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Duct Tape Hiking Gaiters
Sounds great! I like that you used a margarine lid to cut against, that is a great tip.
I mostly made them for hiking through wet grass and weeds, where water will drain off. As long as I wear boots that come up to my ankle, the gator is long enough that water doesn't come up into the boot.
Just finished walking five miles in the rain. Great projects. Here are my adjustments.1. Wearing my usual hiking clothes and boots I wrapped everything from knees down with plastic wrap.2. Space about 5-6 bandsof clear adhesive tape horizontally around my calf and foot (with the adhesive side outwards).3. The inner layer of the gaiter is lengths of duct tape from insole up to knee (with the sticky side outwards). The clear tape keeps it in place until you've circle your calf and foot. This would have been easier with an assistant.4. The outer layer of the gaiter is horizontal bands of duct tape placed from foot up to knee, like shingling a roof (sticky side down).5. With blunt scissors I cut down the length of the gaiter along the inside of my calf. I was afraid I'd cut my hiking pants so I slipped a trimmed margarine tub lid between the plastic wrap and my pants.6. Once removed from your calf/boot peel away the plastic wrap and clear tape and discard. This leave you with a two layered waterproof gaiter from knee to insole. Inner layer is vertical strips of tape, sticky side out, Outer layer is horizontal bands moving upwards, sticky side against the inner layer's adesive.7. Carefully squeeze both layers together so water doesn't leak into any gaps between the layers. Add patches of tape as needed.8. Build up one (or both) sides of the vertical cut so the sides overlap.9. Trim the top and bottom. Mine go all the way from just below my knee cap down to the soles of my boots.10. Adhere heavy duty hook-and-loop tape along the vertical cut. If you buy from Joann Fabric always pull up a coupon on your phone for half off. Only one side of the adhesive hook-and-loop actually had double sided tape so I had to buy heavy duty two sided tape at Home Depot.11. Add a strip of tape to any cut edges to give them a clean finish.12. I probably didn't need to, but I taped a large hook (threaded onto parachute cord) to the inside of the boot to catch my laces. I think this is overkill, not sure yet.In driving rain, my boots stayed bone dry. My pants were damp, but that was from sweating during the hike.Once everything dries out, I'm going to put a hook-and-loop piece at the top of the front of the gaiter and the mate to it on the inside of my ponch to keep my poncho from riding up over my knees. Thanks for the great Instructable that launched my efforts.
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