Waterproof, breathable combo
I got rather tired with shoes and wet feet on multi-day trips and so bought some Salomon Fastpacker mids.....goretex; never been a great fan of lined shoes (for the reasons Derek states) but I find these OK.
They are principally for Scottish backpacks - and somewhat ironically the three routes I did there early Spring were all dry as a bone.
Trekmates do 2 flavours of short gaiters.
The lightweight ones (Furtech sell them) are ok for rain/debris, but wet out easily in bogs/long wet vegetation. They stay happily on the heel of my size 12 terrocs. Also can be put on easily as they have a velro fastening.
I've not used the heavier ones, but saw someone using them and they seemed happy enough...
I've used gaiters with trail shoes quite a lot (Keen Targhees, Haglofs Trail), and agree it is often difficult to get the gaitor to position low enough at the back and round the ankle (most are not designed to do this).
However, Outdoor Research gaiters (eg Verglas or Crocodile) are a very different shape and it is easy to get these to wrap around the back of the shoe very neatly down to the sole. Certainly worth a try. Personally I find trail shoes work OK with gaiters unless feet are completely submerged in water.
Bob does some trail shoe gaiters at http://backpackinglight.co.uk/product290.asp?PageID=34 (I've not tried them).
Would not recommend the Trekmates ones -- they don't work with shoes very well.
My experience is that the stretchable softshell type of short gaiter works well with shoes and is useful against stones, dust and mud. Outdoor Research ones are the nearest I can find in Google, try the Salamander and Flex-Tex at http://www.outdoorresearch.com/site/browse/Gaiters/Trail.html
In UK see http://www.wildtrak.com/product.asp?ID=2797 and http://www.equipyourtrip.com/outdoor-research-flex-tex-gaiter.html
Derek - here goes:
Bike socks This link gives brief description.
Shaped to suit each foot (keeping logo on outside denotes right and left foot). 3 panel construction plus elasticated 30mm cuff around top - one panel on base, upper in two sections(you should be able to make out join seam on pic in link). Height from base seam to top of cuff 245mm. All seams (apart from cuff) taped. There is a bit of stretch in the material (plenty in cuff), nevertheless they are a "bit wrinkly" on my feet. They coped well in heavy rain in mid boots that leak and a bog trotting session in innov8s - although in the latter my feet were already damp before I put the socks on. Both occasions were in thin socks which didn't help the fit, but the wrinkles must have ironed themselves out because I soon forgot about them. If between sizes like me I would suggest choosing the smaller. They are made for the bike fraternity, where closer fit may not be so necessary? I cannot remember what my criticism of fit of Sealskins was otherwise I would be able to give a constructive comparison.
I purchased them to get more use out of leaky mid boots (that have now packed in completely) and for use in leaky winter boots (that have now been replaced) - so may not get a lot if use out of them.
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