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WHY WE CREATED BLIST-O-BAN
Simple, we wanted a better product than what was currently available. Generic bandages, moleskin, roll-ons, and sprays didn't work for us. So we decided a new approach was needed, one that addressed the very cause of blisters: friction and shear forces on the skin. Blist-O-Ban was the result.
Blist-O-Ban was invented by our own Dr. Sam Scheinberg and Adrian Polliack, Ph.D. Sam, an orthopedic surgeon and inventor of the SAM Splint, inspired a complete rethinking of blister prevention and management. Adrian incorporated his expertise on shear and friction to help produce a unique, innovative new approach to blister care.
HELPS PREVENT BLISTERS AND HOT SPOTS BEFORE THEY START
The science behind Blist-O-Ban is its patented dome that glides smoothly in all directions, deflecting friction and shear forces away from the skin. Place the ultra-thin Blist-O-Ban over any blisters, hotspots, or injury prone areas.
HOW BLIST-O-BAN WORKS
When a force is applied to the skin, the central dome collapses and produces a gliding movement, effectively redirecting the pressure vector away from the protected area. If movement exceeds the distance the dome can glide, the low friction polyurethane material will reduce friction experienced over the affected area. The area under the central dome will also experience less mechanical trauma, providing relief during use.
BENEFITS AND FEATURES
IMPROVEMENTS FOR SUMMER 2011
We strengthened the adhesion properties for a longer lasting
bandage and we upgraded the bandage material allowing:
greater elasticity (for greater comfort, adhesion and durability).
Dressing Size: 2.6 in x 1.5 in (6.8 cm x 3.8 cm). Dressing Dome Size (diameter): 0.9 in (2.29 cm)
Made in USA
US Patent 5,899,207; 6,067,987; 7,087,806; 7,479,577; Australia Patent 738467; Canada Patent 2,323,426; China Patent ZL200480029227.3; EPO Patent 1063952; 1660000; Mexico Patent 230175; Japan Patent 4611980
Blist-O-Ban Fact Sheet
Blist-O-Ban Marketing Text
Reducing Skin Shear and Friction Forces For Orthotic and Prosthetic Users. Development Of The Bursatek Concept.
Efficacy of a New Blister Prevention Plaster Under Tropical Conditions
Field Efficacy of BursaTek® in 100 MS Walk Participants
Journal of Special Operations Medicine (Winter 2010) In Use and Survival Medical Kits
Beginner Triathlete (December 2009) Blist-O-Ban Product Review
Sierra Club Trails (November 2009) Anatomy of a blister
Runners World (November 2009) Extra Help Accessories
eWorld of Trees (May 2009) Emergency First Aid Kits for Arborists and Loggers
The Arizona Republic (January 2009) Simple to elaborate: Cards won't give up their pregame rituals
New York Times (May 22, 2008) Gear Test: Blister Remedies
JEMS (April 2008) Hands On: Product Reviews from Street Crews
I.D. Magazine (July/August 2005) 51st Annual Design Review
"I just want to tell you that Blist-O-Ban is a life-saving product for those of us who run! Last weekend I completed the Seattle Marathon with NO BLISTERS!! I have NEVER before been able to complete a running event without developing painful blisters on both feet around my toes. At the end of every event I have always suffered from blisters and sore feet for days afterwards but NO MORE! Your knowledgeable and helpful staff at the Expo booth were very friendly and applied the product to both feet at no charge and clearly explained how the product works and how to care for my toes. I wish I had bought a box right then and there. You can bet I will never run another event without using this product! Thank you from the bottom of my feet!"
"After dealing with blisters and hot spots all during my training for the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon the last four or so months, finding Blist-O-Ban solved my problems! ...At the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon this past weekend, I stopped by the Blist-O-Ban booth at the expo and was impressed with the demonstration of how the bans work. So, I bought some of the large size ones for the bottom of my feet. The bans stayed on during the 13.1 mile walk, I didn't feel them, they did not slide, I did not feel any burning (which would normally begin around mile 6 or 7) and did not develop any blisters or tender spots. It was truly a miracle! Thanks so much and I will promote your product to anyone I know with blister issues!"
"As an avid backpacker, I must tell you that in the past 15 years of backpacking, I have tried numerous pairs of expensive boots, hundreds of different socks, sock liners,...and any other miracle product I could find to prevent blisters. Yet, EVERY time I went, I would get blisters- the big bleeding, takes months to heal kind of blisters. Apparently my heel is more narrow than the rest of my foot, therefore causing friction on the heel. On a lark I decided I would try yet another "blister preventer" called blistoban. Before I started on a section hike of the Appalachian trail I placed a blistoban on each of my heels, and each morning put a new one on- I did not even get a hot spot on my 50 mile hike!!! As a nurse practitioner I understand the science behind the product, but as a backpacker all I recognize are RESULTS. Thanks so much- a fan for life,"
"Wanted to tell you that I used Blist-O-Ban yesterday at the Capital City Half Marathon in Columbus, OH to prevent my usual blisters/hot spots. The weather was terrible-windy, snow, sleet and rain. By the time I finished I was cold and soaked to the skin-but NO BLISTERS. I plan to use Blist-O-Ban on all my long walks/runs from now on!"
"This is my love letter to a product...Blist-O-Ban. I am 61 years old. I've run very little in my life. But last December, when I was laid off from my job, I decided to go for something way outside of my definition of what I can do. So I joined the AIDS Marathon training group and trained for the San Francisco Marathon. The training was challenging but one of the worst parts was the discovery that I form really bad blisters really easily. This began a search for the ideal blister prevention system. After much experimentation, I settled on Spenco Second Skin. It wasn't perfect because it didn't last for the long runs but it was the best I could do. And it was my plan to use it during the marathon.
During the expo, the day before the marathon, I came upon your booth. The woman demonstrated Blist-O-Ban and by the end of our conversation I decided to do what is not usually recommended-I bought some for the marathon the next day. So the morning of the marathon, I used Blist-O-Ban and Second Skin, half and half. About half way through the run, the Second Skin gave out and I replaced it with Blist-O-Ban products and...at the end of the marathon, I had no blisters!! This was really a miracle. So this is my way of saying thank you to you all for making such a wonderful product."
"6 year old daughter-big nasty blister day one (to the point that the skin tore, etc.). Day two, 2 ½ mile family hike....Cleaned the wound and applied the Blist-O-Ban, worked like a charm, no complaints for the entire hike. Pretty cool...was a tremendous success."
"I wanted to thank you personally for your innovative product, Blist-O-Ban. Talk about a literal footsaver. I was on a backcountry fly fishing trip, and made the mistake of wearing a pair of river shoes on our first day instead of my wading boots. The blisters that developed that day were excruciating, so you can imagine my discomfort having to hike back to camp that night. Luckily one of my fellow expeditioners had packed what he called a "blister fix miracle": the Blist-O-Bans. He wasn't kidding. Had he not packed those, I probably would not have been able to continue fishing or hiking on our trip. Blist-O-Bans will now always be part of my pack."
"...through stream crossings, hot weather, & 28 hours later. I didn't have a hot spot or blister on my forefeet. I will definitely use them again, & recommend them...Thanks Blist-o-ban."
"Super-thin! You'll forget it's on."
"It kept our tester's blister pain-free on a 3-mile run and stayed put all day."
"Blist-O-Ban bandages stay on even in the shower and create a synthetic domed "blister" over the real one, protecting damaged skin and preventing pain."
"Blist-0-Ban Blister bandages designed to keep friction from worsening hot spots, Blist-0-Ban Bandages received glowing reviews from our test runners. "I'm normally blister-prone, and these were a life-saver," said one tester. The six-piece variety pack includes two each of the small, medium and large bandages that can mold to any part of a foot."
"As a frequent boot tester, I know my way around blisters. Lately, I've been using Blist-O-Ban, which relieves hot spots by putting a small bubble of air directly over them. Available in three sizes, the bandages reduce friction and pressure by mimicking the physics of an actual blister."