Gear Review: Outdoor Research Salamander Gaiter

These gaiters thrive in wet, wet conditions.

[best for wet]

When the trail is more liquid than solid, these nine-inch-high, three-layer gaiters keep the wet out. The key: Waterproof Cordura covers more of the lower boot than average—almost to the toe—eliminating likely leak points, such as seams and the tongue area.

They kept our tester’s feet dry during sloppy days on the Oregon Coast and through slushy spring snow on Mt. Bachelor. “The cinchable, stretchy tops sealed around my calves, and the urethane-coated nylon instep straps didn’t soak up water,” she says. $45; 6.2 oz. (m’s L/XL);