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Backpacker Magazine – October 2008
Adventure racing isn't for those without high pain thresholds, but here's three ways to cut down on the inevitable hurt.
Your Toes & Heels
Finally, a blister dressing that sticks for a few days. Adventure Medical Kits's GlacierGel patches got us through a spring of breaking in new boots, working equally well at prevention and treatment. The oblong bandages seal to your skin without the gaps or corners that can hasten peeling, and the breathable plastic lets excess sweat and pus seep out, reducing the slipperiness that loosens other dressings. Placed atop a hot spot or blister, the gel bubble disperses friction and pressure much more effectively–and for days longer–than a piece of moleskin. Because it adheres so well, we also got less dirt in the wound, and less tearing, which speeds healing. Bring extras if your trip has lots of stream crossings; repeated soakings loosen them. $10 per six-pack (three small patches for toes, three large ones for heels); adventuremedicalkits.com. Reader Service #120