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    Tick gaitors?

    Does anyone use tick gaitors? They're supposed to prevent ticks from getting inside your clothing. They're available from forestry Suppliers for 12 or 13 dollars. Cheap security?
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    Despite the thread title spelling [phoenetically] something in me still hoped to see some type of reptilian/tick hybrid after clicking. What features make them particularly effective at preventing tick intrusion over normal gaiters? I donít see stirrup straps, what keeps them from creeping up while hiking and moving about? Do they?
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    I've been wearing impregnated gaiters (OR Bugout) for the past year or so. Before I wore them it was normal for me to find a few ticks on my clothes after coming out of the woods. Since then I can't remember finding a single tick. In my experience they work.

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    I have some old Eastern Mountain Sports short stretchy gaiters that are awesome. Schoeller softshell fabric so they're quite water resistant (almost waterproof) for stream crossings and dew-covered vegetation.

    They're stretchy, so they close off the upper cuff of your footwear from stuff getting down inside. Scree, sticks, dirt, ticks. They haven't been sold for YEARS, so I'm glad I bought 2 pair. They also have stirrup straps, and a little hook to grab your shoelaces to keep them in place. I spray mine with Permethrin for tick protection. IMO, stretchy gaiters are a better solution than tucking your pants into long hiking socks (which is the standard recommendation to keep ticks away from your ankles).

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    Isn't the "treated with permethrin" they key part--socks and maybe pants?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmtb View Post
    Isn't the "treated with permethrin" they key part--socks and maybe pants?
    Not sure, sounds like if MuniMan to impregnates them, the ticks lose interest...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shartist View Post
    Despite the thread title spelling [phoenetically] something in me still hoped to see some type of reptilian/tick hybrid after clicking. What features make them particularly effective at preventing tick intrusion over normal gaiters? I donít see stirrup straps, what keeps them from creeping up while hiking and moving about? Do they?
    I keep saying "tick gaitors" in my best southern twang. Tick gaitors
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    I keep saying "tick gaitors" in my best southern twang. Tick gaitors
    I kid you not, that after reading you post I canít stope either. Itís an oddly satisfying ďphraseĒ to say when itís drenched in that southern sauce.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmtb View Post
    Isn't the "treated with permethrin" they key part--socks and maybe pants?
    It helps. But even with treating your pants, leaving the cuffs loose still leaves a way for ticks to get past. Stretchy gaiters make it just that much more difficult, and ensure that they have no choice but to rub all over permethrin-treated clothes.

    And stretchy gaiters are generally more functional than stuffing your pants into your socks.

    If I know I will be doing a lot of off trail work, I will put the gaiters on.

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    I use very light weight, low cut, nylon gaitors from REI. treat them with permethrin too.

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