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Rab Latok Extreme"ly good" Gaiter

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Coming from the west I have discovered many interesting truths in life that few are aware of – e.g. bored sheep herders like to stack rocks. How is this important in the review of a gaiter? We’ll get there, but first let me ramble.

I am a PhD student in archaeology conducting research in a remote region of north central Mongolia. Imagine the foothills of the Wind River Range - not so much the dune covered, camel caravans, region of the Gobi.

Despite what some movies have said about my profession, I actually don’t get to spend a lot of time rescuing damsels in danger of having their hearts ripped out. I chose a more tame side of the profession, specializing in landscape archaeology. Basically, I spend a lot of time scientifically wanderings in the wilderness looking for remains of Mongolian sheep herders. As such, I have put my fair share of hiking equipment through the wringer.

In total, the performance of these gaiters for hiking in variable terrain has been second to none. The project area where I work gets a lot of summer moisture. Despite long days tramping through knee high, wet grass, these gaiters have kept my feet nice and dry. Similarly, the body material of the gaiter has held up well in thick, thorny, underbrush.

I was a bit concerned with the durability of the strap that goes under the boot. Hundreds of kilometers of hiking later & these things are still going strong. Granted, the hiking has been mostly in grass/dirt terrain, however, (if you recall my earlier nugget of wisdom) I do feel confident saying that the lower strap will handle rocky situations also. Why? As it turns out, the Mongolian sheep herders of antiquity took rock stacking to new heights. These guys are the proud creators of huge rock monuments (10’s of meters), boat loads of rocks. Spending days recording these monuments has roughly approximated scrambling over a talus field so I do feel confident that the gaiter will last.

Rab Latok Extreme"ly good" Gaiter
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AMAZING review Will - thanks for the infinite wisdoms!

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I'm tempted to go buy some gaiters now... didn't know I needed them until I read this!! Nice review.

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Now there's a review.....and your son with cool jammys to boot. I have these gaiters and love em. Like the BD Apex also. Thnx man.

5 5

first ever gaiter experience - impressed

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

worked well against mud and snow

3 5

Ok

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a fan of RAB gear. The constuction of is gaiter is excellent but the design may not be ideal, depending on what you are doing. For snowshoeing, general winter wandering and glacial travel, this may be a good choice. Vertical and technical ice, not so much. The gaiter does not hold it's shape as well as the OR croc or exped. Also, the bungee pull at the top of the gaiter can pop out during climbs and get caught in a crampon. For technical ice, I would stick with OR gaiters.

How do we know what size we need? What...

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How do we know what size we need? What do we measure to find out and where? We are interested in gaiters for a gorilla trek in Rwanda and only need them to go up to our mid-calves or so.

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For that kind of activity you will probably want to looks more at a mid gaiter like the Rab Latok Mid Gaiter or the OR Flex Tex. These well keep debris and light moisture out of your boots and lower legs while being more breathable and not as intense as a full size alpine inspired gaiter.