This Extremities Novagaiter is a durable gaiter that feels suitably robust for hill and mountain use. The front closure features a zip, a narrow strip of Velcro and two press studs to help align it neatly and easily. The drawcord, as with the Lowe Alpine design, sits at the side of the leg to stop any discomfort when kneeling, but this one also features an ingenious strip of Velcro on the back of the leg that you can use to attach any excess drawcord once tightened, to stop it getting in the way. The Polytex underfoot strap doesn’t feel as durable as neoprene but is easy to adjust and would be simple to replace if needed. The use of Gore-Tex fabric means it’s a less sweaty gaiter. The length is also good for taller walkers. But shorter people may find the Extremities Novagaiter too long on the leg. While the underboot strap creates no problems to fit to your boot it can be pulled bigger a little too easily, making it susceptible to coming loose on a rock or uneven ground. The price tag is also quite high compared to other Gore-Tex gaiters on test.
Fabric Gore-Tex (upper) 1000d, Cordura ankle
Sizes S/M, L/XL
Weight 298g (S/M)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 30
The Extremities Novagaiter is a well-designed gaiter for longer-legged walkers, though you might think it‘s a little too pricy for the features you get.
Review by Phoebe Smith
First published in Trail magazine October 2010