Saturday, November 8, 2008

New weapon in the war on blisters

I just found out about this product the other day after reading an article by the “Gear Junkie” in the Billings Gazette. He used a product called GlacierGel to treat a hot spot on his heel on a recent climb up King’s Peak in Utah.

Apparently this is a relatively new product from Adventure Medical Kits. GlacierGel’s most distinctive feature is an absorbent bubble that protects damaged skin and helps to relieve pain caused by blisters. The bubble contains 50% water which acts as a cushion against subsequent friction to the sensitive area and will stay in place for 3-4 days.

Using what Adventure Medical Kits calls "hydrogel technology", the bubble also acts to cool the blister as well. Apparently this product can also be used on burns.

Ed Visteurs, the renowned American climber who has summitted the worlds 14 highest mountains without oxygen, is a pitchman for the company. Here’s video where he discusses how to prevent and treat blisters, and how to properly use GlacierGel.



If you’re interested in any of the GlacierGel products discussed in this article or in the video, just click on one of the links below:

GlacierGel

Complete First Aid Kit for Blisters (includes GlacierGel, moleskin and antiseptic towelettes)

Moleskin


Jeff
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