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Gear Review – Armadillo LT Gaiters from Hillsound

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Hillsound Armadillo LT Gaiters

At the beginning of winter, I received a set of Armadillo LT Gaiters from Hillsound Equipment to review. Thankfully, we’ve had a great winter so far, with plenty of opportunities for me to try them out. First of all, these gaiters are a step up from my old, inexpensive set I’ve been using for years. These gaiters have a sturdy nylon fabric that covers the boot and ankle area. I don’t use crampons, but these are touted to be tough enough to protect from your crampon spikes. The upper fabric is lighter weight, but is still very sturdy. I have found them to be more breathable than my old pair, allowing more sweat to evaporate along my legs. They are held around the leg by a burly waterproof zipper instead of velcro, which I’m finding to be more tidy and conforming better to my body. (If you’ve ever struggled to get long stretches of velcro to line up properly, you’ll know exactly what I mean.) The strap that goes under the shoe is a strong plastic, and it looks much more sturdy than the thin cords that go under our cheaper gaiters. It doesn’t collect water or gunk, as it’s smooth and hard.

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Hillsound Armadillo LT Gaiters have a thick strap that goes under your boot, and a hook that clips to your laces

The top of the calf has a buckle that tightens to keep them from slipping down. I like this better than the toggle variety. The one thing you’ll want to watch out for is the circumference of your calves. I’ve got the size small, and they barely fit around my calves when I’m wearing tights. I had a really hard time getting them to fit around my jeans when I wore them briefly to get from the car to the house in 11 inches of snow. You can find a size chart with calf measurements at the bottom of this page. When in doubt, I recommend sizing up. The upper calf area does not stretch.

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Keeping the deep snow out of my boots. Notice I forgot to buckle the top, but they still stay on just fine

I’ve been extremely happy with these gaiters on our snowshoe trips, winter hikes, and muddy walks. They’ve kept out the snow and debris, they are not too hot, and they are quick to get on and off. In addition, they look good.

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The Armadillo LT Gaiters are form-fitting and stylish

They sell for a recommended retail price of $49. I haven’t need to wash mine yet, but these gaiters are machine washable on the gentle cycle. The website gives complete washing instructions, including how to use a technical wash instead of regular detergent. Hillsound claims that with proper care, the DWR coating will last for up to 50 washes, and they can be re-waterproofed if needed.

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Having fun in the snow

 

Edited to add: I received this product for the purposes of review from the company. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated in other ways for the review.

Gear Review: Lowepro Passport Sling III and Toploader Zoom AW II

Earlier this year, Lowepro sent me some more camera bags to review.  First is the Passport Sling III, a sling-style camera bag with room for much more. I use this bag all the time now.  It’s become my go-to travel purse and tourist bag.  There is a removable padded sleeve for my DSLR, and a…Continue Reading

Second Review of Lowepro Photo Sport Pro 30L AW Pack

Last summer I wrote a review for a photography backpack that Lowepro sent me to test.  I have been using the pack a lot, and thought I’d write a follow-up to my first impressions.  This pack is built as a technical backpack, but it has a special camera compartment built into the bottom of the…Continue Reading

Gear Review and Giveaway: Coleman Outdoor Essentials First Aid Kit

I don’t know about you, but we go through a lot of bandages at our house.  Seems like every day someone has a cut or scratch that they need fixed up.  Since we’re on the go, we often need bandages in the car or at the park, too.  While I usually have a good stock…Continue Reading

Thinking About Fall and Winter

Well, we had a hike planned today.  I even had the kids pick where to go, and they were looking forward to it.  But when we woke up this morning, my most sensitive and emotional child burst into tears at the thought of hiking.  I couldn’t get him to budge on the idea, even with…Continue Reading

Tips for Fall Hiking

We were fortunate this year that our warm, sunny weather extended well into October.  We were able to get out into nature without too much preparation.  But now the rains have started, bringing cooler weather and snow to the mountains. Our attentions will turn closer to home, as we explore trails at lower elevations.  We…Continue Reading

And A Child Shall Lead Them: A Nature Walk

Sometimes my kids know better than I do what they need.  Lately Annika has been asking every day to go out into nature, to have a peaceful walk in the forest.  We are fortunate to have a green belt behind our home (it was one of the reasons we picked this house) and it makes…Continue Reading

Gear Review: Vapur Quenchers Water Bottles

Earlier in the fall, we received two water bottles for the kids for review.  Vapur is a water bottle manufacturer, making softer plastic bottles that squeeze down flat when they are empty and are lightweight yet durable. They market themselves as the Anti-Bottle.   They have a new line out for kids, the Quenchers, a…Continue Reading

Review of Wildskins

I recently had the chance to review a new product that some of you, my readers, might be interested in.  Hikers are encouraged to layer their clothing, to have long and short sleeved shirts along, just in case.  Sometimes you just might want to cover those bare arms, but don’t necessarily need the extra layer…Continue Reading