SUPER ARMADILLO NANO GAITER
||200 lb (90.7 kg)
in 1995 when I moved to Washington State. Since then, I have
backpacked in all seasons and conditions the Northwest has to
offer. I prefer trips on
rugged trails with plenty of elevation gain. While I continuously
strive to lighten my load, comfort and safety are most important to me.
I have finally managed to get my basic cold weather pack weight, not
including consumables, to under 30 lb (14 kg).
|XS, S, M, L, XL (see specification chart below)
Listed Weights (pair):
|320 g / 11.29 oz (XS)
342 g / 12.06 oz (S)
362 g / 12.77 oz (M)
380 g / 13.40 oz (L)
402 g / 14.18 oz (XL)
Measured Weight (pair):
|Size L : 358 g / 12.65 oz||
Super Armadillo Nano gaiters are HILLSOUND's most feature rich gaiters.
They are intended for demanding activities such as mountaineering,
snowshoeing, and ice climbing. They include features that make them
water, dirt and stain resistant, as well as being resistant to cuts and
punctures, while also being comfortable and breathable over a wide
range of temperatures and conditions.
Nov 15 2017
HILLSOUND Super Armadillo Nano gaiters is a bit much to type/read over
and over and so throughout this report I will to refer to them in an
abbreviated fashion such as "the gaiters", expanding on that as
necessary for clarity.
I have used a pair of HILLSOUND crampons
for a number of years and really like them so was excited to have the
chance to review these gaiters. In preparation for this I did a bit of
reading and was surprised at the number of features as well as the use
of some materials/technologies that were unfamiliar to me. The uppers
utilize "Schoeller C_Change" which is a water and wind proof membrane
that allows moisture and excess heat to escape by becoming more porous
when warm, but retaining heat by contracting the membrane when cold.
They also have permanent DWR by way of "NanoSphere" coating. According
to what I have read this borrows from a natural water and soil
resistant feature some plants employ, where the surface structure
causes moisture to bead and roll off rather than soaking in, and in the
process dirt particles are washed off therefore making it
"self-cleaning." The manufacturer states the lower half of the gaiters
are made from a "SuperFabric" that it abrasion and puncture resistant.
In addition to these the gaiters have a number of more traditional
features like waterproof YKK zippers up the front with a very large
insulated zipper guard, and large (glove compatible?) loop attached to
the zipper pull. The boot strap is removable (replaceable). The upper
portion of the gaiters are stretchy to make them more comfortable, and
the top of the gaiters feature an adjustable web strap with buckle to
help keep them in place.
The gaiters are offered in 5 sizes.
These are listed by shoe size and a calf circumference. I requested a
size Large based on my shoe size without realizing that I actually have
extra large calves (18" / 46 cm). The large size were too tight around
my calves and I could not zip them closed so needed to get the larger (XL) size .
So I would recommend when choosing a size go with witchever
measurement (shoe or calf) results in the larger gaiter size.
most other gaiters I have used, these zip in the front. This makes them
easier to get on/off than ones with side or back closures. I also
prefer zipper closures over hook-n-loop. True, zippers can be less
durable than hook-n-loop, but I find them easier to deal with and more
waterproof. The lace hooks are configured as I have heard some refer
to as "backward". That is they point up/out away from the shoe. I have
used gaiters with this style hook before and while it takes a bit more
effort to get them hooked on to the laces of my footwear than if they
were pointed the other way, it makes them very unlikely to come off,
which is why I prefer this style. There is also a large hook-n-loop tab
at the bottom of the gaiters that covers and secures the zipper, which
I find is a very nice detail. At the top of the gaiters is an
adjustable web strap with plastic buckle. This is to help keep the top
of the gaiters cinched tight around the users leg as well as help to
prevent them from slipping down the leg. The boot strap that goes under
the boot looks to be a rubber impregnated (or encapsulated) nylon
strap. This is similar to some other high quality gaiters I have used,
with the exception that these are removable. Now I would note that I
have broken the boot straps from other gaiters but never ones of this
style. However that is a likely failure point for a product like this
so I appreciate that these can be easily removed by simply slipping them
out of the buckles that connect them on both sides of the gaiters.
going over the gaiters I found them to be quite well constructed with
no obvious flaws or indications of weak and/or potential problem areas.
The zipper appears to be of quality construction and looks waterproof.
The notably large zipper guard behind the zipper suggests the zipper is
unlikely to snag (on the gaiter or my clothing), should help keep water
out, and should also allow me to use these with shorts in warmer
weather (zipper should not snag my leg hair or scratch my skin).
would note here that I am a big fan of gaiters throughout the year.
Obviously in the winter they help keep snow and moisture out of my
boots and pants, but they also help to keep my pants and boots dry in
warmer months when I am likely to encounter mud and or wet brush as
well as helping to keep debris and critters out of my footwear. And in
the rare occasions when I hike in shorts, in addition to the above
uses, they also help to protect my lower legs from scratches and
At the time of this writing I have not yet received
the replacement size XL gaiters. I will include fitting information and
weight in the Field Report.
- Well constructed
- Puncture resistant
- Waterproof and breathable
|due Jan 2018
|due Mar 2018|
my Initial Report. I would like to thank the folks at Hillsound Equipment and BackpackGearTest.org
for the opportunity to test this product and invite you back in about 2 months for the Field Review.