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Hydropel = Body Glide?
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Jack Elliott
(JackElliott) - F

Locale: Bend, Oregon, USA
Hydropel = Body Glide? on 05/11/2012 18:25:32 MDT Print View

In his book, "Ultralight Backpackin' Tips," Mike Clelland likes Hydropel as a foot blister preventative. I drove around Bend, Ore., this morning in search of Hydropel but was met with blank stares everywhere (and we have an REI). So I bought this sampler size of Body Glide from a running store.*

Is this stuff equivalent to Hydropel?


* I don't mean that the store was literally running, but that it catered to people who find running to be an important part of their lives.

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: Hydropel = Body Glide? on 05/11/2012 18:34:43 MDT Print View

I don't think so. I usually get my Hydropel from Amazon. I don't know of a brick-and-mortar store where you can buy it.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Re: Hydropel = Body Glide? on 05/11/2012 18:42:23 MDT Print View


Body Glide=anti-chafing

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Hydropel = Body Glide? on 05/11/2012 18:47:10 MDT Print View

I use Body Glide on my feet to prevent blisters. Seems to work! It also helps with the wet feet issue.

Another possibility, advocated by Andrew Skurka, is "Bonnie's Balm Climber's Salve."

I don't know why old fashioned Bag Balm (available at any livestock store) wouldn't work, too. For generations dairy farmers have used it on the parts of the cow chafed by milking, and many farmers' wives swear by it as a hand cream.

All of these products have a waxy base to repel water and contain moisturizers which condition the skin to prevent cracking as the feet dry.

I have not tried Hydropel, so if anyone can explain how it differs from these other products, please do!

Edited by hikinggranny on 05/11/2012 18:52:09 MDT.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Hydropel = Body Glide? on 05/11/2012 18:55:45 MDT Print View

Body Glide, no, but Body Glide Liquified Powder, kinda sorta yes. They're not the exact same thing, but the BG liquified powder is supposed to provide a barrier against friction and moisture. It's also much cheaper than Hydropel, and available locally. I use mine in summer to help prevent chafing, but haven't used it on my feet (never have any problems with my feet, even when wet). FWIW.

Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - F

Locale: Southeast
Re: Re: Hydropel = Body Glide? on 05/11/2012 20:08:59 MDT Print View

"Another possibility, advocated by Andrew Skurka, is "Bonnie's Balm Climber's Salve."

I have used Bonnie's Balm extensively over the last couple months. It is excellent for healing chaffing - best stuff I have used so far. Not so great at preventing blisters.


Edited by ViolentGreen on 05/11/2012 20:10:37 MDT.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Re: Re: Hydropel = Body Glide? on 05/11/2012 20:30:57 MDT Print View

similar, but not the same, I use both- Hydroglide for when I know it's going be soggy, the stuff really works- my wife and I used it for the first a couple of summers ago where we made no less than 100 stream crossings in two days (it would have been five days if you stopped and changed/took off shoes! :) )- not a single blister, hot spot, nothing and our feet were wet for the better part of two days- we did dry our feet out thoroughly in the evening and donned dry socks, in the morning a light application of hydropel and on w/ the damp socks/shoes, repeat

body glide I don't use backpacking, but I do trail running- as mentioned above it's an anti-chafe so it's gets put anywhere there is even a slim chance of chafing, knock on wood the stuff has always done the trick- mostly recently on a 33 mile run in the Grand Canyon

David Vo
Re: Hydropel = Body Glide? on 05/11/2012 22:28:50 MDT Print View

Here's what Brian Green had to say about the two:

In short - Body Glide is half the cost and works just as well.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: Hydropel = Body Glide? on 05/12/2012 01:43:34 MDT Print View

Brian used the two in dry conditions and his result might be true for that. Many use hydropel when wet creek crossings will be the norm. He did not test that.

Edited by jshann on 05/12/2012 01:48:58 MDT.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Re: Re: Hydropel = Body Glide? on 05/12/2012 07:38:09 MDT Print View

soggy feet is where hydropel shines imo, avoiding maceration is the goal

it's very possible that hydropel works as effectively for anti-chafing, but body glide is cheaper and does work well in that realm- so I reserve the hydropel for wet conditions


David Drake
(DavidDrake) - F

Locale: North Idaho
Re: Re: Re: Re: Hydropel = Body Glide? on 05/12/2012 09:56:36 MDT Print View


Edited by DavidDrake on 05/12/2012 10:04:33 MDT.

David Drake
(DavidDrake) - F

Locale: North Idaho
Re: Hydropel = Body Glide? on 05/12/2012 10:03:53 MDT Print View

A little off topic: like the OP, I've heard of Hydropel, but never tried it--mainly because I've never really had problems with blisters. But I have noticed discomfort when my feet get real prune-y from stream crossings--a sort of burning pain along along the wrinkles. Would Hydropel prevent that? (Or Body Glide, for that matter?)

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
"Hydropel = Body Glide? on 05/12/2012 12:05:59 MDT Print View

I just went searching for the ingredients, but drew a blank at Body Glide--its active ingredient is Allantoin (0.5%), but I couldn't find the other ingredients, except that it contains no petrolatum, lanolin or other oils and is water resistant. I don't have an original container around right now and won't be shopping until next week (ingredients are supposed to be listed on the label).

Hydropel: 30% Dimethicone; inactive ingredients are petrolatum, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate (I hope I copied that correctly!). Any chemists in the house?

I might try Hydropel to see if it works any better, although I've been quite happy with Body Glide. I've never been very happy with petrolatum-based items on my skin, though.

Bonnie's Balm Climber's Salve: "The herbs & unrefined oils we infused together are known to be antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobic & antiviral. It is 100% natural, loaded of Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, Zinc, Lethicin & Foliate Acid." (Edited later: Andrew Skurka says this stuff can double as lip balm, but it sounds as though it would act as a vitamin supplement, too! LOL!)

Edited by hikinggranny on 05/12/2012 16:16:06 MDT.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
pruny feet on 05/12/2012 14:19:56 MDT Print View

that's the exact scenario when I use Hydropel- multiple stream crossings, sustained rain or wet snow

David Drake
(DavidDrake) - F

Locale: North Idaho
Re: pruny feet on 05/12/2012 15:01:30 MDT Print View

Thanks, Mike.