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Outdoor Research Crocodiles Gaiter - Men's

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    From high-altitude peaks to frozen pillars to thorn-infested forests, the proven Outdoor Research Men's Crocodiles Gaiter has been there, done that, and will gladly do it all over again. The guaranteed waterproof and breathable 3-layer Gore-Tex is built to perform in the harshest environments while the strategically placed 1000D Cordura prevents damage from pointy crampons, sharp granite, and hard-shell boots.

    • Burly three-layer Gore-Tex provides guaranteed waterproof breathable protection
    • Highly abrasion-resistant 1000D Cordura on the inner leg and boot protects against sharp crampons and plastic boots
    • Large circumference accommodates plastic boots and insulated pants
    • Wide hook-and-loop front closure is quick and secure
    • Bottom shear tab secures the front closure to the boot
    • Durable BioThane instep strap keeps the gaiters securely in place
    • Item #ODR1087

    Tech Specs

    [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex (3-layer), [face fabric] 70D nylon, [inner leg and boot] 1000D Cordura
    Front Closure
    Top Closure
    strap-and-cam buckle
    Bottom Attachment
    BioThane strap
    Recommended Use
    mountaineering, trekking, ice climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Indispensable friend on and off trail

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've only had these Crocodile Gaiters for a couple of months, but have used them quite a lot in the widely varying and often severe late winter and early spring conditions of northern New England. So far, I've used them in, for example, a 10-mile hike in 18+ inches of snow; walking in ankle-deep water for a photography project on a Maine beach on a day when temperatures were -9F before factoring in the windchill; on a quick 20 mile overnight backpacking trip with conditions ranging from shin-deep mud on lower parts of the trail to climbing with crampons and an ice ax higher up. In each case I wore them with just my winter hiking boots--insulated Gore-tex lined LL Bean Crestas. With the exception of a bit of mud on the bottom of my pants -- and then I think because I hadn't fastened the velcro carefully -- my feet stayed completely dry.

    My only minor quibble is, as others mention, with the sizing. Based on OR's sizing recommendations I should be a medium (I have a size 9 foot), but found that I had to tighten the closure to the point where the top of the gaiters were pleated to get a tight fit, unless I was wearing rain/snow gear. It didn't turn out to be a problem, but for others like me who are very thin it easily might be in warmer/dryer weather.

    I had been planning to buy these for some time and had been unsure whether to get these or the somewhat heavier Expedition Crocodiles. After having used them I think these are more than heavy durable enough for most uses short of high-alpine mountaineering and I'm pleased with them.


      I wear a size 43 La Sportiva Baruntse and wear an XL in these.

      Thank you Rabbit. Just what I was hoping to find out.

      Essential winter gear

        I'm still on my first pair of OR Gaiter which I've had for at least 16 years. They are virtually weightless, lock out moisture and cold, and allow you to trudge through the deepest snow banks worry free. My only gripe is that the calf area could be a little more roomy to allow for a full closure over thick pants, boots, and knee high socks. Where these truly excel is on my motorcycle, after my jacket, helmet and gloves, these are the piece of gear I reach for. I used to ride year round, and these gaiters kept me so much drier in driving rain. Without them the mere idea of riding some of the days I did would have been unthinkable. I'm amazed that I don't see more motorcyclists wearing these.

        Great for women

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Size medium layers well and look sleek even on a petite lady.

        great in snow and scree

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I bought a pair of OR gaiters 3 years ago and tripped over an angry log and ripped a great hole in them. Thanks to OR's fantastic warranty policy they sent me a brand new pair of the crocodile gaiters (an upgrade from my now out of stock pair). I do a lot of early spring-late fall hiking and mountaineering in Glacier National Park and these gaiters are a staple in my gear closet. In the early season they keep me warm and dry through great snowfields and miles of muck. During the rest of the summer they keep the rocks out of your boots on long scree ski's down the mountain. Starting to snowshoe this winter and look forward to using these on alpine winter adventures.

        great in snow and scree

        Great picture, Koly! And that you for the review! OR's warranty policy is the best in the business.

        OR Rep


        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        Just got a pair of these and they seem highly durable, well thought out, and well made. Adjustments to tighten everything down worked very well. I got a size small and they could just fit over my softshell pants with long underwear on. Took a little time to get them on since they were just big enough, might size up to make them easier and quicker to put on. Will report back after a couple winter peaks.

        Thanks for the review, Dan!

        Happy New Year!

        OR Rep

        Just got back from the mountains. Medium ended up being the way to go. Bombproof so far. No snow got in even when going hip deep.

        I see that your ordered a small... what size boot do you wear? I just got a pair in, size medium and they are huge around the top. I'm talking cinched all the way and I can still stick my hole hand down there. I wear a size 10 boot. Another issue, not sure if you have it, put I've got the boot strap at the fifth hole and the lace hook barely makes it to my laces. Thanks for your help.

        I wear size 7 boots. Small was okay, but a pain to get on because it was too narrow, I exchanged for a medium which has been great. I could get both to hook on my bottom laces. I can cinch the mediums down fine at the top, but I am using most of the travel.

        Simply Amazing

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        These gators do an extremely good job of keeping snow and ice out of boots. The last time I wore them I was climbing Boundary Peak in Nevada right after a heavy snow storm. I hiked approximately 6 miles in deep powder with my legs sinking into the snow with every step. These gators keep every bit of snow and moisture out. One of the most effective pieces of gear I've ever gotten.

        Hey Robert - Leta here with OR. Thanks for the great review. There is a reason that the Croc Gaiter is considered one of OR's pinnacle pieces, and why it is the industry standard to which all other gaiters are compared!


        Single, best piece of Gear

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This is by far my most favorite piece of gear as the value is unmatched. The 3 layer Gortex and the Cordura made these things bullet/waterproof. Or at least I think it would hold up to waterbullets- ? : /.

        Anyway, these things are exactly what you are looking for. They fit great, don't sag, they have the toughest strap I have seen to competitors, and they fit all my Salomons beautifully. (I have various XA 3D pros and the 3D comet boots. (Again... you just cant beat Gortex). The gaiters have a hook at the base to attach to the lowest part on your laces to prevent riding up and reduce snags.

        My experience- Multiple hikes through mud, snow, slush, and deep puddles. My last trip found me in a situation that if I didn't bring them, I would have been in quite a bit of trouble. I leaped across this ICE COLD creek from solid sand to what I thought was going to be solid sand on the other side. Turns out it was deep soft mud. I quickly found myself high stepping trying to get out before I sank beyond the rim of the gaiters. This stuff was serious perma-frost type mud. I got out after looking very strange and panicked. I thought I was going to be soaked... thought there is no way that water didn't infiltrate my gaiters and boots.

        GORTEX O.R. Gaiters combined with GORTEX Salomon boots = Dry comfortable lower extremities.

        If you are looking for the serious gaiters.. Stop here. They cannot get any better.

        Single, best piece of Gear

        Work awesome

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        Used these to hike back to our deer camp in the snow. Did a fantastic job at keeping my feet dry! Super happy with this purchase.

        Second pair.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Absolutely love these gaiters. On my second pair. First pair lasted 15 years.

        Instantly became a vital piece of gear.

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        First to note: the sizing listed on the chart for these things is actually for mountaineering boots, so size down if you plan on using them on hiking boots. Which is what I did after a quick, easy exchange.

        Down here in Florida we definitely don't have to worry about ice and snow, but I got these wanting to protect my new boots from water and rocks, as well as keeping ticks out.

        Even on our cooler nights, it's still warmer than the rest of the country I'm sure, yet these are breathable enough that they were not at all uncomfortable. First day hiking it was 40-50s and worked great keeping out our "highland" sugar sand, cactus, and bugs. On the second day the temps were in the high 70s, and the terrain was rocky, thorny, and even muddy in places. These gaiters performed flawlessly in all environments, never once did I feel the need to take them off for a breather.

        We even did some light spelunking, and my boots were still clean and dry.

        Overall very recommended, I don't understand how I went my whole life without using gaiters!

        The word of the day is bombproof!!!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Okay, Wow I have shopped and shopped and shopped for the best gators from Mountain Hardwear (totally my favorite outfitter by the way) and Black Diamond. I read all the reviews and watch a few videos on certain models..... I had found 2 Hardwear ones and 1 Diamond one! I didn't even look at Outdoor research! I didn't really look at prices either! So let me tell you what I was looking for and maybe that will help. I live in a place where if you decide to go off trail you better be wearing bombproof cloths. So I needed something to keep me from tearing the legs out of my pants. Pants costing 100 dollars or more a just not work tearing them that being said I also like to trail and do some ice climbing and trying to find one pair of gator that would do all that seem like an impossible take....well look no further! You have found everything you are looking for!!!!

        Staying clean and dry

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Wow, I am so thankful I went with these gaiters for my AT thru hike. These gaiters paired with my AKU boots have allowed me the privilege to say I am the ONLY thru hiker this far to NOT have wet feet. They have stood up to the abuse I the rocky terrain of ME (Maine). Also, I have been able to ford shin-deep crossings without having to remove my boots. The kicker for me though was when I sunk mid-thigh deep in a bog atop Mt Success. I panicked as this would be the first time on the trail I would have wet feet -nope! Because the way these gaiters cinch down at the shin, the mud did not trickle down my leg behind the gaiters - awesome! Thy are so great, another fellow I have been hiking with went ahead and picked up a pair in Gorham, NH. great product and very tough and reliable. Way to go on this product.


        Wearing over Keen Oregon PCT boot in size 10, and Kamik Northfield boot in size 10. Size medium gaiter


        What size

        Solid Gear for Mountain Ops

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Breathable gore-tex material won't sweat out your legs. Keeps the snow out. They've saved a few pairs of pants from tears without so much as a fray. keeps my pants cinched up tight to keep them from getting caught on my front points. cinches down over your boots to keep the snow out. Heel strap is very durable. I wish the calf cinch strap had a better way to secure the tail. I tuck it in the top but it always comes out. I haven't used these in a temperate climate but they are great for alpine mountain ops. I wouldn't want shorter ones. Got the Large and work great on my size 11.5 Scarpa and Vasque Mountaineering boots.

        Everything you need.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Good fit, sturdy construct, literally everything you could need. Worth every penny.

        Don't Leave Home Without Them

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        These crocs are tough and been a staple to my outdoor gear for years. There are no other gaiters that withstand the rugged beatings, keeping the wet and gunk out and always staying secure.

        Only problems I've ever encountered were self inflected tears via crampons and nothing that the old repair kit duct tape can't handle.

        The One and Only

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This is the only gaiter I will ever use when working in the snow or on hikes where I may come across large water crossings. Although I have only used these a handful of times, I have used them in a different environment during each use. These gaiters are durable and fully waterproof, and if you're disappointed OR will back you up for the lifetime of the product.

        Good for PNW

          Just picked these up. Great for general mountaineering use in the Cascades. Tough and waterproof. Keeps the snow out. I wear a 9.5 in mountaineering boots, and went with a medium in these gaiters. The large would have left too much slack in the calves.

          Unanswered Question

          I wear a size 10.5 shoe, but I have 18" calves. Which size should I get? If these won't work, are there others out there I should check out? I'm climbing Kilimanjaro in June, and I'm needing to get a pair ordered for summit day.

          I am just getting ready for my first snowshoeing experience. I live in Utah (snow is a drier variety), my question is which gaiter is the best for snowshoeing. I am trying to decide between the OR Crocodile or the OR Expedition Crocodile. What do you recommend?

          For snowshoeing, I would go with the Croc. The Expedition Croc is overkill for snowshoeing, but perfect for multi day / multi week mountaineering excursions!

          Hope that helps!


          OR Rep

          Sizes listed here are S, L, XL, XXL... what happened to M? They make a M and that's what I need.

          Hey there - I see the M listed. Let me know if it's not there for you.


          OR Rep

          Hi! Yep, M is listed now. It wasn't a week ago. The folks at Backcountry must have fixed it. Anyhow, I've already found and purchased them elsewhere (and they're very nice!).



          Regarding size - I wear a 13 which puts me in the XL/XXL category. I'm concerned that while my shoe size is large I do not have very stout legs and don't want the upper portion to leave much room around my calf. Should I size down? Thanks in advance!

          Best Answer

          I don't think you will have a problem with too much room. I was between small and medium (size 7) and the medium was definitely right for me. Much easier to get the shoelace hook to grab my last shoelace.

          Try that size, Charles. I think you will be OK. If not, Backcountry will gladly exchange!


          OR Rep

          How do you size gaiters ?

          Best Answer

          Hi William,

          You'll size them based on your shoe size. Contact me directly at the phone/email above if you'd like a personalized experience here at Backcountry.


          I see that your "crocodile" style mens gaiters are on sale for about $55. I am a member of a group (Santa Fe Search and Rescue) that has "pro purchase" privileges. Is it the case that the 50% pro purchase discount would apply to the sale price, thus reducing the price during the sale to about $27.50? Thanks for your assistance.

          Best Answer

          1) NO

          2) Familiarize yourself with the terms of your pro-deal. In general, asking a retailer to match your pro-deal is a good way to lose your pro-deal, for you and your entire organization.

          Brian, as a rep for Outdoor Research, this is a perfect answer. Thomas, please go through your organization to figure this out, not through a retailer.

          Thank you,


          OR Rep

          Any idea when the black will be restocked in XL?

          Hi Todd,

          Looks like we are set up to get some XL's in both the black and red sometime around the beginning of November.

          Matthew Pizza


          Do you think this gaiter with the 3 layers of gortex would prevent a snake bite from penetrating?

          Best Answer

          Hey Kevin,

          I would say it would slow them down a bit, however it would not prevent the rattlesnake from penetrating through. If that's what you're looking for you should check out a leather set of gaiters.

          Will these fit over snow pants very well?...

          Will these fit over snow pants very well? I wear a size 10 mens.

          Best Answer

          I've paired them with my Koflach boots and Mountain Hardwear Compressor pants (beefy insulated snowpants) and they fit great!

          Is the bottom attachment on these...

          Is the bottom attachment on these replaceable?

          Best Answer

          Having called OR was informed that the company NO LONGER replaces the instep strap but will replace Gaiter instead....

          How much do these weight?

          How much do these weight?

          Best Answer

          10.2 OZ in the large size.

          They do roll up to fairly small for packability

          I know this sounds like a mistake, but my...

          I know this sounds like a mistake, but my calf is 21 inches around at the widest part. So, despite being a size 11 EE in shoes, would I be an XXL in the gaiters?

          Best Answer

          You should be fine in the Xl size gaiter. It will fit your boots best and should have room for your calfs. If you are unsure you can always chat into a backcountry rep and they can help answer any questions or even set up an order with both sizes for you to try with a free return label noted on the order.

          You have to try these on. I have the same issue where they claim this size or that should fit but xxl is too narrow through the calves. you'd think they'd make these bigger considering most of us are wearing layers on our legs whenever we need a gaiter like this. good luck

          The EXPEDITION crocodile gaiters have a larger circumference upper calf area to compensate for bulky layers and larger calves.

          yeah, i read that too. but the xl expedition crocs are roughly the same size as the xxl regular crocs. don't make an xxl in the expedition crocs. useless. I can't get them on my calves and i'm by no means the biggest person that would be interested in buying these if they weren't made for stick people.

          I have a 22 inch calf and had to return these as I couldn't get them on even just over a pair of jeans. I have yet to find gaiters anywhere that really do work for us Popeye-legged guys, but that's what I'm used to since hiking pants, muck boots, and even jeans are tough to find too when you've got a calf as big as your kid's waist.