Highlander Breathable Gaiter (2015)


The material here is AB-Tex, a ripstop polyester with a waterproof and breathable membrane. The front zip is covered by a stormflap with a Velcro closure, while the top of the zip is secured with a press stud and a rear drawcord ensures a close fit. The underfoot stirrup is made from Hypalon – a very durable material often used in high-end gaiters. 5/5


The Highlander Breathable Gaiter comes in just one size for men and one size for women. The gaiter fitted over my size 11/46 boots and the top came nicely below my knee, but smaller people may need a smaller gaiter perhaps? The calf area was comfortable on me but a closer fit than some gaiters, so if you have chunkier calves these may be tight. The limited size range could be an issue for some too. 3/5


These feel nice and light and comfortable on, as the calf area is a little thinner and softer than many low-priced gaiters. But if the fit is tight they would potentially feel more restrictive. Higher-priced materials will be more breathable so don’t be surprised if you get some condensation. But overall the Highlander Breathable Gaiters feel great, assuming they fit. 4/5

In use

The Highlander Breathable Gaiter is easy to get on, thanks to a chunky front zip and that Velcro-fastened stormflap. If the underfoot strap ever breaks it is easily replaced but it should last longer than a plain cord or webbing and won’t fray like a metal wire. Fit over boots is good, so overall a great gaiter to use. But again this assumes it fits you. 4/5


A very well-priced gaiter for the performance, with breathability being the main drawback. 5/5


The Highlander Breathable Gaiter is a product at a good price with the key features most walkers will benefit from, but higher-priced options are even better. It wins Trail’s ‘approved’ accolade. 4.2/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine October 2015