Nobody likes wet socks.

Keep sneaky rocks, dirt, and snow from finding their way into your footwear with the Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain Low Gaiter. This lightweight trail gaiter features a durable packcloth shell that resist moisture and holds up to repeated trail abuse. A hook-and-loop front closure makes for easy on and off, while a lace hook and underfoot strap keep the gaiter secure on rough terrain.

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2 5

Strap on one broke with only 6 uses.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These were working great until the sixth day I used them. The bottom strap broke off, apparently on a stump while walking the AT. Also the clip which attaches to the shoe laces cut my shoe lace where I had to tie a knot. ** I purchased these in 2013 along with much of my gear for the AT hike through I warn you when using, to think about purchasing your items a week or two before you go on a long hike as your 90 day warranty will end with them and they will not help you. At least you will get 3 months on the trail to truly test your item. I on the other hand am out of luck with Backcountry. Sadly I used my budget to purchase all my items a year or more in advance of my hike and if any other products (new and started using as of March 7th, 2014) goes bad, I will simply have to purchase a second time.

I will try and go through the actual company now and hope they will honor what they produce.

How well do these work for backcountry...

How well do these work for backcountry skiing? Are they too small to get over a pair of telemark boots and softshell pants? What are your recommendations for gaiters with ski boots?

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You could probably fit them on tele boots, but I would go with a full size gaiter like the aligaiter or crocodile for skiing

4 5

Good product - as expected

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really like these gaiters. Have used them in mud, snow, and to keep dirt and dust out of my boots. Long enough to work over trousers or just socks. Not super light weight, but seem very sturdy. Time will tell, but they certainly feel like they will last.

5 5

Nice lightweight gaiters

I had worn out a pair of high gaiters a couple of seasons ago and started using these low gaiters. They are super lightweight and are sufficient for summer climbing when you are not post-holing all the time. They are excellent for lightweight mountaineering.

They are not gore-tex but I never had problem with their water-proof-ness. I use them on glaciers all the time. As long as the boots are water proof, the gaiters are not a problem. If the boots are not water proof, the gaiters are the least of your concern.

2 5

Not Comfortable

I like the idea of a low gaiter to keep scree and snow out of the ankles, and these served the purpose just fine. My biggest complaint is that the elastic on the top is extremely tight, so much so that it leaves marks on my legs after I hike, even over socks. And it's not because I have giant calves! Also, I find that the fabric is much baggier around the ankles than what the pictures shows. Bottom line, I used these for a few months and ended up replacing them with the OR Flex-Tex Gaiter, which while not waterproof, worked much better for me.

4 5


Got these for a hunt in the Wrangell's. They worked great but I wish I would have bought the tall/high ones for use with the mid high boots I was wearing. I would recommend these to anyone who would use them with a shoe/short boot.

5 5


Used these backpacking to keep out the snow and or rocks/dust depending on the occasion. They have worked very well for this purpose. They are not "waterproof", but they kept my feet dry.

5 5

Protect me from the mud

I live in Japan, from June to July is the rainy season.
I will protect my feet from dirt trekking in this season.
Are you satisfied with the material so light and tighten.

5 5

Like 'em

I've given the pair I've owned hard use hiking, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, and climbing. I'm often wearing a pant with a stretch cuff that pulls over the cuffs of big boots (ski boots, plastic climbing boots) but there are still lots of days each year when I need gaiters over approach shoes or lightweight hiking shoes. I like these gaiters because they're light and non-bulky when stuffed in the pack, yet effective in deflecting snow, dirt, plant matter or scree. My pair has stood up nicely to what I would guess to be 25 or 30 days of use. And after using low gaiters I've found I prefer them over tall gaiters in everything but deep powder because they let my legs breathe so much better.

4 5

Good Simple Gaiter

Great for those summer trips when you just want to keep debris out of your shoes. They aren't really waterproof, but I've used them many times in the snow and they work well. I really like them on warmer spring/summer trips where I don't want my entire calf sweating under a full gaiter.
These are light and do the job of covering up that nasty gap between the top of your boot and your socks.