So after several years of telling myself that taking off my shoes and shaking out pebbles, dirt, pine needles, and twigs was no big deal, I finally broke down and ordered a pair of gaiters after a pine needle managed to turn into an annoying splinter over a month ago. I settled on a pair of MLD Superlight gaiters, and they arrived last week just in time for a section hike this weekend.
Overall I really like the gaiters and how they preformed. They kept my feet free of debris, plus as an added bonus slightly dryer and warmer. And 60g total for the pair is not bad, especially considering how much weight I save using barefoot shoes.
Yet something I didn't think about and that is an issue is that I wear barefoot shoes (Merrell Trail Gloves). After just one trip of around 35km total, the elastic string that goes under the shoe (and meant to be in the gap of the heel) got shredded.
Anyone else have this problem? Not sure what to do. My friend that came with me on the hike said I could attach Velcro to both my shoes and the gaiters, but this seems like it's a bit much. I was thinking I could just attach thinner string and replace it often, but that's kind of annoying and a bit wasteful too (not that string weighs that much, but still). Then I thought maybe I could try and find a really tough and flat piece of fabric, maybe leather, to tie on my gaiters.
EDIT: Fixed total weight of gaiters (without bottom straps).