Get ready for your next adventure race with the Ultras.
- Flatlock seam construction eliminates chafing issues
- Shockcord tops, top drawcord cinches, molded boot brims, double boot hooks, and additional hooks and loops ensure the Ultras stay put
- Silicon anti-slip prints at heels help prevent the Ultras from riding up
- Optional instep cords let you dial in a snug fit
Share your thoughts
Go Either Heavier Or Lighter
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I'm a big fan of Outdoor Research, a lot of their gear works well and is well thought out.
For me these gaiters did't work so well and I think there are better alternatives out there, here are my impressions.
I wear 46 (US 11.5) and got these in a large. I could put these on no problem (removing shoes first of course). The top of the ankle 'sock' has a small elastic drawstring. I have quite thin ankles with very low bodyfat and the elastic is already tight. When I would wear these with mid high shoes or boots, the top part would go higher on my calf muscle and be too tight on its loosest setting. For an elastic cord with a drawlock on it the widest setting is simply too tight, especially for people with average or higher body fat levels.
These gaiters are made from very solid materials, with nice reflective accents that I always like to see on gear.
My problem with this soft shell material is that I think it's a middle of the road solution that works ok for a lot of conditions, but not great for any of them. It holds out debris of course, but if you need something waterproof this isn't it, the gaiter is too short for that, the fabric is not waterproof and dries slow. If you need waterproof/snow protection go with a GTX or eVent gaiter that comes up to your knees.
If on the other hand you just need small, light, breathable gaiters than there are others that do that better. Dirty Girl Gaiters for example are lighter, dry quicker and breath better than these - and they are cheaper too.
So, I would think through what conditions you want your gaiters for and make a choice: Either go with heavier, longer but fully waterproof gaiters, or go with even lighter, more breathable and faster drying gaiters.
Outdoor Research Ultra Trail Gaiters
Shingo goes over the features of the new OR Ultra Trail Gaiters.