Mountain Equipment’s Trail gaiters are quite lightweight and perform adequately. However the DriLite upper isn’t as breathable as materials like Gore-Tex, eVent and Neoshell. I don’t find this a big deal with gaiters – condensation isn’t the same problem it can be in a jacket – but for the same price there are more breathable options. The lower section of the gaiters is shaped with the uppers curving down at the sides, which does mean the Drilite covers more of the gaiter than the breathable fabric does on some models. The fabric isn’t very stiff so the drawcord at the top is needed to keep them up. The cordlock plus two hard plastic cord pulls are situated behind the knee and can be felt when you kneel or make a high step. The front zip closes from the bottom up and has the problems of this design of being fiddly when putting the gaiters on and of not allowing boot laces to be easily adjusted by opening the bottom of the gaiter. The underfoot strap fastens with a conventional metal buckle, which is fairly easy to adjust.

Overview

  • Overall: 3-5 out of 5

Pros: quite light

Cons: upwards closing zip

  • Details: PRICE Ј35 MATERIALS Drilite Extreme upper, 500D nylon lower CLOSURE zip, Velcro flap TOP FASTENING elastic drawcord INSTEP FASTENING removable rubberised strap SIZES S,M,L WEIGHT 244 grams (M)
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