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Date Posted: 18:01:26 12/30/06 Sat
Author: Russ Spry
Subject: Re: Socks
In reply to: Raul Fuentez 's message, "Re: Socks" on 17:51:24 12/30/06 Sat

There are several 'helps' in dealing with blisters and hot spots that have been published in Backpacker Magazine lately. Here are a few I remember:

1. Layer socks. Blisters occur due to rubbing of socks against the foot. Layered socks can transfer that rub to sock vs sock rather than sock vs skin.

2. Once a hot spot is noticed, glob vaseline on the sock over the hot spot. This will also reduce friction.

3. You can dry wet socks while on the march by placing them in your pants just alongside your thigh. Body heat will dry them.

4. Your boot should be about 1/2 size bigger that you normally wear. This will allow for expansion (swelling) of your foot due to extended marching and thus reduce rubbing of tight shoes.

But nothing, and I mean nothing, can replace well broken in boots.

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