Lowe Alpine Mtn Gaiter 2010

Much like the Berghaus GTX Gaiters, the Lowe Alpine Mtn Gaiters have the more modern tapered design to give as close a fit as possible – however these are cut slightly more generously. The Velcro front fastening with a press stud keeps them firmly in place once fitted, and securing the lace hook to my boots presented no problems. I particularly liked the decision to locate the drawcord on the inside of the leg as it not only won’t get in your way if you’re kneeling down, but it also won’t dig into the back of your leg either. The neoprene underboot strap is very durable and is easy to adjust and held in place by a pin buckle. Unlike most others there are four sizes on offer, so most walkers should be able to find one that’s suitable for them. But a very wide strip of Velcro fastens the Lowe Alpine Mtn Gaiter, and despite the press stud at the top it is quite difficult to line up neatly to prevent any grit or dirt getting in. Though breathable, Triplepoint fabric can be sweatier than others on test yet it is no cheaper. The sizing is quite generous and with no women’s-specific fit available I found
even the small (S) too baggy.

Fabric Triplepoint (upper) and 550d Cordura (lower)
Sizes S, M, L, XL
Colours grey, navy, red
Weight 240g (S)
Made in Far East
Stores in the UK 90

The Lowe Alpine Mtn Gaiter is a good choice if you have larger calves and want the tapered design, and aren’t bothered about being a little sweatier.

Review by Phoebe Smith
First published in Trail magazine October 2010