As much as I love hiking in shorts, I’ve never liked the gross amounts of trail debris on my socks and in my shoes. Everything from grass seeds to thorns, dirt to rocks seem to find my socks and then the inside of my hiking boots. The most persistent seem to be springtime grass seeds looking for a new home.
This spring I saw Gaitors on a Trail Runner and I thought I’d give it a try. The OR Stamina Gaitors are made of lightweight breathable fabric that are comfortable in summer weather. So what if you’ve got a Spats on the Trail look or passerby wonder where the snow is, they really do a job of keeping the scree and seeds out of your shoes.
They are light and stretchy enough you forget they are on once you get going. The Gaitors slip on easily and attach with hooks at the laces and hook and loop patches at the heel, and snugly cinch at the top, just a couple inches above your ankles. Comes winter we’ll try them in the rain and slush. Silicon panels on the top will help keep it all dry.