Outdoor Designs Perma Gaiter
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The Outdoor Designs Perma Gaiter is so like the Rab Hispar from sister company Rab, that it takes a close examination to spot the differences which just give the Hispar the edge in terms of quality and durability. The Perma Gaiter's lower section, for example, is a coarser fabric - only just - and the collar closure isn't a one-handed operation like the Hispar's. I've experienced no real difference is performance though the lower section didn't have the tendency to bellow mildly like the Rab gaiter - which I take as an indication that the Outoor Designs Perma gaiters are designed for lower-altitude use, with lighter boots. Breathability proved excellent but as both models use three-layer eVent, I didn't expect much difference there. Overall, the Perma Gaiter offers good performance and value for money.
Outdoor Designs Perma Gaiter Reviews
Reviewed by Sam Walmsley (England) on 2005-12-28:
General comments: Is it worth spending a huge amount of money on gaiters? Whichever ones you buy, they're going to get trashed, especially if you wear crampons. After using cheap, non-breathable, versions, and looking at very expensive models then considering that I may cry first time I ripped them, I decided these were a reasonable compromise.
After using them for a summer of mountaineering, including routes in the Alps and Andes, I think I made the right choice.
The Outdoor Designs gaiters offer all the basic features that I wanted, but at a reasonable price. The gore tex breathes well enough to avoid sweaty calves, the underfoot buckle attachment is fine (just remember to double it back on itself if you don't want them to slip down over the course of the day) and the zip seems up to the job. The only problem I've had is that they fall down, but as this has been a problem with every pair of gaiters I've ever owned, I can't really hold it against them.
The sizing seems fairly flexible, with my pair fitting both a pair of Scarpa Vegas and my much more slimline La Sportive Nepals without problems.
Overall, a good buy
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Reviewed by John Bolland (Northants) on 2009-03-15:
General comments: These gaiters seem very good. Good solid construction & easy to put on. The materials are top quality & are very durable. They may seem expensive but are much better than cheaper equivalents.
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Pros: Construction quality.
Cons: Perhaps a little stiff to put on.
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