Like Páramo clothing, the Long Gaiter benefits from the Nikwax Analogy Pump Liner to actively push water through the fabric from the inside to the outside. The fabric is also very durable and very easily repaired, so it’s a great choice for gaiters. However it tends to provide a degree of insulation, which means in colder weather it is a benefit but in warm weather it may feel too warm. The gaiter has a number of design features that make it more user-friendly. The zip operates from the top down rather than the more conventional ‘bottom up’ design, and this really does make these easier to fit. Press studs hold an external stormflap over that front zip to protect the zip from abrasion and water. But these press studs are quite large and one is placed right below the knee so you may experience some discomfort from this when kneeling on rock, say. Underfoot there is an easy-to-replace stirrup that is also neatly secured to the gaiter with a buckle that is not easily snagged. The Páramo Long Gaiter is quite baggy around the ankle, though, which leads to them rubbing on one another easily and also there is more potential for a crampon to snag on them. A closer fit around the ankle area would be nice, and the price is not as good as others.
Material Reebag outer, Nikwax Analogy Directional Pump Liner
Sizes: S, M, L
Weight 375g (pair, L)
The Páramo Long Gaiter was the best option for colder conditions in our review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2012