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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.

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5 5

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.

4 5

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.

5 5

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!

5 5

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!

5 5

Great gaiters

  • Gender: Male
  • 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.

5 5

Truly Expedition worthy!

  • Gender: Male
  • 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!

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

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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.

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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.

5 5

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.
5 5

Gaiters have come a long way !

  • Gender: Female
  • 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.

5 5

Still solid

  • Gender: Male
  • 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.

5 5

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.)

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

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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?

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I would stay with the Large. You should have plenty of adjustment on the top to cinch them.

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The top has a sliding buckle that will allow you to tightly cinch the top around your top calf. Go with the large...

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Yes definately stick with the large, you can always tighten down the top adjustment strap but won't be able to close the gaiter if your boot is too large for the medium.

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

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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?

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I wear size 12 boots and the XL fit great. XL should work fine for you. I can also highly recommend these gaiters, awesome.

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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!
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I definately agree with Leta and Ryan, there's no sense in chancing a gaiter that doesn't fit because you try to squeeze into the XL.

5 5

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

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