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Gearographer Staff Yoon Kin takes notice of the Blist-O-Ban in the article Our Favorite Gear of Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2014 after almost losing his life from a blister.

"Looks gross but it’s way less so than an actual blister soaking in bacteria and other nasty microbes. This artificial blister replicates the movement of a real blister so your real blister doesn’t rub against the fabric. Having had an infected blister that went septic gives me perspective on how valuable a little fake blister could have been."

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