Suitable fabric for gaiters?
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Thomas Gauperaa
(gauperaa) - F - M

Locale: Norway
Suitable fabric for gaiters? on 10/08/2009 02:23:58 MDT Print View

I'm planning to make some short gaiters for summer and fall use. The pattern I'll use will probably the one on www.andersj.se or the one in the "Sew and repair your outdoor gear" book".

Any suggestions on which fabric to use and where to source it?

Tohru Ohnuki
(erdferkel) - F

Locale: S. California
Re: Suitable fabric for gaiters? on 10/08/2009 15:04:51 MDT Print View

Dyneema Gridstop from thru-hiker.com? It's 200denier packcloth with dyneema, strong and light, but it's coated so it might make your legs sweat... Or uncoated 200D nylon packcloth from seattlefabrics?

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Suitable fabric for gaiters? on 10/12/2009 19:09:56 MDT Print View

Personally, I like stretch gaiters. They don't provide walking music.

Spandura is very durable Cordura Spandex, and will just about never wear out. I have about 2500 miles and a lot of trail work on one pair. Spandura is expensive. However, the light Spandex used for women's swim suits seems just as good, and you can sometimes find enough on the $1.00 sale table at fabric stores. I have over 2,000 miles on a pair made of the light Spandex. They are getting ragged, but so what?

I no longer use a closure on stretch gaiters, just pull them on over my socks, then put the shoes on.

Edited by vickrhines on 10/12/2009 19:10:30 MDT.