As the name suggests, the Berghaus GTX Gaiter is made from Gore-Tex, and it benefits from a nice large area of tougher material around the ankle cuff. It also comes in two leg lengths so there is more chance it will fit you. At the back of the leg is a stretch panel, which should improve the fit further. When it came to putting these on they were a tight fit, and I had the biggest size. I do know people with far chunkier legs and calves than me, and I would be surprised if these gaiters would fit them. I had the ‘regular’ length and this fitted nicely below the knee, so I suspect that people over 6ft would benefit from the ‘long’ leg length. The front opening is a Velcro and press stud design; I’m not the biggest fan of this but it did work well. There is no press stud at the bottom, which is where I would want one to help fastening, while the top press stud is directly at the front, so it could be uncomfortable when manoeuvring over a rock slab for example. The underfoot stirrup has Velcro adjustment inside the gaiter and you could tie on a replacement if it wore out.
Material 3-layer Gore-Tex, reinforced ankle
Sizes S/M, L/XL (plus regular and long for each size)
Weight 230g (L/XL, regular)
Closure Velcro, press stud
The two length options make the Berghaus GTX Gaiter appealing but the tight fit around the leg may not be ideal for everyone, and the press stud arrangement could be better.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine April 2012