Gaiter recommendations

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by DuneElliot, Nov 25, 2019.

  1. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Section Hiker

    Looking for some recommendations for water resistant or waterproof ankle gaiters. I have Dirty Girl gaiters for drier trails but need something for winter to keep the debris out of my shoes and attempt to keep my socks and the mouth of my shoes a little cleaner.
  2. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    @Chiseller recommended Outdoor Research Flex-Tex II Gaiters to me. These might suit you if you don't want waterproof but do want something fairly robust. In the end I've ordered OR Rocky Mountain Low gaiters because I wanted waterproof.

    If you want gaiters for use with trail shoes my wife uses Salomon Trail Gaiters. These are neoprene and she says they help keep her feet and ankles warm. They definitely keep mud and debris out and are as waterproof as you would expect from neoprene.
  3. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    You have to do a fair distance in wet Heather to have wet ankles with the flex ii
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  4. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Section Hiker

    Okay, thanks. Will check those out
  5. benp1

    benp1 Trail Blazer

    I regularly don't use any, but I have some integral designs event shortie gaiters that are great, no longer made I don't think. They were bought by Rab

    My winter ones are Rab Latok event ones

    I guess in summary event gaiters work well!
  6. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Same here, the Rab Latok Alpine gaiters (eVent) are a bit pricey but they're good. I've tried ankle gaiters but found them a poor substitute to calf length which IMO protect the calves better when tromping trough muck & snow.
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  7. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    One of the reasons I've gone for short gaiters is because my ankles and calves get very sweaty in knee length ones, I recon eVent might be the answer.
  8. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Horses for courses………..I wouldn't wear them May to Oct in Scotland, too warm for me, only use when I switch to WP boots. The rest of the time much prefer the MYO gaiter just to keep stones & muck out of the shoes; much tougher than Dirty Girl's, first pair is still going strong after 2 years with much heather bashing & bog trotting.
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  9. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    My Kamleika trousers have rain just flowing off them. If I don't wear gaiters when its raining hard shoes or boots fill with water. Only happened once but you soon learn.
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  10. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Section Hiker

    Going with OR Flex gaiters...pretty much what I was looking for.
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  11. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Section Hiker

    So love how OR Flex gaiters fit, work and wear in every way but one. The buckle sits a lot lower than where the strap is attached on the other side. This means it is basically dragging in the mud and almost under my shoe. It also means I'm getting a lot of mud caught in the buckle and under the strap as I can't make it any tighter without the buckle actually going under the sole. I bought the smallest size and they fit great everywhere else.

    I am at a loss as to what to do with this; any thoughts or modifications I could make?
  12. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Picture please ?
  13. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Section Hiker

    Will get one tomorrow...everything is drying out right now.
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  14. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    As long as its not catching the stones... It's just a muddy buckle... Better than muddy ankle cuffs and tongue... :wink:
  15. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Torn between trying the new g series rocklite and another pair of 355 primaloft ones for this winter.
    I've seen a few reports the inov8 370 ballistic nylon don't drain well. The 355 absorb A LOT of water on stretches that don't give them chance to drain or cold climate.
    They are so comfortable though, I'm tempted to get a pair to use just for cold temps and not every other day like I have used the current pair.

    What I'm thinking of, is a cycling type over shoe for them in snow or wet season.

    Any recommendations for lightweight over shoes, bearing in mind they need to be more flexible for trekking than cycling?

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