For Hell Hike And Raft 2015, Foot Kinetics provided us with samples of their HikeGoo, a blister prevention cream. This Epic Social Adventure was the perfect place to test it out, with three strenuous days of hiking up and over the Seven Devil Mountains in Idaho. Following is my gear review of this blister prevention foot cream.
Carl and Rick, the founders of Foot Kinetics, tried just about every blister prevention product on the market, creating their own when the other products couldn’t cut it. Their foot creams are supposed to be beneficial not only because they prevent blisters but also provide moisturization. The major difference between this and other companies’ products are the addition of high melting point waxes. These slow the absorption of the cream into the skin, maintaining the barrier effect for longer, thus being more effective. The wax also is beneficial in wet conditions, as the moisture can’t wash the protective cream away. All these are the purported benefits – how did HikeGoo perform?
Foot Kinetics provided us with both a large tube and single-serve packets for Hell Hike And Raft 2015. From an environmental perspective, I’m not a fan of single-use packets, finding the packaging to be too wasteful. In addition, bringing the tube meant I didn’t have to worry about running out or having to skimp. From the beginning, my plan was to use the HikeGoo at least twice a day, once in the morning and once mid-day, when I also planned to change socks – I figured this would give me the best chance of keeping my feet fresh and happy. I will say I had good socks and a very comfortable pair of lightweight hikers, so this test wasn’t conducted using footwear that was likely to cause me blisters, but of course, things happen.
Results: Since I had the large tube, I really slathered on the cream, making sure that missed spots wouldn’t become a problem. And, except for the strain of climbing and hiking up and over really difficult terrain, my feet felt fine, and no blisters or hot spots were noticed at any time. Anecdotally, no one who used the HikeGoo got blisters, while one member who used it and then missed applying it the last day ended up with raw feet. Could be coincidence, but I think not.
I’ll end this by saying that if you’re not blister prone, HikeGoo still makes hiking more comfortable and gives you serious protection for possible problems. If you ARE blister prone, this foot cream should be on your feet for every hike. Foot Kinetics also make RunGoo and WalkGoo – all three creams are formulated with a different percentage of hard vs soft waxes to perform optimally for that activity.