Thanks to Páramo’s Nikwax Analogy fabric, the Páramo Long Gaiters are by far the most breathable gaiters on test. The front closure system features a unique back-to-front zip design (which starts at the top and ends at the foot), making them very easy to fasten, while five press studs running down the length of the gaiter keep it firmly in place. The front hook is easy to attach to laces and can also be poppered out of the way, which is ideal for ski-touring say the manufacturers, so it’s good if you want these for multi-use. The drawcord sits inside the gaiter on the side of the leg, stopping it flapping about and getting in the way. The underboot strap is neoprene so it is very durable, and it is also easy to adjust and replace if necessary. The fabric on the inside of the gaiter is the softest of any of the others on test so it’s comfortable if worn with shorts. But though breathable, Páramo’s fabric can feel quite warm, which is good in winter but in the summer can be a bit too hot (fabrics like Gore-Tex can feel clammy but not be so warm). There is no women’s fit available with the Páramo Long Gaiters, and for me even the S was baggy around both my ankles and calves. The price may be that bit higher than the average hill-walker will want to spend.
Fabric Nikwax Analogy
Sizes S, M, L
Weight 319g (S)
Made in Colombia
Stores in the UK 44
Páramo’s Long Gaiter is a comfortable product that is exceptionally breathable and easy to use, but it is baggy and the price is a drawback.
Review by Phoebe Smith
First published in Trail magazine October 2010