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Get ready for your next adventure race with the Ultras.

You've always been one to head beyond beaten path, so equip yourself with the Outdoor Research Ultra Trail Gaiters. Designed to keep sand and soil from filling your sneakers, these ultralight, water-resistant, breathable gaiters conform to your leg's shape for a comfortable fit. Ideal for adventure racers, trail runners, and fast packers, the Ultra's also provide optimal protection against the elements and natural debris found in the desert, woods, and mountains.
  • 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

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3 5

Not the best I've tried

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I need to echo Ito's review below. I got these for trail running but have found that there are better gaiters out there (inov8 and salomon) for that purpose.
As Ito notes, these things are way snug. I have thin lower calves and still get a substantial line even if I leave them totally loose. They also have a funny shape that seems to leave a bit of a gap on the inside/medial surface.
They are a bit of a PIA to put on, although putting the included velcro tab on the heel of the shoe works.
If they get super wet, they don't dry that fast.
Overall, I use these infrequently and I think, for running, there are better choices out there.

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I am really interested in these gaiters,...

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I am really interested in these gaiters, but do they come in a XL? I am not sure L would be big enough.

3 5

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

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Shingo goes over the features of the new OR Ultra Trail Gaiters.

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I wore these just one day for a 25 mile hike through pumice,sand and gravel in low top shoes. I didnt even have to use the strings to tie them down they are designed that well. They hook onto your front laces of your shoes and stay put! Last year I didnt have gators and got HUGE blisters from all the fine dust that got into my shoes. I am all about weight and these are the lightest ones that I could find that are very easy to use. There are the montbell ones but they did not come in size 15 for me. I like the design of these way better too. Also one last thing. When you hike you can not feel them and dont even notice them on.