User Review: Outdoor Research Men's Rocky Mountain High Gaiters
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.