Caitlinwrote a review of The North Face Gore-Tex Gaiter on January 21, 2014
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I ordered 4 pairs of gaiters and ended up choosing these to lead snowshoe hikes. Do not size yourself according to TNF guide provided (based on shoe size) - use the width of your calf. I wear a woman's size 9.5 in hiking boots and ended up having to get a size xl in these. I have about a 16 inch calf circumference and needed to be able to fit a few layers under these. I don't think I could get them over any heavy layers, but over wool socks, a base layer, and water resistant leggings or hiking pants they fit perfectly. To compare, the mountain hardwear pinnacle stretch xl I could kick off even when it was cinched down all the way. I ultimately chose these for the elastic in the back that holds them against the upper heel of your boot. There is no excess fabric to bunch up or get in the way when strapping on snow shoes.
I have used them a few times and so far they have held up well for the snowshoeing hikes. No snow got in, the quick release buckle is a nice touch and stayed secure, no rips or tears despite a few scrapes with the snowshoes, and they vented well.
Would probably give 5 stars if the sizing wasn't so off.