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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

    Tech Specs

    [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex (3-layer), [leg panel] 70D Cordura (100% nylon), [foot panel, back leg panel] 1000D Cordura (100% nylon)
    instep strap
    Recommended Use
    ice climbing, mountaineering

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    • 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.

    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!

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    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.

    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.

    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....

      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.

      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!

      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.

      "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.


      • 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!



      • 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.

      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.

      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.

      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!

      Best Answer

      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.

      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.

      Best Answer

      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.

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

      Best Answer

      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.

      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.