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Backpacker Magazine – 2010 Editors' Choice/Gear Guide

Toughest Gear: Outdoor Research Crocodiles Gaiters

These gaiters are waterproof armor for your legs.

by: BACKPACKER Editors

Outdoor Research Crocodiles (Julia Vandenoever)
Outdoor Research Crocodiles (Julia Vandenoever)

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In 1999, these Gore-Tex and Cordura gaiters won one of our first Editors’ Choice Gold Awards, and we still haven’t seen a tougher pair at this weight and price. The instep straps are the key: The urethane-coated webbing resists shredding, and the straps are easy to replace, a must for gaiters (which tend to fail here when used a lot with crampons). $65; 9 oz.; 8 sizes;

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Amber G
Dec 15, 2011

I have had tremendous success with any of OR products. They are just built really tough! My only suggestion is this: buy it in black! I finally got rid of the pair I bought in 1995 because I was tired of looking at teal gaiters! Same goes with a pair of mitts I bought for snowboarding. They have a Kevlar reinforced palm and thumb and are nearly indestructible. I have had to replace the inner fleece liner, but once a year I toss them with some Nikwax tech wash and waterproofing.

Rob St. John
Sep 06, 2011

I've used the crocs for years while riding patrol in the back country during the fall hunting muddy, wet, snow, slush, and general muck. I wore the crocs over my Hoffman pack boots and they are outstanding gaiters. Also work semi-okay for spring and fall when the trailside vegetation soak your pants up to the knees. The original pair are some what bedraggled, but are still semi-serviceable.

Kurt Wibbenmeyer
Oct 26, 2010

I have had trouble with OR Crocodiles gaiters over the years. I live in CO and climb mountains all year round. Climbing this time of year before there is enough snow to require snowshoes I have bent the side buckle on rocks since I don't know what the conditions are below the surface of the snow. I have had problems with the velcor pulling off at the seams for the Gor-Tex. Also I don't care for the little toe hook, if I don't get velcro ligned up properly I can't hook it on the boot lace. I now have the model with the velcro over flap and it never aligns correct.
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