Whats the deal with gaiters?

wiiawiwb

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I have both OR and Turtleskin gaiters. The Turtleskins are also snakeproof which is why I got them. There is about a half ounce per gaiter weight penalty but it gives me protection not available with the ORs. Needless to say, my ORs have since been collecting dust.

Stepping over a downed tree or near a rock without knowing what's on the other side or can result in a big problem.

https://turtleskin.com/default/outdoor-snake-protection/snakearmor-snake-protection/snake-gaiters-4/snake-gaiters.html
 
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eod.mickelson

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I don't always wear mine, but I do enjoy wearing trail running shoes while hunting and the gaiters keep brush/thorns/low water and moisture out of my shoes while hiking. That said, I do sweat in them and will remove them when not actively moving in an area that requires them. Also if I'm wearing actual boots, I don't usually wear them either, but it's terrain/weather dependent.
 

Hogslayer

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I was wondering the same thing as the poster. I thought they were just for walking in snow or rain. Very informing responses, and I can definately see a reason to wear them, if nothing more than to keep crap out of my boots.
 

wiiawiwb

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I do a lot of off-trail backpacking (bushwhacking) and there is always blowdown and tree branches everywhere. It's easy to scrape your pants below the knee.

Gaiters help to protect your pants and reduce injury from getting poked by a sharp branch.
 

805Bowhunter

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I love gaiters. I wear them 90% of the time that I hunt. I hunt CA A zone and its super hot/dry. Gaiters are a lifesaver for keeping foxtails, brush etc out/off your socks and boots. I hunt archery elk as well and typically wear them for those hunts as most areas when I wake up are damp/wet and walking through tall grass is a killer for the rest of the day. The tradeoff for comfort and convenience to weight/heat penalty is very much worth it for me. I also have chicken legs that dont overheat often.
 
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