Trekmates Rannoch Gaiter
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Inexpensive, effective protection for the lower leg. Compatible with virtually all trekking boots. If the fabric is damaged by barbed wire or thorns, the ripstop fabric should prevent any tears from spreading.
Trekmates Rannoch Gaiter Reviews
Reviewed by firstname.lastname@example.org (Yorkshire) on 2006-09-30:
General comments: These gaiters seem like a very good idea: waterproof, breathable and very lightweight but they are very seriously let down by very poor workmanship. There is a lace which ties under the sole of the boot to keep it in place. This means that it's fiddly to tie and is prone to come undone. The lace on my pair started to fray the holding loops that they pass through before I had even used them on a day out. I had to burn all the fraying to seal it ! On the first time that I worn them out, the drawcord came loose from the mounting point at the front of the gaiter rendering them slack; this was with normal tightening and not due to over excessive pulling. This happened on both gaiters pointing to bad workmanship, or very poor quality control on the part of Trekmates, and therefore not a freak incident. My partners did not suffer the same but I was still left gaiterless when they would've been very handy.
The up-to-date version of these gaiters now have been issued with a strap and buckle system and hopefully the QC/workmanship issues have been addressed by Trekmates. Time will tell.
Pros: For "cheap" gaiters, these are a good idea and the updated version may very well be okay. They are a good, snug fit as well as being waterproof and breathable. If the quality of the workamanship issues have been sorted out with the newer version, then this will be a good 2/3 season gaiter that keeps your feet and boots dry.
Cons: Seriously bad workmanship on the earlier version (the one pictured above with the lace rand). Mine literally started to fall apart on the first day of use on the hills. This is not good for brand new equipment. I will try the newer ones out if I can get mine exchanged under warranty, but if you want to but the older version with the laces, you can't say that I didn't warn you...
Reviewed by Mr. A Jones (Scotland) on 2008-11-28:
General comments: JUst used these for the second time and the plastic buckle broke. Not god for a second time out.
I will try and get them replaced but i doubt i would buy this or other TREKMATE gaiters again
Reviewed by Marije (Nottingham) on 2009-07-26:
General comments: These are my very first pair of gaiters, that have been used a lot in about 4 years. They've done the job fine - kept my legs dry, seemed breathable and not uncomfortable. The straps and buckle system that goes under the heal is indeed not very well designed - mine have come undone frequently. I also have to keep on tucking away the elastic cord, that gets hooked on rocks (or worse, your other shoe!) when it's hanging out. I won't buy this one again - but it's been ok as a cheap 'introductory' gaiter.
Pros: probably more lightweight than the heavier gore-tex material on many other gaiters. Perhaps good value for money if you're not going out there frequently and keep to very easy paths without rocks, and if you're aware of the possibility of the straps coming loose.
Cons: the heel strap and elastic cord on the top are annoying features that should be better designed to prevent accidents.