It’s never any fun to get caught out in the rain. But as long as you have the necessary gear you at least wont be wet and miserable. Rain gaiters are a great piece of gear to have if you want your feet to stay dry. Rain, and moisture off of bushes and grass, has a habit of finding its way down your legs and in to your boots or shoes. But a good pair of waterproof gaiters can help prevent that, and can help keep other stuff, like rocks and sticks, out of your shoes and boots as well.
Rain GaitersWhat you want to look at when buying rain gaiters.
- Material – It goes without saying that any good pair of rain gaiters needs to be waterproof. A fabric like Gore Tex is an obvious choice, then, but it’s not the only choice. eVent is another very popular waterproof material that performs comparably to Gore Tex, and also tends to cost a fair bit less, though it can be harder to find.
- Mid-Calf Length – If you want to keep rain out of your boots or shoes then you will likely want the kind of gaiters that reach up to the mid-calf. Ankle gaiters will do the job too, but that extra bit of exposed leg is just more opportunity for water to get down in to your boots and shoes, and you’re likely better off with a taller pair of gaiters.
Best Rain GaitersA few of the very best choices when it comes to rain gaiters.
- Mountain Hardwear Ascent Stretch Air Permeable Gaiters - These are a solid pair of more breathable, full length gaiters from Mountain Hardwear. Both the upper and lower portions are made with varieties of nylon, which is a good fabric for both breathing well, keeping water out and drying quickly. They're also priced very well compared to a lot of other comparable gaiters, so a solid pair of rain proof gaiters.
- Rab Latok Mid Gaiters - If you just want something to keep water out of your boots there's no reason that you need full length gaiters. Ankle gaiters, like these, will do that job just as well. They're made with eVent, which is a fabric similar to Gore Tex, but more breathable, which is a definite plus when it comes to gaiters. The bottom portion is also a lighter 500D cordura nylon, which is tough stuff, but definitely lighter than the 1000D cordura used on some of the heavier duty gaiters. A fantastic pair ankle rain gaiters.
- Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters (Women's) - These are full on mountaineering gaiters that will keep out rain, snow and just about anything else you throw at them. They're a full length gaiter, and actually won the Backpacker magazine Editor's Choice award way back in 1999, which gives you some idea of how long these gaiters have been around. The top is 3 layer Gore Tex, while the bottom is 1000D cordura nylon, which will take as much use and abuse as you can throw at it. These are a very solid gaiter that will perform well in the rain and just about any other weather condition.