In line with Montane’s ‘Further. Faster.’ ethos, these gaiters provide a good level of all-round protection at an impressively low weight, making them a good choice for winter mountain adventures.
- Top of the range 3L Gore-Tex Pro waterproofing and breathability
- Neat and precise fit
- Not the burliest fabric
- Relatively thin instep straps
Montane Endurance Pro gaiters: first impressions
Balancing low weight with top-level waterproofing and breathability, Montane Endurance Pro Gaiters make use of Gore-Tex Pro fabric, with a 70-denier nylon face. They’re reinforced with additional nylon overlays around the base of the ankle and lower leg for added durability.
However, the most noticeable element is just how much attention has been paid to patterning, with the emphasis on ergonomic design in order to ensure a close and precise fit. This ensures that these gaiters work well in more technical scrambling and mountaineering scenarios as well as for general hillwalking. As a result, they are extremely close-fitting, with a low profile. However, the design still permits a wide range of movement. Part of this is down to the clever placement of the Velcro front closure, which is slightly offset towards the outside of the leg to allow for increased ankle articulation.
The gaiters close at the top with a neat press stud. Rear calf adjustment is enabled via an elasticated drawcord, and there are also two stitched darts at the top of the gaiter to reduce excess material and bunching. A plastic front lace hook and adjustable TPU-reinforced underfoot strap provide two points of attachment to mountaineering and hiking boots. Usefully, the tail of this underfoot strap can be threaded back inside the gaiter when fastened, so it doesn’t pose a trip hazard. However, the strap itself is relatively narrow, particularly compared to some other gaiter designs. This saves a little weight, but potentially comes at the cost of long-term durability.
• RRP: $80 (US) / £60 (UK)
• Weight (per pair): 190g / 6.7oz
• Length: Long
• Sizes: S / M / L
• Colors: Black
Montane Endurance Pro gaiters: on the trails
On test, these gaiters were used and abused all over the UK, from summer tramps through the peat bogs of the Peak District to winter mountaineering routes in the Cairngorms. They’ve generally held up well, proving to be far lighter and more comfortable to wear than burlier, bulkier styles. In fact, their best quality, aside from the neat and precise fit, is that once you’ve got them on you tend to forget you’re wearing them – something that can’t be said of heavier gaiters, which tend to be both hotter and sweatier.
The downside is that although the 70-denier main panel is reasonably durable – and the kick panels are reinforced with even thicker nylon overlays – they still aren’t the most rugged. We did manage to put a crampon point through them during the Scottish winter season, though arguably that was more attributable to clumsy footwork rather than anything else. So, although they might not be our first choice for winter use, for general three-season hillwalking, scrambling and mountaineering in wet conditions or tricky terrain, these are a great pick.
An outdoors writer and editor, Matt Jones has been testing kit in the field for nearly a decade. Having worked for both the Ramblers and the Scouts, he knows one or two things about walking and camping, and loves all things adventure, particularly long-distance backpacking, wild camping and climbing mountains – especially in Wales. He’s based in Snowdonia and last year thru-hiked the Cambrian Way, which runs for 298 miles from Cardiff to Conwy, with a total ascent of 73,700 feet – that’s nearly 2½ times the height of Everest. Follow Matt on Instagram and Twitter.
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