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    9 Reviews


    Because nobody likes dirt and debris in their shoes.

    The Outdoor Research Flex-Tex II Gaiters stop dirt, mud, and snow from entering trail running shoes, hiking boots, and cross-country ski boots. The single drawcord closure wraps around to the back of this low-profile gaiter, tightening into an "X" shape to fit a wide variety of shoes and boots. A high-visibility BioThane instep strap secures this gaiter to your shoes' or boots' soles, and the hook-and-loop front closure ensures a tight seal against debris.

    • 92% nylon, 8% spandex
    • BioThane instep strap
    • Single drawcord, shear tab top closure
    • Hook-and-loop closure at front
    • Item #ODR000X

    Tech Specs

    92% nylon, 8% spandex
    Front Closure
    Top Closure
    shear tabs, drawcord
    Bottom Attachment
    BioThane strap
    Recommended Use
    trail running, fastpacking, cross-country skiing
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Snazzy Gaiters

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

    Well made, easy to use and they seem durable enough to last for a very long time. Perfect for getting outside in the light snow and mud.

    Camp Muir - Crushed It!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are fantastic gaiters. I was looking for something more substantial and taller than ankle height gaiters, but not so tall they go up to your calf muscle, and these were the perfect size! They pack small enough to carry in the pack and not notice any difference in weight or bulk.
    Most important they kept glacier slush, snow, and rain out of my boots on a weather tormenting hike up to Camp Muir on Mt Rainier. We had 15mph + winds, with rain, sleet, and snow all at the same time, hiking up a slushy glacier and these kept EVERYTHING out of my boots. But they also allowed sweaty moisture to escape as well. Couldn't be more please with these.

    Keeps the feet dry!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    My girlfriend picked up winter trail running this season. The first few runs she said her feet got soaked from running in the snow. So, I bought these for her for Christmas and so far the reports have been that between these and some Gortex shoes, he feet are dry! Easy to use, holds position well and totally waterproof.

    Pretty good but needs work

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Flex Tex II is still a pretty good product. There is nothing markedly better available in a scree gaiter. But the change from the original Flex Tex to the Flex Tex II is disappointing; OR did not handle this well.
    The original FT was good, but had certain specific minor design flaws, which I brought to OR's attention years ago:
    1. The Velcro tabs are glued; no stitching. They delaminate. just a couple stitches at the tip would prevent this.
    2. The product labels interfere with the Velcro, and must be cut off by the user (minor, but an inconvenience).
    So I had hoped the FTII would address these. But these were NOT fixed. Instead, additional design flaws have been added, and the price is way up:
    3. The underfoot strap has been cheapened to a thinner material.
    4. The side patch that engages the tip of the strap has been poorly redesigned and now "traps" the tip; you have to fiddle with it with two hands to get the tip of the strap through.
    So again, still a pretty good product. But an unfortunate step backwards from the original for a much higher price. I buy these; but it would be really nice and they would get 5 stars if flaws 1 through 4 were fixed in the next iteration.

    Keeps the crap out!

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

    Debris in your shoes and boots is the worst. The Flex-Tex 2 gaiters work hard to prevent that from happening. Solid OR construction through out. I particularly like the straps on all OR gaiters. They are super durable. My OR Crocodiles lasted me almost 20 years I expect these to take the same beating.

    Great Fit Great Product again by OR

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Use them for snowshoeing in the north cascades, have used them in 2 ft of snow for just regular hiking that I have ran into, they just work after 5 hours of hiking around still dry all the way up to the coverage area. You should not be disappointed and I do recommended to those looking for boot coverage.

    Unanswered Question

    How would these do in warm weather? I'm soon going to be doing an event that will entail hiking completely off trail for 30+ miles in the mountains. Expecting temps ranging from lows of around 50 to highs of possibly 90. I'm not worried about the lows, but don't want to be any more miserable than I have to be in the heat of the day. Thanks!

    do these give any snake defence

    do these give any snake defence

    Best Answer

    Hey again Rod,

    Just answered your same question on the Rab Latok Alpine Gaiter. Pretty much all of our gaiters that we keep in stock are designed more with climbing and mountaineering in mind and intended to keep your legs safe from accidental brushes with stick, sharp rocks, and climbing crampons. A snakes hypodermic needle like fangs would likely still be able to break through on these but are better than nothing. I strongly suggest getting a pair of gaiters that are more designed for the task if you are going to be tempting fate and walking around in a snake pit.