Traverse Hunting Gaiters
4-Way Stretch Nylon with DWR Coating
Traverse Hunting Gaiters Details
- Boot Gaiter
- Protection over the top of low and mid height boots
- Intended to prevent water and debris from entering shoes and socks during active hunts
- Exclusive 37.5 Active Carbon Technology
- Built-in stretch for complete range-of-motion
How It's Built
- Material: Stretch Nylon
- Cut: Accessory
- Primary Uses:
- Spot & Stalk
- Weight: 3oz.
Where to Use
- Pacific Northwest
- Temperature Ranges:
- 20F - 45F
- 45F - 60F
- 60F - 80F
- Above 80F
Bought size Large due to me wearing a thicker boot. I wear size 11 Lowa’s and like most previous reviews they were a bit tight. That tightness did help to keep things out but did put excess stress on the gaiters. My first use out of them was for a 10 day hunt in the Gallatin Nation Forest and on day 4 the top snap on one came off. I will say the Velcro on these are phenomenal and the straps to keep them secure are strong. I’ve put well over 150 miles on these and they still work great. Very durable other than the snap and some fraying.
I just finished using these for an 85 mile week long hike. I have used them before but was just blown away with how durable and great they worked out. They stayed in place all week and handled a ton of harsh terrain. I let my wife use another top hunting company's gaiters, which were brand new before the hike and they broke on the final day of the hike. She had completely worn through the steal cable that straps under the boots after just a week of use, while the First Lite gaiters were still running strong! I was very very impressed with they way they preformed, buy with confidence!
Bought this gaiter for the 2018 Colorado first rifle season and wore them all 5 days. As far as performance goes, they were flawless. Tops of the boots and bottoms of the pants were kept pristine. I wear a size 9.5 Zamberlan hunting boot, and while I could get them on, they were TIGHT. Thank god they stretch, and the tightness was probably why they kept things out so well. The fact that they were so tight did not make them uncomfortable, it was just a little difficult to get them on. If I bought again, I'd get the larger size. The only problem I have is my pair seemed to suffer some durability issues. After 5 days I had 2 holes in them, frayed straps, and some stitching was coming undone. Maybe some of that was due to the fact they were so tight around my boots, but I wouldnt expect that kind of wear after 5 days, and I wouldn't say we did any really hard wear hiking. Excellent gaiter, but only 4 stars for the durability issues. If they would have stood up better I'd give 5, and maybe the larger size would cure that issue.
I have finally encountered a product that matches what I had in mind for design and function. Problem: Early season upland hunting in southern Idaho is quite warm. I like to wear lightweight ripstop/cotton pants and I want to maintain air circulation in my pant legs to try and stay cool. Wearing conventional length gaiters makes my feet and lower leg too hot. My Irish Setter boot tops are not tall enough to keep out the worst of the worst of debris - cheat grass. The solution as I imagined it: A gaiter that I can wear inside the pant leg that will "e;extend"e; the length of the boot top to keep out cheat grass, made of lightweight yet durable material to withstand frequent use (I'm retired and am hunting 3-4 days a week), made of breathable material to prevent sweaty lower legs and feet, has a hardy, durable heel strap that will take the punishment of frequent use, and finally, a lace hook that will stay hooked and hold the lower part of the gaiter in place. (Kudos for thinking of having the hook facing upward - great idea!) In addition, I have skinny ankles so I needed something that would stay snug and not droop. I spent a great deal of time researching products and saw these gaiters mentioned alongside the KIUI Scree gaiter. The demo video influenced me to try these first. I'm glad I did. I've been using them and they have performed exactly as I wanted. I will be ordering a second pair for my wife.
I loved everything about the gaiters but in the end they were just too tight for my legs. I tried them with my Corrugate and Catalyst pants along with my Crispi Summit boots (size 13). I don't consider my calves to be huge but they aren't skinny either. I own the Brambler gaiters also which work and fit great but would love to have a low/mid length pair for when the elements are not so bad. Hopefully in the future they will make a pair that are a little more adjustable.