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Backcountry blister? Any tips

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Andy Breaking Trail, Aug 4, 2015.

  1. Andy Breaking Trail

    Andy Breaking Trail Early Days

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    I have moulded inners for my Boots. Got them done by the best boot fitter in Europe apparently and fine when light touring. However feet get butchered with heavy pack. Tried taping, different socks, but just cant handle a pack.

    Any tips for painless BC ski touring??
     
  2. Angus_McCrory

    Angus_McCrory Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Tape, blister blocker, lighter pack.............

    If your boots have a buckle that goes over the ankle, make sure not loose when in uphill mode to reduce friction.
     
  3. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    Sometimes it's just a case of putting in the steps and hardening the feet.

    There's always movement when touring. If you're releasing your top buckles, ensure your bottom buckles are holding your foot sufficiently or as Angus says try keeping your top buckles done up or loosening your top buckles slightly.
     
  4. Belly

    Belly A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Brian Wilson has this, just another vote for lots of tape methinks
     
  5. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    How do you tape @Andy Breaking Trail ?
    I get a bit weird on taping these days as it can sometimes make it worse if the tape folds or peels. Good tape, well cut, corners rounded, smoothed well flat on stretched skin, thin socks.

    You could try gurney goo or a similar product as well.
     
  6. NeckDeep

    NeckDeep Hard Yards

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    Knowing the trouble spots in advance, then throwing on the Moleskin works for me.
     
  7. Bloke

    Bloke One of Us

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    Have had plenty of issues with my boots and blisters. Agree with climberman - taping carefully, and before setting out usually does the job for me. If that doesn't work, I've also found the compeed blister patches to be highly effective (though a bit pricey). Also agree that it helps to have the buckles that hold your foot down done up a bit (though for me I still have them a little looser than when I ski).

    Plus what DPS driver said - allow at least 7 days hard use, maybe more before they start to feel worn in. And thin socks!

    PS, the best boot footer in Europe, and you're still getting blisters?? :p
     
  8. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Blister Block. Pre-emptive. From the chemist.

    Blisters are from friction. You can mess around with tape or twin liner sox with Vaseline btwn @ the hot spot.
     
  9. weerab

    weerab One of Us

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    I started getting blisters last week after about half an hour, the problem is the foot moving within the boot. It,s always in the inner ankle area.

    I applied gel pads to the area then made sure the boots were quite tight and I was fine. The pads are available at Coles or Chemists, the ones I use are Compeed but there are different brands. they are magic!

    I always get problems with my Garmont Excursions not so much with leather boots.

    if that doesn't work a young Canadian skier I met at Falls recommended peeing on my feet, apparently ice hockey guys do that. I should just say that she was suggesting I pee on my feet, she was not offering!
     
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  10. brett gordon

    brett gordon Addicted Ski Pass: Gold

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    use fixomull to tape with. used it on the oxfam 100km walk with no issues. is soft pliable and molds well to the feet
     
  11. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Compeed ftmfw.

    CG had pretty bad blisters from her new touring boots in Europe, Compeed did the trick.
     
  12. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Keep boots done up all the time works for me.

    Added benefit - faster transitions.
     
  13. Untele-whippet

    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    Got a hot tip to use thin ladies silk socks under your normal socks and have had no issues fro the last 3 tours. or tape them up. Problem is you will never break your feet in if you keep using the tape.
     
  15. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Lots, and lots, and then some more

    drugs.

    I have had a few nasty boots. the first pair that wrecked me were my first plakkies, the Terminator. Took two years of gritting my teeth and taping, then I got 10 years of such comfort, I once hiked 16kms to the snow in them! Then they broke, and it started again. the next pair I just gave up on. On one trip they ripped me apart, I had to modify some shoes for work, as I couldnt wear anything for a couple of weeks after, it was waaay beyond blister stage.

    All the advice above is good, you kind of work out what works for you, but if you only wear them occasionally, you will not callous up, and taping etc is the only way to go.
     
  16. zac150

    zac150 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    When you say different socks can you elaborate? Are they different brands or different thickness?

    Do you wear orthotics normally? Did your boot fitter creat a footbed for you?

    I ask these questions as the fact the blisters only effect when touring suggests that either you are working harder when carrying a pack (not rocket science I know) which could mean either the extra weight of your pack makes your foot sit differently I.e go flat. As an example my wife's foot is half a size larger when standing. Foot beds will fix this.

    The sock query is due to sweat. Sweat provides a crystal or abrasive element to rub causing blisters. I ski in long socks but tour in short socks (allow heat to escape). I use the same principle bushwalking, my socks only just go over boots.

    These may not work for all but are worth trying.
     
  17. weerab

    weerab One of Us

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    I have just come back from a couple of days at Mt St Gwinear in Vic, skied about 8 hours over the two days. I started getting blisters at Baw Baw last week and applied Compeed gel pads. Anyway over a week later the pads are still attached, yes and I have had heaps of showers.

    So after two days at Gwinear the pads are still attached and I have had no signs of any blisters. Boots were done up firmly but not too tight. Finally peeled the pads off today after nine days on!
     
  18. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah, the Compeed Blister Blocks are good gear.
    But if you know where blisters are likely to form then taping is a simple preventive measure.
     
  19. markeaust

    markeaust Hard Yards

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    I used to get blisters on the back of my heels, even with the old leather boots. A simple solution was 'safeway bags' folded a few times and used under the heel and stretching up towards the achilles. That solved my problem simply and cheaply. If your blisters develop in a place where this remedy is possible, it's worth a try.

    Cheers,

    Mark
     
  20. Donza

    Donza Pool Room

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    Duct tape.