Lowe Alpine Mountain Gaiter
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Lowe Alpine pitches the Mountain Gaiter at everything from hillwalking to ice climbing. It's clearly designed for crampon use; while most gaiters have toughened boot sections to protect against vegetation, rock and pointy bits, the Lowe Alpine Mountain Gaiter has nine inches of bomb-proof 550D Cordura making it it one of the best endowned gaiters around. Of course that means the waterproof-breathable area formed by the two-layer Triplepoint upper isn't as great compared to other gaiters, however, I didn't notice any condensation during testing but would expect some with more extensive use. The underfoot strap of the Lowe Alpine Mountain Gaiters is held in place by a buckle sewn flat against the fabric, rather than hanging loose below the hem, so is one of the few gaiters that doesn't flap around irritatingly. It's also replaceable. I prefer to wear these gaiters with the buckles on the instep as they're easy to reach to pull tight.
Lowe Alpine Mountain Gaiter Reviews
Reviewed by Graham (UK) on 2009-03-07:
General comments: Gaiters are traditionally essential kit, yet I hardly ever wear them these days, now I'm confident enough to buck the odd trend. The Lowe Alpine Mountain Gaiter is what I mostly carry around the hills, and occasionally I actually wear them too! To be honest there is not a lot to say about gaiters. They keep the worst of the mud out of your boots, and they tend to make your legs hot and sweaty. These Lowe Alpine Mountain gaiters benefit from easily replaceable and easily adjustable neoprene instep straps, though. The front zip makes them very easy to fit, while the rear drawcord seals the top without becoming uncomfy when kneeling. I've become a little annoyed at the boot hook moulding as it very hard to get over laces, but that is really the only drawback.
Pros: These gaiters do everything they're supposed to.
Cons: Book hook is a little awkward.