A winner of Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ award, the Berghaus GTX Gaiter is a great all-rounder for the hillwalker. It is made of Gore-Tex fabric so it is waterproof and breathable, but it also benefits from extra reinforcement around the ankle cuff to protect it against abrasion. It comes in two sizes and two leg lengths so it may fit you better than some gaiters. Putting it on is easy, as the main opening uses a wide strip of Velcro rather than a zip. This works surprisingly well and from experience is unlikely to wear out too quickly, basically because it is so wide. The gaiter fits particularly closely and there is a stretch panel up the back to control the fit, but it is possible that those with big calves may find this too tight a fit. Interestingly there is no press stud at the bottom, which would be useful; but there is one at the top and this is directly below the knee so kneeling down could be uncomfortable. The foot stirrup is attached with Velcro inside the gaiter, which makes it neat and easy to adjust off the boot. The top drawcord is behind the knee and it works fine. The Berghaus GTX is not the perfect gaiter, but it is a very good choice and it’s ideal for general hillwalking and scrambling with or without crampons.
Material 3-layer Gore-Tex
Sizes: S/M, M/L plus two leg lengths of regular (40cm) and long (45cm)
Weight 229g pair (M/L long)
The Berghaus GTX Gaiter was the best option for hillwalkers in our review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2012