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    Expedition Crocodile Gaiter

    As the heaviest-duty gaiter in the Outdoor Research line-up, the Expedition Crocodile Gaiter is the go-to choice for serious mountaineering expeditions and rugged terrain. The 3-layer Gore-Tex provides waterproof breathable protection in the harshest weather conditions while burly 1000D Cordura on the inner leg stands up to sharp crampons and wear from hard-shell boots. Plus, the large circumference is specifically designed to accommodate high-insulation pants and bulky mountaineering 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 gaiter securely in place
    • Item #ODR1086

    Tech Specs

    [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex (3-layer), [face fabric] 70D nylon, [innner leg and boot] 1000D Cordura
    BioThane strap
    Recommended Use
    mountaineering, hiking, ice climbing
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    Mud, snow, and rain can't stop me!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've been using these gaiters on any big trips or anytime I might be at risk of getting wet. These are easy to put on and strap together. The Velcro strap is useful in providing a secure and fast buckle. They're true to size, I wear a 7.5 and got a small! I've owned the same gaiters now for two 1/2 years and they still work as if I just got them yesterday. I know I can always rely on them when the weather turns.

    Mud, snow, and rain can't stop me!

    Best Gaiter I Ever Owned

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I am an avid outdoor enthusiast, Snow Shoeing, Ice and Mixed Climbing, and Mountaineering. These are my go to Gaiters. I have taken these up in the Rockies and the Cascades using them on Mount Rainier 5 seasons. The Expedition Crocodiles are still intact. These are a great investment for any avid Outdoor enthusiast..

    Best Gaiter I Ever Owned

    Outdoor Research...

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times my go-to gear for the high mountains. These gaiters are specifically cut for larger mountaineering boots. If you're looking for a smaller cut for hiking boots, try the regular crocodile. However, these expedition gaiters are specifically designed for crampon use, hence the Cordura all the way up the inside of the gaiter. I also like the Velcro fastener at the top, allowing for a quick and snug fit. Best on the U.S. market in my opinion. Thumbs Up!

    I'd put these at least at a seven

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    on Moh's hardness scale, I'd put these at least at a seven, if not higher. These gaiters 100% substitute snow pants (as far as lower leg coverage is concerned). Their primary use has been for snowshoeing and hiking through mud-season. We do a lot of backcountry sledding - so think regular sledding, but far superior. As such, our feet are also our breaks riding down the mountain, which means a lot of potential for powder up the pants - but these keep my feet, ankles, legs dry so my face can relish in the pow. When we're sans snowshoes looking for the ultimate trail (wearing kahtoola microspikes) and postholing 2-3 feet, my calves (again) stay dry. The foot straps are sturdy, with a lot of trails over scree and talus. The velcro closure is (almost obnoxiously) resilient. They do not budge once their secured.


      I bought these for a friend and he loves them. He needed them for a hunting trip where it was going to be muddy. He said they were a lot more durable then the others he has used. Definitely a piece of gear that is a must have.


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Gaiters might not be the most exciting piece of gear, but when it comes to keeping your feet dry over miles of hiking on snow, they're necessary. I recently used these backpacking over slushy snow fields while wearing microspikes, and was impressed with how well these worked! My feet were warm and dry, even when postholing for extended periods of time.

      Runs Large!

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

      These are hardcore expedition gaiters. They are light, tough, and completely waterproof. My only concern is that they are HUGE and are meant to go over mountaineering boots and not hiking boots. Go down one size if you are using hiking boots.

      Necessary piece of Equipment...

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This is a 100% necessary piece of equipment if you plan on travelling through snow and over glaviers. Fresh fluffy powder, hot steamy slush, I've put these things to the ultimate test so far over the winter and spring climbing seasons in the PNW mountains.

      + Super tough material on the inside leg area. I've caught them with my crampons a couple times already and still no rips!
      + No leaks in these things to date, including from the top. The adjustability of the top section is pretty great to keep the wet OUT.

      - The edges of the material keep fraying, and it can get annoying. It's usually one strand at a time so nothing serious, bit it still gives me the feeling that they're slowly disintigrating with every use.
      - Snow does creep up from the bottom, wedging itself between your boot and the gaiters and forming a mini-glacier on your feet. It might be mitigated if you size down, but I cranked the bottom belt as tight as I could get it and this still happened. Seems more of a problem on the downhill (plunge stepping) than the uphill.

      Would still buy again when they do wear out. These are supposedly the vest on the market and so far I can say that they have definitely made my life in the mountains more enjoyable.

      Gore-Tex Gaiters, The best around

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These Gore-Tex gaiters are the only place you should look. OR has made the best gaiters in the world for years. Gore-Tex comes with a lifetime guarantee to keep you dry. These gaiters will last you a lifetime. My wife and I wear them for snowshoeing.


        I used these in very muddy, icy conditions this year. They are very stiff which made me reluctant. I loved them. A fellow hiker wore a lighter flimsier pair that initially looked more comfortable. He was constantly readjusting his gaiters as they slid down his legs. He ultimately quit wearing his gaiters altogether. These gaiters kept almost everything out (we had 24hours of rain), and once they were on in the morning, I never touched them again until taking them off at the next camp. Some rain managed to run down my legs, but I doubt anything could have performed better. At the end of our rainiest day I took my gaiters off and the lower portion of my pants was almost completely dry compared to rest of me. Most importantly, they kept the mud (and later ice) from getting into my boots and on my pants. These things are rugged and work. The stiffness is an asset. I am not a fan of gaiters, but when conditions demand them, you need them, and these are the only pair you'll ever need.

        One Outstanding Product

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This is my second pair of these gaiters. Reason I wanted a pair that fit larger boots. I would not buy any other type. Many others get the rock under the boot where snow packs on the strap that goes under the boot and becomes a rock to walk on. Not these, never. Makes your whole foot warmer and dry. Love them in all types of weather especially cold as my feet are warmer. I believe in gaiters and these are the best I have ever found. No other type for me! I have had gaiters with zippers forget it. These use hook and loop and are a snap to put on and take off.

        Will not fail

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        So far these gaiters have been flawless. I have been through dense scrub, deep snow and varied terrain bushwhacking with them and the performance was top shelf. They are well-constructed, rugged and appear to be able to withstand the test of time -- combined with my, ahem, borderline obsessive compulsion for taking care of equipment I expect them to last for years.

        The only caution I have for you is the sizing appears off in the size chart. I wear a M8 and in the chart that called for a M gaiter. When I got them I was swimming in them, even with the thickest pants. I had to return for a small.

        UPDATE 6.23.17:
        The "top flap" velcro by the lace hook is fraying and the adhesive is failing. Not a big deal, but I have seen another reviewer with the same problem. Awaiting response from OR on RMA.

        Update 7.5.17:
        Received a new pair of gaiters and sent the old pair back. OR customer service is unsurpassed.

        Good product, runs very big

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

        These are sturdy nice gaiters, but the sizing chart is way off. I got XL for size 13 (47) Lowa mountaineering boots, and they could not keep the snow out on an all day climb in mushy snow, with the strap cinched down so far the buckle was under the sole. The snow packed inside the gaiters, coming in between the boot and the edge of the fabric which wasn't sufficiently snug, and soaked my boot. I took them back to the OR store in Seattle, and they sized my boots with L size gaiters, which work well...they even had me try M size on my size 13 boots, and it was a close call, but I went with L.

        Great for rugged backcountry

          I have only had a chance to wear these gaiters once or twice but my initial experience is definitely positive. These gaiters kept my feet warm and dry and lower legs protected while trudging through snow up to my knees and along very overgrown trails/forestry roads.


          I am 5'11" with size 12 boot. I wore these with my 8" Danner Recon boots and there was ample space if one were to wear these over thicker mountaineering boots. If you are not planning on wearing these with larger boots, I would suggest possibly one size smaller as I did cinch down the calf strap to it's minimal setting. Once these were fitted, donning and removal were quite easy with the thick velcro side seam and velcro calf strap.

          As a side note, these were warm in 20 degree weather so they might be a little too warm at higher temperature climates.

          I can definitely see why these are industry standard!

          Pros: Extremely durable Cordura face fabric, 3L GoreTex waterproofing

          Cons: None!

          Recommendations: Mountaineering (Right?), Snow Shoeing, Etc.

          Works Great So Far

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

          I was given these as a birthday present and they have worked out very well when hiking around the Unalaska Island in the Aleutians. Since everything out hear tends to be wet with either snow or rain the gators have come in handy on numerous occasions. I went on a hike recently and let my girlfriend use the gators and she said she needed a pair. The initial impression has been great they seem to be very durable and able to withstand long hikes and ski trips. The fabric is tough enough to withstand abuse from brush and sticks. I would recommend these to anyone who needs this type of equipment.

          Don't leave home without it

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          Really dig these gaiters, I've stomped on them with crampons and they've held up. I've snagged them on stuff, still going strong. They keep snow out of my pant cuff on those light fluffy (deep) days. I haven't had trouble with the buckles, but I only had to set them once and was good to go since.

          Don't leave home without it

          Gaiter Gits It Done

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Looking for something to muck around in this mud season? Loook no further. These babies have seen it all and come through shinning. I like the easy adjust ability even though sometimes the buckle sticks. Otherwise they fit pretty true to size. I ordered a large to come up higher on my leg even though I am only 5'6". They have kept my legs comfortable and I have even used them for spring skiing. Would recommend them to anyone looking for added wetness protection.

          Durable uppers, problematic buckles

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I have had two pairs of these. Both of them broke at the buckle. I have climbed a lot of mixed terrain in them so I have been very hard on them. OR replaced the first pair no questions asked (and changed the size from L to XL for me). I bought a 3rd pair myself recently. I really like the length (upper calf on me) of these for protection from deep snow and water as well. Size up for Mountaineering Boots. I use an XL for size 45 Scarpa Mont Blancs. I would rate them 5 if it wasn't for the buckle problem. Not sure there is a better alternative out there.

          What is the difference between 'Outdoor Research Expedition Crocodiles Gaiters' and 'Outdoor Research Crocodiles Gaiters'? Only name? or are they any performance differences?

          Since the description talks about a wider circumference, are they big enough to fit over mountaineering boots without having to order a size up? (As compared to the standard OR crocodile gaiters.)

          Unanswered Question

          My shoe size is 11.5-12 what size gator should I get. I will not be wearing any heavy snow gear with these.

          I've got a 22 inch calf and had to return the Crocodile gaiters since they wouldn't close even just over jeans, so I'm hesitant to try these. Can anyone who has a pair measure and see how big the top can be when buckled at the widest point for safe usage? Pic is my size 17 shoes and monster calf next to my wife's very nice and normal sized equipment.