The Outdoor Designs Stretch Waterproof Gaiter is close-fitting and yet stretchy enough to comfortably hug the calf muscles and to allow excellent freedom of movement without discomfort. This makes it ideal for scrambling and climbing as well as general walking when you just want a gaiter that sits neatly without being easily snagged and without being uncomfortable. It is unusual in that it has a double-pull zipped front closure with a Velcro stormflap on the inside. Time will tell if that front zip maintains performance after lots of abrasion, but it is good that it can be zipped from bottom to top or top to bottom. There is a press stud at the top below the knee, which is not ideal when kneeling down, while the top drawcord is neatly tucked away behind the knee. The stirrup is not as neat as the rest of the gaiter, with two large buckles on each side that could be snagged with crampon spikes; but you can neaten it up by rethreading the webbing so the buckle faces into the foot. So the Outdoor Designs Stretch Waterproof Gaiter is not perfect in every way but for comfort it is extremely good, and many may prefer it for the freedom of movement it allows.
Material 3-layer stretch Watergate
Colour black Sizes one size
Weight 238g (pair)
The Outdoor Designs Stretch Waterproof Gaiter was the best option for comfort in our review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2012