In 2004, ultra-marathoner Xy Weiss produced a pair of custom-made leopard print gaiters to jibe with her leopard print jog bra. And Dirty Girls Gaiters were born.
Weighing less than 2 ounces, the low-cut, made-in-the-USA gaiters are constructed from stretchy spandex. They secure to the back of the shoe with a self-adhesive Velcro strip (instead of using a strap or string underfoot like most gaiters—a common failure point) and retail for $21—a bargain in the world of ultralight gear.
Plus you can order them in more than a hundred different wildly colorful patterns, most of which featured names as entertaining as their designs. Carpe Donut, Urban Revenge, Lime Gaiterade Hurl, Shaggadelic, Better with Bacon, RunTilYouDye... the list goes on and on. In the often drab color palette of outdoor gear, Dirty Girl Gaiters stand out like a rainbow on your feet. (Solid colors are available for the less fashion-statement inclined.)
Keep in mind that these fall in the genre of 'trail gaiters' and are meant for trail runners and three-season hikers rather than winter adventurers. They are designed to keep dirt, grit, and mud out but are not meant for snow or wet conditions (they will quickly soak through).
The web site of this small Arizona-based company also makes for entertaining reading in its own right—it embraces the full nuances of 'dirty girl' in a way that no large gear company ever would.
Stay dirty my friends.
“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.