Tips & Tricks for Nailing Your Gaiter Fit
With a range of gaiters designed for different activities, deciding which one is right for you isn’t always straightforward. And while we recommend trying on our gaiters in-store as well as discussing your specific needs with a sales associate, we realize that isn’t always an option. So to help you choose the right gaiter for your next adventure, our product designers Brad and Nico have put together a short list of tips & tricks to ensure you get the best possible fit and performance.
#1 - Zero In On Your Activity of Choice
If you’re buying a gaiter for a specific activity, it’s essential to begin by choosing the one that’s best suited for the expected conditions. This will ensure you’re always using the right tool for the job.
For example, our ultra-tough gaiters (NAVAgaiter™ and RENAgaiter™) are our most durable and are designed for activities where they may need to stand up to intense abrasion or extremely sharp objects. For activities where lighter weight is key—such as trail running or backpacking—our ultra-light gaiters (INSTAgaiter™ and LEVAgaiter™) are your best bet. For high-output activities, RENAgaiter™ and INSTAgaiter™ use lightweight, breathable DWR coated stretch-woven nylon to keep you cool, while LEVAgaiter™ and NAVAgaiter™ use GORE-TEX for activities that require maximum protection from the elements.
#2 - Tall, Mid or Low. The Choice Is Up to You.
Our gaiters come in three different heights: tall, mid or low. The height of the gaiter will determine the amount of leg coverage you have above the ankle, but most importantly, you will want to choose a gaiter that covers the entire upper portion of your boot or shoe.
For example, our most protective gaiters (LEVAgaiter™ and NAVAgaiter™) come in mid (LEVAgaiter™ only) and tall options to cover winter boots or other footwear with higher ankle support like backpacking boots. On the other hand, our lightweight and midweight breathable gaiters (INSTAgaiter™ and RENAgaiter™) are available in mid and low options to cover hiking boots with ankle support or low-cut footwear like hiking or trail running shoes.
#3 - Size Matters
The best place to start with sizing is to check out the sizing chart on any gaiter’s product page. From there, if you find that the size of your footwear is near the top of the range, you may want to consider sizing up, especially if the gaiters will be used on more robust footwear.
For example, RENAgaiter™ comes in two sizes: S/M & L/XL, so if you are looking for a gaiter that fits size 10.5 backpacking boots you may want to choose L/XL over the S/M size as the outside of the boot will be larger than that of a lower profile 10.5 trail running shoe.
We're Always Here to Help
Using these three simple tips will ensure that your new gaiters fit well and perform as they’ve been designed to. And of course, we’re always here to help. If you have any questions about gaiter selection, please don’t hesitate to contact us.