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How to put on gaiters effortlessly

Posted by Bethan Bithell on 15th Jan 2015


An essential piece of kit for any hill walker or worker!


Gaiters are essential pieces of equipment for walkers, hikers, hunters, shooters, beaters, gardeners - or for those operating in the workplace!

Essentially, the main purpose of leg gaiters is to protect ankles and legs from scrapes, scratches and other injuries from brambles, heather and the such like. They also provide extra protection from the wind and rain, whilst preventing mud and sludge from entering from the top of the boot. Many climbers wear heavy duty

gaiters to protect their legs from spikes, protuding from the crampons.

Gaiters are made from various waterproof and breathable materials and are available in many lengths and many calf sizes. Interestingly, Gaiters that extend to just below the knee are commonly used for mountaineering, whilst shorter length gaiters are designed to cover the shin, and therefore are often worn in warmer climates!

It's worthy of note that there are different calf widths available. The Snolock Big Calf Gaiters are ideal for anybody who has 'athletic' calves.

How to put on gaiters

Putting on leg gaiters can sometimes be difficult due to their design. Nowadays however, many gaiters such as the Hoggs of Fife Green King Gaiters, have zips located at the rear, whereas the Trailwise Pennine gaiter, for example, is different in design and has a closure at the front!

Below is a video demonstrating how to put on gaiters effortlessly and safely:

You may also wish to view our Gaiters Guide where we outline the differences between the gaiters based on your activity.

We will be delighted to hear from you should you have any further queries or questions!

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