I wanted to love these gaiters, and I almost do. The fabric seems durable and they're very effective at keeping out trail debris from the top. They're a perfect height for spring conditions with patchy snow/mud or summer hikes in scree or vegetation with a lot of obnoxious seeds. The downsides: The stiffened fabric on the bottom edge of the gaiters keeps them from totally sealing against some shoes. I noticed this most when wearing slimmer trail shoes and postholing in snow- I got a lot of snow in my shoes coming up through the bottom of the gaiters. The cinch system seems awesome, but if you cinch it down enough the routing of the elastic actually forces the top of the gaiter DOWN towards your foot, effectively shortening and loosening the gaiter.