Berghaus GTX Gaiter (2015)


The Berghaus GTX Gaiter is a Gore-Tex product, so waterproofness and breathability levels are extremely high. There is also a stretch panel up the rear of the leg for a closer fit. The underfoot strap is extremely robust too and can be easily adjusted or replaced. But there is no front zip, just a Velcro closure, and no press stud at the bottom of that closure. A top press stud and drawcord are provided however. 4/5


It comes in three sizes – S/M, L/XL and XXL – all in regular and long lengths, so it should fit most folk. The L/XL (long) fitted well over my 46/11 boots and sat nicely under my knee. There is stretch material down the back of the leg so this fits closer than lower-priced gaiters. The underfoot strap is adjusted with Velcro. 5/5


Being close-fitting, even in Gore-Tex, means this gaiter is a little clammier as there is less airflow; however it is not flapping about – so there are pros and cons to that closer fit. But the boot is well-covered to keep water out. Also the top press stud is just to the side of the knee and the drawcords are neatly tucked away. So comfort is good here. 5/5

In use

The Berghaus GTX Gaiter weighs in at 242g (pair, size L/XL long) so you won’t mind carrying a pair in your rucksack. They don’t have a front zip and there is no press stud at the bottom so getting them on is a little more hassle than some models. But once on they are great. I like the more durable underfoot strap that is easily replaced, and also I like the fact that they are not too flappy. Just give me a zipped opening! 4/5


The cost is creeping up here due the use of Gore-Tex and that stretch Gore-Tex panel but there is no zip, so feels pricy. 3/5


If you prefer a closer-fitting gaiter then the Berghaus GTX Gaiter is it, but there is no front zip so you also need to like Velcro closures. 4.2/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine October 2015