Moxie Gear Shin Gaiters

October 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Moxie Gear Shin Gaiters

Moxie Gear Shin Gaiters

At the huge Outdoor Retailers Show in Salt Lake City I have the privilege of meeting Darren Clark, an adventure racer from Australia. He was showing people his Moxie Gear Shin Gaiters.

I have been a proponent of gaiters ever since I made my first pair of trail running gaiters out of athletic socks many years ago, before gaiters were being marketed to runners. I believe everyone who runs trails should consider wearing gaiters. So of course I was interested in Darren’s shin gaiters.

Moxie Gear offers two styles of gaiters – Ankle Gaiters and Shin Gaiters.

Moxie Gear Ankle Gaiter

Moxie Gear Ankle Gaiter

Their Moxie Ankle Gaiters are made like many others you have seen. They have a narrow strap that goes under the shoe’s arch and uses a quick release buckle system making them easy to put on and take off. The strap is made from a carbon infused material, which makes it more durable and resistant to wear – and is fully adjustable. An elastic section on the back of the gaiter helps it grip the shoe and prevent dirt from getting under the gaiter. A pair weighs 90 grams. They are available in black and grey.

Darren’s Moxie Shin Gaiters are lightweight and durable, made to protect your shins. They come in three height sizes, small, medium, and large; and all three sizes are available in three widths, slim fit, normal fit, and wide fit – based on your leg/calf size. There is a nice selection of 11 colors and patterns – something for everyone. The front of the gaiter have durable rip stop padded panels over the shin area with reflective striping, and a soft stretch lycra fabric around the calf, which gives a perfect fit. A full-length side zipper makes them easy and quick to put on and take off. They will withstand all types of weather and terrain conditions. A pair weighs just 130 grams. These are perfect for adventure racing, trail running, Cross Fit events, hiking and thru-hikes, and of course, races like the Barkley. They can save your shins when mountain biking too.

Shin and Ankle Gaiter Combo

Shin and Ankle Gaiter Combo

Darren has put the Moxie Gaiters in Amazon for ease of ordering and faster shipping. And yes, they are in Amazon Prime. At Darren’s Moxie Gear website, you can order combos packs of Ankle and Shin Gaiters. His website has complete sizing charts. If you order from his website, he can ship anywhere in the world.

Darren impressed me with his shin gaiters. These are a great item to add to your running, adventure racing, hiking, and mountain biking kits.

How Important are Gaiters?

Many runners have a love-hate relationship with gaiters.

Some love them and swear by them when running trails. Others never wear them, and dislike them. Which camp do you fall in?

I have regularly promoted the value of gaiters since I made my first homemade set from a pair of old white cotton crew socks. I believe it was one of the first years I ran Western States, maybe in 1985 or 86. I cut the foot out of the socks, leaving the ankle part to pull on my foot and fold over to cover the top of my shoes. I used twist-ties to anchor the socks to the shoes. And – they worked – as primitive as they were.

Then as the years progressed, people with more business sense than I started to make and sell gaiters. Now days, you can get gaiters in a myriad of colors and types.

I still believe in gaiters for trail runners, and in one recent conversation, told a friend that should make them mandatory gear for multi-day trail events.

You have every right to ask why.

Today’s shoes have become increasingly lightweight and many shoes are made with mesh uppers. It’s this mesh that allows all kinds of sand, dust, grit, and dirt into the shoe. These bad things will work their way into your socks and onto your skin. Rubbing and abrasions can occur. If you use any type of lubricant on your feet, the bad stuff will be attracted to the stickiness. The bad stuff can be a contributing factor that can lead to blisters.

A good set of gaiters will cover the tops of the shoes and the toe box to keep bad stuff out.

I’ve included two images of special gaiters that are typically found at the Marathon des Sables (MdS).

Running in sand at the MdS

Running in sand at the MdS

 

 

 

 

 

Gaiters at the MdS

Gaiters at the MdS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the link to the myRaceKit for the MdS page that shows two gaiters they support. And a page from their blog that describes the fit and application.

These are highly useful when doing races in the desert, but how about when running trails? I believe the weak point in some gaiters is how they fail to cover the top of the shoe’s upper, thus allowing bad stuff inside.

I have treated many runners’ feet that are filthy with dirt and grit that makes it hard to wash off in order to find, clean, drain, and patch blisters. Blister patches and tape usually does not stick to dirty skin. In addition to making it harder for medical personnel to clean one’s feet, it also means it takes longer, which can affect not only your race, but those behind you that also need their feet worked on.

Back when, I wore homemade gaiters because that’s all there was. Now there are many styles and fabrics to choose from.

If I was going to run a tail race of any length, but especially a 50M or 100M, or multi-day race, I would buy one of the gaiters that attached to the shoe with Velcro and cover the whole shoe.

Still unsure?

Here are two of my blog posts about gaiters.

Blisters and Gaiters – this is by Lisa de Speville and adventure racer and ultrarunner from Soith Africa and her homemade gaiters.

Rough Country Gaiters: a review – this is a review of gaiters and offers commentary by Jay Batchen, who has done the MdS. Here’s a new link to the Rough Country Gaiters mentioned in the post.

In two weeks I will be working foot care at the Michigan Bluff aid station of the Western States 100. Then three weeks later I’ll be doing a foot care study at the Tahoe Rim Trail 100-Mile Run. I’d love to see a few runners wearing a more substantial gaiter.

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