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What are gaiters and when should you wear them?

Many backpackers and hikers swear by gaiters and use them year-round.

Despite offering essential protection, gaiters are often overlooked and get confused in a long list of outdoor equipment.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide so you know what exactly gaiters are and when you should be wearing them.

What are Gaiters?

Gaiters are lightweight, breathable and waterproof pieces of fabric that cover the upper boot and lower part of your legs.

Working with your boots, gaiters protect all the tiny nooks and crannies that are vulnerable in certain weather or environment conditions, such as the top of the boot.

In wet, muddy or snowy conditions, gaiters are essential for keeping your feet dry and can also provide an extra layer of insulation.

In drier weather, gaiters will also protect you from debris such as rocks and sand that can uncomfortably lodge themselves inside your footwear.

Gaiters provide great protection across a diverse range of conditions. Whether you are facing thorny bushes, marsh land or even snake bites, the gaiters will provide you an extra layer of defence to stop anything from getting into your boots or trouser legs.

Made from mostly synthetic materials, gaiters are breathable, lightweight and quick drying. Gaiters are designed to be comfortable for walking and hiking long distances in a variety of conditions, making them an essential item for your pack.

From puddles to thunderstorms, gaiters will keep you waterproof, insulated and protected.

Generally, gaiters come in one of two heights: ankle-height and full-length.

Full-length gaiters

Full-length gaiters are a perfect fit for extreme weather conditions such as deep snow or heavy rain.

Covering the tops of your boots and most of your lower leg, full-length gaiters offer the most protection.

If you’re in terrains covered in snow, long wet grass, thick bush or you need to cross streams, full-length gaiters are essential for you.

Ankle-height gaiters

Ankle-height gaiters are made to simply cover the top of your footwear and bottom of your trousers.

They don’t have the same level of protection as the full-length ones, and are best used for less extreme conditions.

This type of gaiter is ideal for outdoor wear, with a good chance of rain and mud. It’s also perfect for offering protection from bits of debris such as stones, sand or bits of twig entering your footwear.

This type of gaiter can also be a great fit for off-road and fell runners to provide protection from debris.

For runners that want a more lightweight and fuller protection, our padded running gaiters may be the perfect fit for you.

Conclusion

Snow, water and debris can find a way into the most waterproof of boots and trousers. Gaiters are lightweight, waterproof and breathable, covering the ends of your boots and trousers, providing you with extra protection from the elements.

Gaiters protect you from a range of outdoor conditions, including muddy puddles, debris, deep snow, streams and thick bush. Small and lightweight enough to stash in your pack, gaiters can be used year-round for almost every condition.

Ready to unlock the benefits of gaiters? Browse our range today.

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at 5:10 pm and is filed under Advice, Product Review. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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