Yitka Winn July 10, 2013 TWEET COMMENTS 0

5 Fixes for Bodily Trail-Run Woes

Our Favorite Things: Gear to solve your peskiest dilemmas on the trail

Trail runners don’t often shy away from discussing bodily functions on the trail, so we won’t either. When our bodies cooperate with us, things are great. When they don’t, things can spiral downhill quickly. Here are a few thoughtfully designed items to deal with some common afflictions.

1. Blisters

If our feet aren’t happy, we aren’t either. Of course, there’s the tried-and-true duct-tape method—individually wrapping each toe in tape to prevent friction between them. But when we asked readers a while back to share their methods for combating blisters, two secret weapons rose above all others.

The Fix #1: Injinji Toe Socks
$10-$15; www.injinji.com
The self-proclaimed “original performance toesock,” Injinji has been delighting trail runners’ feet for over 10 years by offering moisture-wicking fabric around each toe. We love the new Performance 2.0 line, with a more contoured fit and targeted arch support—a vast improvement over the original Injinji line.


The Fix #2: Bag Balm
$6-$10; www.bagbalm.com
This tiny box of rub-on cream reduces dry friction between toes. It smells a little funky, but then again, whose feet don’t? Many readers cited the Bag Balm + toe sock combo as the only way to keep their toes blister-free on long runs.


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