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HikeGoo Blister Prevention Cream

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HikeGoo has proven to be highly effective in preventing blisters and calluses for hikers using a wax-based lubricant that prevents blisters and protects your feet from moisture.

Rick and Carl, the founders of Foot Kinetics, developed HikeGoo after trying almost every other blister prevention product available. Scientists by training and serious hikers by passion, they decided to create their own blister prevention product, a natural barrier cream made with wax, that reduces the friction that causes blisters. The wax lubricates your foot, provides a protective coating over your skin, is more effective and and lasts much longer than other blister prevention creams.

Carl and Rick, Foot Kinetics Founders
Carl and Rick, Foot Kinetics Founders

How HikeGoo Works

Blisters are caused by a combination of friction, heat and moisture. Active feet continually sweat and swell. Swelling, and moisture increase pressure points which exacerbates many types of foot problems.

The HikeGoo formulation works because it is thick and stays on the skin’s surface longer to provide a protective layer that reduces rubbing, friction, calluses and blisters on all parts of the foot. Made with hard waxes, lanolin and a balance of natural jojoba, mimosa and sunflower waxes, HikeGoo provides skin protection and foot moisturization while absorbing slowly and cleanly during the course of the activity. In wet conditions, HikeGoo integrates excess moisture to become even more effective and friction-free while still staying on the skin’s surface to provide all day protection from blisters on feet, calluses, nerve abrasion, sore feet, dry skin and cracked heels.

Disclosure: Philip Werner (SectionHiker.com) received samples from HikeGoo for this post. 

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  1. The last blister i got was last summer, during a long summer lacrosse tournament. the dreaded back of the heel took forever to heal. The medical staff did a great job of taping it up with some second skin type stuff. I had to wear sandals for a week until it cleared up enough to wear shoes.

  2. Being a hiking noob…I’m surprised I haven’t gotten more blisters. BUT, I also have Morton’s Feet and was trying out some new insoles to keep my feet happy. Well, they made my feet NOT happy on a 9 mile hike in Prince Williamson Forrest. I had a quarter sized blister that stood up about 1/4″ under my big tow near the metatarsal arch. I carefully drained it and it didn’t hurt the next day, but it did take about 2 months for the skin to grow out.

    I pinned the contest, too. :)

  3. Last time I got blisters I was breaking in a new set of hiking boots this fall. No fun at all

  4. I usually get large blisters on the balls of my foot and big toe. Last time was after 8 miles of hiking over the summer. They seem to go away after a few days out of the woods.

  5. Back in Oct. I got a blister on my big toe, left foot and the fourth toe on my right foot. That was the first time I got one one my big toe, it was most likely caused by wet socks after a stream crossing. The one on my fourth toe has been a regular occurrence and just something I’ve come to accept. They are a little painful and take a few weeks to heal. I forget about them by the next trip and remember shortly after putting my boots on at the trailhead.

  6. I just got some new hiking boots to climb Rainier this summer. They are a very rigid boot, to comply with wearing crampons. I’ve been trying to get used to them and break them in a bit so I’ve been doing many local hikes with them.
    The first week I got a blister above my heel. Still trying to figure out what sock combination will work best :-)

  7. No blisters for me but my husband got one last weekend hiking 8 miles. We are heading to Mt. Washington in July and this would be a great preventative. He is still healing from the blister last weekend

  8. I usually get a blister or two during 2 day hikes (with overnight) – something about hiking during the 2nd day that makes my feet go overboard. I carry those blister packs with me, that require cutting to size with those tiny scissors that are provided, however it’s never as fun after that, as the worry about my feet persists, and it usually takes a few days to heal.

  9. Never had a blister, but my youngest daughter gets them from time to time when she hikes long-distances. Doesn’t seem to matter what shoes/boots she wears or what brand of socks she has on. Would love to try this stuff to see if it helps her on our upcoming hike of the Camino de Santiago. She usually gets them on the tops of her toes and, sometimes, her heel.

    • It’s interesting stuff – forms this waxy barrier around your feet. Works pretty well for me!

    • I used to get blisters on the top of my foot too. Just at the point where the toe-box flexed. Turned out my shoes were too wide. Now I buy narrower, softer shoes that don’t just flex in the one place and usually wear 2 pairs of socks. And always carry spare sandals to give my feet a rest. No problems in a long while.

  10. Last blister I got was coming off hightower mtn on the A T. Actually 3 blisters on the ball of my left foot. Took over a week to heal up

  11. My big trouble spot is the back of the heel. I normally try to be proactive and tape it beforehand, which normally works. The last time it didn’t (last summer in Lassen NP), I didn’t tape it because my new shoes hadn’t seemed to be giving me any problem. I had hiked quite a ways the first 2 days with no issues including getting wet, but the third day a hot spot developed for some reason. I also had a tough time getting tape/bandaids to stay put once it did. It took about a week of babying it for it to heal up.

  12. Michael Sweredoski

    I got a blister on my heel half way through a four day trip in the Sierras. It made the next few days real painful. Even thought I had worn the shoes quite a bit a few years ago, either my foot had changed or they needed to be re-broken in. Lesson learned.

  13. Its was back in 2011 when I got my last blister. I was wearing trailrunners hiking thru a trail that consisted of numerous water crossings. I wasn’t wearing any gaiters and I didn’t take the time to stop and take care of my feet. The combination of wet feet and grit caused so much friction which ultimately caused blisters. Boy did they hurt…I had difficulty walking after the trip and it took around a week or so just to feel comfortable to walk again.

  14. The last time I got a blister was last summer when I was breaking in some new boots and didn’t pay attention to the hot spot as it was forming. Took at least a week before I was able to put socks on without a bandage covering it.

  15. we section hike the AT….just finished 500miles! and there has been a blister/s on my feet every mile of the way. i rotate between duct tape, mole skin, toe socks, sock liners, new boots, jacob tree healing ointment, triple ab ointment, bandaids, oh it’s endless and still get blisters. i believe my feet may have structural issues and i am just prone to the nasty lil’creatures. now my husband has not had a blister yet….i do envy him for that!!

    how long do they last you ask….let’s see how many steps does it take to hike 500 miles! and then you have to get into your work shoes. too long….that’s how long!

    any hoot…i would be willing to give your product a go round! thanks

  16. The last time I got a blister was last summer,i didn’t pay attention to the hot spot as it was forming.
    it took around 2 days to feel comfortable to walk again.

  17. The last blister I got was a couple months ago. My brother in law and I were on a motorcycle/hiking expedition and we rode motorcycles down some really gnarly roads at Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas and then hiked about seven or eight miles round trip through a canyon that cut across the Solitario mountain range. Since my trail runners can’t handle motorcycling, I used a retired pair of leather hiking boots that had taken me to the bottom of the Grand Canyon a few years ago. I wore two pair of thick socks, which made the boots too tight for me. I developed a hot spot about midway through the hike and took one pair of socks off. I still got a nasty blister, which took quite a few weeks to heal.

  18. I was stupid and did not think I needed socks for a 10 min walk to the store in my hiking boots… Well I was wrong. HORRIBLE blister on my heal. It took a good week for it to not be tender

  19. Last time I got a blister was when I hiked down the choro trail in a pair of trail runners. They had a bad foot box and adding to that it was a constant descent. I ended up taping most of my feet in leukotape and switching to my powerdrains. I did the whole rest of the trip in them without any more problems. It took my feet well over a week to recover.

  20. Last time I got a blister, it was between my index finger and a bass string. Yowzaa blud blister. +2 weeks to mend.

  21. Last blister was on the inside of my foot near the ball of the foot from playing basketball. About 2 weeks to heel. Fortunately my hiking boots are nicely broken in so haven’t had any in a while from them.

  22. I’m a bad customer in having well behaved feet. Last time I got any blisters worth mentioning
    was on the end of a week long military excercise with foot marches every night and other activities during daytime. I got some big ones under the balls of the foot and smaller ones under the heel. I emptied them and was able to continue but it still hurt some.
    It most of it healed ok in a week if I remember correctly.

    It’s usually under the ball of the foot that I get sore, especially by the big toe. I’ve had some soreness at the back of the heel but not too bad.
    Usually I manage quite well by keeping my feet dry with inner socks of CoolMax and outer socks of wool.

    Best tip for taking care of your feet: Walk swedish army style, rest 5 minutes after an hours walk, and take your boots off! Check your feet and air them out. Change socks and insoles when they have absorbed enough moisture, which is one of their functions.

  23. Having broke my right foot & ankle 3 times, I now constantly get blisters…. it is simply a part of hiking now for me. If your product works, I would be happy to stand on roof-tops announcing to the world that your product works!

  24. Hiking the PCT last spring I developed a large blister under the ball of my left foot. Hurt like anything to step on it but step I did. I would love to try out your new product!

  25. I had blisters covering my feet during a 12 day backpack on the Coast to Coast Walk in England. Wish I’d had some Hikegoo then.

  26. I tended to get pressure blisters when hiking the AT in 2009. I only get blisters when doing long term backpacking. Finally resorted to Injinjis. They worked well.

  27. Last winter going to a 10th Mountain hut near Vail. My telemark boot rubbed me the wrong way for too long!!! Slight blister on the back of the arch. Took about 10 days to heal. The duct tape method failed.

  28. Last summer hiking from Aspen to Crested Butte to Aspen. Back of the heel. Duct tape failed; second skin failed; bandaids failed. Finally put some mole skin on and it got me through. But would love something better.

  29. Developed a major blister descending from the Chagoopa Plateau to the Kern River on the High Sierra Trail. The sandy trail along the Kern supplied the final blistering friction.

  30. Last August in the Flat Tops Wilderness. Took a couple weeks.

  31. The last major blistering was in the summer of 2009 when in the middle of a 9 day deep wilderness traverse in the Rockies between Banff and Jasper. The forth day was nothing but rain, fog and cold. Feet got entirely wet and large blisters on both ankles developed. Took 2 weeks to heal and 1 year for ankle bones to not be tender.

  32. Last time I got a blister was on my backpacking trip in kings canyon,ca last summer. My friends jump in a lake from a ledge. The gopro didn’t record so they decided to go again. Upon jumping in the freezing later their legs cramped. I went over to the edge of the slick granite floor to help them out and slipped in because of their splashing. I ended up with wet shoes and nasty blisters by the end of the day :/