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No More Blistered Hands!


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The main cause of blisters on your hands is a mixture of sweat or moisture inside your glove and friction! Sometimes you can't really help getting your hands wet, but you can take some preventative measures before you ride to prevent blisters from sweat.

Buy some ANTI-PERSPIRANT (extra dry by Arid works great) and before you put your gloves on, spray on the "AP" to both hands liberally and rub your hands together until it soaks in and dries. When your hands feel powdery, it's time to slip on your gloves and hit the trail. :thumbsup:

For added protection, you can spray the outside of your gloves with Scotch Guard or other brand of water repellant to help ward off splashes from puddles.

If this doesn't cut it for you, you'll need to take go to the next level and tape your hands. To do this, you'll need:

- 1" and 1/2" waterproof adhesive tape (white Johnson & Johnson is good).
- Package of Dr. Scholls Moleskin Padding.

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Before you do anything, thoroughly wash your hands so that the tape has maximum adhesion.

Trim the Moleskin to the appropriate size to cover the areas where you tend to get blisters. Use the 1/2" tape to secure the Moleskin pads to the areas in question.

For the pads of skin right below each finger, the 1/2" tape should start on the Moleskin pad, wrap abound the corresponding finger then back across the same Moleskin pad. When done properly, the two ends of the tape should cross each other (make an "X" as they pass over the Moleskin pad. Repeat for each finger necessary.

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Now, take the 1" tape and wrap your hand. Open your hand fully and wrap it with 3-4 courses, with each course overlapping the first about 2/3rds. The first course should start just below where your index and pinkey fingers meet the palm of your hand and the final course should end just a little before where your thumb and index finger meet.

Lastly, make a fist a few times, note the areas where the tape is too tight and cut a small slit in that area. Most of the time we're talking not more than a 1/2" scissor cut.

While the wrap my feel a little uncomfy at first, you'll forget about the tape as soon as you get out on the track or trail and your hands will thanks you later... :devil:

Another option is to pick up set of neoprene Palm Protectors. They're sold in pairs, less labor intensive to use (just put them on) and provide more hand coverage.

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Have other ideas/suggestions? Post them below! We're sure these methods aren't the only ones out there.


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I have the Palm Savers (a similar product, made by Seal Savers), and they are amazing!  I haven't personally tried the Palm Protectors, but my riding buddy uses them (after hearing me rave about mine), and he's had only good things to say.  I've never had a problem with blisters between my thumb and first finger, only the calluses at the base of my fingers; if you do, the Palm Protector might be better for coverage in that area, but for me I think I like the fact that the Palm Savers are a little less bulky, but like I said, I haven't tried them, so maybe I wouldn't even notice it.

 

In any case, forget tape, these things are where it's at!  For the cost of the two rolls of tape and moleskin listed above, they'll last you waaay longer.  I've had mine for two or three seasons, and they're just starting to get a bit haggard.  Plus they only take a couple of seconds to put on, and you're ready to go, and you can just take them off when you're stopped.

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Risk Racing Palm Protectors are the way to go for sure!  I've tried the SealSaver Palmsavers and they moved around on my hand more than I liked.  There are only two finger holes on the SealSavers Palmsavers.  The Risk Racing Palm Protectors have all 5 finger holes to help prevent the protectors from shifting around.  Over the past few race seasons I've learned that the best way to keep my palm protectors lasting as long as possible is to wear proper fitting gloves and to only ever hand wash them between rides, never machine wash them. I have raced over 50 hare scrambles using Risk Racing's Palm Protectors and I have never gotten a blister since I started using them. I used to suffer terribly for torn up hands and tried other "blister prevention" systems and none of them worked. Bottom line, the Risk Racing Palm Protectors is the only product that works for me and if you suffer from blistered race hands, I would very highly recommend giving them a try. At $8/set, it's a small price to pay to keep your hands blister free. I can normally get around four to six 2 hr hare scrambles per set!

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 I've been using underarm deodorant for over 30 years. I first started using it for playing foosball to keep the sweat from making the handles all slippery. It worked pretty good for that so I started using it on my hands for dirt bike riding. I use the stick kind instead of the spray type mentioned above but it's the same principal. Rub it on your hands and then rub your hands together well and you're ready.

 Now here's another tip. I have a separate stick for monkey butt. Ah - don't judge. Just shower first and don't get your sticks mixed up (I put a huge XX on the monkey butt stick so there is no question).

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Tight (proper) fitting gloves. Your hand should form a natural "C" when you have on the proper size. I never get blisters, even riding in our outrageously hot and humid South. But I'm also a light touch on the bars.

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Well, we  (6 other buddies) have tried the risk Palm Protectors for A 5 days ride in Costa Rica, and the only blisters some of us got were... on the heel ! We did not think it could be that efficient, as we are not used to ride 6 hours per day during 5 days.

For sure better than the tape we already tried.

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The palm protectors are a pretty good product for a good price. However, in long, fast, races, they do nothing for you. I've actually got even worse blisters wearing them!

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