Trail runners and bush gaiters

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Trail runners and bush gaiters

Postby fortunegrey » Thu 12 May, 2022 3:20 pm

I'm looking at replacing my heavy Scarpa boots with lightweight trail runners (currently weighing up La Sportiva Jackal vs Ultra Raptor) - one thing I haven't worked out is gaiters. I'm using Wilderness Equipment Canvas Bush Gaiter and I get the impression they're not going to sit as well. What's your recommend here?
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Re: Trail runners and bush gaiters

Postby WestcoastPete » Thu 12 May, 2022 3:24 pm

What about some train running boots? I recently went through this a bit, from leather Scarpas. I've now got some Topo Athletic Trailventures as what I think are a good compromise between out and out trail runners and boots. They're very light compared to the Scarpas, they feel great, not too soft on rocky ground, and work fine with gaiters. A fair few of the trail running companies do similar boots
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Re: Trail runners and bush gaiters

Postby sandym » Thu 12 May, 2022 5:27 pm

This has nothing to do with gaiters (which I don't wear as I hate them) so feel free to ignore completely, but, depending on your activities, expect to blow through trail running shoes much more quickly than boots. Your mileage may vary, but if you are off-track a lot, I find trail runners get destroyed really quickly. Also, I blow through a pair of trail runners almost every six months running 70ish km a week ON trails. The soles are always fine but the uppers just fall apart.

I have leather approach shoes for off-track and they seem to hold up better than trail runners. Would not be that comfortable to run in though. I actually don't understand why anyone wears boots anymore but that opinion is likely to offend the old guard.
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Re: Trail runners and bush gaiters

Postby EGM » Thu 12 May, 2022 6:12 pm

Check out la sportiva Akasha too if you haven't already.

I still wear boots sometimes if inov8 rocklite 286 count ahaha. Lighter than any of my trail runners.
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Re: Trail runners and bush gaiters

Postby coimon » Thu 12 May, 2022 6:29 pm

I've worn Ultra Raptors with canvas S2S Quagmire gaiters for years, works great for me. Not sure how different your gaiters are though.
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Re: Trail runners and bush gaiters

Postby gbagua » Tue 17 May, 2022 2:40 pm

La Spo UR accomodate for gaiters really well. See this review:

https://sectionhiker.com/la-sportiva-ul ... rm-review/

It's a killer of a trail runner. I would climb the Everest (crampons attached for sure) with them with zero issues.
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Re: Trail runners and bush gaiters

Postby Aardvark » Tue 17 May, 2022 5:40 pm

gbagua wrote:It's a killer of a trail runner. I would climb the Everest (crampons attached for sure) with them with zero issues.


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Re: Trail runners and bush gaiters

Postby wildwanderer » Tue 17 May, 2022 5:57 pm

La sportiva Akyra (non GTX version) gets my vote.

Nice big heel drop, protective upper that copes with offtrack and sole is reasonably durable. Works well with gaiters

Overseas purchase only unfortunately. https://www.sportiva.com/akyra.html
Hint Aussie distributors!
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Re: Trail runners and bush gaiters

Postby rcaffin » Tue 17 May, 2022 7:30 pm

Look up "Dirty Girl" gaiters.
I make our own of course: heavy Lycra.
Worn over very light trail runners or joggers.
I last wore walking boots about 30 years ago. Dinosaurs.

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Re: Trail runners and bush gaiters

Postby gbagua » Tue 17 May, 2022 7:33 pm

Akyras are great. My favourite trail runners for off-trail stuff...just didn't think they'd accomodate gaiters since I use the the UR for that purpose.
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Re: Trail runners and bush gaiters

Postby Walk_fat boy_walk » Thu 19 May, 2022 5:47 am

I tried a pair of Akyras but the fit was odd? Longer and thinner than the equivalent sized URs. Never really felt comfortable.

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Re: Trail runners and bush gaiters

Postby Lamont » Thu 19 May, 2022 7:46 am

rcaffin wrote:Look up "Dirty Girl" gaiters.
I make our own of course: heavy Lycra.

Cheers
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Roger, I've also made a couple of pairs in the Dirty Girl style. That style is brilliant. :D
I think the lycra I used however, wasn't so great-made from an old dress from the 80's 8) can you point me to the right weight Lycra please from an Oz seller if you know of one?
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