• Available Sizes S, M, L, XL
  • Weight- XL size 379 grams
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  • Cost $89.50

Sea to Summit Quagmire Event Waterproof Gaiters

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Rating

Rating:               8.3 / 10

Value for Money         2.0

Ease of use               2.1

Weight                       2.0

Durability                   2.2

Sea to Summit Quagmire Event Waterproof Gaiters Review

Its very rare for me to wear gaiters when I hike because I prefer to wear either long pants or convertible pants that give me protection from the sun as well as from the various flora and fauna. There are however times when I will absolutely wear gaiters including when:

  • I’m travelling off trail in spinafex country or a similar  scratchy environment
  • I have a real concern about snakes (see above)
  • I’m in an area where sand, small stones and plant matter getting into my footwear is an issue
  • I’m in an area where mud is an issue

Now given my reasons for wearing gaiters I don’t tend to do things by halves so I want a model of gaiters that is going to provide maximum protection and my current choice is the Sea to Summit Quagmire Event Waterproof Gaiters.  These gaiters have been around for a number of years and while there has been tinkering around the edges they have essentially remained the same. I bought my current gaiters about three years ago and while there has been a minor change to their construction they remain the same. The last time I wore these gaiters on a trail was on the Larapinta Trail when there was a concern about spinafex. I soon discovered that unless I went off trail my gaiters weren’t needed so they were back in my pack pretty quick. I did take gaiters on the Overland Track but opted for a shorter version just to keep the mud out of my boots.

As many of you are aware, I have size 14US feet and this means there are limited choices of footwear but this also translates to things like gaiters. When I am wearing my industrial strength Scarpa SL Activ Boots they push the friendship on the gaiter fit. I wear a XL size gaiter which is the biggest available and they are slightly on the small side. I would prefer it if Sea to Summit made a XXL option but alas I have to make do.

Sea to Summit makes a range of gaiters and this model is considered to be their top of the line.  The Event material used to manufacturer these gaiters allows sweat and moisture to vent from the inside of the gaiter but prevents waters penetrating from the outside. I have found this to be very effective in all circumstances but obviously with the exception of immersion in water.  The opening mechanism on these gaiters is velcro and this 50 mm wide opening at the front provides an additional degree of shin protection as well as making it pretty easy to put them on and take them off. There are scuff guards on the inside of the ankles that also prevent wear on the gaiters from the opposite boot. These gaiters are unisex.

The underfoot step is robust and also replaceable and as an infrequent gaiter user, I’m still on the original straps even after three years. The gaiters themselves are fairly lightweight and even my XL version only weigh 379 grams which means you aren’t going to notice the additional weight.  I can’t speak to how comfortable these are to wear with shorts but even after a long of wear with long pants I still find them very comfortable.

So if you are after a pair of gaiters for some serious leg protection then you can’t go past the Sea to Summit Quagmire Event Waterproof Gaiters.

These gaiters are unisex and the European sizes will suit females, the US sizes are mens

Small

  • 37-40 European
  • 5 -7.5 US (mens)

Medium

  • 40-42  European
  • 7 -9 US (mens)

Large

  • 41-45 European
  • 9-11 US(mens)

XLarge

  • 44-47 European
  • 10.5 to 13 US (mens)

We Like

  • The Event material provides good breathability and minimises water entering through the gaiter in all everything except river crossings
  • They are comfortable to wear
  • They protect you from sharp environments e.g. snakes, spinafex etc

We Don't Like

  • I prefer not to wear gaiters unless its really necessary and if you are wearing long gaiters because you need to, then they will be hot in the middle of summer
  • A XXL size would be useful for those of us with big feet. Other manufactures do produce gaiters in this size but they tend to be over $100

Best Uses

  • For those times went you want serious protection from nature

Buy One

You can purchase Sea to Summit Quagmire Event Waterproof Gaiters online from Wild Earth or Wildfire Sports

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Investment

$89.50 AUD

 

Other Versions

Sea to Summit produces a range of gaiters at various price points. Select your gaiters based on the type of protection you are after

Sea to Summit Quagmire Event Waterproof Gaiters

XL Sea to Summit Quagmire Event Waterproof Gaiters being worn with Size 14 Scarpa boots. While I would prefer a larger size (i.e. XXL) this combination works well

Velcro front closure

Heel strap

Inside view showing the scuff guard. The heel strap is also visible

Velcro top strap. This strap now has a metal clip but the older model is still around

Gaiters closeup. A larger size would provide coverage further down my boot. These boots don’t allow water and mud in through the tongue

Disclaimer

This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by the reviewer

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