Toughest Gear: Outdoor Research Crocodiles Gaiters

These gaiters are waterproof armor for your legs.

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;