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I’ve been breaking in the Kuiu Yukons, and yes they do keep or add additional heat in the lower legs and boot area,

Not ideal at the present time………

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Always. Hunting elk, deer, sheep, picking berries, year round... always. I live in the rainiest part of the lower 48, and don't like burrs nor debris in my boot tops, but I have never hunted an extremely hot climate.

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Originally Posted by smokepole
Depends. If it's wet yes. If you're splashing through creeks yes. If you're walking through grass, stubble, gravel, scree etc with trail runners or low top boots and want to keep debris out, yes.

If none of the above and you need to be quiet to stalk up close or it's warm out, no.

I wear gaiters more often than not. In addition to what Smokepole said, I also use them in the desert to keep the cats claw from ripping my trousers to shreds and they make passable snake gaiters.

I'm about to go on a mild-weather recreational backpack up to do some fishing at a timberline lake. Probably won't wear gaiters. I don't expect to do any climbing where I might encounter snow up high.


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I have a pair. I use them very occasionally. I did use them in Newfoundland over my Tibets before I realized that rubber boots were the only way.

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Gaiters are a lot quieter and shed snow and water a lot better if you put them on and drape your pantlegs over them...

If it's cold enough to want them for snow and warmth, your pants won't be wet, but the snow that goes over the top of them if they're over your pants will make your pants and boots wet.

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kinda depends when i wear gaiters ? snow yes ,mud and very wet conditions sometimes . i don`t like to wear them but sometimes you got too. good luck


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In snow, most definitely, and wet conditions, even morning dew on tall grass. It's nice to keep pants dry when out on a backpack hunt.


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Originally Posted by Vek
Gaiters are a lot quieter and shed snow and water a lot better if you put them on and drape your pantlegs over them...

If it's cold enough to want them for snow and warmth, your pants won't be wet, but the snow that goes over the top of them if they're over your pants will make your pants and boots wet.

Ditto! Excellent point.

Pants inside gaiters drain/soak water down inside the gaiter tops as the pant material gets wet. Soaked my boots that way on a rainy sleety dash through sub-alpine brush after a ram. Pant legs outside of gaiters shed water down and outside the gaiter. If wearing waterproof rain pants, the rain pants go outside the gaiters.

Gaiters inside soft fabric pant cloth also lets you wear noisier gaiter fabric and still be quiet moving through low brush.

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Originally Posted by T_Inman
Until there's 6 inches or so of snow, no.
Personally I feel they're the most overrated piece of gear out there, possibly eclipsed only by trekking poles.

ha. Im one those guys that love gaiters and trekking poles but Im sure I am a bit older than you

I always wear gaiters late season wetter upland, chasing chukar, pheasant in marshy areas, Turkey hunting, elk hunting and poles. I cross a lot of small streams elk, deer, Turkey hunting and they help

I find I can wear a lighter boot with gaiters and stay warm hiking and hunting. For me they help moisture from getting down into my socks and boots

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I replaced my OR’s with the Kuiu Yukon see a couple of years ago & like them better. Snow or wet grass they make a difference & keep pants & boot tops drier & warmer don’t think they are necessary but are an improvement even with good pants & boots.

I’ve been using a walking stick of some kind since my grandfather showed me how to walk with one in the mountains over 50 years ago. I used trigger stick tripod mostly for that purpose for years. Went with a single carbon pole with a yoke on top last year & won’t go back that light extra leg to brace & balance really helps these days.

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Using TruSpec Expedition pants sprayed with DWR and the built in bootlace hook/adjustable boot cuff eliminates most needs for a gaiter.


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