In the summer you can generally get away with light, breathable shoes to do your camping, hiking and backpacking in. But in winter you have things like rain and snow to worry about, and even a good pair of winter hiking boots wont stop that moisture from coming down the tops of your boots. Which is why winter gaiters are such a great thing to have. The good ones will keep that moisture out, and you dry, without trapping moisture inside your boots.
Winter GaitersFeatures to look for when buying your next pair of winter gaiters.
- Height – It’s important to know what kind of length you want from your gaiters. There are plenty of ankle gaiters, for instance, that would reach to maybe the bottom of the calf. But when you’re ploughing through snow banks, those are likely to be insufficient, and you would be better served with winter gaiters that go up to the mid calf or higher.
- Waterproof – Rain is wet, of course, and snow will stick to your gaiters and melt there. For either scenario, you need a pair of gaiters that are waterproof when you’re out in winter conditions. Gore Tex is a good choice, but there are other materials too, like eVent, that will keep your feet and legs dry.
Best Winter GaitersSome of the best winter gaiters on the market.
- The North Face Gore-Tex Gaiters - First up a very durable pair of gaiters that can take a bit of abuse and keep going. The upper portion is Gore-Tex, as the name implies, to keep you dry without suffocating your legs and feet. The bottom portion is made with very durable cordura nylon. They reach up to the mid calf, and use a strap and buckle system to form a tight seal with your leg. A well built, durable pair of gaiters for winter conditions.
- Outdoor Research Expedition Crocodile Gaiters - These are very similar in design to the North Face gaiters above. They use Gore-Tex for the top section, to provide waterproofing, and then cordura nylon on the bottom, where gaiters tend to take a bit more abuse from things like boots rubbing together. They're also a mid-calf length, and use a very similar hook and strap system to secure themselves in place.
- Rab Latok Extreme Gaiters - The Latok gaiters from Rab are something a little different. They're another mid-calf length gaiter, but these use eVent, instead of Gore-Tex, to provide waterproofing on the top section. eVent, for those that don't know, is a great waterproof material very similar to Gore-Tex, though it typically costs less. The bottom of these is also cordura nylon, though the top is a drawcord, rather than strap and buckle like the other two above.