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Old 11-16-2012, 01:06 PM
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With the weather getting colder, I have really noticed the cold wind creeping between my pant leg opening and the top of my boots. I have a nice pair of insulated bib pants to use when it's really cold, but would like to use something to seal the bottom of my pants and boots. A coworker has a pair of horse riding 1/2 chaps that uses velcro to close them that look pretty good, but are a little pricy ($40). I saw these gaters ($20) and was wondering if anyone uses anything similar:

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Old 11-16-2012, 09:16 PM
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I used to use gaiters for my first few yrs of riding. They were very similar to these ones in black. I liked them when I used them, because they were very well made and also kept my shins dry when riding on wet roads... then I just ended up buying a proper pair of riding pants which, when worn with my mid-calf high riding boots (Alpinestars Web Gortex) that issue totally stopped happening any more.

Are you riding with low-cut boots? The gaiters worked well and were a cheap solution for the time being.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:54 PM
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Smile Straps help

To keep warm pants (or rain pants) from riding up and exposing my ankles,
I sew nylon straps to the cuffs, so that the straps go under my boots,
in front of the heels. These help a lot.

These can make boots a tad difficult to put on, but if I have some privacy,
or don't need privacy, I can tie my boots before pulling up my pants.
Just don't laugh at my knobby knees.

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Old 11-17-2012, 04:27 AM
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Default Leg Band Set for cyclists

Nashbar Velcro Leg Band - Set of 2 for $4 on Amazon.

Of course the shipping is probably $10.
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Hit the camping stores, pick up a set of gaiters/puttee's (depending on the part of the world).
Pick the waterproof ones, some are designed for wildlife resistance (ticks etc).

Work well.

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... then I just ended up buying a proper pair of riding pants which, when worn with my mid-calf high riding boots (Alpinestars Web Gortex) that issue totally stopped happening any more.
Most riding trousers also have the benefit of armor, tear-resistant fabric and no taint seam.

Robert:

You can also wear long socks and pull them up over your cuffs. You won't look like one of the cool kids, but based on the photo you posted, that shouldn't be an issue.
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They are a little pricey, but I have an old set of gaiters left over from by backpacking days. They do a great job in terms of weather protection. If you get the kind used in mountaineering, they are built to withstand crampon abrasion. Good stuff. REI probably still carries them. (Mine are at least 20 years old - I think made by Outdoor Research)


I used to use them a lot - when I first started riding and didn't own proper riding boots yet.
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I had my wife sew me up a pair and they do make a difference. Mine are not as nice as that, but they work, especially if you put your feet out on some highway pegs. For $20, you can't go wrong to see if they work for you.
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I used to use them a lot - when I first started riding and didn't own proper riding boots yet.
Your pic indicates you wear the gaiters INSIDE your pantlegs. Doesn't that kind of defeat the stop-the-wind-up-the-leg purpose?
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Nashbar Velcro Leg Band - Set of 2 for $4 on Amazon.

Of course the shipping is probably $10.
Ditto.

Gaiters will work but blousing bands/straps will too and are quicker and easier to use. Check Army/Navy surplus stores.
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