Dirty Girl Gaiters Review | Average Hiker
Dirty Girl Gaiters Review
This Dirty Girl Gaiters review is the description of a gaiter that is the complete opposite of the Black Diamond gaiters I've always worn. Over the last couple of years I've stopped using gaiters, but this summer I headed out to do some hiking on the Colorado Trail, and found myself constantly stopping to remove dirt and debris from my shoes. I'm not sure if it was because I had changed shoes, or maybe my gait had changed, but it irritating.
I've seen the colorful Dirty Girl Gaiters on many trails over the last few years, so I decided to give them a shot. The gaiters were fairly new when I hiked the PCT, and would have gotten shredded on the CDT. I spent way too much time thrashing around lost on the CDT. These are NOT bush whacking gaiters. I just needed something light to keep out small stones and debris, and at less than 2 ounces, these seemed perfect.
Dirty Girl Gaiters Model
This is my first post with a model. The model was not very cooperative, and actually appeared a little irritated at being asked to participate. Fortunately, she was fairly inexpensive, and only required about three biscuits to take the job and pose for me. She has made it quite clear though that in the future she would prefer to model only for high end dog food brands. She indignantly shared that she is NOT a clothing model.
The Dirty Girl Gaiters come in a multitude of colors, and are made with a very lightweight Spandex type of material. I probably could have repurposed one of my bathing suits. They are very light weight and I'm sure will dry very quickly. I chose the “Trail Party” coloring because it was subtle, and matched my Hokas' quite nicely.
The small Velcro strips that attach the gaiters to the shoes is a big plus for me. The irritating thing about my Black Diamond gaiters was always the strap under the shoe. It always broke within a couple of weeks. It is nice that they provide a very long Velcro strip with the gaiters. Velcro, like Duct Tape, has infinite uses, and I'm pretty excited to put the extra Velcro to good use!
There is a small clip on the gaiter that attaches to the lace on the front of the shoe. The tab holding the clip appears to be hand sewn. It will be interesting to see how long it holds up after numerous weeks of hard hiking. I have my dental floss if the stitching does fail – yet another item with infinite uses – like Duct Tape, Velcro, etc. You may be detecting a theme here. My gear can look a little rough by the end of a long hike.
The Arizona Trail will be the inaugural hike of the Dirty Girl Gaiters. The desert hiking will be the perfect test environment. Deserts tend to have a lot of sand. The AZT also appears to be well maintained, so I don't anticipate any bush whacking, unless there are some over grown sections…or I get lost.
I really like these Gaiters for this next hike. They are bright enough to be spotted at a distance, complimenting my In-Reach. They are also quite comfortable. Imagine the material on your bathing suit, except loose, with no rubbing or clinging. I'm not sure how durable they will be, or if they will last the entire hike, but at $23.00 a pair I can replace them if needed. Finally, I also like the fact that the owner donates to good causes. That is always a plus.
Post Hike Comments
The Dirty Girl Gaiters worked out great on the Arizona Trail. The one exception was the Velcro that is required on the back of the shoe. In hard hiking this is not going to adhere as supplied by the vendor, no matter how long you let it set after you apply it.
I ended up having to purchase super glue in Patagonia, AZ, cutting Velcro off my backpack, and using this instead. This did the trick! The new Velcro is going NOWHERE!
I would definitely use these gaiters again, as long as I'm not hiking cross country. They would not hold up to brushy environments well, and need fairly clear trail for hiking.