Running trekking adaptable gear

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Chiseller, Nov 16, 2018.

  1. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    1st one...I just bought and sold a pair of these....Salomon low trail Gaiters. opplanet-salomon-trail-gaiters-low-mens-black-small-slm078-black-small-main.jpg
    88g for a pair in Large. They can be picked up from between £13-£20 depending on size.
    They were very comfortable on the ankle and wouldn't have noticed them on the move.
    Sadly (as Salomon recommend) they will only really work with trainers that have some sort of lift to the heel.
    On 2 pairs of my inov8 and my Icebugs. They just wouldn't work as they should.
    The strap is too robust (that sounds wrong) and wide for trainers with zero drop.
    The strap would catch on rock edges, heather root etc.
    Looking at the Salomon picture, they would work great with the likes of their speedcross.
    The ankle cuff was very comfortable and they would have kept mud from the ankle collar at bay and especially those annoying heather seeds.
    I was tempted to cut the bottom of the strap away and modify with some wire or replaceable dyneema. That would work.
    Alas, I'm a gear junkie and instantly sold them on at a small loss.

    I will be trying the inov8 debris gaiter next.
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  2. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I use Dirty Girl Gaiters - sometimes sprayed with waterproofing (they still get wet); great on dry terrain, get cut up (a bit) and saturated in, for instance, wet off-path heather.

    A vast colour choice from bilious to benign.
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  3. Imperial Dave

    Imperial Dave Section Hiker

  4. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I've often looked at dirty girls, very hard to find in my size in any sort of pattern I like.
    You can lose an hour scrolling through the patterns and the available sizes :banghead:
  5. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    I have the inov8 race ultra gaiters... in bog and Heather the clips don't stay on the sides very long. Otherwise they are pretty good.
  6. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    For wet/very wet, I use some OR short Gaiters...They are purrrty good.
  7. Imperial Dave

    Imperial Dave Section Hiker

    as an aside, I have found an outdoor shop in Brecon (local to me) that is devoted to outdoor gear AND running kit - its a great shop

    https://likeys.com/
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  8. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I tried a pair of these, the Velcro came off my shoe after an hour of Scottish bog, they were dead weight for the rest of the trip.
    I should probably glue the Velcro to the shoe and try again but I’ve gone back to my Rab Screes for now.
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  9. Imperial Dave

    Imperial Dave Section Hiker

    not good then......:unsure:
  10. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Great when they were attached but rode up once the Velcro went. A permanent velcro tab on the shoe will work though
  11. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Even glueing DGs onto my shoes they still fail there after a couple of hundred miles into most trips...mostly.
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  12. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I think I managed about 10 miles on the SUW
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  13. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    Rab Hunza.
    Bought these in the sale awhile ago, used once, need tinkering with. The elastic is super long and is hard to tuck away, the toggle slips, the top elastic and adjuster are quite heavy duty for a small gaiter. Fabric seems okay.

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  14. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Asics Fuzex hoody;
    [​IMG]

    I've got a lot of expensive base layers, but since donning this Asics long sleeve hoody baselayer in the Summer, they have sat in a box unworn.

    One of 3 base layers that I own that can be absolutely saturated with sweat and not feel shockingly cold as you squash the wet fabric to your back with the pack.....and it's the right colour. :)
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  15. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    [​IMG]
    I did the CWT in these gaiters. They had the stirrups replaced with Amsteel on day 2.
  16. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

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    I've been wearing the Mountain Equipment Eclipse Pant for hiking and running this weekend.
    I can feel the love growing for these pyjamas.
    It's not been icy cold winds, but defiantly strong and sharp winds.

    I've not noticed the wind as an issue with these considering on appearance, they are an open weave.
    More magic from.Polartec.the power grid which is the same as on my deviator seems to not be troubled by it.
    What has really surprised me is how they faired during half a mile of heather that was on a narrow section and was as high as my thighs for a lot of it due to the cut of the path.
    I expected them to look like an old pair of thick ladies tights !!!
    No...they shrugged it off with no effort, same with passing through narrow gaps in walls.

    When I did put my wind pants on, more to get some extra heat into my muscles to help keep going further. They didn't feel sweaty at all...sort of like baby bears porridge 'just right' .
    The fit isn't ideal round my rump, but that was my fault in sizing collection. But now I'm over possibly looking like I've a couple of young polecats in the seat...I'm loving how they look and work.
    I hiked in them yesterday, ran in them.today, both with good effort. They have continued to amaze me , how comfy and how good they are.
    They're good lounge pants too ...I felt.like a proper lazy sod , going into The mini market with these on and my crocs on the way home lol
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  17. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I've a pair in the post ...
    These are my goto for very wet , boggy etc. They work well with boots as well.
    I barely notice them once I'm.on the move.
    20181118_132158.jpg 20181118_132221.jpg sort of seems daft with my Icebug Mist (Alpkit dry socks hidden)
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  18. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    What's the fit like ? Their size guide is indicating I'm between L/XL
    any kind of wind resistance ( as in not windproof but just enough so you don't get the cold feeling when sweaty and it's starting to drop the temps...
    I'd probably want to wear it with my brynje ?
    I loved how the old Rab borealis felt but when that was wet...It was heavy and took some serious drying :(
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  19. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    I'd say the fit is about right, maybe a little baggy. XL on me has plenty of room and is baggier than needed, but I prefer that when I'm living in it. It's got a big hood. Back is long enough for my long back too. A little bit of wind stopping with it, enough to take the edge off.
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  20. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Sounds purty sweet. Cheers
  21. shetland_breeder

    shetland_breeder Ultralighter

    There's a probklem with the Salomon ones in that a) the shoe must have a heel so no good on zero drop or some low drop shoes (eg X-Talon 200) and
    b) the heel has to be exactly the right size for the gaiter otherwise it's either stretched too tight otr it's loose and comes off.

    IMHO the only ones worth having are DirtyGirls for keeping grit out. Gaiters seem pointless for anything else as waterproof socks do much better at keeping your feet dry.

    And Goretex seems a really stupid idea on shoes, though it helps keep Gore in business.

    Pete
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  22. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I find keeping the heel cuff as dry as possible is a big help , as it's the place that holds more water and can give the most grief .
  23. hungerast

    hungerast Trekker

    Agree wholeheartedly. I wasn't quite sure what to expect on my 4-week-Scotland-trip so I bought the Z-packs gaiters. Paid about 90€ all in all (incl. customs) but ended up not using them as I had switched to non-waterproof trailrunners and just learned not to bother with dry/wet feet. On particularly wet days I had my sealskinz on and they worked fine.

    Fav running gear adaptable for hiking - adidas terrex shorts. To be worn over tights or on their own, 66g on my scales.
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  24. slovhike

    slovhike Section Hiker

    For wet/snow I've used now discontinued ID shorty gaiters (eVent fabric) with much succes but they get wet from perspiration anyway. I reckon softshell type
    gaiters are better for breathability and they keep snow out..looking at these https://www.decathlon.co.uk/trail-running-gaiters-id_8487953.html

    Had a pair of Icebug spiky shoes 12y ago and put few extra cuts into the gaiters whilst running:banghead:

    As for Inov8 debris they had fallen apart after few outings....
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  25. slovhike

    slovhike Section Hiker

    @Chiseller do you use hand torch for extra light on the trail? Have been using headlamp and added handheld and it works great when you want more detail underfoot.
    For when its very cold I've been running with powerstretch tights and they are great. Now I have 3/4 powerdry tights and add knee lenght ski socks and its great and adaptable if it gets to steamy (easy to pull the sock to the ankle) Over the tights I wear hiking shorts without any mesh liner
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