The West Coast Trail will be a lot of beach hiking. I have not done much sand hiking before, and I'm wondering how well a pair of trail runners will hold up.
Sand inside my socks between my toes rubbing for tens of miles sounds like a sure way to blister hell.
So I'm thinking some gaiters might be a good idea, atleast to stop the sand entering the tops.
Mountain Hardware makes a 2 oz trail gaiter for $35 from BackcountryGear.
The other option is the eVent Shortie at 2.5 oz and $25.
Or perhaps better yet – the Mont Bell Stretch, at 1.5 oz.