Montane Vortex Stretch Gaiter (2015)


Granite Stretch material in the back and top of the Montane Vortex Stretch Gaiter is provided to enhance fit around the boot. The low height should make it more comfortable too. You still get very tough reinforced areas on the sides though. There’s a Velcro closure at the front with press studs, but the underfoot strap is made of webbing rather than being a more durable option. 4/5


It comes in sizes M and L, and the latter fitted over my size 46/11 boots easily. The webbing strap has a Velcro attachment for adjustment. The elasticated material at the rear helps to provide a close fit too. This model is mid-calf-length (the Tourbillon eVent Stretch Gaiter at £60 is the excellent full-length version). 4/5


The Montane Vortex Stretch Gaiter is very comfortable as the material around the calf and above the boot is very soft. The gaiter is made from waterproof and breathable fabric too, but as the leg area tends to slip down this is quite a short gaiter anyway. The cord around the top is elasticated so it allows some flex of the leg muscles, and at just 172g a pair it does not weigh you down. 5/5

In use

This is a short gaiter and the cuff tends to ride down a little, so protection is far less than with longer gaiters. But it does work well apart from that and I like that it has a large lace hook and press studs on the Velcro closure as these both make it very easy to put on. The close fit and tough scuff area mean it should be durable, although the underfoot webbing strap is not as tough as some. 4/5


The Montane Vortex Stretch Gaiter offers better overall performance than lower-priced short gaiters, but you can buy full-length gaiters for less. 3/5


The Montane Vortex Stretch is a lightweight, comfortable and generally well-designed short gaiter. I’d recommend the full-length version too. 4.0/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine October 2015