It’s said the best place to save weight is on your feet, so it is worth looking for minimal weight in gaiters too – and at just 83g the Trekmates Mountain XT Series Pioneer Gore-Tex Gaiter won’t use much of your energy! Gore-Tex Paclite fabric is extremely waterproof but it tends to display its condensation on the inside quite readily. However these are so short, it’s unlikely that condensation will be a major problem. There is reinforcement around the top too, so they will not wear out too rapidly. The gaiter carries a lifetime guarantee, so if for any reason it fails under reasonable use it will be replaced free of charge! There is no zip, just a strip of Velcro to fasten the front with press studs at the top and bottom. The underfoot stirrup is a thin rubber design, which is difficult to imagine lasting long, but it too will be replaced free of charge. The Trekmates Mountain XT Series Pioneer Gore-Tex Gaiter provides minimal protection but it would be ideal over cross trainers as well as to keep grit or water from entering the top of boots. Given that many people find full-length gaiters too uncomfortable, this may be all most walkers need.
Material Gore-Tex Paclite
Colour grey, blue
Sizes men’s 7-12; women’s 4-8
Weight 83g (pair, men’s)
The Trekmates Mountain XT Series Pioneer Gore-Tex Gaiter was the best option for fast and light action in our review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2012