- Fabric Performance: Water-Resistant, Breathable, Abrasion- Resistant
- Design Features: Durable Hypalon Instep Strap, Reinforced Boot Lace Hooks
- Functional Details: Hook/Loop Front Closure, Buckle Top Closure, Elastic Top and Bottom Edges
Fabric: 100% nylon, 420D packcloth
Avg. Weight (oz./g): 4.8oz / 136g (L/XL)
- Grat gaiter almost perfect (Review by Shane G)
Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain Low gaiters
Outdoor Research as their name suggest really do their research when it comes to manufacturing products and have very few flaws through out their range. The Rocky Mountain Low gaiters certainty doesn’t let the name down.
I owned 4 pairs of these gaiters for a period of 4 years.
These gaiters are not waterproof however they can be treated with DWR treatment. I find that moisture doesn’t tend to penetrate the material but sneaks in between your legs and gaiter.
Made of the durable packcloth construction and little bulk the low-top design provide all-season performance for the Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters. Pair these lightweight gaiters with hiking boots for hot or cold climate treks to keep rocks, dirt, mud and light snow from finding its way into your footwear. I have worn these in temperatures from -20 - +35 degrees Celsius with no issue.
For the under boot strap and buckle tighten them 1 more hole than you think you should, the strap can take it, and they stretch a bit when new. I have walked 100’s if not 1000’s of kilometers in these in the Khumbu valley in Nepal (including the rocky sharp section of Cho La that destroys the soles of boots regularly), Kokoda trail in PNG, Mt Kilimanjaro and a Varity of Australian bush locations and I have never found the buckle to come undone or the strap to break.
While hiking in the Australian bush I have had the fine bush burrs and grass seeds to stick to and hang on to these gaiters taking a little time to clean them at the conclusion of the trek however this is far more desirable than being in your footwear or socks as that would become crippling.
The only design flaw I have found is the fold-over Velcro tab/flap that is awkward to grasp because it is so thin and the Velcro runs all the way to the edges of the flap making it hard to pull free. Getting these open with gloved hands would be all but impossible. They need to extend the closure tabs or attach a finger-pull on them. I found the material between the Velcro backing and the outer layer (where the logo is found) has come apart quickly on my two new pairs (I have multiple pairs due to little time between treks), this is only superficial but looks detracting for such a high quality gaiter.
(Posted on 3/14/15)
- They do the job (Review by KCinNH)
I happened to pick mine up in the Whites mid hike at an AMC hut, after having to repeatedly stop and clean out trail trash from my boots. Problem solved. These snug in nice around the top of my boots (a 7" Miendl hiker, waterproof), while also sealing off the lacing area entirely. When I have on my waterproof O.R. Rampart pants with these gaitors over them to lock them down at the ankle, fording a stream is no problem, or hiking all day in pouring rain or wet low hanging brush, I remain totally dry. (That is also my snowshoeing configuration, over a pair of 9" NorthFace Verbara boots)
Some have noted issues with the buckle coming undone...tighten them 1 more hole than you think you should, it can take it, and they stretch a bit when new. The extra pressure keeps it snug and latched. I've never had an issue and I love them.
Good value for the price.
(Posted on 2/22/15)
- Go back to grommets and string (Review by Jim )
The instep strap sucks. I still wear my old, now frayed, Rocky Mountain low gaiters with string and grommets when I shovel snow, go ice fishing or deliver heating oil. I hope I can find another pair of gaiters just like them somewhere.
(Posted on 12/1/14)
- A good quality gaiter (Review by Mark Hikes)
Got these after my Wrapids failed to stay on. They use a much stronger hook & loop material on these and I don't foresee them falling off as I walk. I prefer the snug fit of the Wrapid to these more loose fitting ones but they did the job. They go on easy, the H&L is strong, the bottom strap seems tough and never came unbuckled. Ideal gaiter for me would be the Wrapid with this H&L material. Until then this will do just fine.
(Posted on 8/12/14)
- Rocky Mtn Low Gaiters™ (Review by By Jack of all Trades... Master of None)
I bought 2 pair of these gators(1 for me & 1 for a friend), for a 50 mile backpacking trip to King's Peak here in Utah. I checked them online & they were highly recommended. We were carrying 65+lb packs over very rocky terrain. I loved my pair, they worked awesome. I never had any problems with the buckles coming undone, the gators stayed in place perfectly, and my legs didn't get too hot. They held up to slamming and scratching against rocks etc. The bottom strap is extremely durable. I wore my gators the entire trip even when scrambling over the very sharp rock that is all over. The strap nearly had any wear.Unfortunately my friend had problems with his buckle continually coming undone and so he'd have to keep stopping to fix the buckle. He had them on right but the strap kept coming out of the buckle. he didn't even wear them the whole trip(for unrelated reasons). He was a bit upset & wants me to return them for him. I hope his was just a fluke, I love mine.
(Posted on 10/3/13)