ultralight strapless gaiters|
ultralight, ultra-breathable scree gaiter made of
tough, stretchy Durastretch®
fabric. Keeps mud, sand, and other debris out of low-cut trail footwear without
the need for an undershoe cord or glue-and-velcro.
Total weight per pair:
1.8 ounces (52 grams)
in the following colors:
gray is currently out of stock. We don't know when this color will be available
(for gaiter-wearing mortals)
gaiters, ankle gaiters, shorties... Call them what we may, these low-rise
foot defenders are just plain handy to have around, especially for the ultralight
crowd whose low-cut running and trail shoes need all the defending they can get.
But while most scree gaiters are capable of keeping out debris, mud, and grit,
most are also overbuilt, poorly ventilated, or otherwise anathema to the fast
& light set. And even the lighter choices almost always rely on instep lanyards
to keep the gaiter down over the shoe's opening - nylon or even Spectra cords
that invariably fray and fail over the course of miles.
is a different type
of ultralight scree gaiter designed to stay in place, down over the opening of
a low-cut shoe, without the need for an anchoring device. No undershoe cords required!
And no heel velcro or glue, either, so you can change shoes at will and never
need to modify your footwear. These gaiters won't rise up in rebellion because
they're designed to fit rather than fight. They won't fall down either - not off
the heel, not down the ankle.
do we accomplish this? The answer is in the gaiter's shape, in its use of
stretchy, woven Durastretch®
fabric along with a non-stretch, tensionable bottom edge, and in a unique "floating"
hook & loop closure that lets you adjust the fit to suit your needs. We've
eliminated the usual snap fasteners along with their weight and limitations on
fit, but have retained a full-front closure so you can don and doff these gaiters
without having to remove your shoes. LevaGaiters even come with ultralight
eyelets, so you can still use instep lanyards if you prefer, such as when postholing
in spring snowpack or fording raging rivers. Most of the time, though, you won't
need them. And as any hiker or runner who's ever shredded their gaiter cords might
attest, not needing them in the first place is an idea whose time has surely come.
4-way stretch Durastretch® lycra/Antron® nylon construction
- a supremely breathable, fast-drying fabric that gains very little weight when
wet. More durable than lycra alone, this single-layer Durastretch® fabric
is considerably more ventilating than eVent® and other waterproof/breathable
fabrics. (Durastretch® is not intended to be waterproof.)
hook & loop closure design with unique, "floating" lace
hook that adjusts to fit the layout of your laces
shape stays in place without lanyards or heel velcro
eyelets (9/64" internal diameter) permit use of instep cords if desired
(cords not included)
low-profile fit is ideally suited for lightweight, low-top shoes and boots
be put on and taken off without removing your shoes
most sizes & styles of low-top trail footwear
intended for use with over-the-ankle-height (mid or high-top) boots
per pair: 1.8 ounces (52 grams)
note: Use of the gaiter's lace hook is necessary for proper fit, and should
be attached to shoelaces at least 7.5 inches forward from heel of shoe. Using
a ruler, measure your shoes from the heel area straight forward to the lace area.
If you've still got laces at 7.5" on the ruler, you're all set! Use this
sizing criteria along with the corresponding shoe
size chart to determine which size LevaGaiter you need.
haven't been a gaiter fan for a number of years, as they just didn't seem worth
the trouble. But your gaiters have changed my mind, and they'll be going on most
of my trips from now on." - Glen Van Peski, founder Gossamer
"These gaiters fit very well and don't require
a strap under the shoe (which always wears out very quickly). Not waterproof,
but also very breathable and not too warm. Perfect for non-snow hiking with trail
runners." - John Mackey, CEO Whole Foods Market
recently purchased a pair of your LevaGaiters and I've used them on every backpacking
and hiking trip since I received them. They're a truly excellent product - well-made
(in America!), simple, elegant and supremely functional. They keep the worst of
the muck and dust out of my low-cut trail running and hiking shoes, they're very
light, and super-easy to clean (I just hose them off and air-dry them)."
- John A., Washington
just wanted to tell you how well my Simblissity gaiters performed this weekend.
I did a 3 day hike in central Florida in deep sugar sand, which normally means
stopping once every 2 hours and emptying my shoes of sand. But with you gaiters,
I never stopped to dump sand out of my shoes. Also the temperature was about 80
degrees and my feet didn't feel abnormally hot! And I wear New Balance Minimus
shoes and the gaiter never slipped off the small heel. Simply put, your Simblissity
gaiters are simply superb!" - Mike D., Florida
led a group on the AT’s 100 mile wilderness last summer and in addition to other
adventuring since, I have roughly 600 miles on that pair of Levagaiters and they
look brand new. The fit remains perfect and they stay in place without cords even
in loose fluffy snow." - Logan K., Maine
very breathable, but don't seem to soak through in the rain. They haven't ever
slipped up on the back of my shoes, even without an under-shoe cord. No signs
of wear after more than 100 miles. Highly recommended." -
Douglas F., BackpackingLight.com forums contributor
30 miles of dusty trail, scree, off-trail and even a river dunking, I rate the
Levagaiter a 9 out of 10. They work perfectly and no need for a lanyard."
- Paul, Practical Backpacking™ Forums Moderator
love these gaiters. I wear them every time I go hiking. They breathe well, dry
fast, keep debris out of my shoes and stay in place. When I first used the gaiters
it took a few tries to get the fit right but after I re-read the directions I
had no problems. I have used them in deep snow and would agree with the manufacturer
that an underfoot lanyard is necessary to keep the heel of the gaiter from riding
up. In all other conditions I have found a lanyard unnecessary to keep the gaiter
in place." - Stuart B., BackpackingLight.com reader review
really do not want to wear any other gaiter! Once you wear the best, it sucks
to wear the rest." - Jeremy W., 2009 PCT thru-hiker in planning
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