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Duct Tape Hiking Gaiters

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These Hiking Gaiters are easy to make and are perfect for hiking in snowy, wet, or grassy conditions.

 
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Step 1: Supplies

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Supplies: old t-shirt, duct tape (2 rolls), 2- 18" separating zippers (heavyweight), thread, ruler, marker, sewing machine, sewing machine oil, Q-tips, and straight pins. 

Step 2: Forming the gaiters

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Cut the t-shirt down the middle and also through the top part of the sleeves.

Wrap the t-shirt around the calf and over top of shoe. Tape enough to hold in place.

Start adding strips of duct tape to leg. 6"-8" strips work best. Smooth onto leg overlapping itself and work up the entire leg. Make sure to cover shoe tops. You can cut away excess later.

Step 3: Cutting and edging the gaiters

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Trim the bottom to shape over the shoe.

Use the ruler to draw line down the side seam.  Carefully cut through the t-shirt/tape on the line, this will be where the zipper is placed.

Once off the leg, trim top and bottom to neaten and wrap all edges with duct tape.  Trim away any excess t-shirt from the inside that will be flopping around.

Step 4: Attaching the zipper

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Pin the zippers in place.

In order to straight pin the zipper onto the gaiter, soak a Q-tip in sewing machine oil and rub the pins.  This will allow the pins to easily slide through the glue on the tape.

You will also need to rub the oil from the Q-tip on the sewing machine needle repeatedly to be able to sew through the duct tape without gumming up the needle.

Sew the zippers to the gaiters.

Step 5: Adding the a zipper flap

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The last step is to create an overlap with tape to cover the zipper.  This will help keep moisture out.  Cut a strip of tape the length of the zipper.  Fold onto itself so there is only 1/2" of glue edge showing.  Place the strip to the front edge of the zipper opening and reinforce the flap with another length of tape.

You now have a pair of windproof, waterproof, and foxtail resistant gaiters!  It also helps protect pants from Poison Oak on hikes!
Conqured2 years ago
I made mine out of clean pop cans and duct tape. I put them under my pants and velcro to hold them together. I just wear long socks almost up to the knee and mine is made to ride on the knee like a piece of armor. I glued a piece of foam in the cup so my knee doesn't rub against the duct tape. Just think they look to tacky to be worn on the outside of my jeans. Also want to add. I tried your ible b4 I made mine. Works but I like using my mods over all. Hope you got some more ideas to share with us. I have yet to make my own ible, but I been working one. Anywho good luck.
iPodGuy3 years ago
I made a set of these and they're pretty great.

Did mine a little differently. I had to use a zipper that doesn't separate because that's all the store had. I left out the T-shirt because I wrapped my leg with the tape backwards (sticky side out) first. I was also able to sew the zipper by hand (with the help of pliers).

They did a great job out in the swamp a couple of weeks ago.
mpettit3 years ago
In general I think that all of the duct tape stuff here is kind of wasteful, but I kind of like these ones. Gaiters are a necessary hiking item when wet and brushy, the construction on these ones is good, plus they're custom.
Karletto5553 years ago
I would suggest to tape lower inner part higher up. If that shirt gets wet, it 's game over.
Anyway gaiters are very useful fore hiking, top 5 on gears list.
5/5
Blaaken3 years ago
you could make a variation of this if you live in an area with alot of snake but you still like to hike, you could put either cardboard or actual pieces of wood in the design so that a snake could not bite you.
bridge473 years ago
Such an awesome idea! I'm afraid of sticking duct tape through my sewing machine though. Is there anyway I could just do it with the duct tape?
well, you could make a series of small holes going down the 2 seams, so you can lace them with either shoe string or something, this would take no sewing and you could use a metal ring to make it so the fabric/tape does not rip. you would also want to make it over lap.
squeakykeek (author)  bridge473 years ago
Thanks! You could definitely close the sides with a long strip of tape. Just make sure you take off the tape in the direction that doesn't peel off the layers of tape below. Also, I bet that snaps would work great. You would need to create an overlap and underlap with tape to make the gaiters still fit.
I can imagine that some other sort of fastening system such as velcro or those little snap things would work.
bridge473 years ago
Mine didn't go so well :(. It was a disaster and I threw them out. I used black duct tape and it looked like a garbage bag on my foot. I cut my pants trying to get them off too. I think the problem was I was doing them on myself and it was too hard to manage to be in a good working position and fit right while doing it.
I still think its a great idea though! Just a note for other people, be sure to do it on someone else, not on yourself, also black is not the best color. :)
rockadio1013 years ago
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beth13223 years ago
Yet another reason to bring duct tape everytime I go hiking. Is there anything it can't be used for?
Yes, Beth, but I don't think it's appropriate for a mixed audience. ;)
Kaiven3 years ago
Oh snap, that's useful! Especially in a place like Georgia... too bad I don't get to hike... (or technically, too bad I never hike)