Choosing the correct gaiters will depend on a number of factors, including:
- The activity you intend to do
- The length of the gaiter you need
- Whether you have large calves
- The weight of the gaiter
- Features and fabric
When choosing your gaiter, consider the type of activity you will be using them for, along with the climate and environment you expect to find yourself in. You may find the information below helpful, as you consider which type of gaiter will suit your needs.
Gaiters for walking perhaps for when walking on footpaths, pathways or marked out routes, need to be made from lightweight waterproof, breathable fabric designed to keep small rocks, rain and mud out of your boots.
Recommendation: Highlander Torridon Gaiters
Hiking or Mountaineering:
Gaiters for hiking or mountaineering need to be made from a tough material in order to withstand rocks ‘scraping’ or when you get caught out in terrential downpours
Recommendation: Bonart Wrenbury Gaiter
You may find that you need shorter style gaiters for when out fell running or mountainbiking. As movement is the key issue, these gaiters need to be light but strong, preferably made from Teflon.
Recommendation: Highlander Breathable Ankle Gaiters
Hunting, beating or shooting:
When out hunting, beating or shooting you may be walking through rough terrain such as brambles, heather and nettles, therefore, the gaiters need to be tough and tear resistant. Then consider gaiters made from duck canvas or heavier material such as 900D polyester.
Recommendation: Percussion Stronger Hunting Gaiters
Sometimes you may want to wear gaiters for general wear or for tough work such as gardening, mowing the lawn or working outdoors (such as forestry). The lighter the better for easy movement.
Recommendation – Trailwise Stop Tous
Our collection of gaiters are available in three lengths – short, regular and long
The shorter gaiter is designed to fit just above your ankle helping to keep small stones, debris and rain out when you are, for example, trail walking or working outdoors. These gaiters are great for summer wear – offering extra protection without the bulk!
Regular length gaiters are designed for rugged conditions and measure approximately 15″ to 18″ in height. These are best worn when you need protection, for example walking through wet bushes or deep snow or perhaps hiking on rough, tough terrain. These gaiters can help to prevent rocks from scraping your legs and ankles!
Longer styles are suited for those of us who are taller by nature and these are ideal for all types of outdoor activity.
Muscular or large calves
Traditional gaiters may not be wide enough to comfortably fit those of us with larger calves. If this is the case, a solution may be the ‘Snolock’ by Trailwise. These are now available in a ‘Big Calf’ size and measure 50cm in circumference – so a great fit for muscular or chunky calves. Made from tough duck cotton canvas, these gaiters are great as protection from brambles and wet bushes or when out mountaineering in deep snow.
When out hiking or trekking, the weight of your equipment is important and everything adds up. Therefore the lighter the gaiter the better! If hiking in the summer, the short, ankle gaiter such as the Trailwise ‘Stop Tous’ may offer sufficient protection. Weighing in at only 4oz, you wont even notice their weight in your rucksack! Alternatively, the ‘Pennine’ is full length, weighing in at 7oz. These offer extra protection, again without adding too much extra weight!
Features and fabric of leg gaiters
There are a number of key issues to consider when selecting your gaiters such as the style of closure or the underfoot strap closure. If you are planning on walking outdoors in extreme weather conditions, a zip closing gaiter may not be suitable as trying to use a zip may be difficult when your hands are cold! Velcro closing are quicker to put on – and pull off – and of course, colder conditions won’t affect velcro.
Consideration should also be given to the many styles of underfoot closures available such as “hook and bungy”, “lace” or “strap”, and it really is necessary to consider the life span of these underfoot closure systems. Obviously the ‘bungy and hook’ will last longer than ‘laces’. It is worth noting however, that laces are cheaper and easier to replace. But, to ensure a tight fit, and to prevent snow and mud from riding up inside your gaiter, the ‘hook and bungy’ and ‘strap’ closure systems do offer better protection.
Our range of walking gaiters are fully waterproof, and breathable, and offer additional features such as:
- rip stop polyester fabric – a tough fabric to prevent tearing
- duck cotton canvas – a heavy duty canvas, for your tougher jobs
- cordura – offering resistance to abrasions at the boot section
So, as suggested above, wearing gaiters offers many advantages! If you have never worn them before, and are not sure how to put them on, then do check out our “Putting on Gaiters Effortlessly” video below!
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