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I have never used these, and I guess I've gotten lucky to have never been caught in a situation where lots of moisture got into my boots(at least not for a long time). I dont know if its been due to wearing longer hiking pants that have covered my boots well enough during wet times, or whatever, but I worry about being a long way away from any civilization and being stuck with soaking wet boots and wet socks and no backup footwear.

So I am now considering buying them, and wanted to ask if people here think they have saved them from having wet feet and whether they are worth the slight extra weight?

What other benefits are there to boot covers?
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For me, the main benefit in decent weather is keeping gravel and twigs out of my boots.  I hate stopping to empty them out.   I don't wear them all the time, but I usually have some with me.

I always wear them on snow.  Snow in my boots is bad.
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I'm an off-trail hiker and pretty much hike with them all the time, rain or shine. They do work to keep the rain out...but only to a certain extent and only if they're cinched relatively tight. That said, I wouldn't think of hiking without them.

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I don't wear them to keep moisture out - they are for solid stuff. Snow, scree & brush.
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The waterproof type you talk about I only wear in winter. I carry extra socks so don't worry about having wet socks for 3-season hiking. I do always wear a gaiter to keep debris out of my shoes as I hike in trail runners though. I just got another pair of these:

http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews....strella


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I found them to be rather warm in winter and would often sweat under them. I've tried a few types and now settled on just buying softshell pants that have a built in gaiter for winter. Mountain hardware Navigation pants work well

Never in the summer. Stopping once in a great while to remove some object from a boot is not that big of a deal for me.

On a big mountain trip where I know there will be scree then yes.


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I only use them in snow and slush.  Never have felt the need for them in the other seasons.

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Same here I only use my gaiters in the winter to keep out snow and slush. I've never really needed them during the other 3 seasons.
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I use OR Rocky Mountain Lows in summer



and OR Croccodiles in winter



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+1 on the rocky mtn lows in the summer. I always wear gators too, mostly to keep debris out but also the odd splash through streams and keeping mud out too.
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yeah, count me as someone who uses them regardless of trip length.

I have some Schoeller softshell shorty gaiters from EMS that I dearly love.  I have two pair - I got one for my wife originally but she doesn't really use them.  Her loss.

These are pretty water resistant.  If my boots or shoes are waterproof, they'll keep me dry on stream crossings where the water overtops my footwear.  They work well to keep the lower cuffs of my pants dry and clean.  They're stretchy, so they also work well against ticks (as opposed to tucking my pants into my socks).  And finally, they keep sticks and rocks out of my shoes.

So yeah, I use them a lot.


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Yep.  The desert's full of stickies that love socks and boot linings.

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I considered getting some leather ones for summer hikes in rattlesnake country.  After realizing how warm that would be, I figured I'd just be more careful about where I walked.

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Permethrin soaked gaiters are my first line of cefense.

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I wished I had them on a hike in the Weminuche some years past.  It had rained that afternoon (as it tends to rain EVERY afternoon up there), and the trail was leading me through a bunch of what my dad called buck brush.  After getting a bunch of wet, cold moisture from the brush down into my boots, I came up with another *uck word to call it.  I figure gaiters would have helped me then.  At least I would have been able to feel my toes.

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i use them on hikes with a lot of creek crossings... keeps the water out of the boots without having to change shoes.

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PostIcon Posted on: Oct. 05 2012, 10:56 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Always!  Keeps all the debris out of my trail runners.  Some really light ones (~2 oz) can be had from Montbell, Dirtygirlgaiters.com, and Simblissity.net  Check 'em out!
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I have Dirty Girls, short desert gaiters, long packcloth gaiters for summer, and waterproof for winter. Different purposes, different lengths, different environments - nothing to do with water til winter.

Bush and low elevation scrub, I want to keep the junk, thorns, and sticks out of the shoes and keep my pants intact. Higher up it's scree. For trail walking, the Dirty Girls or the shortie gaiters are light enough and breathable enough, and keep the debris out of the socks.


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For people who never wear gaiters in scree, have you ever had some pebbles in your shoes that started irritating your feet, but it didn't hurt too bad yet, so you kept going for while, setting a mental milestone on when to stop and take them out?  Then you reached the milestone, and it hurt a little more, but still not too bad, so you went a little further, and before you know it, you've been walking for an hour on the pebbles and when you stop to think about it, it really does hurt quite a bit.  Yeah, that's about when you decide that you'll stop and empty your shoes in another 15 minutes.  Really, you mean this time.
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