I purchased these initially for a winter rogaine to keep my feet dry in the snow and they worked well for that purpose. I have since used them in a couple adventure races even though they are a little heavier than my short race gaiters. I have also used them when shoveling snow, and wore them every time I wasn't in the tent during a backcountry trip in Joshua Tree. The under-arch strap has shown virtually no sign of wear, which amazes me, but some thorny trees in JT did create a couple small tears. I have used Merrell and Montbell gaiters in the past, but neither compare to the Mountain Hardware pair.