Exactly like 90% of the time rain pants get used when I’m glassing and it’s really windy.I voted both. I always bring a pair of gators on every hunt I do. I have two pairs, the shorter, less waterproof ones come along in the summer and September antelope hunts. The knee high waterproofs come along on all fall hunts in the high country of CO. When it comes to rain pants, they are my final layer and last line of defense. I always bring them on late season hunts for moisture and holding warmth in on those cold hillsides. I guess if weather was looking in the 60s during the day and no moisture forecasted I would consider leaving them but I have been snowed on 12” with that forecast before 1st season ek in Co so I don’t usually leave any layers behind:
I'm trying to be minimal but have found that when I wear the gaiters I catch my feet/pants on less without wearing a tighter pant on my calves. I want it for waterproofness and the Kings Camo ones I got do a decent job at that but I do feel like my feet still get wetter then I'd like. But I think that may be a boot problem.I am more of a minimalist and take only rain paints.
Definitely still an issue, also I find gaiters keep your pants cleaner and therefore your sleeping bag cleaner.Another thing about gaiters, which is probably not much of am issue out west, is that on dew soaked mornings with knee high grass, they are the cats meow.