The Gelert Frontier is a relatively lightweight gaiter that is also very light on price. It is a classic design featuring a front zip with an external stormflap to protect the zip against mud and abrasion. There is a strip of elastic at the ankle to allow a close fit around the top of the boot so that water is more easily kept out. There are press studs at each end of the main zip, and the one at the top is directly below the front of the knee so when kneeling you can get some discomfort; meanwhile the toggle at the top is neatly located at the rear of the knee and is comfortable. The underfoot stirrup is a wide strip of webbing with buckle locks on the inside and outside of the boot, and these are easy to adjust and allow the webbing to be easily replaced. But these buckles may get snagged while wearing crampons for example, so they are not quite as safe as other designs that are smooth in this area. For durability you get reinforcement in the black areas, with the lighter blue fabric being a ripstop material to prevent tears from becoming too long. For most walkers the Gelert Frontier Gaiter is a great option, but don’t expect it to be quite as good at controlling condensation as pricier breathable fabrics.
Material 450D ripstop polyester with waterproof coating
Colour grey, blue
Sizes one size
Weight 220g (pair)
The Gelert Frontier Gaiter was the best-value gaiter in our review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2012