Rab Hispar Gaiter (2015)

Features

eVent fabric is used in the Rab Hispar Gaiter, and this is well-proven to be extremely waterproof and extremely breathable. It is a full-length gaiter with a front zip and wide Velcro covering that also has press studs at top and bottom. A drawcord is provided at the top, while a rubberised abrasion-resistant underfoot strap keeps the gaiter in place. A lace hook completes a good feature list. 5/5

Fit

It’s available in sizes S, M  and L – a wider range than some. The underfoot strap is easily adjusted for length via a ladder-lock buckle. The size L fitted my size 46/11 boots well, covering much of the lace area, and coming up just under my knee. The leg fit was fairly close but not restrictive or too baggy either. 5/5

Comfort

The Rab Hispar Gaiter uses extremely waterproof and breathable eVent fabric so condensation is going to be better managed here than elsewhere. It is also quite a soft fabric that is used so it does not feel uncomfortable when moving. The top drawcord is neatly placed at the side, which I found comfortable, and generally this felt great to wear. 5/5

In use

The Rab Hispar Gaiter weighs 256g (pair, size L), which while heavier than some does not detract from its performance even if stowed in a rucksack. It is easy to fit thanks to a zip and Velcro stormflap plus those press studs at the top and bottom. The underfoot strap appears more durable than some, and easy to change if it does wear out. Nothing to complain about here, and I’d happily use these. 5/5

Value

Not the cheapest gaiters on offer, but those with higher prices don’t offer much extra so the value is good. 4/5

Verdict

Rab Hispar Gaiters offer great all-round performance well-suited to most hillwalkers and backpackers; just buy them and enjoy the hills! They win Trail’s ‘approved’ accolade. 4.8/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine October 2015

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