Páramo Long Gaiter (2015)

Features

The Páramo Long Gaiter is a well-proven product that benefits from Páramo’s Nikwax Analogy material, which is far more breathable than other waterproof fabrics so you get better condensation control. There is a front zip with a press stud stormflap over the top. The underfoot strap is a tough, rubberised design that can be easily adjusted or replaced. A top drawcord and lace hook complete a good package. 5/5

Fit

A unisex design in three sizes – S, M and L – this gaiter has a short design for £32 if you don’t want the full-length version featured here. The size L fits my size 46/11 boots well and the top sits nicely under my knee. It is slightly baggier than some around the ankle and calf area than most other gaiters, however. 4/5

Comfort

Nikwax Analogy fabric insulates more than other gaiters, so the Páramo Long Gaiters feel warmer. But the material is more breathable so condensation build-up is less. It is quite soft, though, and it’s rustle-free, and so overall it feels great. One niggle is that the top press stud sits right below the front of the knee so this can be a little uncomfortable when kneeling. 4/5

In use

The wider and baggier style is a little annoying, and I would ideally prefer the slightly neater fit of other gaiters. But Páramo Long Gaiters can be easily reproofed with Nikwax TX Direct Wash-In and they are very durable, so they will really last for many years. They do feel warm, though, which is more of an issue in summer, making these better for cooler conditions. 4/5

Value

There are lower-priced gaiters that work very well, but these are more breathable and better for winter. 3/5

Verdict

Páramo Long Gaiters use a different fabric system that works particularly well in cool, wet weather, but there are some drawbacks. 4.0/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine October 2015

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