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  • EMS Summit Gaiters

    With an updated shape, these all-purpose gaiters feature Gore-Tex uppers to keep the snow out.

    Features/Benefits:

    • Length 17.5 in. 3/4 in. strap 16 in. leg opening at knee, 19.5 leg opening at ankle
    • Ideal for snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, backpacking, and other winter activities
    • Supplex nylon uppers backed by a Gore-Tex membrane
    • Waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex membrane keeps snow/moisture out while allowing internal moisture/sweat to escape
    • Lower leg made from 550-denier nylon Cordura and lined with nylon ripstop for exceptionally strong, durable protection
    • Velcro hook and loop closure with storm flap
    • Adjustable tension lock buckle at top for a secure fit
    • Boot hook to keep gaiters in place
    • Adjustable, neoprene-coated rubber boot strap (3/4 in. wide)

    Fiber Content: Upper: 100% Supplex nylon
    Lower: 550D Cordura nylon, nylon ripstop
    Country of Origin: Imported

  • EMS Summit Gaiters

    Weather Conditions Year round
    Waterproof Yes
    Primary Use Hiking

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Eastern Mountain SportsEMS Summit Gaiters
 
4.2

(based on 14 reviews)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Good size/fit (7)
  • Rugged (6)
  • Water resistant (6)
  • Lightweight (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Cold / extreme (10)
    • Backcountry (8)
    • Snow sports (8)
    • Leg/ankle protection (6)
    • Wet weather (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (3), Serious trekker (3)

    Reviewed by 14 customers

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome!

    By GreenFox

    from White Mountains, NH

    About Me Rugged Outdoorsman

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Fit
    • Rugged
    • Stay In Place

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backcountry
      • Cold Weather
      • Rocky Terrain
      • Snow Sports

      Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Summit Gaiters:

      Mostly use this for winter hikes, but have also used them for caving. Work great in the cave to keep mud, and sand from creeping into my boots, also keeps pant legs from getting snagged.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Not Just For Snow

      By Smod4130

      from Lowell, MA

      About Me Casual/Recreational, Novice

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Fit
      • Water Resistant

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backcountry
        • Cold Weather
        • Leg/Ankle Protection
        • Snow Sports
        • Wet Weather

        Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Summit Gaiters:

        A simple, useful gaiter. Have not used in appropriate snowy conditions yet, however did use on a recent cold rainy October hike. Mud puddles deep as my boots, and a rappel over Arethusa falls in the spray, the gaiters stayed in place, my boots and socks stayed dry, my pants stayed clean, and the gaiters cleaned up well after. Quintessential gaiter performance.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Gaiters

        By Mountain Mama

        from Vermont

        About Me Casual/Recreational

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Breathable
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Fit
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Stay In Place
        • Water Resistant

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backcountry
          • Leg/Ankle Protection
          • Snow Sports

          Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Summit Gaiters:

          I recently purchased and used the Summit Gaiters on an 8 mile hike in the snow. They kept the snow out of my boots and stayed in place without readjustments thanks to the adjustable rubber boot strap (a huge improvement from the elastic strap on my old pair) and boot hook. Also, my Husband has used his pair of the Summit Gaiters for hiking and snowshoeing for the last 4 years and they are proving to be a very durable product. No complaints here.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Solid Product, but not quite perfect

          By DV

          from Burlington, VT

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Summit Gaiters:

                I've used these in every condition from chest-high powder to calf-deep slush and they've rarely let me down.
                The Cons:
                - Toe hook almost never stays put, except on semi-rigid or rigid boots (boot grades B2 and B3). The upshot of this is that even without it hooked, the gaiters still stay put and the snow stays out of taller boots.
                - Deep slush or very wet conditions can penetrate the gaiters even though they are gore-tex

                In snow, I've never had a problem with them. They are showing some wear on the insides, but my crampons and snowshoes are yet to snag on them or tear them.
                I'd recommend these gaiters, but I strongly encourage you to go to your local EMS, bring the pants and boots (or multiple pairs) you intend to wear them with so that you can size them appropriately.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width

                (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                WORST gaiters ever made!!!

                By Van

                from Lowell, MA

                Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Summit Gaiters:

                First of all, I am a huge fan of EMS store and brands. I get 95% of my gears from EMS. But unfortunately I do NOT recommend getting this gaiters. I am a weekend warrior, average 5 to 7 peaks in a single weekend, 130 to 150 peaks in a year, and last winter 37 peaks alone. So, I have used this gaiters personally and do not like it one bit. The velcro is too narrow and it keeps coming off, and so does the hook that suppose to hook on to the tip of the shoe lace. My suggestion is to get a gaiters with a wider velcro so it would not come off. I had to switch back to my old REI gaiters. Sorry EMS, but you failed me on this one.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great gaiters

                By IK

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Serious Trekker

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Fit
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged
                • Stay In Place
                • Waterproof

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backcountry
                  • Cold Weather
                  • Leg/Ankle Protection
                  • Rocky Terrain
                  • Snow Sports
                  • Wet Weather

                  Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Summit Gaiters:

                  Have used these on a couple of mountaineering trips and I can say that they do the job perfectly. The fit is great, just make sure to size them right to ensure they will fit over your boots. I don't recall any issues with them sliding down; in fact, when I'm wearing them I don't even realize they're on, which is a good thing. They do a great job of keeping the snow out and protecting your pants and boots from crampons. Everything you need and nothing you don't at a very reasonable price.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome possum

                  By petercd

                  from Boston, MA

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Fit
                  • Rugged
                  • Water Resistant

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backcountry
                    • Cold Weather
                    • Snow Sports

                    Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Summit Gaiters:

                    These are awesome. Admittedly I've never owned gaiters before. I took these out for their first use on two days in the White Mountains of New Hampshire to go snow-shoeing in 18inches of fresh snow. These gaiters were easy to put on, fit well, and kept my boots and ankles warm and completely dry. They don't show any signs of wear, and did a great job. I was so glad to be wearing them, and for what I paid, they were a great deal.

                    My only complaint would be that there is no little loop to tie back the top strap, so it was just flapping around near my knee, and I knocked the buckle loose once because I nudged the free end of the strap. I started tucking it into the top after that, but my friend's gaiters had a little loop to keep that strap tied down.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    4.0

                    Decent Gaiters for Snow

                    By Keystone

                    from South central PA

                    About Me Serious Trekker

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Water Resistant

                    Cons

                    • Does Not Stay In Place
                    • Not Breathable

                    Best Uses

                    • Backcountry
                    • Cold Weather
                    • Leg/Ankle Protection
                    • Snow Sports
                    • Wet Weather

                    Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Summit Gaiters:

                    I agree with those who complain about the design. It's a bit tricky lining up the bottom strap and the lace hook, but once done its fine. The top latch sometimes loosens requiring me to tighten it back down - a minor thing. They are not breathable but I've never had a problem with heat or sweat buildup under them since I usually wear merino wool socks. I mainly use them for snow shoeing, and they work fine keeping the snow and wet out. Some people seem to want $80 performance from $30 dollar product! But they perform well for the price. I'm unsure how these would work with dry scree protection only because they don't breathe and may get hot. But for snow, I recommend.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Snow be gone

                    By Dori

                    from Vermont

                    About Me Casual/Recreational

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Fit
                    • Lightweight
                    • Rugged
                    • Stay In Place
                    • Water Resistant

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backcountry
                      • Cold Weather
                      • Leg/Ankle Protection
                      • Snow Sports

                      Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Summit Gaiters:

                      Used them for a 3.5 mile snow shoe trek...perfect fit, easy to put on and highly functional. Worth the cost and likely will last for at least a decade of recreational use.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Haven't failed yet.

                      By HopefullyHelpful

                      from NH

                      About Me Serious Trekker

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Fit
                      • Lightweight
                      • Rugged
                      • Stay In Place
                      • Water Resistant

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backcountry
                        • Cold Weather
                        • Leg/Ankle Protection
                        • Snow Sports

                        Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Summit Gaiters:

                        I bought these march 2011. I've hiked and ran in them quite a bit. They are comfortable to run in, even when wearing shorts, trail runners and ankle socks. They stood up against ice, rocks and spruce traps. My pair are still 100% intact and are visibly passable as brand new. I did not want to claim that they were breathable, since it is hard to tell with gaiters.
                        The only 'problem' is that after about 5 miles of running / post-holing (painful combo) there was a bit of ice build up around the ankles. I doubt, however, that you can avoid this with ANY gaiters, and the quick fix is to simply clear them out and re-adjust them after a couple of hours.
                        I recently bought a pair for my step father as a gift. He was looking at a similar brand, but I wanted to make sure that he was getting a quality product.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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