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    I've never used gators, but I was wondering if they would be effective for keeping sand and rocks out of my trailrunners while hiking. If so, any suggestions on brands or styles?
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    I try to avoid direct run-ins with gators, however i do enjoy eating them. A lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peenut View Post
    I've never used gators, but I was wondering if they would be effective for keeping sand and rocks out of my trailrunners while hiking. If so, any suggestions on brands or styles?
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    Yes, in the Winter anyway - any brand will work. I'm partial to lowcut eVent gaiters similar to these: http://www.integraldesigns.com/produ...ail.cfm?id=765

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    I meant to say "gaiters".

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    Thanks for the feedback

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    Quote Originally Posted by peenut View Post
    I meant to say "gaiters".
    Ah. Gotcha. hee hee
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10-K View Post
    Yes, in the Winter anyway - any brand will work. I'm partial to lowcut eVent gaiters similar to these: http://www.integraldesigns.com/produ...ail.cfm?id=765
    Anything I have to put on before my boots, a knee brace or this kind of gaiters is always good for morning laughs. If I'm lucky I remember after one shoe is on that I forgot, If not....a good chuckle as I take off both and start over again.
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    2nd on the Integral Designs eVent Shorties- I wear them on every hike regardless of weather and they keep debris out of my trail runners. I used them last year in two weeks of snow and they did great.

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    I once used gaiters but haven't for years. The strap under the foot kept wearing out quickly. Stopping to remove a rock now and then wasn't as much of a pain. I do know quite a few folks like them in the winter or in rain. It's a trade off for sure. But yes, the low ones are the easiest to use -- possibly Felix would differ.

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    fechet- just FYI. I don't use the straps at all any more- the ID gaiters seem to hold fine without them on boots and trailrunners, and I don't have to worry about them wearing out or collecting snow/mud balls.

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    I like the low ones too, mld eVent shorties. I wear the shorts that the legs zip off and I'll just drop the leg part and store em in the gaiters. Then if I need the full leg pants again they are right there handy. I don't even notice they are in the gaiter top anymore. Adds some padding around the ankle too. Pretty sweet trick I learned from someone on here.
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    I tend to, because of a accident, to throw one foot out on the normal gait so gaiters keep all sorts of trail crud out of my boots and off my socks.

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    nice to wear when hiking thru sections where stinging nettles can a problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by DripDry View Post
    fechet- just FYI. I don't use the straps at all any more- the ID gaiters seem to hold fine without them on boots and trailrunners, and I don't have to worry about them wearing out or collecting snow/mud balls.
    That sounds good DripDry. Yes, I sort of know that but decided to stop using anyway. Thanks.

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    IMO the best use for gaiters is in the Winter for wading snow.

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    I don't like them, just one more thing to maintain. I used umm.... nothing and was just fine.

    Folks getting ready to start your hike this year. Do yourself a favor and don't over think things to much. Load your pack to start, you might need like 3 days of food maybe maybe 4; for me that was way to much at the start.
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    I love them yo keep crap out of my boots & pickers & dew. If you get one with a strap on the boot put a piece of tubular webbing over it. Lot easier to replace that when it erars out than the strap itself

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    Dirty Girl gaiters are the best I've used so far. They are great for rocks and debris but not so much with water/rain. They are strapless and only weigh 1.2 oz / pair.

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