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    A lightweight gaiter that keeps out the riff raff.

    Keep snow, mud, and other trail debris out of your boots with the Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain High Packcloth Gaiter. The Rocky Mountain High is a basic design that gets the job done without any unnecessary frills–just tough, breathable fabric securely attached to your boots.

    • Tough 420D nylon stands up to years of hiking, trail debris, and hungry insects
    • Super-tough Hypalon instep strap for year-round dependability
    • Breathable fabrics throughout allow water vapor and sweat to escape
    • Reinforced boot lace hook keeps the gaiter in place
    • Elastic bottom edge keeps debris out
    • Tough, inch-wide hook-and-loop front closure
    • Item #ODR1096

    Tech Specs

    420D nylon
    Front Closure
    Bottom Attachment
    reinfiorced boot lace hook
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Great product - didn’t fit calves

      OR always makes high quality products that perform well. I purchased theses after using my husvand’s crocodile gaiter but found those a bit too rigid to my liking. These looked great however I have very athletic calves and unfortunately they were not wide enough to fit in this area. I’m considering sizing up but unsure if this would result in a poor fit over my shoe/boot and if the calf circumference is much different in a larger size. For reference - I’m 5’ 2”, 115 pounds and wear a shoe size 8.5 and purchased a size small.

      Hi there - based on what you wrote above, I would recommend a medium. The question of how well they fit your shoe or boot has to do also with the volume of the shoe / boot. The elasticized rand makes it forgiving for many different types of footwear. Hope that helps.

      OR Rep

      Definitely recommend!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I bought a pair of these for myself and a pair for my husband prior to our trip to Washington this past month. We planned on hiking a lot in the snow and post-rainy conditions so some trails were pretty muddy. The gaiters kept our feet and legs dry and warm (we had waterproof hiking shoes) in the snow (even deep snow up to our calves), rain and mud. They’re easy to put on, take off, and clean up. Definitely recommend this product for outdoor use.

      Definitely recommend!

      nothing's getting in these.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These no-frills gaiters are well made and super durable. It's worth experimenting a bit with the spur straps to find the best fit for your boots, but once you get it, nothing's getting in these.

      Didn't know I needed these!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I bought these for my husband to wear for winter hiking. They're great to put on with goretex hiking boots so snow doesn't get in your boot. They're awesome!

      Kept me warm, dry and clean

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

      I used this for Mt Shasta, which was windy and had snow the entire way up. These were easy to use, reliable, and compatible with crampons. They kept me dry, warm, and never fell or slipped off. Only wished this came in cuter colors.

      Great Gaiters - Poor Tech Update

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I love these gaiters - this is my second pair. In terms of what is on the market, these are my go-to. They come high up on the leg to right below my knees (I have a 33" inseam) and are adjustable which is great for different calf sizes. They are in the middle-ground of toughness meaning that I can wear them year-long in snow, mud, and brush and I don't get too hot or too cold and they shrug off most stuff they encounter. If you go up against barbed wire they may tear a bit, but for most things they get the job done.
      The hook on the front works to hold them in place better than the TurtleSkins I had (a major complaint), and the shoe under strap is adjustable so they stay in place.
      My major complaint is that with this update, they have switched the metal buckle for the strap adjustment to very cheap metal material, and it bends and warps after only a few uses. For OR gaiters constructed for heavy use, that is simply unacceptable. These gaiters should last for quite a while, so trying to send them back simply because the buckle is failing so soon is a bad and disappointing re-design choice.
      Still the best gaiters around for varied use and I like the higher ones as they keep out brush and snow, but wish they hadn't cheaped out on this version.
      I wear a size 10 women's shoe (size 8 men's) and the Large work well for everything from heavy insulated hunting boots to light hiking boots due to the adjustment capability.

      Barrier for the elements

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

      Gave this as an early x-mas present to my friend who does snow making up at Snowbird, 12 hour shifts in the middle of the night. He loves them, they do the trick of keeping the unwanted snow from being kicked into his boots/up his pants.

      Durable Quality product

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I purchased these for my son for mainly winter use snowshoeing. I have had a similar pair by Tubbs for several years and find these OR equal in most aspects and better in one main area: the stirrup. The Tubbs I have use an elastic webbing for the stirrup and it has begun to lose its stretch, becoming loose almost. I also have a shorter version of this OR gaiter that has the same buckle stirrup that has held strong for last 5 years of regular summer usage. So, I believe these newest OR tall gaiters will provide the same longevity.

      Good Product

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Bought these for my husband--He says--These are a great addition to my snowshoeing gear. They worked great and kept me dry during my last hike. They stayed in place the whole time.

      Great for rocky terrain

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This is a very securely fitting gaiter, which in my opinion is essential. It clips into the laces of your boots and fits snugly at the ankle holding it in position while on the move. A rubberized strap goes under the arch of your boot and buckles in place. This feature is my only concern about the product as I know not how it will stand the test of time. The height of the gaiter is very nice and really prevents debris from working its way into your boot as you traverse terrain strewn with loose rock. The lower extent of the gaiter is water resistant and protects the wearer from splashes as you rock hop across shallow streams. Happy with the purcahse.

      Comfortable fit

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      They're light enough that you can strap them on guilelessly, and I can not tell you how wonderful they are when out in blowing snow. I've never been one to let 3 foot of snow cover keep me off the trail. As a resident of the great plains I absolutely love snow shoeing. There are times when the prairie can be merciless and wind gusts turn the top crystallized layer of snow into flying daggers. Wind and moisture will inevitably find any existing chinks in your winter armor. These gaiters do wonders for keeping your base layers as dry as possible.

      Really shed the mud and water

        Use these any time i need to get in the woods when it has just rained or is mucky and muddy. These really do the job, great construction, and never feel like they're going to come off!

        +5 Gait Efficiency and +5 Morale

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Pretty sweet gaiters here. I'm not sure how much more progress there is to be made in gaiter technology but these Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain High gaiters are to the point and offer all the features required of a high quality gaiter, even for Mr Sunshine on His Shoulder John Denver.

        I've used them for a rainy and slushy last week of hunting and they keep my lower legs dry, the scrub out of the shoes and are reliable. I didn't have any problem with them riding up/down my calves nor were the attachment mechanisms failing at any point. These act like any other Gore Tex type material; if you're stealthing around after big game the gaiters can and will be a little louder than other materials, like denim. I wear a 14 shoe and the XL fits nice and comfortably snug and rather more breathable than I was expecting. About 30miles logged on these babies so far; further bulletins as info warrants.

        +5 Gait Efficiency and +5 Morale

        Lightweight and durable, runs large

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Got these as a birthday gift from my brother and have to say that I'm really happy with them. They're incredibly lightweight (I can't even feel the weight when I'm walking) and very durable. I haven't used them with crampons, but they seem like they may tear easily in that regard (an abrasion-resistant patch on the inside of the ankle would probably help in this regard).

        I would also add that if you're near the bottom of the size range, size down to a smaller sized gaiter. I have size 10 feet and received the men's medium, but they fit well. I definitely have to stretch the base to get the velcro to reach on the front, and it's a bit of a pull to get the lace hook low enough that I'm happy with it, but I end up with a slim fit along the calf (which I prefer) and a great seal along the bottom (I've worn them through small but rapid creek crossings that were higher than my boots and stayed dry). For fit reference, I've fit them low over my size 10 hiking shoes, and slightly higher (although still below my fibula) on my size 10.5 lightweight mountaineering boots. If I were to buy some to go with insulated mountaineering boots I would probably size up to a large (which would be my recommended size).

        Recommend looking at the Verglas

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

        Outdoor Research is the best for gaiters. Unfortunately I tried them on for the first time in the backcountry and the sizing chart was off. I have a size 13 boot, went with the XL but they were baggy and I could not strap them tight enough to my upper calf.

        Feet and legs stayed dry in the snow. Not as breathable as I would like so I upgraded to the Outdoor Research Verglas in a large.

        new to gaiters

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        ive never owned a pair of gaiters before, but i love them. ive worn these in mud and thigh deep snow and my feet/pants stay completely dry. i use them daily at work. absolutely worth the money. im only about 4 months in, but i have zero complaints and would recommend highly.

        What's the difference between the men's and women's gaiters? Is it just different sizing? Thanks

        hey Lily, Leta here from OR. Yes, its all about sizing, not only around the shoe (volume), but also around the calf and the height of the calf. These gaiters are fantastic, and a great value.what are you using them for?

        Thoughts on if these are appropriate for the pacific northwest (late winter / spring conditions) or if I should look at the verglas / crocodiles?

        These guys aren't waterproof, so take that into consideration. If you're in snowy or damp conditions these guys will work fine (and they will keep you dry on stream crossings too) but if you're in persistent rain I would recommend the Verglas.

        What are the (height) on these OR Gaiters and the (circumference around the calf?) Is there enough room for insulated coveralls(Carhartt) to be worn underneath ?

        Zappos lists the measurements for the XL size as having a 19 in shaft height, and an 18in circumference (which HAS GOT to be wrong - I honestly think they meant to type 8 inches, and just added a 1 on accident). REI lists the shaft height (no circumference measurement available) as being 15.75in, BUT they don't include the size they used to take that measurement, so it may be a size Medium or Small in that case. Campmor lists the "average height (again, no listed circumference measurement provided)," whatever that's supposed to mean, as being 18in. Amazon people who have asked what the circumference of these is, and two of the three supplied answers list the measurement at 8 inches, with one person saying that "I'd say it can fit up to a 17" calf. My pair measured 9" across at the top."

        For some reason, OR doesn't seem to think this is valuable or sought-after information, even though it would be one of the first things I would think to provide as part of the product specs.

        Sorry I couldn't be of more help, but just buy the gaiter size that corresponds with your shoe size and give them a whirl with your coveralls on (I wouldn't remove the tags, though). I would think they would fit over your coveralls, but Carhartt does run on the heavier, bulkier side of things, so I could be wrong. However, doesn't hurt to give it a try.

        I think our friend James here is confusing diameter and circumference. If these has a circumference of 8 inches they would only fit legs with a diameter of 2.5 inches. I don't know anyone with legs that thin who also isn't a child. If the 18in circumference is correct, which is probably very close if not spot on, then the leg diameter it would fit is 5.73in that sounds a lot more like a regular human.