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- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I live in southern Oregon and snowshoe many times every winter, mostly in, and around the Crater Lake area. I?ve had the OR Verglas gaiters in size L for about 6 years and use them with Atlas Series 12 snow shoes. The ?fragile understrap? that everyone seems to be worried about has never been a problem. I wear size 13 boots (La Sportiva for snowshoeing) with lacing down to the toe area and one of the things I especially like about these gaiters is the toe clip reaches all the way to the end of the laces and, therefore, covers 95% of the top of the boot which results in much warmer feet that would be the case without the gaiters. I have never had wet or cold feet with these. I wear Marmot, lightly insulated (Spring/Fall/cool Summer days) hiking pants and use long johns for the really cold winter days and have never had the trapped moisture problem mentioned by one reviewer. OR makes some very nice products and the Verglas gaiter is another.
Live in Alaska and my husband wears Sorel boots and his pants and socks got wet from being outside working while in the snow. Not anymore! He loves these and comes home dry everyday now! Awesome product! Great deal for $37!!!!!
You all know it's a more than decent gaiter for the bucks; but what happens when you don't wear 'em when the snow is only a foot deep?
Well, you find post holes is what happens.
And with that snow in the boot.
And the resultant wet socks.
And cold feet.
And numb toes.
I learned my lesson.
using my gaiters to keep the poison ivy off my body.
I get poison ivy really bad, so when I hike I wear my gaiters and long sleeve shirts. To keep me from getting too hot I wear the gaiters with shorts and i wear the long sleeve shirt unbuttoned. I can honestly say, since I bought these gaiters I have not had any poison ivy...that is about 2 years.
I also wear the gaiters when i hike in the winter, again with shorts. I never really get cold legs because I keep warm enough by hiking. If I do get chilly legs, I pull up my wool socks so that my entire calve is covered with my wool sock and gaiters.
These gaiters are idiot-proof (if I can put 'em on, anyone can). They've survived spring and summer seasons over and under rain pants. I've taken them in the snow and had NO problems. The height is ideal over pants, though they look a little goofy when you're wearing shorts, but I'll take goofy over being eaten alive by mosquitoes. The color is nice, too.
These gaiters are durable, comfortable, and lightweight. I would recommend spending the money for them - you'll save even more than I did when I bought them last year. You won't be sorry.
Just got back from snow shoeing with them. They are solid/waterproof and give you that snug feeling. The lace clip in front was a bit of a chore to get into my boots, and they are a bit tight to close, but once they are on, nothing is getting through them. I did not realize how much snow would have been in my boots, until i made a "nature call" in the middle of the night..
Seem to be pretty durable and water proof so far, I am liking them. My two complaints: 1)The strap securing system at the top of the calf isn't the easiest thing to fasten, especially if you are wearing gloves. It's a little hard to tell if you have the little latch all the way down or not. That being said, I haven't had any issues with it loosening up. 2)I am a little leery of the strap that goes under the boot; I feel like if something gives out, it will either be the strap itself or the buckle.
So far, so good. They keep the snow, water, and mud out and keep my feet much dryer (and thus warmer).
with a victory beer after 4 hours of snowshoeing.
After owning OR Croc's for five years, I was able to use my brother's Verglas gaiters last weekend. All in all, not much of a different between the two while hiking. So the Verglas doesn't use Gore-Tex, but for hiking, light mountaineering, snowshoeing and backcountry sledding these will do the job they intend to do. The strap that secures under the boot seems "flimsy" when compared to the croc's, but OR makes top notch gear and it has shown no wear or tear. Only caveat, the strap would not stay tucked away, and stuck out to the side as I hiked. Minor annoyance, but did not alter performance. Priced lower than the croc's, you are not sacrificing much.
As I have come to experience, OR has made another quality product.
Sure they're not Gore Tex but they're still excellent water proof protection. And the price is right, especially if you can catch them on sale. They add some warmth but aren't as breathable as I'd like. The upper strap can be a bit of a pain with gloves on, make sure it's closed tight.
Love my Outdoor Research Verglas Gaiters...!!
I've used these gaiters for winter hiking and snowshoeing and they work very well at keeping me dry. Very easy to get on and off. I bought them one size smaller than the sizing chart recommended but they still fit easily over my hiking boots.
Hiking the Appalachian trail in my Outdoor Research Verglas Gaiters.
Outdoor Research has a PHD when it comes to making tough, long lasting gaiters. My Verglas survived an early season AT thru-hike, despite all the deep snow, rocks, and blow-downs. I wear my gaiters under my pants and this seems to allow my legs to breath better. The Verglas work equally well with trail runners or boots, however a smaller size is needed for trail runners. I did wear through a set of straps , but after a quick phone call I had a replacement pair in my hands..!! Lifetime warrenty + great customer service = a great product..!!
Do these gaiters fit over Sorrell boots?
Yes they will, but you might have to use a large or extra-large seeing how Sorel's can be pretty bulky.
hope this helps
Depends on the boots' bulkiness. They will fit but you might need to size up.
I have Sorel boots and these guys fit over pretty well. I have a size 9 in men's sorel boot and the men's medium OR fit great over them.
These Gaiters are an affordable substitute to the higher prices expedition style. I have used these pups hard for over a year now, and except for me punching a hole in them with my crampons they have held up well. They keep my boots free of snow, dirt, and rock... Even on a 30 mile hike in WY when we post holed the entire way in waist deep sloppy snow. Outdoor Research is known for making solid gear, and these gaiter are no exception... You won't be dissapointed.
These things are great!!! I just used them on winter camping trip here in Colorado. Well built and tough as nails. You can't go wrong!!