Results for the Best Gaiters of 2016 are Published by OutdoorGearLab
After months of rugged testing, awards are granted for products earning Top Pick, Best Buy, and Editors' Choice distinctions.
The winners are as follows:
Editors' Choice - Rab Latok Alpine
The Latok earned the coveted Editors' Choice award due to its seamless blend of durability, water resistance and functionality. It features eVent fabric which functions as a water resistant, yet breathable, barrier which keeps clothing garments dry from the inside out. The low profile design slips over footwear effortlessly and offers full protection in hazardous terrain. Clever construction details throughout this product ensure its longevity and durability; the Robic nylon patches sewn at the instep safeguard against crampon spikes and an internal Velcro adjustment system for the instep strap means you'll never have to fret about a buckle busting again. Overall, reviewer Thomas Greene thinks, "These gaiters are so cool and comfortable to wear that they might just win a die-hard non-user over."
Best Buy Award - Outdoor Research Wrapid
The Wrapid earned the Best Buy award for its bargain price point, versatility and ease of use. These footgear protectors are at home on long muddy runs as well as light and fast alpine jaunts but can also accommodate mountaineering boots if necessary. They are conveniently light enough to bring along "just in case" on day hikes. Affordability and durability don't always go hand in hand, so reviewer Greene was both surprised and pleased to find that after the intense testing process, "They didn't look any worse for the wear; the velcro closure system is still working great after months of use, and the plasticized instep strap showed no signs of breaking or fraying." With an economical price tag of $48 per pair, you can't go wrong with these multifaceted award winners.
Top Pick for Lightweight and Breathability - Rab Scree
The Scree took home this honor for its blend of breathability and featherlight weight. It features a double weave fabric which allows the product to breathe whilst contributing to its comfortable wearability. In comparison to other models this gem was easy to put on due to its bungee cord instep strap which swiftly wraps around your footgear and fastens down with a toggle. Rab even thought to include extra instep straps and an additional toggle since these would be the first (and only?) part of the product to wear down. Due to the lightweight fabrics and design, reviewers found that this product excels in a niche category; Greene says, "These aren't the model to wear on your next trip to the big mountains, but for trail runs, bushwhacks, hot hiking days, or for tick protection, the Rab Scree is the most comfortable and breathable model that we tested, and well deserving of our Top Pick award."
Operating out of Cheyenne, Wyoming, OutdoorGearLab, LLC offers extensive gear comparison reviews and useful articles to educate and empower individuals with their gear purchasing process. Categories cover a wide variety of activities such as hiking, running, backpacking, cycling and skiing. The innovative website creates side by side comparative charts which score products based on metrics such as durability, ease of use and price point. Testers implement creative methods to decide which products stand out within their category and award them with titles such as Best Buy and Editors' Choice. To explore the popular online resource, check out outdoorgearlab.com.