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Jolly Green Giant
(regultr) - MLife

Body Glide vs. Hydropel on 02/03/2009 17:22:26 MST Print View

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.


John Whynot

Locale: Southeast Texas
Re: Body Glide vs. Hydropel on 02/03/2009 18:47:07 MST Print View

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.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Body Glide vs. Hydropel on 02/03/2009 18:47:52 MST Print View

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!

Devin Montgomery
(dsmontgomery) - MLife

Locale: one snowball away from big trouble
Re: Body Glide vs. Hydropel on 02/03/2009 19:01:18 MST Print View

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.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Body Glide vs. Hydropel on 02/03/2009 19:01:26 MST Print View

Never use either one.


Willie Evenstop
(redmonk) - F

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Body Glide vs. Hydropel on 02/03/2009 19:06:12 MST Print View

I've used both and I find hydropel better for my feet, body glide better for underarms and undercarriage.

Brad Fisher

Locale: NC/TN/VA Mountains
Re: Body Glide vs. Hydropel on 02/28/2009 18:53:57 MST Print View

My favorite is SportSlick.In addition to protecting against blisters and chaffing, it also helps with the healing process.