I am really starting to appreciate the utility of gaiters in many different hiking conditions, and would like to start a discussion focused on the different ways that people arrange their pants, gaiters, and shoes. When using gaiters and shorts, it is pretty straightforward, as shorts and gaiters never meet. When using gaiters with pants, however, I'm still working on a satisfactory arrangement of the two. Trail walking in desert conditions, when the objective is to keep out dust, sticks, rocks, etc. I’ve simply let the legs of my Railrider Weatherpants fall over the tops of a pair of short gaiters. Quite breathable, worked just fine.
In snow conditions, of course, one would want a more reliably “sealed” system with pants inside gaiters. When using gaiters with pants in such conditions, I'm still working on a satisfactory arrangement. For example, I have a pair of REI Mistral pants, some Fairydown gore-tex gaiters that come to just below the knee, and some variety of trail runner depending on conditions.
A few questions:
-In a setup like this, the section of pant leg inside the gaiter seems to become somewhat superfluous, even inhibiting the working of the gore-tex. Do you fold it lengthwise? Roll it up into a cuff? Just let it bunch in there?
-How about when movement seems to either pull pants down because the seal of the gaiter-top is nice and tight, or pull the pants out of the gaiter so that when you return to a standing position the pants above the gaiter are baggy and need to be re-tucked?
-Are pants with built in gaiters any use with trail runners? Most of them that I’ve seen seem best suited for boots rather than trail runners, and so you would need another gaiter anyway. Anyone had good luck with trail runner, independent gaiter, and gaiter built into pant where the pant gaiter is tucked into the independent gaiter, which is then covered by the pant leg?
It would be interesting to hear your ideas about these issues. Anyone experimented with integrating particular gaiters into particular pants? How about cutting pants to a Capri pant-type length to be used with gaiters? Am I missing anything? Would a nice pair of Hammer Pants solve my problems?