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Date Posted: 1 August 2023
Gaiters: armour for your legs. What classifies as a gaiter, when should you wear them, and how do you choose which ones to buy? We break it down for you in this simple guide.
What are gaiters?
Gaiters are fabric sleeves that sit over your ankle (and sometimes all the way up your calf) to seal off the entry to your trail running shoes and hiking boots. They serve several very useful purposes:
When should I use gaiters?
Whenever you're walking, running or trekking on terrain that's wet, dusty, scrubby...we could go on! If you think you'll encounter any of the following on your trail, we would advise wearing gaiters:
That's a lot of mud and small stones...these runners would really benefit from some gaiters!
Which gaiters should I buy?
These ones here! In all seriousness, though, start by determining what you mostly want from your gaiters. What are you using your gaiters for: orienteering, trail running, hiking in heavy scrub? What trail conditions are you likely to encounter? With that in mind, would you prefer lighter, stretchier gaiters or heavier, more durable gaiters? Are you hiking in long pants or shorts? How much protection do you need; do you want shin gaiters or calf gaiters?
I'm a trail runner that needs lightweight, breathable gaiters to keep mud/dirt/sand and trail debris out of my shoes.
I'm a hiker with high-cut boots that needs durable, versatile gaiters long enough to cover my boots.
I'm a hiker with low-cut boots that needs durable, versatile gaiters.
I'm an orienteer / rogainer that needs calf and shin protection against the scrub I'm wading through.