Leukotape Blister Prevention Tape for Running and Hiking


Leukotape Sports Tape is a sticky blister prevention tape with a strong zinc oxide adhesive that won’t come off, even in very wet conditions. It’s also highly breathable, so it can be safely worn by runners and backpackers for several days at a time. It’s best used as a preventative barrier over potential hot spots, especially when you’re breaking in a new pair of running shoes, hiking boots, or are starting an exercise program. Leukotape is not intended for use on pre-existing blisters, however, because the adhesive can pull off loose and broken skin.

Leukotape Blister Prevention Tape

Sticky Adhesive
Ease of Use
Shelf Life

Strong Adhesive Sports Tape

Leukotape is a sticky, breathable sports tape used for barrier taping to prevent blisters, that won't come off, even in very wet conditions. Use it to prevent hot spots when running, hiking, and backpacking or breaking in new shoes and boots.

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Priced under $10/roll, Leukotape is much less expensive and more effective than other blister prevention tape products like moleskin or duct tape. It’s also very different from Kinesotape products like KT Tape or Rocktape, because it’s non-elastic and has no stretch to it. Leukotape’s non-stretch quality makes it ideal for joint immobilization and it’s used widely for patellofemoral taping and therapeutic shoulder realignment.

Although Leukotape is sticky, it’s quite easy to pull off by hand and won’t tear healthy skin off when you remove it. Some people also coat their feet using Tincture of Benzoin before applying Leukotape to make their skin even stickier, but I haven’t found that to be necessary and just use the tape by itself.

Cut the strips into 3-4 inch strips, that you could use to cover your heels
Cut the tape into 3-4 inch strips, that you could use to cover your heels or other hotspots

How to Use

It’s awkward to carry a bulky roll of Leukotape, so most people carry strips of it stuck to release paper, the shiny paper that adhesive mailing labels come on. To make your own, run a few lengths of Leukotape across the paper. Then cut it into strips and carry them in a sandwich bag. They’ll remain sticky in that form for 1 year.

If you always develop blisters in the same place when running or hiking, pre-tape your feet with Leukotape. Trim a strip with scissors by rounding the edges at the corners. This reduces the chance of catching a corner and bunching the tape or peeling it off on clothing.


Apply it to the hot spot and rub it gently with your finger to warm it up and help the adhesive set. It’s best to apply several hours before exercise if possible to get a really tight bond, but not strictly necessary. I’ve often applied it while hiking and then resumed my trip without mishap.

Notes on Use

Many companies sell Leukotape with natural latex in their formulation. Make sure to check the product contents carefully if you are allergic to it. If the Leukotape adhesive gums up your socks, medical adhesive remover is all you need to dissolve it.

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  1. The rolls store better if kept in a metal tin.

  2. Best stuff ever, worked great for me. Didn’t come off or bunch up under my socks. Followed the directions above for pre cut sizes and slipped them in a sandwich bag. Easy and quick to use.

  3. “It’s awkward to carry a bulky roll of Leukotape, so most people carry strips of it stuck to release paper, the shiny paper that adhesive mailing labels come on.”

    Okay, where do I find “release paper”? Would wax paper do? I like the idea of carrying a few pre-shaped pieces.

    • wax paper doesn’t work.
      The stuff you want is on the back of adhesive mailing labels. Go into any UPS or Fedex store and ask for some. They have sheets of the stuff that they usually throw away.

  4. I’ve used Leukotape for years and when backpacking pre-tape for prevention. I like your tip about pre-cutting and placing on the shiny paper. Will try that, my tape rolls will last longer. Thanks for sharing

  5. My high school cross country coach used to spray tuf-skin and let it dry. Not tape needed. Another thing he had us do was to take a dry bar of soap and rub the inside of our socks. Granted we were only running for about half an hour. This might become interesting if walking for hours in soggy conditions, although it might actually help with washing your socks at the end of the day!

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