Similar to our classic AR Mini Gaiters, AR Hiking Gaiters have been designed specifically to fit over above-ankle hiking boots. With AR Hiking Gaiters, you’ll have no more grass seeds embedded in your hiking socks.
- One size fits all thanks to four-way stretch lycra.
- Attaches to your bottom-most lace by a metal hook.
- Elastic in the bottom seam creates tension to keep your gaiters snug.
- Squares of Velcro are stitched to the back of the AR Hiking Gaiters. We provide you with the other side of the adhesive Velcro to attach to the back of your shoe.
- Slip an AR Hiking Gaiter over your foot, wider end downwards. The gaiter with the badge goes on your left foot (so that the badge faces out).
- Clip the hook on your bottom-most lace. The bottom-most lace part is important because 1) you get maximum coverage from the gaiter over your shoe and 2) this creates tension on the gaiter to keep it snug.
- Pull the back of the gaiter over your shoe.
- The elastic in the bottom of the gaiter helps to create tension and to keep the gaiter on your shoe.
Adhesive Velcro Tabs
- Included in your gaiter packet are adhesive Velcro tabs, which you can stick on the back of your shoe to keep the back of your AR Gaiters down. Some shoes come with their own Velcro tabs. This Velcro tab is not necessarily needed – it just depends on the tension of your gaiters and how smooth the rear of your shoe is. It is worth putting on regardless.
- The Velcro tabs have an adhesive backing. As with any adhesive, it works better on some materials than others. The heel area of shoes may be fabric (textured surface), or smooth and more plastic.
- The shoe surface must be new or clean, free of dust and mud and dry before sticking on the Velcro.
- You may need to trim the Velcro using a blade or scissors if there is a mixed-material patterned structure at the back of the shoe so that the tab is flush. Do any trimming before you remove the backing paper.
- Give it a good press and even clamp it on. Apply the tab at least 12-24hrs before use to allow the adhesive to stick properly.
- If the adhesive does not stick, bring out the heavy artillery. Contact adhesive, Bostik Shoe Repair Glue, epoxy-based glues and hot glue (glue gun) should work. Because the heel area is rigid with no flex or movement, glues that dry without flex are fine. Read the instructions on the glue regarding its suitability for the material of your shoe and also application instructions.
- Adhesive Velcro is readily available from hardware stores and fabric/haberdashery stores so if you have multiple shoes or you get new shoes, you can easily get more Velcro for these.