by Diane Spicer
This WURU Wool review was entirely my idea.
Because blister prevention for hikers is a hugely big deal.
And although I know that duct tape and moleskin will work on hot spots, I'm open to a new approach to head off a blister.
WURU Wool Company provided samples of their product for trail testing.
Hiking For Her is responsible for the opinions and photos you see here.
There is no affiliate relationship between WURU Wool and Hiking For Her.
As always, the straightforward intent is to put something new to the test and report on how it works, so you can make an informed decision.
The company website states: "It's important to protect your feet, and walk away from discomfort."
All of us hikers agree!! Tell us more!
Each package of 100% New Zealand wool has been cleaned and fluffed up, put into a re-sealable package, and is ready to put into action.
Pretty simple, huh?
One package contains .75 ounces (21 grams) of wool, an inert material which will last for many hiking seasons.
Pull off a chunk of this soft wool and place it on your skin wherever you feel a hot spot, irritation, or other feedback from your feet.
The wool "sticks" in place, so there is no need to carry any adhesives or tape.
You'll have to be a bit careful to pull your sock over the wool without disrupting its location, but that's the last time you'll even think about this wool on your skin.
The natural fibers will grab onto your sock fibers, holding this little "patch" in place.
Sheep get rain soaked all the time and stay happy, so this wool will keep working on your wet skin, too.
And when you're through with your hike, the wool will peel off easily.
Be proactive for great foot care:
Please take the time to STOP and apply some WURU wool if you feel that ominous sensation of heat, pressure and "uh oh" during your hike.
If you don't, you'll toss yourself into the unwanted blister treatment zone.
I carry a metal water bottle with duct tape wound around it, for taping over hot spots as well as making gear repairs in the field.
Because I've used duct tape on hot spots before, I can share a few down sides:
For these reasons, if there's a better way to protect a hot spot, I'm all for it.
Let's find out.
On the package you'll see a tempting list of the benefits you may receive when you apply a bit of this wool to your hot spots:
Notice that we're going for prevention here.
A blister forms because of heat, friction and moisture, and may result from pressure on one particular area due to a poorly fitted boot or improper lacing techniques.
Looks like this wool will short circuit the "blister creation loop" in all of the important ways.
Based on my field trials inside heavy winter boots in the snowy month of February, it really can deliver what it promises.
I liked the cushion it provided on the tops of my feet, on some little bony bumps that have formed over the years and cause soreness.
Weaving the wool between the toes was also nice because it mopped up sweat and prevented the toes from rubbing together inside my sweaty socks.
I don't normally get blisters on my heels or soles so I didn't test those areas, but there's no reason to believe that the results won't be the same.
Our feet have different pressure points and hot spots, but we both know that blisters suck.
The cost at the time of this WURU wool review is $9.95US, and as mentioned, it will last a long time and will weigh nothing in your backpack.
I want to point out something that might be almost too obvious to mention, but here it is:
This woolly fleece should not be applied to an already formed blister which is either in danger of popping, or has already opened up.
Use WURU Wool for blister prevention, not blister treatment.
The package also mentions that you should discard this wool after one application.
I'm wondering if one might push this a bit on a multi day backpacking trip, rinsing out the sweat and grit each evening and air drying the fleece.
I predict the lanolin will hang around through this type of treatment, and continue to deliver moisture absorption and cushioning.
Because hikers love to pack gear that does at least double, if not triple duty, here are a few other uses I'm going to try with my wool:
Use your imagination!!
Tip: Let the kids (or your trail buddy) create cute little sheep puppets with stick legs if you're trapped inside the tent for days at a time.
Bonus points: Act out your favorite Shaun The Sheep episodes ;)
The name is a respectful nod to the Maori people, native to New Zealand, and also refers to their language.
Two things to note:
1. Don't be fooled by the .75 oz. weight. There is a lot of fleece inside each package.
Share freely with your friends and family who may not hike with you, but are active in other outdoor sports & hobbies which require careful foot maintenance (skiers, dancers and runners come to mind).
2. This product couldn't be easier to use for blister prevention, with a greener footprint than duct tape.
3. If you're looking for an option to pad your hiking boots or socks (hikers with narrow feet, I'm lookin' at you), wrap some of this stuff in non-slip fabric and stuff away.
Give this fluffy wool a try, and let me know how it goes!
If you purchase your WURU wool through this link, Hiking For Her as an Amazon affiliate will receive a small percentage of your purchase price but you pay nothing extra.
More great foot care tips for you:
Happy feet make happy hikers, so invest in some foot
care strategies and smile through every mile
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