Puttees anyone?
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Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Puttees anyone? on 12/04/2006 14:17:46 MST Print View

I was reading some jabber about gaiters (I use 'em) and flashed on the old WWI leggings. Some soilders wore shaped canvas leggings that were very close to what we now call gaiters, but the predecessor was a simple wrapping on the lower leg.

I found a web site that shows how it was done: http://www.hardscrabblefarm.com/80th/putting_on_puttees.htm .

What a simple way to keep your lower legs protected! I could see all kinds of remainders from projects being used for this. Some stetchy polyester knit might work well.

Edited by dwambaugh on 12/04/2006 14:19:38 MST.

Colin Parkinson
(parkinson1963) - F
Puttees on 12/04/2006 20:48:32 MST Print View

Colin Fletcher uses Ace bandages as puttees, dual purpose gaiters and first aid.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Puttees on 12/05/2006 09:01:05 MST Print View

I considered that. I was thinking Pertex scraps or the like. Properly wound, the layers are like shingles and the water would run off, just like regualr gaiters, but much more breathable.