Rating: 5 / 5
I bought these knowing they did not fit well over low tops, as described in the BPL review and others comments here. The problem is apparently that either they will not cover the shoe or they ride up when walking. Spotlight review is at:
Low tops are a preffered shoe for Light and especially UL and SUL hiking, so I want to continue to use them and use them more -- instead of my heavier boots. Thus, I have been looking for a gaiter that would give me the protection from the elements of a higher topped boot type shoe while wearing my low tops.
But, there is no "perfect" gaiter for low tops that I could find reviewed or discussed here at BPL.
Thus, given that the ID eVENT shorties were light weight, durable, and waterproof based upon the comments and BPL reviews, they seemed like the best choice.
I have from the beginning disliked the concept of the bungy string under the sole to hold them down. Having tried it I still dislike it. IMO there was no security in that connector and hold down device. So I replaced it with connectors to the sides of the shoes themselves.
They will hold down over the low top Montrails I use, using the bungy string they come with or the modifications I made.
I believe it is essential that you order the right size to obtain gaiters that will fit over your sized shoe or boot, S, M, or L. The picture (below) in the Spotlight review mentioned above indicates the gaiters that were tested did not fit the foot of the tester.
They also, given the modification pictured two pics above, come on and off the shoe easily. I can take the shoe on and off in a flash because of using the BPL Gear Shop's Lock Lace on my shoe strings, which means I don't have to tie and untie them to get them on and off. (I do not use the shoe strings that come with the BPL Gear Shop Lace Locks, I remove the strings and use the strings that come with the shoes or other items.)
The Integral Design eVENT shortie gaiters are well made, fabric feels and looks durable and great, and they are waterproof. I never thought I would like or use gaiters until reading all the posts, reviews, and seeing the pictures here at BPL. These fit and feel great. They do not weigh much of anything so I don't notice them; I thought they might feel clunky.
After reading about the importance of the foot in "Lightweight Backpacking and Camping" I am certain I made the right choice to protect my feet with proper gear. (Cinders in the shoe are a real problem here and my only previous choice was to wear my higher top Tecnica boots or get cinders and rocks in my shoes.) The gaiters give that sense of security that if you bang into a sharp rock edge you are not going to cut or smash the ankle.
In snow, based on a quick initial test, they are great. Now I do not need to wear the high tops all the time because the gaiters shed the snow as well as the high tops or better.
So, thus far, these are 5 for me because they don't cost much for the protection they offer from water, snow, and rocks or dirt; they obviously are well made and durable material; they are light weight; and most importantly they will allow me to use low tops far more than previously, which has been a goal for awhile.
Another modification to the gaiters was taking off the stopper on the top closure and replcaing it with a bit bigger, but easier for me to use with gloves or in the cold, BPL Gear Shop Lock Lace: