Outdoor Research Gaiters in use by Bogong staff while hiking the Overland Track, Tasmania.
Even the most protective boots can't always prevent the outdoors from getting to your feet. Gaiters are protective coverings that you can place over your boots. They are designed to protect your feet from snow, rain, mud, leeches, stones, roots, branches, grass seeds, burrs and even snakes! Why do need them. Check out our blog here. Read More
Finding gaiters for your boots isn't difficult. There are top-of-the-line gaiters available to protect your feet during just about any activity. In addition, you can also find gaiters that will offer the proper fit for your boots to ensure that you are fully protected. Here are some tips to help you shop for gaiters and some information on the various types of gaiters that are available.
Trail gaiters offer the most basic level of protection and are low cut. They can protect your feet against trail debris including rocks and grit. If dirt is generally the only hazard while bushwalking, then low cut gaiters should work well enough for your needs. This type of gaiter is also popular with trail runners.
For hiking, mountaineering or skiing, you will need gaiters that offer a higher level of protection and are full calf length. You should select gaiters that provide waterproof protection and insulation from rock abrasions. For extended mountaineering trips, use expedition gaiters, which arecut to accommodate larger mountaineering boots and offer the highest level of protection. Some gaiters such as Moxie gaiters are even padded to protect your shins.
Gaiters also come in different sizes to accommodate both men and women. In addition to the standard protection that they offer, gaiters for women are design with a lower cut and additional cuff room to accommodate the shape of a woman's' legs.
To ensure the best possible fit, make sure that you select gaiters that fit snugly around your boots. A snug fit makes it nearly impossible for debris and moisture to enter your boots if you select the right gaiters. If you are looking for added waterproof protection, wear your gaiters underneath your over pants instead of on top. These tips will ensure that your gaiters provide maximum protection while you are outdoors.
Looking to buy gaiters? Bogong has the right gaiters to protect your feet in treacherous or wet conditions. Shop our range of range of gaiters from Outdoor Research, Sea to Summit, Salomon and Wilderness Equipment or give us a call on 03 9600 0599 if you need assistance with selecting hiking gaiters or snow gaiters.