Outdoor Research Verglas Gaiters
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $32.99
Waterproof enough but TIGHT in the calves.
- Light weight
- Tight in the calf
- Not too breathable
I wear these in summer snow on glaciers and on winter trips to the mountains to hunt and cut the Christmas tree.
I bought them on clearance so I couldn't return them, but if I could, I would. The charts stated that the Large size was the one for my boot size. That is true. They fit my boots just fine, really well as a matter of fact.
What is not mentioned is that my, evidently freakishly large, calves BARELY fit in them. The circumference of my calf is about 18.5". The velcro closure on the front does not completely close and I get a little powder leakage when I wade through deep snow.Occasionally the velcro seal will burst open (twice in one day) and I have to readjust things. Low/thin socks, thin long johns and anything but the lightest pants are all I can fit under these things.
If I had known they were this tight I'd have gotten the XL but my feet are only 9.5 so I got the Large.
I like the tightening strap and the arch strap a lot; they are bomber. I like everything else about these things. I guess it's my fault for buying clothes w/o trying it on first. These are my third pair of gaiters. I have never had this issue before.
Price Paid: $39
I bought this for snowshoeing, and was debating between these and the OR Croc Gaiters. I am glad I went with these. I saved a few bucks and these are lighter, fit GREAT and have kept my legs dry on 8 - 9 hour trips trudging through powder all day.
The only beef I have with these is that the hook that's supposed to hook on your lace does sit too low on my North Face boots. But I don't think that this is a design flaw of the gaiters but a compatibility issue with my boot and gaiter combo. The hook works great on other footwear I have tried. (Also I have noticed no ill affects from using these gaiters without the lace hook attached.)
Price Paid: 40$
These are great. I've hiked over 150 miles with them. The only thing that I don't like is that when it is too warm out they don't breath as well as I would like, but for their waterproofness I guess I can't ask too much more.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The Outdoor Research Verglas Men's Gaiters are similar to the Crocs but if you've ever thought about trimming a few ounces off your Crocs these are the gaiters for you. They're designed to be lighter and more packable, with the same fit and performance of the originals.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
Designed to be lighter and more packable, the Verglas Gaiters from Outdoor Research are built with durable Pertex Shield waterproof, breathable fabric, while retaining the a performance fit.
- EMS refers to the men's version
Take a quick backcountry hike or walk through the woods with the ultra-light Men's Verglas Gaiters from Outdoor Research Sturdy Pertext Shield fabric provides superb water-resistant protection and breathable comfort for superior comfort on medium to high activity Hypalon instep strap locks the gaiters in place while loop front closure prevents exposure to external debris while you're on the move Also includes a Cordura Boot which offers great abrasion-resistance When in need of a perfect complement to your hiking shoes, the Outdoor Research Verglas Gaiters is the one for you
- SunnySports refers to the men's version
Cover ground quickly in the backcountry or blast through a bushwhack approach with the Outdoor Research Verglas gaiters. They are designed to move fast and carry light in the mountains. Ultralight, waterproof and breathable 3-layer Pertex(R) Shield nylon ripstop upper sections offer maximum breathability. Rugged 500-denier Cordura(R) nylon lower sections resist snow and rain while offering excellent durability where you need it most. Cordura nylon sections rise higher on inside of ankles for best protection. Low-profile leg shape reduces snagging; tapers slightly at ankles for a sleek fit. Asymmetric-shaped bottom edges are curved to fit boots evenly with no gaps, keeping dirt, twigs, scree and snow out of boots. Easy-access rip-and-stick closures open in front for quick on/off plus they can be adjusted for a custom fit. Tops feature comfortable 3/4-inch nylon webbing straps with low-profile cam buckles to keep gaiters from slipping down legs. Outdoor Research Verglas gaiters have double-riveted boot lace hooks to grab laces, helping keep gaiters in place. Hypalon(R) instep straps offer excellent durability and easy adjustment; loops above buckles keep strap end from flapping.
- REI refers to the men's version