Sloshing Through Mud Season / with dry toes
To best enjoying hiking through the wonder that is spring in the Catskills, our good friend, Lenny Bussanich at Campmor makes the following recommendations,
1) Definitely Gore-Tex gaiters like the Outdoor Research Crocodile or Rocky Mountain gaiters.
2) Gore-Tex boots like the Vasque Breeze GTX. The Breeze is an awesome boot in that it provides ample support but not necessarily stiff that requires break-in. The drawback is that it has mesh panels so it may not provide the best protection against the elements.
As for apparel, anything that wicks and dries relatively quickly.