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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Like their namesakes, Crocs have been around forever. The instep strap is replaceable, and an additional tab holds the front opening down, but otherwise they remain unchanged. The fitted design and durable, waterproof fabrics are as effective now as ever.
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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.
I highly recommend outdoor Research to anyone!
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. I've used it twice so far as the dry season is coming so it doesn't rain as heavily or often, but using the gaiters with my boots and poncho, I've never felt dryer.
*Addon (2nd March 2012)
I just walked in the rain and put my gaiters correctly this time (as in the deafault picture on Amazon with the brand facing outwards) and I realized that the hooks do not grab the lace of my Delta Gore Tex 6 boots. It would probably be a problem if I'm traveling in a country with snow but locally, since I'm using it in wet wear, it is not an issue since the rain falls off the gaiter onto the boot and then slides to the ground
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)).