Many of you may know I am a huge fan of Dirty Girl Gaiters. The gaiters are light, washable, durable, and inexpensive. They are perfect for any outdoor adventure, magically keeping feet cleaner and free of most debris. The color selections range from bright, wild and fun to basic colors. In fact, my Dirty Girls are my #1 conversation starter when I am hiking. Just last weekend, the first and only hiker/hunter we saw said, “Nice scree gaiters.” I promptly told him and that they come in camo, black, and grey. In fact, I have written about them several times on this blog: Gear and Food, Don’t Get Relaxed/Mt. Whitney, Hiking Favorites of 2012, The Trail Divides, and Oh Wyoming. Unfortunately, the velcro that attaches the gaiter to the shoe sometimes comes off. That is a huge inconvenience and disappointment when you are on an extended trip. Here is how myself and many other hikers solve this problem.
Dirty Girl Tip:
- The first thing I do when I get a new pair trail runners is attach the small strip of velcro that keep the Dirty Girls in place. If you are attaching the velcro to used and dirty shoes, be sure to clean the area well with soap or rubbing alcohol.
- Cut desired length for the shoe you are using. Mine are usually about 1″ to 1 1/4″.
- Peel off the backing that comes on the velcro. It is sticky and can be applied directly to the shoe, but often comes off while in use if applied directly.
- Apply a glue product to the back of the velcro tab. I use Shoe Goo.
- Attach the velcro to the back of the shoe pressing out to the corners the excess glue. I like to place the tab on the outer sole (not the shoe), so the gaiter stays low to keep out dirt.
- Let dry overnight.
- I carry a couple extra velcro tabs in my first aid kit on long hikes.