It's always nice to read your reviews. While it's good to have a gaiter that perform well in all conditions, I have a difficult time finding one that works well in hot, dry weather. I hike the PCT in 3 week sections each summer and mostly need something to keep grit and chunks out of my shoes. I find that most gaiters make my ankles and feet too hot, and then I'm more likely to get blisters on my heel and mid foot. (I hike in breathable trail-runners.)
The last few years, I've used Dirty Girl gaiters, but I always scuff holes in the medial ankles and they still make my ankles sweat. If they get wet in the rain, they get really soppy and it takes a long time to dry out. You're right about the different patterns having different weights, and I think they also have different breathability and drying times. I think the owner just buys bulk lycra in different patterns, that may have different thicknesses. I like to support her quirky cottage industry, but her gaiters are mostly made for people who run on trails. I do wish she'd offer a cordura patch on the inner ankle.
So, have you come across a gaiter that breathes really well and dries really fast?