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Crocodiles Gaiter

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

Material
[membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex (3-layer), [leg panel] 70D Cordura (100% nylon), [foot panel, back leg panel] 1000D Cordura (100% nylon)
Closure
hook-and-loop
Attachment
instep strap
Height
over-the-calf
Weight
12.1oz
Recommended Use
ice climbing, mountaineering

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 5

Great Quality

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
XL
Height
6` 2"
Weight
205 lbs

Great Quality Product! I wear a size 13 boot and the XL fits great. Perfect performance over 3 years of winter use in the CO mountains.

>Rating: 1

Sizing guide is off

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it

Ordered the XL since I wear 11.5 boots. Even with large pants and heavy winter boots, the smallest adjustment is still too big.

Hey Belvin--sorry you had a bad experience with the sizing. We'd be happy to refund your return shipping if you'd like to try a smaller size.

Belvin - Apologies for the difficulty to size these correctly. There are so many factors needed to be considered. Did you refer to any sizing guide or did you guess? The size also takes into consideration calf size, as well as boot size, so I can understand the confusion. I hope you were able to get the right size! Leta OR Rep

>Rating: 4

Quality

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Keep the snow out of boots, waterproof for walking through high grass. A bit tight trying to get them over mountaineering double boots, fine with singles or hiking boots, won't fit over snowboard boots. Some holes from crampons easily repaired with Tenacious Tape.

>Rating: 4

Good to have!

These gators are very sturdy. They have a thick rubber foot strap. The cinch at the top is well made. The seems are sturdily double stitched.

Thank you Trish! Leta OR Rep

>Rating: 4

Great Addition To Your Packing List

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

I used these on a winter camping trip in Idaho and I was so glad I had them. They are perfect for keeping your ankles dry from any snow (or melted puddles) you are going through. I love how easy they are to get on and off from the velcro closures and the strap that goes under your boot is great because you can easily adjust it perfect to where you need it to be if you are switching from cross country ski boots to different winter boots multiple times a day. They weren't totally waterproof but they did do a great job at keeping most of the snow and moisture out which is exactly what I needed them to do!

Hey Laurel, tell me more about the "not totally waterproof" part. Did snow get under the rand? Were the boots you were using too small in volume (cross country ski boots) for the gaiter, so the snow snuck up inside?)? These gaiters definitely require a larger volume boot - like a bigger hiking boot vs a lower profile / volume cross country ski boot. Even if you have a small size foot, the difference in volume from one boot to another makes a difference. A good choice for smaller volume boots would be something with an elasticized rand, like the Rocky Mountain High gaiter, as one option. Thank you for the review, and I hope that makes sense! Leta OR Rep

>Rating: 5

Solid construction

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

Very well made and easy to put on and off

Hey Michael, much appreciated review! Happy Trails - Leta OR rep

>Rating: 4

Great for some shoeing

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Great gators. Easy to put on and will keep the snow out for a day of snow shoeing. Straps in all the right places to keep these puppies up on your legs as you trudge through the snow. What Can I say. Simple well designed gear hear. Does its job with no extra hassle and will live in your gear room for years to come.

Thank you for the review, George! Leta OR Rep

>Rating: 5

Love these things

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

These are Bombproof, I've taken them on lots of trips including mountaineering adventures, completely waterproof and super functional!

Many thanks for the review, Spencer! Leta OR Rep

>Rating: 5

The Best Gaiters

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I got my first pair of OR Gaiters in the Mid-90s and they lasted over 20 years. I finally had to get rid of them when I had worn through one of the straps. I don't even know how many miles I walked/skied/climbed in them. It seems like some improvements have been made to the newer models: stronger velcro, extra velcro closures, stronger straps and buckles, and a slightly better fit (meaning you can wear them more comfortably over a variety of footwear). If you need gaiters, you will never regret purchasing these.

Great review - Thank you Jason! Leta OR Rep

>Rating: 5

SUPER RUGGED.

Fits well over my Scarpa Rebels. Wore these up rainier, baker, hood, and a few other summits. The goretex really holds up, was skeptical of the gaiter size I was recommended to buy (Large) but fits well with my size 9 foot.

Thank you for the review, Kevin! Leta OR Rep

>Rating: 5

nice size

Although I have not made it to the snow yet, I wanted to say these gaiters are a good size. XXL is approximately 20-21 inches at the top in diameter. Fits around my big calf with overalls on. Will use for hunting. Will get back to here if there problems. I usually laugh that someone rates something without using, but found these last minute. Ordered Saturday and were delivered Wednesday in time for my trip. Thank you for being true to size as last year xl from competitor were extremely small and finding out in the woods was a bad fubar. Yes I am a lot backwards these days....

Great to hear - thank you for the review, Randolph! Leta OR Rep

>Rating: 4

awesome Gaiters

kept the snow out while snow shoeing early season, also was nice not having to worry about rocks getting in my shoes also!

Thanks Ryan! Leta OR Rep

>Rating: 4

Pretty nice

Familiarity:
I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Got these for a brother and he seems to like them.

>Rating: 3

Should I or shouldn't I

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Looking for new gaiters for my girlfriend. We've both had OR Crocodile gaiters. Hers have a slice in them now. My reluctance comes for these reasons: I find it strange that the hook goes on the lace after the velcro closure is closed. My other gaiters hook before closing the velcro. It's more awkward hooking the closed gaiter. Maybe there's a reason that was designed that way. I'd like to know what that is. Also the little velcro flap that gives security to the main velcro closure is worthless since it separated from the backing material and is pretty much permanently connected to the main velcro while the backing material just floats on the outside (I suppose I could cut it off). I believe that OR was founded when somebody thought the world needed a better gaiter. I have not found the OR gaiters to be that great. They have replaced my scree gaiters numerous times but I finally felt bad about asking again and again and finally bought another brand which I like very much. Now that the girlfriend needs new gaiters I'm looking at these and wondering if I should get them. They are up there with the most expensive so it makes me think they should be the best. But my experience says keep shopping.

>Rating: 4

Great hunting gaiters

Familiarity:
I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Found these to run true to my shoe size. These have been very useful for the mixed conditions that can come with hunting in Montana. They are durable and keep my pants dry. Can withstand the wettest conditions. Easy to put on and go. No reason to have wet pants or boots with a product like this available!

>Rating: 5

Buying the right size

These are the best out there in my book. Lucky I got the right size XXL size 13 snow boot. Make sure to ask them what size you need for the right boot

>Rating: 4

A super version of the Rocky Mountains

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

Only main difference i could easily spot between these and the expeditions was the upper closure system, but for the price difference I can skip the Velcro (I looked at adding some, but is hard to fit through the loop). Basically are amped up OR Rocky Mountains. XXL pairs well with Baruntse 47.5/13.5, but tightens only to the 4th hole, don't think they make bigger anyways. Sturdy construction, no worrying about the strap tearing out like on older style.

>Rating: 3

"OK", or "Pretty good", but not great

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I bought these for Search and Rescue, and I tried them with a variety of boots - Irish Setters (from the late 90's), Danner Hood Winter Lights, and Danner Acadias. The metal tab that is supposed to capture the bottom lace doesn't do its job. The material has a bias towards pulling up, away from the toe/lace, and the gaiter will slip down my leg just a bit (1"?) - that's just enough for the tab to come off the lace. I considered crimping the tab over a little more to more tightly capture the lace, but why? Beyond that, at least in dry conditions, they do keep 95% of the dirt, stickers, poison oak, and crud off your boots/lower leg. I bought the size indicated by my boot size, but I'm not sure a smaller size would work any better.

Edward, I will pass your feedback on to OR. I am sorry you are having trouble with these, but the good thing is that we don't hear that alot! Still, I will pass it on. Many thanks! Leta OR Rep

>Rating: 5

Durable

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I beat these up pretty well with crampons on a recent trip up Rainier, they held up great. I didn't bring a pad to sit in the snow with so I took my gaiters off and sat on them to keep my backside dry, they worked well for that too!

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>Rating: 5

Essential Piece of Gear

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

These are great gators for glacier travel. No complaints.

>Rating:

I love OR gaiters, but how does this set compare to what OR currently sells? Is it an older model? For example, is the instep strap “triple-bartacked BioThane® webbing” and is there an “additional tab holds down the front opening” of these? Thanks so much!

After some research, although these are an older model OR no longer makes, they have both the tab in the front to help hold down the gaiters and a BioThane webbing (although I don't know if it is triple bartacked).

>Rating:

Hi, I am a female and wear typically a women's 7.5. If I am ordering a pair of men's gaiters would I want the small or would I still fall under the size medium. I would primarily wear these over a pair of mountaineering boots, and do have thicker calves from all of my outdoor activities! Thanks!

Since this isn't an actual shoe, you don't have to be too exact on the sizing. So, you could size up to the medium, to better fit your calves. My calves are pretty strong, and the small fits me. I can also get you a free return label, if you want to order both sizes.

>Rating:

What's the difference between the Expedition Crocodile and the Crocodile? I'm looking for some gators for a mountaineering expedition, but I'd rather not spend $20+ extra if I don't have to.

They are very very similar, the Expedition version is slightly more robust and durable. You should be OK with the regular version unless you want maximum durability and life.

Hey Nathan - the Expedition version has additional 1000 denier ballistics nylon on the inside. So as Chris says, it is more robust. Hope that helps! Leta OR Rep

>Rating:

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.

You should be fine with the size XL gaiters, they will have enough room around the leg.

>Rating:

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?

For snowshoeing, I would go with the Croc. The Expedition Croc is overkill for snowshoeing, but perfect for multi day / multi week mountaineering excursions! Hope that helps! Leta OR Rep

>Rating:

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

Hey there - I see the M listed. Let me know if it's not there for you. Leta OR Rep

Hi! Yep, M is listed now. It wasn't a week ago. The folks at Backcountry must have fixed it. Anyhow, I've already found and purchased them elsewhere (and they're very nice!). Thanks, -Roee

>Rating:

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!

I don't think you will have a problem with too much room. I was between small and medium (size 7) and the medium was definitely right for me. Much easier to get the shoelace hook to grab my last shoelace.

Try that size, Charles. I think you will be OK. If not, Backcountry will gladly exchange! Leta OR Rep

>Rating:

How do you size gaiters ?

Hi William, You'll size them based on your shoe size. Contact me directly at the phone/email above if you'd like a personalized experience here at Backcountry. Ben

Thanks Ben! Leta OR Rep

>Rating:

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.

1) NO 2) Familiarize yourself with the terms of your pro-deal. In general, asking a retailer to match your pro-deal is a good way to lose your pro-deal, for you and your entire organization.

Brian, as a rep for Outdoor Research, this is a perfect answer. Thomas, please go through your organization to figure this out, not through a retailer. Thank you, Leta OR Rep

>Rating:

Any idea when the black will be restocked in XL?

Hi Todd, Looks like we are set up to get some XL's in both the black and red sometime around the beginning of November. Matthew Pizza mpizza@backcountry.com 801.736.5363

>Rating:

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

Hey Kevin, I would say it would slow them down a bit, however it would not prevent the rattlesnake from penetrating through. If that's what you're looking for you should check out a leather set of gaiters.

>Rating:

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

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

I've paired them with my Koflach boots and Mountain Hardwear Compressor pants (beefy insulated snowpants) and they fit great!

>Rating:

Is the bottom attachment on these...

Is the bottom attachment on these replaceable?

Having called OR was informed that the company NO LONGER replaces the instep strap but will replace Gaiter instead....

>Rating:

How much do these weight?

How much do these weight?

10.2 OZ in the large size. They do roll up to fairly small for packability

>Rating:

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?

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

The EXPEDITION crocodile gaiters have a larger circumference upper calf area to compensate for bulky layers and larger calves.

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.