Gaiters come at all different price points, and while they’re usually less than $100, that can be more than some people want to spend on gaiters. Fortunately, it’s possible to find a good pair of cheap gaiters, provided that you know what you’re looking for. A sale will make things a lot easier, but even without that, it’s not impossible to find a cheap pair of gaiters that you will be happy with. All you have to do is educate yourself a bit on what your options are.
Cheap GaitersWhat to look for if you want cheap gaiters.
- eVent – If you want waterproof gaiters then the obvious choice is Gore Tex. The problem, however, is that Gore Tex can be a rather expensive fabric. eVent, however, is a very similar waterproof fabric that is often quite a bit cheaper. It’s not as common as Gore Tex, but if you’re looking to save money it’s worth searching for it.
- Ankle Gaiters – Bigger, taller gaiters tend to cost more. So if you can make do with shorter ankle gaiters you will be able to save some money. If you’re looking for winter gaiters, to protect you from downpours or for walking through snow, then you don’t have much of a choice, you need the tall gaiters, but for everything else, you can likely make ankle gaiters work.
Best Cheap GaitersSome of the very best of the cheap gaiters out there.
- Rab Hispar Gaiters - If you want a full length, waterproof gaiters, there aren't any better choices than the Hispar gaiters from Rab. They use 3 layer eVent, which is a fabric similar to Gore Tex, though known to be more breathable, which is never a bad thing for gaiters. The bottom section is 600D ballistic polyester, which is more than enough to prevent damage from boot rubbing and whatever other abuse your gaiters endure. The top is just a drawcord enclosure, but for the low price that's hardly something to complain about.
- Rab Latok Mid Gaiters - The Rab Latok gaiters are fairly similar to the Hispar gaiters above, but are ankle length, rather than calf length. They use the same 3 layer eVent for the top portion, and a slightly different 500D cordura nylon for the bottom. The eVent will keep you dry, of course, and if you don't mind the ankle length, these are a fantastic pair of cheap gaiters for bad weather.
- REI Desert Gaiters - The Desert gaiters are just a basic nylon gaiter with no waterproofing or water resistance. In fact as the name suggests, these are really made more for warm weather, when you're likely to be more worried about rocks, sticks and dirt filling your shoes up. And these are actually designed to work with smaller hiking shoes and running shoes, as opposed to boots. The nylon wont keep you dry, but it will at least dry fast if it does get wet, and also offers UPF 30 protection from the sun.