Published 13 July 2011
Over the years I've been walking I've gone through some seriously wet conditions. If nothing else walking the Pennine Way in March is a sure fire guaranteed way to get your hiking boots absolutely sodden. All you need is waterlogged land, and some heather moorland or deep grass and you'll soon be soaked. Too much rain or water and your socks will begin to soak it all up. On one day on the Coast to Coast I'm sure I ended up wringing out about half a pint of the stuff from my socks.
Making sure your boots are well waterproofed does help and on long trips I now always take a tube of Nikwax Waterproofing Wax with me which is miracle stuff for leather booths. And obviously one thing to try is gaiters and I finally succumbed and bought a pair a few years ago, however whilst they help a bit they just seem to stall the inevitable a short while. The first day I wore them it must have taken a whole half an hour longer before my boots were soaked to the bone.
My current gaiters, Gelert ones bought whilst walking the Pennine Way, might as well be like paper for all the good they now do and after several particularly damp days walking the Southern Upland Way I began to think about replacing them.
The trouble with traditional gaiters is that they're not all encompassing of the boot - water can still get in. However there are a kind of gaiter that apparently solve the problem. Some people swear by Berghaus's yeti gaiters and they're used by the military. They fit with a tight seal around the outside of the boot, protecting the laces and seams where water might penetrate the boot.
What I didn't quite understand was how on earth you got them on. And then recently I came across this video. And began to wonder if the pain was really worth the gain...
If you've any experience on yetis, feel free to tell me what you think in the comments box below.