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Helium Gaiter - Men's

4.222222222222222 out of 5 stars
18 Reviews
$35.53 - $78.95
Up to 55% off


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Why We Like The Helium Gaiter

The Helium Gaiter gives the same ultralight waterproofing as Outdoor Research's award-winning shells. We like their ease-of-use and reliability for hiking and backpacking when the trail's muddy.


  • Ultralight gaiters designed for hiking and backpacking
  • Helium fabric laminated to waterproof, breathable Pertex Shield
  • Hypalon instep strap is replaceable for seasons of use
  • Boot lace hooks, drawstring cinch, heel elastic, and hook-and-loop front offer an easy, secure fit
  • Item #ODRZ8FV
[membrane/laminate] Pertex Shield Diamond Fuse (2.5-layer) [face fabric] (upper leg) 30D 100% nylon ripstop (foot panel) 420D 100% nylon Packcloth, PU
hook-and-loop, drawcord cinch
replaceable Hypalon instep strap
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Overall Rating

4 based on 18 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 3 reviews
2 Stars - 0 reviews
3 Stars - 1 reviews
4 Stars - 0 reviews
5 Stars - 14 reviews

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1 out of 5 stars

February 26, 2024

Belt buckle prong broke on 3rd use

Belt buckle prong broke on 3rd use, rendering the gaiters useless.


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5 out of 5 stars

September 15, 2023


I was initially skeptical of the durability of these gaiters. They are very lightweight and very packable. I used them on a 10 day hike in the arctic(fall conditions) and they surpassed all my expectations. They performed well in the dry sand, tundra bogs, through rock and boulder scrambles, driving rain and snow as well as the muddy quicksand. They stayed in place well, the draw cord at the top held fast. The waterproofing was excellent and maintained its breathability. Hanging them or laying them out under the tent's fly/vestibule allowed any mositure accumulated through the day to be dry by morning. For these type of conditions I would highly recommend them. I would be suspect of the durability to low branches and brambles in the south, but OR has solid options for that.


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5 out of 5 stars

August 13, 2023

Haven't tried yet. Look great

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Pretty sure they're decent. I had the black heavy duty ones 20 years ago in boy scouts. Served me well


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5 out of 5 stars

August 3, 2023

Best mid-zone gaters

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I am an outdoor enthusiast with a wide range of interest. From summer hikes, backpacking, hiking in the rain, or snowshoeing/mountaineering. These lightweight packable gaiters serve so many functions for me: keeping the dirt, rain, or snow out of my shoes and protecting my legs. Its right in the middle some where in it can be used for all of my activities compared to my heavier pair of gaiters strictly for winter sports or ankle gaiters for short day hikes. Love them, and would recommend them!


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3 out of 5 stars

June 24, 2023

Metal clasp fell off first use of these gaiters

I wore these gaiters one time and one of the clasps has already fallen off. Really, Outdoor Research? Doesn't bode well for long term or even short term durability.

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5 out of 5 stars

March 3, 2023

Replaceable Straps a Plus

Being able to replace the straps was a prime reason for buying gaiters.

Bob the Hiker

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1 out of 5 stars

August 7, 2022

Utter garbage. Broke putting them on for the first time.

I have loved other OR gaiters I purchased. Thus, I bought these gaiters excited to use them. So I threw them in my pack and headed out for a day trip up Mt. Baker. I hit snow, pull out my gaiters, unsnap one, and the snap breaks off instantly. so now I am without a top snap to keep it shut. Then, I pull the string to tighten the gaiter on the top and it also breaks off. I had not even used these once yet and they broke putting them on. These are not fit for the purpose they are designed for if they are so delicate they can't even be put on without breaking. Do not buy these. I am throwing these in the trash as they cannot be relied upon in the mountains.


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5 out of 5 stars

June 4, 2022

Dry feet and pants

Used these hiking around some high mountain lakes and underbrush in Alaska (during snowy shoulder season). They kept my feet nice and dry. Pair them with a quality set of GTX boots and you're set!


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5 out of 5 stars

June 4, 2022

Tough for their weight, breathable, waterproof

Easy to put on / take off, and manage. Light enough and compact enough to carry until needed.


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5 out of 5 stars

May 23, 2022

Amazingly lightweight gaiters.

Using them for my field work sampling streams and rivers which involves lots of off trail navigation through thorny underbrush, long grass full of ticks, and mile and miles of sagebrush. So far they have held up great, but we shall see how they fair at the end of the season. The first thing I noticed was how incredibly light these were. Wearing them feels like wearing nothing at all, and the light grab of the stretch cord at the top was the only thing I felt. On their first use the velcro was rather stiff, which gave me worry of them being a rigid gaiter. To my surprise after one day of use the softened up, allowing them to move, flex, and bend while I walk through difficult terrain. I was the tick magnet on our last field hitch gaining two latched ticks on our first day (not wearing the gaiters). While I can't say the gaiters prevented the ticks from finding skin, the rest of the 8 days I found multiple ticks on the gaiters or on my pants, but not one was able to crawl its way to my skin. In terms of brush, dust, rocks, and dirt the gaiters prevented any of it from getting in my boots. While the durability is still a question mark, I highly recommend them at this point.


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