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Black Diamond Apex GTX Gaiter


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Apex GTX Gaiter

Keep snow, moisture, and debris from sneaking into the top of your boots during winter excursions in the mountains with the Black Diamond Apex Gaiter. Whether you are sporting alpine, ski, or ice climbing boots these gaiters will do the job, and handle the daily wear and tear.

  • Waterproof gaiters built for your rigorous winter adventures
  • Gore-Tex membrane seals out moisture while also breathing well
  • Double-welded abrasion guard holds up to ski edges and crampons
  • Hook and look closure allows for easy on and off, a secure fit
  • Neoprene-coated instep strap lasts mission after mission
  • Durable instep adjustment buckle dials in a snug fit on your boot
  • Lightweight construction helps you push towards the summit
  • Item #BLD0443

[membrane] Gore-Tex membrane (3-layer)
[front] hook and loop, [top] webbing, slide release buckle
neoprene-coated nylon instep strap
full (over-the-calf)
[medium] 8.1oz
Recommended Use
backpacking, hiking, ice climbing, mountaineering, ski mountaineering
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Great stuff

I've put it through the wringer
Runs small
Size Bought
5` 9"
165 lbs

Worn these on a Climb on Mt. Washington they are bullet proof .

>Rating: 3

Need to be made a little bigger

I returned this product before using it

I bought these on a recommendation of a co worker. Problem is the XL size will not close around my jeans & size 15 4E workboots. Need about another inch of material half way up the gaiter where it goes around the boot. Was looking forward to wearing them. But will be returning them. Seems to be a common problem with these from some of the reviews I have read. I hope they get it rectified.

>Rating: 4

A little worried

I got these for winter hiking and I really think they work great. They keep me dry though I do end up with a lot of frost on the inside of them. The sizing is a little odd though. I ordered a large (size 11 non plastic boots)and the bottom didn't fit around my boots but the calf fit nicely. I got an XL and they fit nicely around my boots but I've got the tops pulled as tight as they go. It works though. The reason I'm worried is the reinforced section is only glued on and its already starting to peel away from the rest of the gaiter. I've used them maybe 6 times so far. Durability may be an issue.

I had the same problem with them on my plastic boots, the bottoms are tight but the tops are to loose! lol The cinch does not tighten enough on them .

I had the same problem with them on my plastic boots, the bottoms are tight but the tops are to loose! lol The cinch does not tighten enough on them .


Full view

I couldn't find a full view of these anywhere on the web. So here's a hopefully helpful picture. The lighter part in the instep and the logo sits right in the middle of my calf

>Rating: 4

Review Title

I have used these to climb Mt Timpanogos and am pleased with them. The construction, materials, are top notch. I think you might want to size up a bit I ordered the Medium and had to trade them for the large. I am a fan of BD equipment.

>Rating: 5


I wanted to get a very tuff water proof alpine gator after last year cutting my old shit Ems pair with my crampons on Mount Washington . I tried the Or expedition gator that is around the same price and has a shit load of great feedback, But truth be told they suck ! if anyone says they are easy to get on your a meathead who just likes giving false reviews! They are stiff and fit like crap!!! and come it 2 sizes to big! and are very loose and impossible to get a seal around the boot! These black diamonds kick ass! they fit perfect! miles ahead of OR shit boxes! trust me im very picky maybe to picky on how these fit, and that is over LA Sportiva Evo mountaineering boots! These are better made all they way material ease of use etc etc , they also look nicer! give these a shot they are the best in the class! I will use these this winter on a night climb on mw.


looks like these cover less of the lace area than your average gaiter, can anyone speak on this?


So has anyone used these vs the OR...

So has anyone used these vs the OR crocodiles? I'll be using them for ice climbing and glacier travel mostly. Thanks!

One of my buddies had these and I have the croc's and his looks shredded and mine don't. The croc's are just so burly!


Will these fit over a full AT ski boot...

Will these fit over a full AT ski boot like the Scarpa F1, F3, or Spirit 4?

Yes. It will adjust to a variety of boot sizes.

I would say no. I can hardly manage to fit them over my ice climbing boots. I have the large and wear size 10.5 Millet Radikal boots. Unless you have a small foot and get the XL gaiters and can live with a very loose calf, I say look somewhere else.