it might be exactly what I need. I’m thinking Leukotape will be perfect for my GORUCK Challenge in June.

  • Chris Sussman

    Thanks for the info — have a tube of Hydropel that I’ll finish off and then give the Body Glide a whirl.  I love using the small dropper bottles as well — do you have any tips on getting things like Hydropel and Body glide into the bottles?  I have a real hard time getting them filled as the tops are so miniscule.

  • Chris Sussman

    Just found your entry: http://www.briangreen.net/2011/03/eyedropper-bottles-ultralighters-friend.html

    That pretty much answers it — squeeze the mini-dropper bottle and let it do some of the work!

  • Rshew

    Brian,
    Mostly for my feet but used it on other areas as well and it worked great……

  • Ron A.

    Thanks for the article. Have you tried a simple anti-perspirant? I use it on long multi day hikes to prevent chafing between the legs and it works great. I don’t have a foot problem, at least not so far. I’m just looking for comfort and you seem to have spent some time researching. Have any thoughts on using a simple cheap anti-perspirant vs. the more expensive stuff?

  • http://sticksblog.com/ Chad "Stick" Poindexter

    Thanks for the review! I will probably pick up some of the Body Glide LP to use. I will admit that I am not very prone to getting blisters, but at the same time, my feet ain’t the prettiest either… :)

    Just curious, does the BG LP have a smell to it, or is it unscented? And as I read, it is not petroleum based, but how well does it rub in? I cannot stand using petroleum based lotions for my hands simply because I cannot stand the greasy feeling afterwards…

    I am also looking at the O’Keeffes Healthy Feet stuff too. it says non greasy in some of the adds I have seen, but I have also read reviews which stated that it felt like Crisco! Just curious if you have tried any of it.

    As to why I want it, I really want it for just a general foot creme. I get calluses on my big toes and dry skin on the ball of my foot as well as my heel, but fortunately not to the point of cracking open. I would also consider taking a tiny bit with me on longer/harder backpacking trips, of course repackaged into smaller bottles…cause that’s how I roll… :)

    Thanks,

    ~Stick~