REI Trail Running Gaiters

REI Trail Running Gaiter

Overview:
Trail running in Washington state usually means mud and wet trails through out most of the year. While a waterproof trail running shoe can be very nice at times, it doesn't prevent anything from being kicked up or falling into the shoe from above. Trail running gaiters help keep crap out of your shoe whether it's a minimalist or a burly waterproof trail runner. A quick stop at my local REI, and I was out the door with reasonably priced trail running gaiter at $32.50. 

Fit and Performance:
REI's Trail Running Gaiters comes in two sizes, S/M, and L/XL. I wear a 10.5 US men's shoe and the L/XL fit my North Face Ultra Trail shoes and my Montrail Mountain Masochists. The pull cord at the bottom of the gaiter allows you to cinch the gaiter close to the shoe preventing anything to get inside. The pull cord hides nicely in a stash sleeve so it never gets in the way during running. For those not used to gaiters without velcro closures, the easiest way to wear them is to: First, pull the gaiter over your sock up to your calves, Second, get your shoes on and tie them up, Third, bring the bottom of the gaiter strap underneath the shoe and proceed to cinch it taught around the shoe.

I've put around 40-50 miles on the REI Trail Running Gaiters and have used them on some beautiful sunny days to some down right nasty, windy and rainy days. The Nylon/Spandex blend wicks enough sweat away on the sunny days that you never notice them yet provides adequate protection against water when you run through mud and small streams. The gaiters show little wear or tear so far and I would expect the gaiters to last for many more miles.

Summary:
The REI Trail Running Gaiter keeps the elements out of your trail running shoes allowing you to think more about the next mile than what's got into your shoe.

Pros:
  • Highly Breathable
  • Highly water and mud resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Quick to tighten down
  • Reasonably priced
Cons:
  • None so far
**This review is purely my own thoughts of the product and in no way or form is affected by my employment at REI.

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