Hillsound Armadillo LT Gaiters

May 2017 | Ryan Brusca

Seems like every week this fall and early winter I see the same 10 Day forecast for Austin, TX. Maybe some rain Thursday, definitely rain Friday, topped with scattered thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday. That kind of weather is guaranteed to bring mud slicked trails to every corner of the region and is a major buzz kill to the ill-prepared. Dry creeks suddenly fill and trails are covered with mud and guaranteed to have multiple water crossings. So needless to say a good pair of gaiters go a long way to keeping an outdoorsman on the trail in these conditions and the Hillsound Armadillo LT Gaiters have proven to be a useful tool this wet season.

The Hillsound gaiters fit over my Solomon Quest hiking boots with a snug seal via an adjustable arch strap and waterproof YKK zipper. The zipper has a large handle attached making it useable with a gloved hand. A small hook at the bottom of the gaiter secures to boot laces and an adjustable strap at the top constricts around the calves to prevent sagging. The lower portion of the gaiter is a dense nylon for great protection from low brush and under water surprises. The upper portion is a flexible membrane that allows plenty of air but no water. My boots are very water resistant but occasionally the water gets high enough to penetrate the top of the boot. With the Hillsound Armadillo LTs I can confidently get well above the boot with no water penetration. If these gaiters work as well against snow as they do in mud and water they will be helpful on the mountains to keep you dry and comfortable. These gaiters have made a wet winter a more enjoyable adventure and will definitely be in the pack for upcoming trips to Colorado.

  • A stretch waterproof & super breathable membrane
  • Replaceable polyurethane-coated Nylon instep strap
  • Easy zipper access on front
  • Waterproof to 20,000mm.
  • Breathability rating: 6RET, 15.00 + g.
  • DWR coating will remain intact for up to 50 washes
  • priced at $49

Check out a selection of gaiters HERE

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