Outdoor Research M's Crocodiles Gaiters
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- Waterproof/breathable 3-layer 70D Taslan GORE-TEX fabric leg section with 1000D Cordura boot section, lined with coated 8 oz. packcloth
- 3/4-inch wide webbing and cam buckle top closure, 2-inch wide hook/loop front closure, double-needle stitching on hook/loop front closure, and hook/loop shear tab at bottom of front closure prevents separation
- Double-riveted boot lace hook
- Field-replaceable, urethane-coated nylon instep strap
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It's important to keep the bottom of your pants dry (and of course the dreaded wicking upwards); it's apparent when you go hiking with your friends and they all end up with wet pants (whether walking in the [well below freezing temp] snow or wet brush). Thick (and durable) and breathable gaiters help with versatility for both winter and wet spring/fall.
Thoughts on (Outdoor Research) models:
These "crocodiles" have the extra weight fabric, wider velcro seam, and an extra velcro tab at the front base, which totally helps to keep the velco seam from unraveling; and, comes in an XXL size--over their "verglas" counterpart. The "expedition crocodiles" would just be a heavier step up (fabric wise).
Thoughts on sizing:
XXL fits 12-15 boot size (or euro 46-50), as opposed to XL, which fits 10-13 or euro 43-47--I bought the XXL for my size 13 (or euro 47)--could be a bit snugger in the leg area, especially the top closure that I seem to have fully tightened and the leg area seems just a tad baggy (which I could use the wide velco seem for adjustments: over lapping the seam a bit, but don't want to have that non-battened edge that could get opened by snow build-up; i.e. perhaps your choice of sizing would be better influenced by your perception of your leg size, and I would suggest *NOT* oversizing as you can always give slack in the underbelt and under lap the wide velco seam and have the bottom wrap higher on your boot (assuming you are using boots and not hiking shoes)).
Initially I was looking at waterproof pants but it wasn't easy looking for one that can fit me wearing my jeans and I happened to chance on gaiters. I've never heard of gaiters before simply because the topic never came up in any conversations I had with anyone and no one locally uses it since we don't experience snow. I chose gaiters in the end because its easier and less awkward to put on gaiters at the bus stop than pants.
I finally settled on Outdoor Research M's Crocodiles gaiters simply because its one of the few that comes in XXL across brands. My huge calves both measure around 21.5" and these pair of gaiters supposedly fit up to 22". Putting them on , it looked a bit awkward as some of the Velcro material is still exposed which could mean that either that it doesn't fit up to 22" or I just don't know how to put it on. I can't ask anyone but I try my best to cover as much of the Velcro as i can and though when I put it on, it doesn't look like in the picture, it still covers majority of the Velcro and works extremely well against water.
I tested it in the shower with my boots and was amazed that the water beads up and falls to the ground.Read more ›
These have nice wide Velcro and go together very easily. They are large enough to go over bulky winter hunting and fishing outfits.
If you wear large Maine style or Lacrosse heavy winter boots you may want to go a size larger. I am 5'9" and these come up to just under my kneecap giving lots of protection.
My rock and ice climbing days are over so I can't comment on using these with crampons but they are excellent with snow shoes.
Update- 11-24-2013. After a full fall and winter of use I can only say I still love them. Still hunting deer in Ontario I sit under a pine tree along a deer trail in the winter. They compress the bulky winter clothing, stay dry in rain and snow and add to the warmth. Used them all winter walking back and forth to my ice shanty in Michigan both with and without snowshoes.
Forget all the sizing charts. Put on your boots and the clothing you will be wearing and then take your calf measurements etc. call expeditions 800 number for sizing help AFTER you do that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even with small I could not get them tight enough, but they still worked great! I did some serious bush whacking lately and these held together great!Published 2 months ago by Andy
Didn't fit me well but that might not mean they wouldn't fit someone else just fine. Quality seem very good.Published 3 months ago by JohnnieB
I tried to contact the company but alas nothing . Wrong size so make sure it's what you want before ordering . Great product just a typical big company that's to busyPublished 10 months ago by Jason
The XXL gaiters don't fit my legs, and I'm very disappointed. I had a pair of these when I was younger, and they fit far better, but my calves still measure within an inch of my... Read morePublished 16 months ago by George Oldroyd
Well built, but run small with cold weater gear on. I'M NOT HAPPY ABOUT THE SIZE!!!!!Published 17 months ago by Tom Leonard
The best gaiters I know of. Just buy them!!! Super durable. Kinda hot, but I use them in fall and winter.Published 18 months ago by Kenneth