For our trip to Nepal we were planning on not bringing plastic boots, even though we were originally planning on doing some pretty technical climbing. Our desire was to not have to carry in several pairs of footwear, since we also didn’t want to use porters for our approach. The result of these constraints led us to design and construct four pairs of insulated super gaiters for use with our stiff leather mountaineering boots. In this way we could do the approach in our leather boots and then start climbing in the same leather boots with the added warmth and protection of the insulated super gaiters.
The finished product is the now famous “Points Unknown Insulated Super Gaiters.” Featuring additional exterior water proofing (ballistic nylon), 2″ of synthetic insulation around the boot cuff, calf and toe box, and a rubber rand that seals around the outside of the boot sole. All of this results in very functional insulated super gaiters can provide a warm and robust gaiter as a lightweight alternative to bulky plastic boots. (famous is a relative term)
– Rubber Rand: Motorcycle inner tube, cut to shape.
– Outer: Ripstop Ballistic Nylon
– Inner: 2″ synthetic fill factory sewn to nylon
– Gore-tex flaps
– Stretch Chord and Chord Locks
For our Nepal expedition we fabricated four excellent pairs of super gaiters. The rubber rands pull over the boot sole easily but securely. The upper part of the gaiters snug around the lower leg using zippers with a velcro windproof flap and a quick-lock elastic chord around the upper cuff. Our field tests in the high altitudes of Nepal proved the durability and effectiveness of these gaiters. We were stoked!
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