A couple of weeks ago I decided to pick up a pair of the Mountain Laurel Designs (MLD) Light Snow Gaiters. I figured that (for me) these would be a good addition to my ZPacks rain kilt for covering my lower body in less than ideal weather. Between the kilt and the gaiters, I get almost complete coverage, but still maintain a good bit of breathability.
Being that my Inov8 Roclite’s I hike in are a size 12.5, I went with size large gaiters. When they arrived, they weighed 2.7 oz on my scales, without any cord on the instep. Some large diameter shock cord did come with the gaiters to use as the instep strap, however, I started thinking about what would work best here… So, I decided to order some Spectra Guywire from Lawson Kline to give a try. Later, I also emailed Lawson and asked him for his thoughts on what would be the best cord to use in this situation. He said that he still had some of his Vectrawire cord, and could send me a piece with my order to give a try. As soon as it showed up, I installed it on the gaiters, and they now weigh in at 2.9 oz (pair).
Of course, these gaiters are a no-frill type of gaiter. They are basically a solid, eVENT tube, with a shock cord and an anchored cord lock at the top, and a plastic “toe shoelace anchor clip” at the other end. There is some elastic cord in the bottom hem, which helps to get a tight fit around the top of my shoe, and there are also 2 loops (1 on each side) to attach an instep strap to. Due to the design of these gaiters, it is necessary to slide the gaiters on before putting on my shoes. Maybe a small bit of inconvenience, however, this also means that there are no zippers or velcro that can fail over time.
I gotta admit, I am really looking forward to using these. I think that they will be a welcome part of my kit. To be honest, even on warmer hikes, I am thinking about just unzipping the pants legs off of my hiking pants, and wearing these instead. In fact, I am pretty sure I will on a trip coming up in July… I am also looking forward to seeing how the Vectrawire holds up as the instep too…
So, until then, thanks for stopping by!
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned in this post. I paid the full price for the MLD Gaiters, however, Lawson Kline did send me the small piece of Vectrawire to give a try for free. The statements in the above post are of my own opinion, which I have formed after handling these items myself. I am not being paid in any way to talk about these products.