Buckle setup to prevent blisters

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  • #61764

    Hi guys,

    Sizing and fitting of ski mountaineering boots aside, what is your buckle setup to prevent blisters?


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    Jim Prager on #62017

    Hi Dada,

    I ski with a Scarpa F1 that doesn’t have traditional buckles. However, I wanted to suggest checking out ENGO Blister Patches (https://goengo.com/). They go on the footbed or boot liner to reduce friction in areas where your foot slides a little. My wife discovered them while thru-hiking, and they changed my world.

    Hope that helps,

    Dada on #62038

    Hi Jim,

    Thx, I ordered the patches 🙂 can’t wait to try them.


    Scott Johnston on #62049

    Here is my favorite blister prevention method. Works very well in warmer weather or if your feet sweat a lot.

    Buy a few pair of lady’s knee high nylon stockings. You know, the kind some grandmas wear. They’re very cheap and very light so you can carry extras for multi day tours.

    Wear them over a light liner sock and under your normal ski sock. all the slippage occurs between the nylon and outer sock.

    I hope this helps.

    Dada on #62059

    Hi Scott,

    Thx for the advice! I tried Wrightsocks already (the double-layered sock with a thin inner sock and a merino outside sock, see picture). It was better though but after 600 vertical meters the same mess. I returned my new boots already and go to the next bootfitter today.

    Fingers crossed.


    Dada on #62060

    Picture too large 🙁

    brianbauer on #62164

    I recently saw these talked about on another ski forum. people seem to like them


    NE Rando Race Series on #62214

    Leukotape is just magical for this purpose:

    Apply the night before for maximum stickum.
    Then leave on for days at a time.
    (Yes, with showering in between too!)

    Dada on #62234

    Thank you very much guys!

    Don’t get me wrong, I really appreciate the recommendations here (Ezfit, Tape, doubled up socks) but in my opinion, those are just cures for non-fitting boots. The boot is not in the right size or the boot does not fit your foot.

    I used to do all these tricks when I had the wrong boot. After I found the right boot, no blisters and no tricks required anymore. My boots got old though, and I need new ones. My last model had an instep ratchet which kept my foot in position (despite all other buckles open). Problem is, other boots do not have those ratchets and I’m just not familiar which buckles setup for a 4 buckle boot is the one which comes close to the instep ratchet.


    hafjell on #62263

    NERRS, how does the Leukotape work in the field as blisters are forming or have formed?

    Aaron on #62269

    Blisters where on your foot? And which buckles do you think problematic? E.g. My heels blisters were improved by adding more volume to the foot board heel. One foam pad ~2/3 of board, and 2nd layer just under heel.

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