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Bala

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#1
I'll be in Galicia mid-October. My rain pants are long enough to cover the tops of my trailrunners. Is there any reason to take gaiters? Thanks for your help.
 

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davebugg

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#2
I'll be in Galicia mid-October. My rain pants are long enough to cover the tops of my trailrunners. Is there any reason to take gaiters? Thanks for your help.
Hi, Bala, I'll be in Galicia at the same time -- God willing. I won't be taking or using either; just my poncho and, if needed, rain kilt. With trail runners, long pants would be sufficient in a light rain, but it is doubtful that either gaiters or long pants would provide complete protection from wet shoes in anything heavier and/or when the pathway has standing water which can't readily be avoided.

If you want information about how to deal with wet feet/footwear, just send me a PM. :)
 
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#3
I'll be in Galicia mid-October. My rain pants are long enough to cover the tops of my trailrunners. Is there any reason to take gaiters? Thanks for your help.
I used gaiters with my waterproof hiking shoes and they keep my feet dry as long as I don't step into water that is ankle deep. They definitely make a difference on muddy trails and hard rain, but not for deep standing water. I've been using them for 20 years in the backcountry and on my Camino. But I also always hike with waterproof shoes or boots.
 
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Donna Sch

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#4
I used gaiters with my waterproof hiking shoes and they keep my feet dry as long as I don't step into water that is ankle deep. They definitely make a difference on muddy trails and hard rain, but no for deep standing water. I've been using them for 20 years in the backcountry and on my Camino. But I also always hike with waterproof shoes or boots.
What kind of gaiters do you use? I'll be walking in February/March so it's a topic I'm interested in because I hate wet feet!
 

pelerine

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#5
I use Trekmates gaiters, no rainpants since my normal pants dry so quickly (e.g. during a coffee pause in a bar); have never had to wade through ankle deep standing water; to ford small rivulets I take off my boots.

Buen camino!
 

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#6
I had never used gaiters, but did on my Camino Frances last October. I had knee high ones and I was really surprised about how much I liked them and how they keep me dry. It also felt so good to have something warm around my calves. Never thought about that. I wore non water proof HOKAs and there were a great combination.
 

J F Gregory

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#7
I'll be in Galicia mid-October. My rain pants are long enough to cover the tops of my trailrunners. Is there any reason to take gaiters? Thanks for your help.
If your shoes are not waterproof gaiters won't keep your feet dry. I hike in shorts except for winter and use Dirty Girl gaiters just to keep the sand and rocks out of my trail runners. They are not water proof.
 
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#8
What kind of gaiters do you use? I'll be walking in February/March so it's a topic I'm interested in because I hate wet feet!
I’ve always used Outdoor Research (OR) brand. They are waterproof nylon, not cloth. The short ones, not the long style. The long ones are too hot for me in warm weather.
And yes, if you don’t have waterproof shoes/boots, gaiters won’t help.
 
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J F Gregory

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#10
What kind of gaiters do you use? I'll be walking in February/March so it's a topic I'm interested in because I hate wet feet!
February, March I would recommend water-proof boots also, you should be prepared for snow rain and mud. For those days we wore rain pants other than that quick dry pants. We were wet or muddy every day. We only had 6 full days of sunshine. Still love it though.
 

davebugg

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#11
Fabric trail runners are not a match for the cold, snow, and ice of the winter months; footwear needs to adjust to the seasonal changes. Just as the type and weight of clothing will change to accomodate cold and inclement winter weather, so too does footwear.

When the temperatures plunge and snow and ice start making their presence known, I shift to a leather boot --- my current favorite being, ironically, the Lowa Caminos. There are a goodly number of protective, mid-calf length gaiters that can be added as needed, too -- REI and Amazon are sources to check. During the cold winter months, boots are a logical choice, just as my shift to trail runners are my norm for the warmer months from late spring to late fall.
 

Bala

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#12
Thanks for all the advice, everyone. I have gaiters that I brought both times on the Camino and never used them once, do they'll stay home this time. Or maybe go in a donation box.

However, I have been eyeing the Dirty Girls for exactly the reasons you mention, @J F Gregory , as well as mud protection for long pants. Then again, I could always just wash the mud off. That's been known to work. :)
 

davebugg

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#13
Thanks for all the advice, everyone. I have gaiters that I brought both times on the Camino and never used them once, do they'll stay home this time. Or maybe go in a donation box.

However, I have been eyeing the Dirty Girls for exactly the reasons you mention, @J F Gregory , as well as mud protection for long pants. Then again, I could always just wash the mud off. That's been known to work. :)
Dirty Girls work very well for keeping dirt and debris out of shoes, but they are too short for mud protection :)
 

Bala

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#14
Dirty Girls work very well for keeping dirt and debris out of shoes, but they are too short for mud protection :)
That is very useful information. Thanks!
 

Donna Sch

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#15
I’ve always used Outdoor Research (OR) brand. They are waterproof nylon, not cloth. The short ones, not the long style. The long ones are too hot for me in warm weather.
And yes, if you don’t have waterproof shoes/boots, gaiters won’t help.
February, March I would recommend water-proof boots also, you should be prepared for snow rain and mud. For those days we wore rain pants other than that quick dry pants. We were wet or muddy every day. We only had 6 full days of sunshine. Still love it though.
I have Paramo Cascada II pants which are waterproof and Salewa waterproof Mountain Trainer Mid boots. I even have a pair of waterproof socks. I just worry about water getting into my boots from the top on days when I am wearing thermal leggings rather than pants.
 
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#18
I have Paramo Cascada II pants which are waterproof and Salewa waterproof Mountain Trainer Mid boots. I even have a pair of waterproof socks. I just worry about water getting into my boots from the top on days when I am wearing thermal leggings rather than pants.
The waterproof socks are too much. Seriously.
You are unlikely to be fording any rivers. Rainfall is no big deal if you have gaiters. So what if your socks get a little damp. Change them half way through your day. If you are using wool socks, you won't even notice the wetness that much. Don't over think the wet feet thing. You are not hiking in the wilderness. And I say this as someone who does backpack in the wilderness and has had wet feet.
 

Jeri

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#19
I'll be in Galicia mid-October. My rain pants are long enough to cover the tops of my trailrunners. Is there any reason to take gaiters? Thanks for your help.
I used REI short gaitors in April and May on Del Norte. Loved them. Essential. I used an Altus poncho and Macabi skirt. Didn't need the rainpants although it poured.
 
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#20
I'll be in Galicia mid-October. My rain pants are long enough to cover the tops of my trailrunners. Is there any reason to take gaiters? Thanks for your help.
I have taken gaiters twice on Camino and never worn them. travelled March/April and April/May. snow, sleat rain. Waterproff pants did the trick ervery time.
 

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