Need some hiking gaiters, but would like some help choosing the right size and model? You’re in the right place
Find out about the different uses for gaiters, the size and height you need and how to put them on.
Hiking gaiters come in different heights: long, mid-length and short.
Generally speaking, they all serve the same purpose: to prevent things from getting in your hiking boots.
What will change are the conditions in which you are hiking. The more difficult the conditions, the longer and more hard-wearing your gaiters should be. If you’re hiking through snow or tall grass, long gaiters would be the most appropriate choice. If you’re hiking on well-kept trails, short gaiters should suffice.
Hiking gaiters help to protect your legs and feet from rain, mud, snow and debris. We therefore recommend you use them when hiking conditions deteriorate so that you remain comfortable.
Gaiters are known and designed to protect your legs, as well as your trousers, when hiking off-trail or on unkempt paths. In particular, they protect you when you're walking through damp undergrowth, brambles, shrubs or any other vegetation that might make you uncomfortable during your hike. They also prevent your trousers from getting wet or muddy and from ripping.
You can also use gaiters when you’re hiking on sand or stony paths. When the sand or dust is damp, residue can stick to the soles of your shoes, and can then get thrown up into your shoes.