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The names 'Cordura' and 'Gore-Tex' have both become legendary among outdoor enthusiasts. Both have come to symbolize utter dependability in their respective fields. One item that has helped to nurture this reputation is the Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiter. Equally legendary and nearly as famous, the Crocodile was the original high-performance weather- and mountain-proof gaiter. The Crocodile hasn't changed much over the years because its design was spot-on from the beginning. Besides having a triple-bartacked Biothane webbing instep strap and an additional tab that holds down the front opening, this Cordura and Gore-Tex masterpiece remains as it was in the beginning.

  • Ultra-durable 1000D Cordura inner leg and boot puts the toughest armor where you need it most
  • Guaranteed waterproof breathable Gore-Tex membrane for absolute weather protection
  • Nylon upper leg construction reduces weight while remaining tough and weatherproof
  • Super-tough BioThane instep strap for year-round dependability
  • Breathable fabrics throughout allow water vapor and sweat to escape
  • Reinforced boot lace hook keeps the gaiter in place
  • Double-stitched front closure for added durability
  • Abrasion-resistant elements in areas of the highest wear
  • 2-inch wide hook-and-loop front closure is tough and allows adjustment
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You can count on these crocs!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

When going home for Christmas, I used to steal these from my mom to go on winter hikes/jaunts through the woods to protect my feet and legs from the beloved snowy and wet conditions of the Adirondack mountains. The straps hold up well and they really do keep you dry, even when post-holing up to your knees! I finally ponied up and a bought a pair for myself, and wouldn't wear any other gaiter.

Saved my legs

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I wore these through nasty sharp bush hikes. Mostly in California and Washington. There was a lot of overgrowth on the trail I was hiking in. Instead of having bleeding legs- these helped protect me. I also wore them on soggy wet hiking trails in Washington. These were great to keep debris out of my shoes as well as protect me from a good amount of water. - Ultimately though - if you are backpacking and living outside for long periods of time while on the trail - you get wet eventually. - This just helps delay the inevitable. They were sturdy and comfortable. I have a muscular calf for a woman and my boots are usually 15 inch shaft. I wore the medium here with a size 9 keen targhee 2 mid boot. They are easy to put on and remove. I would recommend them to a friend. - However maybe not for hiking through the desert where I was. - I just found them super useful cause i was wearing shorts and my legs were getting so beat up!!

Saved my legs

They do the trick, and they do it well.

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I wear these while working. I am a biological technician and spend hours upon hours a day walking an average of over 9 miles over rough terrain, across nasty mud flats, and through thick sagebrush and cacti. These gaiters keep my pants, shoes, and socks dry on even the wettest days, and the straps that go under my boots do a perfect job and stand up to even the worst abuse by mud and me knocking and scraping it off on the edge of a concrete pad.

I haven't had the opportunity to test them against a prairie rattler, but I don't doubt they would be able to fend off the fangs of those guys, either! (Don't test that theory; this is worst case scenario.)

They won't die

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I have had these gaiters for several years and beat them to death and they are still great. They are easy to put on and take off. They stay in place, they keep me warm and dry and rocks and crampons have yet to destroy them. I just bought a second pair for my daughter.

5 Star Performance

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I've been using the Crocodile Gaiters for 8 years and I am still on my first pair. They are build of solid material that is comfortable yet can take rough environment. I frequently scramble on sharp rock and abrasive snow and there is hardly any wear visible on them. They even survived multiple crampon encounters with only one 1/2 inch tear. Great product I know I can rely on.

5 Star Performance

I'm looking for a sizing chart or actual dimensions of the OR gaiters- thanks

This may be a question for outdoor research but why is it that the women's version of these gaiters is cordura but the men's is gore-tex?

What is the difference between the men's...

What is the difference between the men's and women's model of this OR Crocodile gaiter?

The only difference is the sizing. I have a pair of Men's large for my insulated mountaineering boots and a pair of Women's medium for my regular backpacking boots. They're equally durable but the Women's ones are significantly smaller to fit smaller feet.

Do these give any protection to snake...

Do these give any protection to snake bites

and how tall are they

Hey Rod,



Looks like you have a lot of questions on a lot of different gaiters. I would like to point out that we do have a live chat system where you can speak directly to a customer service agent literally 24/7 including Christmas morning.



As far as all the gaiters you have been looking at so far these are probably going to give you the best protection against snake bites but these do not have the poly-carbonate panels sewn into them that most gaiters that are designed to protect against snake bites. Again, these are better than naught but there are again better options out there.



Oh, almost forgot. These are 16 inches tall.