I've given the pair I've owned hard use hiking, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, and climbing. I'm often wearing a pant with a stretch cuff that pulls over the cuffs of big boots (ski boots, plastic climbing boots) but there are still lots of days each year when I need gaiters over approach shoes or lightweight hiking shoes. I like these gaiters because they're light and non-bulky when stuffed in the pack, yet effective in deflecting snow, dirt, plant matter or scree. My pair has stood up nicely to what I would guess to be 25 or 30 days of use. And after using low gaiters I've found I prefer them over tall gaiters in everything but deep powder because they let my legs breathe so much better.