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Outdoor Research Expedition Crocodile Gaiter

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Keeping insulated pants and plastic boots dry isn't a problem when you have Outdoor Research's large-circumference Expedition Crocodiles.

The Outdoor Research Expedition Crocodiles Gaiters are large enough to wrap around plastic mountaineering boots and thick, insulated pants, and the Gore-Tex and Cordura fabrics provide waterproof protection. Outdoor Research made these mountaineering gaiters with three-layer Gore-Tex on the upper leg sections and durable Cordura on the inner leg and boot section, so your pants, socks, and legs stay dry on ice climbing ascents. Plus, your crampons won't snag on the insides of these gaiters. Attach the hook on the Expedition Crocodiles to your boot laces, tighten the top cinch-strap, and fasten the urethane-coated nylon instep strap. A hook-and-loop tab at the bottom keeps the front of these gaiters closed.
  • Item #ODR0316

Tech Specs

Top Closure
hook and loop
[upper leg] 3-Layer 70D Taslan Gore-Tex, [inner leg and boot section] 1000D Cordura
Recommended Use
mountaineering, backcountry skiing, alpine climbing
Front Closure
hook and loop
Bottom Attachment
lace hook, Urethane-coated nylon instep strap

Tech Specs

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I'm not worthy!

    I saw these on sale and decided I "need" them. Actually, one day last year hiking in the snow, I realised Gortex gaiters would be pretty awesome. Even wearing shell pants with a powder cuff, I was getting snow in places that I didn't want it to be. I'm pretty excited for snow so I can try them, that's what you get for snagging off season deals.

    The Standard

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These will protect your fancy pants if you have a nack for nicking your nickers. These are the standard in gaiters for a reason. They are tough, waterproof and have great seal at the boot and just below the knee. The velcro patch to close the gaitor is huge and holds on for years. These are made to last a lifetime unlike most gear these days. I would have to add, however, that I stopped wearing gaitors years ago. I tie a bungee to the built in loops in most of my softshell pant cuffs and use that as a stirrup. it stretches over mountaineering boots, crampons and skiboots just fine and softshell pants breath WAY better than gaitors. I feel this is a better system for keeping my feet dry since I will sweat under gore tex gaitors and then sweat drips into my boots which are also gore tex and then when it gets cold and dark we have a problem...Of course, you have to keep those crampon points away from your $200 pants (get pants that fit!)...and if they're puffy down, it's an even tougher challenge.

    Great Gaiters

      These are awesome gaiters. Super thick, burly, and actually do help keep my legs a bit warmer. I have the XL, and fit over my 46.5 Nepal EVO's no problem. Build quality is excellent, along with reinforcement in the right spots to prevent shredding your legs with an errant crampon point! They also kept my feet and calves nice and dry when up to waist deep in sugar snow!

      Good gaiters

        I purchased these gaiters in the black /chili color combo. I hike through 6 to 12 inches of snow for ten miles. The gaiters kept the snow out and my pant legs dry. I was a little unsure of the sizing and ordered size small. I am female, 5 feet 6. The largest circumference of my calf is 16 inches. The gaiters fit perfectly over my jeans. They attach to the boot laces with a simple hook and remained attached the duration of my hike. Sine the first use, I have worn them on several ten mile hikes with no problems. Great product. Backcountry overnight shipped them so I would have them in time for the hike. Wonderful people to do business with!

        Great gaiters

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I love these gaiters and they do the job well. Rugged and waterproof--what more do you need? I wish I would have purchased a size smaller than what the chart shows. If you have a lean build, I'm guessing the gaiters will be too wide. Not a huge problem though as the stiff fabric stands up well.

        Truly Expedition worthy!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I have used my Exp. Crocs for countless mountaineering adventures all around

        the world and they continue to perform as they did when I first got them.

        These bombproof gaiters aren't the lightest OR makes, but are ideal if you

        want added warmth (helpful for high altitude mountaineering) and/or

        exception durability!

        Truly Expedition worthy!

        keeps yo stuff dry.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I wear a size 9, got the mediums. They fit perfectly over my Koflach boots. They are tough, seriously tough. With the exception of the belt loop attachment point. Seems to be the weak link in making these totally bombproof. I haven’t had issues with mine, but a guy in our climbing group tore the attachment point off the gaiter after striking it with his crampon. So if you know how to walk with crampons, I wouldn’t worry about the weak link. I thought the bulk would be a problem, but they fit wonderfully with room for my climbing pant, baselayer, and overpants.

        keeps yo stuff dry.

        Gaiters have come a long way !

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        My old gaiters broke and I was not looking forward to getting a new pair because of the uncertainty of the performance. I test gear for Gore so I started with these because they have Gore-Tex and I know the research that goes into everything they make.

        I was not disappointed, and am amazed at how much better they are at keeping me dry! I ordered a size small since I wear a 7 1/2 to 8 in women's shoes and they fit perfect. I love the adjustability of the velcro at the top and how snug they are on your boots.

        They are easy to put on and I have washed them with no problems at all. You really can't go wrong with these and will find yourself nice and dry no matter how much snow you get into.

        Still solid

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        These gaiters are the top of the line. They are super rugged with the ability to withstand a ridiculous amount of abuse. Any time I have ever worn these I have never had any issues with things getting in my boots from mud to snow to water even. I have walked through water up to mid calf (for a short time of course) and these gaiters have kept me dry. The velcro closure on the front definitely feels super solid and I like the cam closure at the top of the calf. As a disclaimer, I am affiliated with Gore for product testing of Gore-tex products for the purpose of product review and recommendation. I do receive items from Gore for these purposes.

        Bomber Gaiters

          There is NOTHING I hate more on a climb/hike/ski than wet socks and stuff in my shoes. NOTHING.

          So, these are some of my favorite pieces of gear. I use them for everything. They're waterproof and burly, they keep everything out, and they fit every piece of footwear I own (other than Chacos and flipflops). They stay put, they don't creep up the back and let snow sneak in while post-holing, and somehow I haven't snagged them with a crampon point yet.

          They just WORK.

          (BTW, this is my second pair. The first were stolen from my luggage, but I received the second pair through my participation in the Gore MountainTechs product testing program. Doesn't change the fact that I love them, just made it easier to pick up a new set when mine went missing.)

          Great Gaiters! Size Down

            These things really keep out the elements, keep your feet warmer, and they are definitely crampon resistant as I would have torn right through a lesser pair a couple times already. I bought XL to fit over my 46.5 La Sportiva Baruntse Boots, but when I tried those on at home they were way too large. I then ordered a size L and they fit really well on the boots. I had to cinch them pretty tight on the top as I have small calves, but that did not inhibit performance at all. The extra hook and loop tab at the bottom can be annoying sometimes as my last pair did not have them and its just one extra step to putting on and taking off.

            Great Gaiters! Size Down

            They can take a beating...

              ...and still keep on being awesome. I chose the expedition gaiters over the crocs for the durability and I have not been disappointed. They're also backed by OR's lifetime guarantee, so if anything goes wrong OR will make it right. Warm, durable and fit well; what more could you ask for in a pair of gaiters?

              Best ever!

                I bought these Gaiters almost 20 years ago and have been wearing them religiously ever since. Not only have they lasted forever, but they work better than any other I've seen. Best thing is, nothing sticks to them and they're easily cleaned. Wouldn't recommend anything else!

                size 13 snow sport meet the biggest gaiter

                  I bought these gaiters hoping they would cover my size 13 ski and snowboard boots. They fit correctly over my Scarpa T2X's. On both pairs of snowboard boots I can only join 1/2 of the velcro width near the ankles.

                  I love my 10yr old OR gaiters. The new crocs seem similarly well built. Have worked well for a few days.

                  LOOK MA, NO HOLES....!!!

                    Crampon proof might me a stretch, but they are extremely tough. I've been ice climbing with mine for three seasons without any rips or tears. They fit nicely over my La Sportiva's but I did have to go up in size to extra large. Snow, ice, and water are no match for these bad-boys. A great pair of gaiters for all winter activities, I highly reccommend them....!!!

                    I am not sure if I should get these or the...

                    I am not sure if I should get these or the crocodile gaitors. I'm going to be wearing plastic mountineering boots but is it really worth the shift up to the expedition styles? Also, is it the same sizing for both because I have tried on the regular and know what size I am in that gaitor.

                    Best Answer

                    Hey Josh,

                    I have the croc gaiters and I should have bought these. The gore-tex fabric on the crocs starts just past the ankle and on the last trip I went on with crampons I noticed a tear in the fabric. This was probaby from a slight mistep and then my crampons hitting the gaiter. Since then I've patched it but that wouldn't have happened with these since the cordura goes all the way up to the top of the gaiter.

                    I ordered a large size, but when trying...

                    I ordered a large size, but when trying them on, they seemed too loose around the top. However, I wear a size 11 shoe and I am concerned that a medium size gaiter would not fir over double plastic climbing boots. Should I stay with the large gaiters?

                    I have a pair of Vasque Radiators size 13...

                    I have a pair of Vasque Radiators size 13 US (47 EUR) and I haven't been able to find some gaiters that fit over the boots - I tried Black Diamond's gaiters, size XL and they were way to small on the ankle.. Should I try XL from OR or go for XXL?

                    Best Answer

                    For a 13, I would go with the XXL. You MIGHT be able to fit into an XL, but why risk it... even though you know Backcountry will take care of you on the return! 13 is the cutoff to go from an XL to a XXL. Because these sound like large volume boots, go bigger. AWESOME gaiters. Just used mine on Shasta this summer!

                    For a 13, I would go with the XXL.  You MIGHT be able to fit into an XL, but why risk it... even though you know Backcountry will take care of you on the return!  13 is the cutoff to go from an XL to a XXL.  Because these sound like large volume boots, go bigger.  AWESOME gaiters.  Just used mine on Shasta this summer!

                    I tried a pair of XL Blackdiamond frontpoint...

                    I tried a pair of XL Blackdiamond frontpoint gaitors and they were too small to fit around my boots and calves. I was recommended the OR expedition crocs for more room

                    . I was going to order the XL size of these and forget about it but the sizing conundrum has my head spinning. Should I go for the large or the extra large? I'm a big guy, 6ft 280lbs heavy frame large calfs, and wear north face mcmurdo insulated boots size 12.

                    Thanks in advance!

                    Best Answer

                    Jared, you could probably use either size. If your calves are very large I think I would start wtih the XL's. The sizing depends on the boot about as much as it does with your lower leg size. The boots you plan on wearing are very large boots so I think the XL would cover them.

                    What size to go over Scarpa Inverno UK...

                    What size to go over Scarpa Inverno UK size 10?

                    I have just got UK size 10 Scarpa Inverno plastic boots for a mountaineering expedition and have found that size L regular crocodile will not fit over them. I know the expedition ones are wider, but what would be the right size to fit over the Invernos, plus possibly insulated pants?

                    I have a huge calf (16" diameter) for my...

                    I have a huge calf (16" diameter) for my size (5f 6", 43.5 euro La Sportiva). My other gaiter is a large and it barely fit. Now for OR Exp. Croc Gaiter, what size should I be ordering? Cheers.

                    Best Answer

                    Well, here's a photo of a Large size Croc and a 44 euro Scarpa with a 2 liter soda bottle shoved into it where your calf would be. The diameter of the bottle is a tad under 16". Figure your pants add a bit of girth, and see what you think for yourself. Hope that helps.

                    Well, here's a photo of a Large size Croc and a 44 euro Scarpa with a 2 liter soda bottle shoved into it where your calf would be. The diameter of the bottle is a tad under 16". Figure your pants add a bit of girth, and see what you think for yourself. Hope that helps.

                    I have a pair of La Sportiva Nepal Evo GTX...

                    I have a pair of La Sportiva Nepal Evo GTX boots size 11.5 US. I have skinny calves and people seem to say its best to size down in these. So would I be better off going with a medium or a large? Is a large able to be cinched up pretty tight if Im not wearing a lot of layers, and likewise would a medium fit over a size 11.5 boot? Thanks.

                    Best Answer

                    Good timing on the post - I unpacked a pair of the gaiters I received moments ago and tried them on. I tried them over my La Sportiva Glacier EVO size 43.5 (abou 10.25 US). The general shape and volume of the Glacier is probably similar to your Nepals. I ordered the Expedition Gaiters in Large (per the sizing guide). My opinion in asnwer to your question depends on what you intend to wear on your legs. As advertised, the diameter is larger on these gaiters. In my case the large is too big for me when wearing a Patagonia base layer and a pair of soft shell Backcountry guide pants. The top velcro cinch-strap is maxed out over my calf. They fit over the boot with room to spare and actually have a little too much volume around my boot for my liking. So - for you if you aren't using very thick leg layers I wouldn't go with more than the large. I'm returning mine to try a medium. All said - they look well made and without actually having used them yet I think I will be really happy with them once I get the size tuned.

                    Sizing has much to do with your boot vs. your calf sizing alone. If you size down, you may find that the gaiter covers less of your boot. If your looking for a slimmer or tighter fitting gaiter I would check out the Black Diamond FrontPoint GTX Gaiter. This is a bit of a smaller cut gaiter as their primary purpose is ice climbing - where loose gaiters always = crampon bites.
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                    A lot of you have been suggesting sizing...

                    A lot of you have been suggesting sizing down... I wear size 8.5 boots. Do you think I should stick with the mediums or go for the small?
                    Oh and they won't be plastic boots. They are the Scarpa Summit GTX boots.

                    Thanks for any input

                    Best Answer

                    I second that. I wear size 10.5 and returned my gaiters twice--sizing down each time until I ended up with the smalls. I had a hard time getting a tight seal around my leg (5'11, 180 lbs) at the top as well as around my boots. The expeditions are wider than the regular crocs for mountaineering boots.

                    I have a pair of Mediums and am trying to get them to fit on a size 9 lowa mountain expert and they are only snug when I have the buckle tightened so much that its near the edge of the sole and the hook is going over the very first (near the toe) cross of laces. I think I will be returning them for a size small.

                    I want to use these for snowshoeing with...

                    I want to use these for snowshoeing with a size 12.5 boot. I do not have real stocky calves so if I go with a large (because I don't need all the extra width) will it still fit my boot?

                    Best Answer

                    I have found that it really depends on what boot your going to wear. If you wearing plastic boots like mountaineering or ski boots then you will need the XL but if your wearing some hiking boots then the L may fit. I wear a 11 size boot and I have the XL for both my plastic mountaineering boots and for my hiking boots.

                    i had a different pair of gators and they...

                    i had a different pair of gators and they always fell down and so didn't really work. do these stay up well? cause it kind of defeats the purpose if they always fall down to your ankles!!

                    Is there a difference between the exepeition...

                    Is there a difference between the exepeition cros and the regular crocs aside from the larger size of the expedition crocs?

                    Best Answer

                    expedition Material: [Upper leg] 3-Layer 70D Taslan Gore-Tex; [Inner leg and boot section] 1000D Cordura/ Regular Material: Taslan Gore-Tex®, 1000d Cordura, and 8oz packcloth this is biggest difference I can find

                    According to the OR web page the difference is that the expeditions are wider to accommodate more layers underneath and the inside leg is all the 1000D Cordura® and the 8 oz packcloth in the shoe section. The design of the expedition was intended for colder conditions than the regulars.