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Trekmates Soft Shell Gaiters review

Together with the Long John's came two pairs of gaiter from Trekmates for us to review. They too are going with us to the Pennines for their first review.

Trekmates Soft Shell Gaiters review

Our first test of the Trekmates Dry SoftShell gaiters took place on the 14th January 2012 on a route incorporating peat bog and heather in the South Pennines of northern England.


The route initially followed the Pennine Way from Clough Foot, up and over Dick Delf Hill, past Top Withins and on to Ponden Reservoir on well defined grass and York Stone paths.

Leaving the Pennine Way beyond Ponden Reservoir we followed a very ill defined Bronte Way that led us mistakenly on to Sandy Hill Moor. We made the decision in the interests of product review to continue across both Sandy Hill Moor and then Slate Pit Moor to eventually rejoin the Bronte Way close to Brink Ends, a very boggy distance of 4 kilometres.

This proved to be an excellent test for both gaiters and boots with well hidden peat bog traps and deep wet marsh to wade through. At one point I was knee deep in wet bog and sinking and had to prostrate my body on the surface of the bog to escape from its clutches!!!

The gaiters stayed firmly around my lower legs stopping any ingress of water into my boots throughout and there was no material affect from the abrasive nature of the heather.

These gaiters more than out performed our expectations considering the testing environment.

More to come including images and our first product review video.....

andy shipley 

where to buy  

Go Outdoors Trekmates softshell gaiter