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Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain High Gaiters

2 reviews
5-star:   0
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   1
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Very flimsy. Not worth buying. The stitching busted…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new

Summary

Very flimsy. Not worth buying.

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Light

Cons

  • Poor quality
  • Not durable

The stitching busted on mine after 3 tramps — the stitching holding the elastic on came away and the under boot strap came away as well.  The nylon lower fabric is not tough enough to come with rocks — mine already have holes in them.

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I had some Mother Karen gaiters years ago, which had…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Fabric: Nylon
Price Paid: $29

I had some Mother Karen gaiters years ago, which had a waterproof bottom and a breatheable top. They were perfect for cross country skiing or for hiking in wet brush. Well, they wore out eventually, and I didn't buy any gaiters for a long time.

I now have the Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain High Gaiters. They also have waterproof nylon over the boot part, and breathable nylon up to the knees. The nylon they're made of is a bit sturdier than my old gaiters. The tie under the boot instep is made of flat nylon, which you tie to two grommets. Probably more sturdy than the tie on the Mother Karen's gaiter, which was stiffened nylon with a plastic clamp, but harder to adjust on the fly. The Mother Karen's closed with a zipper on the outside of the leg; there was a left and a right. This one has a Velcro closure.

The gaiters worked fine the first time I tried them (Minneapolis has a foot of snow now), but might not be as durable as my old ones in the long haul.

All in all, a good gaiter for the money.

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