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Is there a consensus on a good hydropel replacement?
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Loki Cuthbert

Locale: Portland, OR
Is there a consensus on a good hydropel replacement? on 08/22/2013 00:24:49 MDT Print View

I've read through this thread
and was wondering what people are using to replace hydropel. I've tried body glide and it worked ok I made it 5 days w/o blisters, but got one on day 6. Is Sportslick supposed to be comparable to hydropel? Did many people end up going with gourneygoo?


Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
Is there a consensus on a good hydropel replacement? on 08/22/2013 01:35:01 MDT Print View

Happy with GurneyGoo.

Edited for spelling.

Edited by jephoto on 08/22/2013 01:35:48 MDT.

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Is there a consensus on anything in UL BPing? on 08/22/2013 07:33:59 MDT Print View

I use Lanacane anti-chafe.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Is there a consensus on anything in UL BPing? on 08/22/2013 07:35:58 MDT Print View

I'd say the previous two posts would point to ............ no.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Is there a consensus on a good hydropel replacement? on 08/22/2013 07:52:38 MDT Print View

What is the purpose of these chemicals? Blisters? Chaffing?

To prevent blisters on my feet I wear socks.

To prevent chaffing I cut the liner out of my hiking shorts. If wearing trousers in humid places I wear Ex Officio boxer briefs.

More thoughts on chaffing

Richard May
(richardmay) - M

Locale: Swamplands.
water barrier on 08/22/2013 08:35:42 MDT Print View

The main reason for using hydropel on the feet was as a water barrier, particularly in wet weather. It prevented skin from becoming water logged and nipped problems like maceration and blisters at the bud.

Even with hydropel good foot care practices are important like socks, proper fitting shoes, well groomed nails, keeping calouses from getting too big, etc.

edited: Wanted to make this more feet specific. Nicks' points above, and in the article, about problems in the groin area are very good.

Edited by richardmay on 08/22/2013 11:07:58 MDT.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: Mind your own business
Re: Is there a consensus on a good hydropel replacement? on 08/22/2013 10:03:21 MDT Print View

another gurney goo user, luckily have only had to use it once so far.

Kathleen B

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Is there a consensus on a good hydropel replacement? on 08/22/2013 14:08:26 MDT Print View

You might try Aveeno skin relief healing ointment. Its active ingredient is 54% petrolatum, the main inactive ingredient in Hydropel. It's almost as thick as Hydropel and works quite well, although it doesn't have dimethicone in it like Hydropel did. And by golly, it's dermatologist recommended!


Stephen Murphy
(sjtm) - F
Hydropel alternative on 08/22/2013 20:16:29 MDT Print View

Bodyglide Skin Glide Anti-Friction Liquified Powder

Michael Ray
(topshot) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Re: Hydropel alternative on 08/22/2013 20:34:52 MDT Print View

Body Glide Liquified Powder. Exact same ingredient percentages at Hydropel AFAIK.

Derek M.
(dmusashe) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Hydropel alternative on 08/23/2013 01:47:57 MDT Print View

+1 on Body Glide Liquified Powder

michael mercer

Locale: Northern Virginia
Body Glide Liquified Powder on 02/21/2014 15:54:47 MST Print View

Well more bad news. The Body Glide Liquified Powder has been updated and has removed the dimethicone. I had a chance to talk directly to the president of Body Glide. He said the old version had the blue label with the image of a foot and rain drops. That version of the "Liquified Powder" product had 5% dimethicone and 30% talc. The new version is just called Skin Glide although the words "Liquified Powder" do appear on the back of the tube. The on-line vendors have a mix of images of both the old and new versions but you will only get the new version. Stock of the old version appears to be completely gone. The only product I could find that still has dimethicone is the 3M Cavilon "Durable Barrier Cream." It has 1.3% dimethicone as the active ingredient. 3M's Cavilon website (noted somewhere in the BPL threads) has an interesting paper that discusses the percentage of dimethicone. For those that remember, our favorite Hydropel had 30% dimethicone. The 3M product has a version that comes in very convenient 2g individual packets (reference number 3353).

Bottom line is I don't know which product works as well as Hydropel but will be trying all of them shortly. Will post the results. My 16 year old son is a lower leg amputee. He wears a silicon gel sleeve as part of his prosthetic and has chronic issues with sweat and friction blisters. Should be an extreme test for all of these products. Hydropel worked. Will see how the others do as he gets ready for Philmont.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Body Glide Liquified Powder on 02/21/2014 17:20:20 MST Print View

It must have happened last fall. See thread.

Edited by jshann on 02/22/2014 07:49:20 MST.

Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - F

Locale: Southeast
Re: Re: Body Glide Liquified Powder on 02/22/2014 07:16:55 MST Print View

Here are a few moisture barrier creams I researched a while back. They all have 5% dimethicone which seems to be the going rate for everything except Hydropel which had 6x that amount. The other ingredients like aloe, zinc oxide, and petrolatum in these creams vary. Kind of forgot and never ordered any. If the "liquefied powder" was a good substitute these may also be.

-Coloplast Baza Protect Skin Protectant Cream
-Thera Dimethicone Body Shield Skin Protectant
-Remedy Dimethicone Skin Protectant
-Secura Dimethicone Skin Protectant


Andy F
(AndyF) - M

Locale: Midwest/Midatlantic
Re: Is there a consensus on a good hydropel replacement? on 02/22/2014 13:21:17 MST Print View

I use Aveeno Daily Moisturizing lotion on my feet. It has dimethicone.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
2 Toms Sportshield 10 Packet on 02/22/2014 14:10:08 MST Print View

These saved my butt (well actually my inner thighs) last summer.

One of the packets lasted for an entire week long trip.

First ingredient on label is dimethicone. Very slippery. Feels like silnylon.