Gaiters are fairly unisex, but there are some slight differences between women’s gaiters and men’s gaiters that may be worth taking in to account when shopping for your next pair. The most obvious difference between them would be the height. Women tend to be shorter than men, which means women also tend to have shorter legs than men. So a gaiter that reached up to just below the knee on a man might come right up over the top of a woman’s knee.
Women’s GaitersWhat to look for when you're looking for women's gaiters.
- Height – As alluded to above height is one of the more important variables to pay attention to when you’re shopping for women’s gaiters. Gaiters range in size from the kind that come up and cover most of the calf muscle, to the kind that cover just the ankle. For debris, the ankle kind is usually sufficient, but for winter, or for lots of moisture, you may want the taller gaiters.
- Waterproof – The other major variable when it comes to gaiters is whether or not they’re waterproof. Waterproof gaiters will, of course, keep the water out. But they wont breath nearly as well as something like water resistant gaiters will, so decide what your needs are and choose accordingly.
Best Women’s GaitersSome of the very best unisex and women's gaiters out there on the market.
- Black Diamond Talus Gaiters - A great ankle length gaiter that will do the job of keeping a little moisture and debris out of your boots or shoes. They're water resistant, so they wont keep out large amounts of moisture, but then they will also breath very well. A good, basic unisex ankle gaiter ideal for spring, summer and fall hiking and backpacking.
- REI Trail Gaiters - If you're not looking for waterproof gaiters but you are looking for something that is a mid-calf height, then the Trail gaiters are a solid choice. They're made with durable nylon, which will keep out small amounts of water, but not large amounts. And of course they will keep dirt, sticks and rocks out of your boots with ease. And they're unisex, so suited equally well for both men and women.
- Outdoor Research Crocodiles Gaiters - If you're looking for something waterproof, the Crocodiles gaiters are some of the very best. They won the Backpacker Magazine Editor's Choice Gold award way back in 1999, and have been a popular choice ever since. The upper portion is Taslan Gore Tex, which is both waterproof and durable, while the bottom is extremely durable cordura nylon, to withstand the abuse that boots often suffer in the course of using them. A seriously good pair of women's gaiters for serious outdoor conditions.