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Leg Gaiters ?

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Offline Walking Man Joe

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Leg Gaiters ?
« on: December 04, 2014, 08:10:28 AM »
First I want to thank everybody for their input on the hiking boot issue. I really appreciate it. Some very good points were brought up. Now, lets talk leg gaiters. If you are using them for desert hiking, what kind/brand do you like ,or dislike. I'm planning on doing some exploring in the Burro Mesa area in Feb. , and know that they will come in handy! Thanks.
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Offline badknees

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Re: Leg Gaiters ?
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2014, 06:40:57 PM »
First I want to thank everybody for their input on the hiking boot issue. I really appreciate it. Some very good points were brought up. Now, lets talk leg gaiters. If you are using them for desert hiking, what kind/brand do you like ,or dislike. I'm planning on doing some exploring in the Burro Mesa area in Feb. , and know that they will come in handy! Thanks.

If you're hiking on top of Burro mesa, it is unlikely that you'll need gaiters. There just isn't that much dense vegetation.



That being said, I always wear mine off trail.
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Offline brave6

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Re: Leg Gaiters ?
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2014, 09:58:50 PM »
In my experience a nice pair of stiff pants has worked better than gaiters for off trail travel in thick brush.  If it's gonna poke you in the shin, it's gonna poke you in the knee or thigh.  That said I'm not a boot guy, but have taken to wearing Dirty Girl gaiters to keep dirt and rocks outta my shoes.

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Offline Geezer

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Re: Leg Gaiters ?
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2014, 10:24:41 PM »
I wear all-leather Asolos which are high enough to protect the ankles and an inch or two above. Used to wear desert gaiters by Otto, but found they were not necessary due to my baggy nylon pants which do pretty much the same job. ("Desert gaiters" are generally low-rise, ending a few inches above boot tops. For obvious reasons, they do not pretend to be waterproof.) My baggy pants unzip to the knee. This was intended to make pants easy to get on over boots but works equally well to provide much-needed ventilation in desert hiking.

Have a friend, very experienced desert hiker, who wears shorts with heavy nylon gaiters ending just below the knee. This provides the maximum in ventilation but requires some experience to avoid getting knees cut up by vegetation. "Don't touch the vegetation, it all has thorns!")

If your pants are long enough, you probably won't need gaiters.

Geezer

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Offline Walking Man Joe

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Re: Leg Gaiters ?
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2014, 10:34:24 PM »
Thanks guys . I appreciate all the input. I am only planning on using them for off trail situations. I was in the area between the rock corrals and the entrance to Apache canyon a few years ago,and was wishing I had a good pair for that area. Lots of good stuff to stick ya out there.
Captain Fun

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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: Leg Gaiters ?
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2014, 12:17:57 AM »
Gaiters are great. I have a pair of mountain hardware alpine Gaiters and a pair of turtleskin snake Gaiters. The mountain hardware are light and easy  to put on. They're great at blocking your typical chisos brush and also work against catclaw and usually prickly pear. The turtleskins are heavier (but not too bad) and take a little more work to put on. But they'll stop anything. I've walked through beds of lechiguilla and don't even feel the spears.  When I'm on the trail, the gaiters are strapped to the side of my pack, and I put them on when I leave the trail.

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Offline Ranger Tim

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Re: Leg Gaiters ?
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2014, 09:06:45 AM »
I use Turtleskin gaiters pretty much every time I am out. I do a lot of off-trail hiking and have a lot of snake encounters and these gaiters let me walk through the brush with impunity. They are pricing, but they are also pretty much impervious. Catclaw, pitaya, prickly pear,... nothing gets through.

http://www.turtleskin.com/Snake-Gaiters.aspx
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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: Leg Gaiters ?
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2014, 12:31:30 PM »
Ranger Tim, how do to strap on your turtleskins? I haven't found a method I really like yet.  They don't have the adjustable strap that slips under the boot like most gaiters.

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Offline Ranger Tim

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Re: Leg Gaiters ?
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2014, 10:13:25 AM »
I simply snipped the largely ineffectual elastic at the top and bottom and let gravity do the rest. Typically, the metatarsal protection slides over to the side, but it doesn't drag the ground so it doesn't really bother me. Given the amount of time I spend in the field, I may end up upgrading to the chaps when these wear out. The product is great, but the fit is less than stellar.
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