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Black Diamond
Distance Gaiter

3.642857142857143 out of 5 stars
14 Reviews
Current price: $32.47 Original price: $49.95
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Distance Gaiter

Scramble across scree, navigate overgrowth, and maneuver ridge lines with the Distance Gaiter from Black Diamond. Made with stretchy, breathable material, these gaiters will protect your ankles as you rack up the miles in alpine or desert environments. An instep strap and lace loop secure the gaiters tightly to your running shoes for a close fit that will keep dust, mud, pebbles, and shrubs out. More than just protection from varying terrain, the hook-and-loop closure of the Distance Gaiter wraps around the ankle like a warm hug from an old friend.


  • Trail running gaiter for protection in varying terrain
  • Instep strap, lace loop securely integrate with trail shoes
  • Hook-and-loop closure wraps around ankle for snug fit
  • Ultralight material for moving fast-and-light in the mountains
  • Item #BLD00WE
instep strap
Claimed Weight
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

3.5 based on 14 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 1 reviews
2 Stars - 4 reviews
3 Stars - 1 reviews
4 Stars - 1 reviews
5 Stars - 7 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

January 29, 2024

Great coverage

Took me a while to figure out how to put them on. Add great coverage to the ankle area and laces. I have only used them once so far, but it looks like the bottom white strap will probably get torn eventually, all depends on the type of terrain it gets exposed to. I hope Black Diamond made this strap replaceable.

Eric C.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

January 18, 2024

Best gaitors I’ve found!

After trying several different brands and having trouble finding gaiters that didn’t feel super tight around the calf and that felt durable for even the most rugged trails, I landed on these and will never look back!

Dominique S.

Originally reviewed on

2 out of 5 stars

July 19, 2023

Way too small.

Incredibly small gaiter. The sizing chart was difficult to find and not accurate. (Plus BD shorted me a carabiner in my order.) On the positive side, it is well designed. If you have small feet and order a large maybe it will fit.

Evan F.

Originally reviewed on

4 out of 5 stars

June 1, 2023

They work well in most

They work well in most situations but I've had issues with my approach low cut sneakers.. they slide up too easily and let snow in.. with ankle high boots they are hard to put on...

George M.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

March 14, 2023

Your best friend

I've tried all the rest, these are the best! I must walk funny or whatever, but I seem to kick up rocks, dirt, sand and everything else into my shoes. They fit perfectly, breath amazingly, and are durable like steel, simply put, they will exceed your expectations! I use them in the winter in snow, in the summer in sand and everything in between. I primarily use them for hiking, backpacking and alpine climbing. Worth every penny you'll spend, even at retail.

R H.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

February 20, 2023

Easy and great

Too soon to see how durable it is, especially the arch cord, but seem solid and fit well and easy

Alex L.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

December 17, 2022

Great for Trail Running

Bought them to keep the snow out of my shoes on winter trail runs and they work perfectly for that. Was initially hesitant about the way they velcroed but have had zero issues, look forward to using them for summer trail runs and long hikes as well!

Ethan F.

Originally reviewed on

2 out of 5 stars

September 21, 2022

Good for short distances, Can't recommend for longer runs on mixed terrain

I bought these a while ago and was really excited about them, but the first race I used them in was also their last. Run, Rabbit, Run 100 was wet and wild this year. The Steamboat ski area had recently torn up the ground on the first big, very steep climb, so I decided to use these gaiters to keep dirt and rocks from filling my shoes on the early uphill. They worked great and I made it to the top without any hitchhikers. As I got to the less steep hills in the first section of the race we got overtaken by a dense cloud and cold temperatures, shortly followed by some precipitation. I kept these on and my feet stayed much drier than they would have been without them. The uphill ended, single track rollers took over, then the most technical section of the trail came next, first with downhill, then the same way back up, with a brief (~0.5 mi) road section. Single track back up led to forest service road, and after taking that for a few miles, I noticed that the thread wrapping under the sole of my shoe had snapped on my left gaiter. At the next aid station (~30 mi) I looked at the other one and it was pretty frayed as well. I kept them on for another ~15 mi till I met with my crew and dropped them off before continuing the race. I ran through a couple more showers without them and definitely noticed the wetter feet, but I preferred it to the gaiter starting to move and make some blisters - My left ankle has some towards the top that I didn't actually notice during the race, but they line up with the seam of the gaiter who's thread had broken. I'm glad I took these off when I did or they could have impeded the race. I can't say where these broke, but I wore them on just about every type of terrain aside from deep dune-y sand and had this result. I was wearing some high stack shoes (Hoka Tecton's) so that may have also contributed since the thread felt pretty tight as I put them on. All in all I really liked these while they lasted. It would be nice to see them made with either a burlier strap or a different way of attaching to the shoe that could keep them from moving if that strap breaks.


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

June 6, 2022

Awesome Little Gaiters!

Great for keeping snow and mud out of the top of runners. They fit nice and tight. The Velcro does snag the fabric though, so care is needed when putting them away.

Robyn C.

Originally reviewed on

2 out of 5 stars

October 14, 2020

Way too small

I wear a mens size 9 shoe and ordered the s/m. These will not fit around any of my shoes and they barely fit around my bare foot. I believe the sizing chart on BD's website says S=7-8.5, M=8.5-10, L=10.5-12, and XL=12+, but maybe I read the chart wrong. They're really light and they might work really well, I'll just never know because I can't put them on. Oh well.

Raymond M

Originally reviewed on