In the case of the Trekmates Dry Softshell, ‘Softshell’ means waterproof and breathable fabric that is soft and stretchy. This softness makes these gaiters extremely comfy to wear from a fabric perspective. The gaiter is shorter than most, and this will
be a benefit or a drawback depending on how long your legs are (I’d prefer an extra 5cm on the length). But of course it depends how deep the bog, snow or heather is that you normally walk over as to how long you need your gaiters. Like many others these have a Velcro and press stud closure; and again, although I am not the biggest fan of such designs, it does work well. The top press stud on the front of the shin is not ideal though if you are using your legs to shuffle over rock when scrambling as it can be uncomfortable. The underfoot stirrup is easily adjusted with a buckle, and there is a drawcord around the top that is situated behind the leg to prevent it from getting in the way when kneeling down, which could be uncomfortable. The gaiter does not get any reinforcement around the ankle area so these may not be as durable as some other gaiters if used with crampons for example.
Material 96% polyester, 4% polyurethane
Sizes S/M, L/XL
Weight 290g (L/XL)
Closure Velcro, press stud
The soft and stretchy fabric is comfy, but the shorter length, lack of extra abrasion-resistant material and press stud are all features of the Trekmates Dry Softshell that you may or may not like.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine April 2012