A good pair of gaiters is an essential piece of shooting kit when you're walked-up shooting. Here are some of the best.
Gaiters are a key part of your shooting kit, particularly if you’re roughshooting on moorland.
Never be tempted to wear wellies when you’re out walked-up shooting – you could sprain an ankle walking through rough terrain. Wear comfortable, lace-up walking boots to give your ankles and feet good support and grip.
What you need to look out for
- Hardwearing, breathable and lightweight fabrics. Gaiters need to be able to stand up to daily use throughout the season – reinforced ankle areas are recommended.
- Ease of wearing. Look for pairs that are easy to put on and take off – but which stay in place when you need them to.
- Sizing. If you’re tall you might find some gaiters come up a bit tight. If you’re shorter, make sure they don’t ‘bag’ around the ankle. Best to try a few pairs on at a game fair.
- A sturdy zip in the front covered by a flap is a good idea, with the flap secured by studs.
- They need to ‘hug’ your boots at the bottom, for maximum waterproofing.
- Some are available in men’s and ladies’ options.
- The strap that fits under your boots needs to be sturdy and longlasting.
- The hook that clips the gaiters onto your boot’s laces needs to be up to the job and not slip off.
- Finally, if you’re stalking, you need to consider noise. You don’t want anything that will rustle in the bushes.
During a recent week’s walked-up shooting in Scotland I asked for some recommendations from keepers and ghillies. Here are some thoughts.
1. Black Islander from £58.95
Headkeeper Ryan is to be seen in his Black Islanders day in and day out, striding up and down the hill. He says he bought them at the Scottish Game Fair “a couple of years ago”. Still in good shape, keeping the ticks and water out.
Another brand that is being put through its paces, literally, is Outdoor Research. Trainee keeper Fraser has had his a couple of years and definitely rates them.
In conversation, these also came up as highly rated. Laksen claim that they are 100% water and windproof so they’re up to dealing with tough environments. Lightweight, they have a waterstop membrane on the lower half to keep boots and feet protected and breathable. One size in green.
The wellies are well known but the company’s gaiters are also rated by many shooters. As you’d expect from the name, these are excellent quality but not over the top in price.
On the budget end of the spectrum, these are an updated version of the previous Seeland Crieff gaiters. They have a front zipped opening, a rubber boot strap and are made from strong nylon.
Made from strong, hard-wearing canvas, these benefit from a waterproof GORE-TEX dropliner.
Adjustable for comfort, these pack into a fabric carry pouch for easy storage.
Tear-resistant gaiters made from a waterproof waxed material, ideal for moving through heavy foliage.
These gaiters are made to fit your calf muscle exactly and will expand accordingly. The boot ties are made of steel cable, which provides a long life for the product. The gaiters dry extremely fast and can be rolled up to the size of your fist.
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Tips for buying
- Gaiters come in two basic styles – high cut and low cut
- High cut come up to the top of the calf and are great for wading and walking in grassy areas or bushes
- Low cut fit at the ankle and are more suitable for general wear in the outdoors when you are facing rain, mud or just want to keep your boots in their best condition.