on your choice of Mountain Tools SuperGaiters™
with Stealth™ Rubber Rands. You’re
about to add significant warmth and weather
protection to your hiking, ski, mountain
or expedition double boots with the added
durability and high friction climbing performance
of genuine Five Ten Stealth™ Rubber.
For best results, your SuperGaiters™
must fit snugly. Here are some tips to make
installation as easy as possible. Warming
the gaiters inside your sleeping bag, parka
or inside a warm room make it even easier
(do not apply heat directly to any part
of the SuperGaiter™). Ditto if the
boot is held firmly, leaving hands free
to work with. Wearing the boot, holding
it between your knees or getting your partner
to help are all options.
1. Unzip both SuperGaiters™ fully.
There is a “right” and a “left”
(the zipper flap opens to the outside and
the metal D-ring is on the outside as well)
Push the toe of your boot in through the
top of the SuperGaiter™ and out the
big hole in the rand (at the front).
2. Turn the boot over (if you are not wearing
it) and pull the heel opening (of the rand)
back and into position - up and over the
heel. You may need to tug on the instep
strap in front of the heel (the part of
the rand that goes under the sole) to get
it properly seated. If you are wearing the
boot, carefully grab the rubber heel rand
and pull it up and into position. Do not
overstress the stitching by pulling up on
the fabric part of the gaiter.
3. Once the heel rand is seated (allow for
crampon heel cam), grab the instep strap
and pull it towards the toe, stretching
the rubber around the heel forward.
4. Turn the boot so the toe is facing you
and the boot is right side up (or get your
partner to help). Flip the toe rubber rand
up and inside out (forming an upturned rim).
With the boot held firmly, grab the upturned
rand with the fingers from both hands and
place both your thumbs on the toe of the
Pull the rand with your fingers and push
against the boot with your thumbs to stretch
the rand forward. You may need to “coax”
the sides forward (the Stealth™ Rubber
is high friction). Once you have stretched
the rand out over the boot toe, fold it
down into position, leaving the web strap
extending below the bottom edge of the rand.
The web strap provides a mechanical connection
for the toe of the SuperGaiter as held in
place by a ski or crampon binding.
5. Fine tune the position of the SuperGaiter™
rand to be slightly above the grooves in
the boot where your bindings attach.
Most climbers will leave SuperGaiters™
on their boots for the duration of the climb,
expedition or season. If you do a lot of
“post holing” in snow, consider
temporarily gluing the toes of the SuperGaiters™
to your boots with Barge Cement (available
from us or a well stocked hardware store)
or climbing skins glue. This will keep the
rands in place (resisting shear) but can
be easily peeled off (with a little tension)