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Outdoor Research Crocodiles Gaiter - Men's

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    31 Reviews


    From high-altitude peaks to frozen pillars to thorn-infested forests, the proven Outdoor Research Men's Crocodiles Gaiter has been there, done that, and will gladly do it all over again. The guaranteed waterproof and breathable 3-layer Gore-Tex is built to perform in the harshest environments while the strategically placed 1000D Cordura prevents damage from pointy crampons, sharp granite, and hard-shell boots.

    • Burly three-layer Gore-Tex provides guaranteed waterproof breathable protection
    • Highly abrasion-resistant 1000D Cordura on the inner leg and boot protects against sharp crampons and plastic boots
    • Large circumference accommodates plastic boots and insulated pants
    • Wide hook-and-loop front closure is quick and secure
    • Bottom shear tab secures the front closure to the boot
    • Durable BioThane instep strap keeps the gaiters securely in place
    • Item #ODR1087
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    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My first pair of gaiters, which were pretty cheap, did a good job of keeping mud off my pants but once I took them into knee deep snow, they got soaked. I decided I needed something better. After a bit of research I ended up picking the OR Crocodiles. At first i was a little frustrated that the velcro system took a few more seconds to do up compared to the zipper of my old ones but once they're on they are secure and tight. It doesn't bother me anymore and I prefer the velcro because the gaiters stay upright and don't slide down. The Goretex keeps my legs dry and the cordura is strong and durable. I don't suspect that I will have to buy another pair of these soon but in the case that I lose one of them or for some reason they get worn out or ripped i will definitely pick up another pair!

    Could be a fluke, but...

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    The buckle broke the very first time I went to tighten them above my calf. Just barely pulled on them. Looks like the piece wasn't sewn in correctly. customer service was awesome as always and assisted with the return, but I'm very leery of buying again.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    They are gaiters! Fit around my boots perfectly, cinch mechanism at the top works pretty well (could let me get them a little bit tighter) and the velcro closure is super sticky. Quality product that feels it is built to last

    Great In Snow And Scree

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought a pair of OR gaiters 3 years ago and tripped over an angry log and ripped a great hole in them. Thanks to OR's fantastic warranty policy they sent me a brand new pair of the crocodile gaiters (an upgrade from my now out of stock pair). I do a lot of early spring-late fall hiking and mountaineering in Glacier National Park and these gaiters are a staple in my gear closet. In the early season they keep me warm and dry through great snowfields and miles of muck. During the rest of the summer they keep the rocks out of your boots on long scree ski's down the mountain.

    In the winter I've used them for snowshoeing and cross country skiing and they keep my shoes and ankles nice and dry!

    If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me and I'd be happy to help you get geared up. My number in the office is 801 204 4694 and my email is

    Great In Snow And Scree

    Very good, one adjustment

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Overall I like these gaiters quite a lot. They have lots of good features including a very heavy duty underfoot strap, cordura nylon leg/boot, and gore tex to keep you dry.

    The only thing I prefer would be a zipper down the center instead of velcro as it makes them much easier to get on/off and get the lace hook nice and tight.

    Overall solid gaiters that I would get again. They fit true to size just follow the sizing chart for the best fit.

    Hi David - thank you for the review. The reason that we have velco is that it allows for a wider adjustment of fit for many sizes of legs. The 2" width allows one to over tighten, under tighten... If a zipper was used, it would be one fit only. Hope that makes sense!

    OR Rep

    Crocodiles aren't gators

      Unless you are talking about these bad boys. Pretty well documented as one of the best options for burly protection from the environment. XL works seamlessly with my size 12 Asolo Powermatics. I feel empowered by their protective qualities and feel ready for almost any adventure where they may be needed. Backcountry shipped them super fast with 2 day free shipping. Excellent addition to the gear arsenal! #goatworthy

      The Only Gaiters for Me

        I am convinced that these are the best gaiters in THE LAND!

        After using a pair of OR's now discontinued gaiters for years and years, I finally upgraded/replaced them with these babies.

        I have been so so thrilled with these for number of reasons:

        -they breathe exceptionally well, never leaving me with the dreaded calf sweat of hiking in hot temps

        -the velcro stays attached, through really thick brush and constant river crossings

        -the availabilty of different sizes means you can get the one that suits you best.

        I wore these on a 6-week expedition in the arctic this summer and was so thrilled with how they held up. Even other gaiters wore away like crazy compared to the burly nature of the Crocodiles. I would highly recommend these to anyone going through some serious off-trail terrain, or in cold temps.

        The Only Gaiters for Me

        Gotta get them

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        These are awesome. Real durable and light enough to pack on a log hike. If it gets wet out I pull them out and the never let me down.

        Cordura is not used where it's needed

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        The Gortex part of the inner sides of my gaiters were quickly shredded by coming in contact with crampons. They slice right through with even very light contact, which inevitably happens.

        Here's the design problem. The lower third of the gaiter is made of a highly durable material (Cordura I believe?) that stands up very well to abrasion and nicks. But the upper two thirds of the gaiter are made of a thin light-weight material (Gortex I believe?) that is easily shredded at the slightest touch of a crampon. A better design would be to have the tough Cordura on the entire inner side of the leg, all the way up to the top of the gaiter, where inevitably it will come in contact with crampons every so often. And then on the outer side of the leg, where there is no possibility of contact with crampons, the light-weight Gortex material can be used no problem.

        Otherwise, great.

        Indispensable friend on and off trail

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I've only had these Crocodile Gaiters for a couple of months, but have used them quite a lot in the widely varying and often severe late winter and early spring conditions of northern New England. So far, I've used them in, for example, a 10-mile hike in 18+ inches of snow; walking in ankle-deep water for a photography project on a Maine beach on a day when temperatures were -9F before factoring in the windchill; on a quick 20 mile overnight backpacking trip with conditions ranging from shin-deep mud on lower parts of the trail to climbing with crampons and an ice ax higher up. In each case I wore them with just my winter hiking boots--insulated Gore-tex lined LL Bean Crestas. With the exception of a bit of mud on the bottom of my pants -- and then I think because I hadn't fastened the velcro carefully -- my feet stayed completely dry.

        My only minor quibble is, as others mention, with the sizing. Based on OR's sizing recommendations I should be a medium (I have a size 9 foot), but found that I had to tighten the closure to the point where the top of the gaiters were pleated to get a tight fit, unless I was wearing rain/snow gear. It didn't turn out to be a problem, but for others like me who are very thin it easily might be in warmer/dryer weather.

        I had been planning to buy these for some time and had been unsure whether to get these or the somewhat heavier Expedition Crocodiles. After having used them I think these are more than heavy durable enough for most uses short of high-alpine mountaineering and I'm pleased with them.

        Essential winter gear

          I'm still on my first pair of OR Gaiter which I've had for at least 16 years. They are virtually weightless, lock out moisture and cold, and allow you to trudge through the deepest snow banks worry free. My only gripe is that the calf area could be a little more roomy to allow for a full closure over thick pants, boots, and knee high socks. Where these truly excel is on my motorcycle, after my jacket, helmet and gloves, these are the piece of gear I reach for. I used to ride year round, and these gaiters kept me so much drier in driving rain. Without them the mere idea of riding some of the days I did would have been unthinkable. I'm amazed that I don't see more motorcyclists wearing these.

          Great for winter

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I have used these for a number of years while hiking during the winter. They are light and pack pretty small. I like to keep them in my pack just in case I end up getting myself into deep snow. They stay up and keep you dry.

          great in snow and scree

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I bought a pair of OR gaiters 3 years ago and tripped over an angry log and ripped a great hole in them. Thanks to OR's fantastic warranty policy they sent me a brand new pair of the crocodile gaiters (an upgrade from my now out of stock pair). I do a lot of early spring-late fall hiking and mountaineering in Glacier National Park and these gaiters are a staple in my gear closet. In the early season they keep me warm and dry through great snowfields and miles of muck. During the rest of the summer they keep the rocks out of your boots on long scree ski's down the mountain. Starting to snowshoe this winter and look forward to using these on alpine winter adventures.

          great in snow and scree


          • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

          Just got a pair of these and they seem highly durable, well thought out, and well made. Adjustments to tighten everything down worked very well. I got a size small and they could just fit over my softshell pants with long underwear on. Took a little time to get them on since they were just big enough, might size up to make them easier and quicker to put on. Will report back after a couple winter peaks.

          I see that your ordered a small... what size boot do you wear? I just got a pair in, size medium and they are huge around the top. I'm talking cinched all the way and I can still stick my hole hand down there. I wear a size 10 boot. Another issue, not sure if you have it, put I've got the boot strap at the fifth hole and the lace hook barely makes it to my laces. Thanks for your help.

          I wear size 7 boots. Small was okay, but a pain to get on because it was too narrow, I exchanged for a medium which has been great. I could get both to hook on my bottom laces. I can cinch the mediums down fine at the top, but I am using most of the travel.

          Simply Amazing

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          These gators do an extremely good job of keeping snow and ice out of boots. The last time I wore them I was climbing Boundary Peak in Nevada right after a heavy snow storm. I hiked approximately 6 miles in deep powder with my legs sinking into the snow with every step. These gators keep every bit of snow and moisture out. One of the most effective pieces of gear I've ever gotten.

          Unanswered Question

          I wear a size 10.5 shoe, but I have 18" calves. Which size should I get? If these won't work, are there others out there I should check out? I'm climbing Kilimanjaro in June, and I'm needing to get a pair ordered for summit day.

          I am just getting ready for my first snowshoeing experience. I live in Utah (snow is a drier variety), my question is which gaiter is the best for snowshoeing. I am trying to decide between the OR Crocodile or the OR Expedition Crocodile. What do you recommend?

          Sizes listed here are S, L, XL, XXL... what happened to M? They make a M and that's what I need.

          Regarding size - I wear a 13 which puts me in the XL/XXL category. I'm concerned that while my shoe size is large I do not have very stout legs and don't want the upper portion to leave much room around my calf. Should I size down? Thanks in advance!

          How do you size gaiters ?

          I see that your "crocodile" style mens gaiters are on sale for about $55. I am a member of a group (Santa Fe Search and Rescue) that has "pro purchase" privileges. Is it the case that the 50% pro purchase discount would apply to the sale price, thus reducing the price during the sale to about $27.50? Thanks for your assistance.

          Any idea when the black will be restocked in XL?

          Do you think this gaiter with the 3 layers of gortex would prevent a snake bite from penetrating?

          Will these fit over snow pants very well?...

          Will these fit over snow pants very well? I wear a size 10 mens.

          Is the bottom attachment on these...

          Is the bottom attachment on these replaceable?

          I know this sounds like a mistake, but my...

          I know this sounds like a mistake, but my calf is 21 inches around at the widest part. So, despite being a size 11 EE in shoes, would I be an XXL in the gaiters?

          Best Answer

          You should be fine in the Xl size gaiter. It will fit your boots best and should have room for your calfs. If you are unsure you can always chat into a backcountry rep and they can help answer any questions or even set up an order with both sizes for you to try with a free return label noted on the order.

          You have to try these on. I have the same issue where they claim this size or that should fit but xxl is too narrow through the calves. you'd think they'd make these bigger considering most of us are wearing layers on our legs whenever we need a gaiter like this. good luck

          yeah, i read that too. but the xl expedition crocs are roughly the same size as the xxl regular crocs. don't make an xxl in the expedition crocs. useless. I can't get them on my calves and i'm by no means the biggest person that would be interested in buying these if they weren't made for stick people.

          I have a 22 inch calf and had to return these as I couldn't get them on even just over a pair of jeans. I have yet to find gaiters anywhere that really do work for us Popeye-legged guys, but that's what I'm used to since hiking pants, muck boots, and even jeans are tough to find too when you've got a calf as big as your kid's waist.