The much anticipated Pinnacle Gaiters have finally arrived and we are confident that they might just be the toughest gaiters on the market! There has been a huge amount of research and testing that has gone in to these with two clear guidelines. “Tougher” and “Better Fitting”.
The Pinnacles have been designed with the most sculpted fitting design we think we have ever seen on a gaiter which allows absolute comfort and movement.
They have been built with:
Before production we wanted to make sure that theory met practice with these things, so we gave a pair to Cody Weller to punish. Cody is a full time hunter, Culler and registered ‘Master Bow Hunter’. He hunts hard every day throughout New Zealand in the most rugged and horrible conditions. If anybody can bust gear it’s Cody Weller! He put them through over 900 hours of torture from Stewart Island through the Southern Alps and up to the high country of the North Island. Here’s what he had to say:
“Due to my line of work, gaiters are an everyday piece of my kit. Hunting day in and day out, from the heavy cover of the Marlborough Sounds to rocky pinnacles of the Kaikoura ranges – and everywhere in between.
There seemed to be a stage when I would purchase a pair of $120 gaiters and they would breakdown after a month or less of work. Plus, there were other issues like being too baggy or too noisy. Also a lot of other components were well below average; things like lace hooks too small and the list goes on. Such small, simple items were left begging. Then I got talking to Alex at Hunters Element and they were in the process of designing a new gaiter. After a conversation with Alex about some finer details, I was eagerly awaiting a chance to try the new Pinnacle Gaiters. The gaiters arrived late December 2015 and after 900 hours of hunting in some extremely harsh conditions, the gaiters are becoming second hand.
What I liked:
The lace hook is actually big enough to stay hooked to your boots as your foot and ankle flexes, plus it won’t straighten out under strain. They also are cut to fit your legs so there’s no loose material to cause extra drag as you cross the river. If you look closely, they are also double-stitched for strength and durability. The lightweight fleece keeps the Pinnacle Gaiters super quiet but lasts extremely well. I also found they come well down over the boots, stopping any gravel or sticks working their way in. For a knee high gaiter, they’re very lightweight and dry very quickly. The velcro strip is designed to wrap up and around your leg, which keeps it very clear of debris. Being in and around salt water, sweat, blistering heat, scree and sharp broken rocks has put these gaiters and its components to the full test. Which I think they have handled extremely well.” – Cody Weller.
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