Outdoor Research Expedition Crocodiles Gaiter


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For supreme snow protection in high alpine environments the Outdoor Research Expedition Crocodiles Gaiters fit snugly over your plastic or leather mountaineering boots to lock out snow, ice and debris and keep you dry on snowy ascents and long mountain treks. Constructed with three layers of GORE-TEX® fabric and durable Cordura® you get waterproof performance that defends against sharp ski edges and mistimed steps with crampons. Wide enough to accommodate insulated snow pants and larger boots and with adjustable cinch top straps and replaceable urethane coated instep straps you get the right fit to keep snow out. Wide hook and loop front closures won’t fail in frozen conditions and with a double riveted lace hook these gaiters will stay attached keeping you dry in extreme environments.


  • Material: 3 layer 70D talsan GORE-TEX® performance shell
  • 100D Cordura® durable inner legs and boot sections
  • Hook and loop cinch strap top closure
  • Wide 2 inch hook and loop front closure
  • Double riveted boot lace hook
  • Field replaceable urethane coated nylon instep strap
  • Wider circumference accommodates bulky snow pants and larger boots

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

23 Reviews

  • Great design: 9
  • Performance: 9
  • Ease of use: 7
  • Lasts forever: 4

Quality: 4.9 / 5
Durability: 4.8 / 5

23 Ratings & Reviews


Great Product
December 17, 2009

Would highly recommend

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from RI
25-34 yrs

September 12, 2013

Work as expected. Take a couple minutes to put on alone. The cordura and gore tex material is super durable, the strap is my only concern as it is plastic like. I use these in snow and haven't had any get under them. Would recommend.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Bakersfield, Ca
25-34 yrs

Awesome Gaiters
January 27, 2013

These gaiters have traveled with me for quite a while now, and they have done there job 100% of the time. They fit well and are comfy when hiking around wet or thorny areas.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Warm, tough and easy to use
September 08, 2006

I spent six days on Mount Rainier's glaciers wearing my new Expedition Crocodiles gaiters, and was very pleased with their performance. The gaiters accomodated the larger bulk of my Koflache plastics boots. They kept out the snow, added warmth to my legs, and tolerated my misguided crampons without taking any damage. On the descent, I was happy to find that the gaiters breathed pretty well so my feet did not heat up much.

May 20, 2008

The O.R. Expedition Crocs are perfect, they fit the bill for sure. I just spent 2 weeks in the Alaska range with these and the only time I didn't have them on was while in my sleeping bag. Also, during the trip, I never removed them from my double boots. If I needed to add/remove a layer or take the boot off, I would just undo the velcro down to the boot (about 4 inches below the top of the boot). While wearing crampons, I nicked the inner side of the crocs but left nothing more than a small scuff. These things are tuff and comfy! Thanks O.R. and Altrec!

Best Gaiters Made!
January 04, 2010

Best gaiters made. If you want gaiter that fit and last, buy these gaiters.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from The Bear Republic
25-34 yrs

Bulletproof Gaiters
January 19, 2012

If Ghostface hiked he would have used these. Waterproof and completely weatherproof, they also add some insulation. Very well constructed and has a nice fit. When your braving the extremes these are the only choice.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance

Great Gaiters but...
March 09, 2010

These are the best gaiters I've owned- heavy duty and very effective. However, as with most gaiters, the buckle rides too low on the foot. I've had buckles break and this looks like it will be a problem with these too (another review elsewhere reports this problem for these gaiters as well). That said, they are otherwise incredible.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Summit, NJ
55-64 yrs

Most Excellent
December 31, 2011

These gaiters are *excellent*. I believe them to be the best that are offered. Extremely waterproof & very well made, I couldn't be happier with this purchase. Previous reviews regarding sizing are on target ... XL worked very well for me. 6'1", 220 lbs, size 12 shoe. Thanks, Altrec.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Performance
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Great Gaitors!
February 03, 2011

These gaitors are excellent. Solid construction and rugged materials. The velcro is very strong and actually takes two hands to separate. No issues with leaks snow etc., getting in the boot. Best used with boots that have a gaitor clip in. Overall an A+ outdoor product.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use

April 15, 2008

The best gaiters I have ever worn...

Well done Outdoor Research!!
January 27, 2008

Purchased the Outdoor research crocs a couple weeks ago and used them on a short climb up the camel's hump in VT. Even in the 2-3 ft of snow and cold winds I stayed warm and dry. They fit nicely over my old Asolo plastics and there was no interference with the crampons.

Classic unbeatable OR product, worth the $$.
December 20, 2009

1. I got these in large, for my size 11 yellow (big fat) Koflach ice boots and they fit correctly - they are made for plastic boots. But, I also just used them shoveling snow (NH) with my summer hiking boots, and because of the extra wide Velcro closure, I could still get them tight enough to fit. 2. Stitching, seams, materials, strap, are all bombproof, but not thick or bulky. 3. I've used OR online support, they do stand behind all their products.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from Boston, MA
25-34 yrs

Awesome Gaiters!
February 10, 2013

I have used these gaiters a bunch of time snowshoeing and they are great! They are super durable and have always kept me dry. They are designed to fit over heftier boots like mountaineering boots, so keep that in mind when picking a size. I wear a size 12 boot and got the XL gaiters which fit great on big boots. I don't have any dislikes, the buckles and straps are all very durable and will take a beating. These gaiters will last!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Denver, CO
45-54 yrs

Great Do-Everything Gaiters
January 25, 2012

The Expedition Crocodiles are the "gold standard" for functional, durable gaiters. I use them primarily for ice climbing and mountaineering, where you are more concerned about crampons puncturing your expensive outerwear pants. The Cordura all the way up the inside of the legs is a big plus in protecting your pants, and your legs from wayward crampons. I used my original Crocodiles for nearly 10 years, before I could not patch them anymore and the Velcro wore out. But I expect these new Expedition Crocodiles to last for years to come.

Pros: Great design, Build quality

Best Gaiters - Be Careful of Sizing
March 12, 2008

Just a head's up though, they run on the large size. I wear an 11.5 boot, so I ordered the extra large (sizes 10-13, mens). They were too big though, so I decided to go with a large instead.

Good but not great.
November 15, 2008

Top plastic strap latch tends to break. Just besure to carry a diaper pin with you.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Utah
25-34 yrs

Great gaiter
December 12, 2010

These gaiters are the best gaiters I have ever owned. They are extremely durable and nice looking. I am 6'2" and 225 pounds with size 12 feet (46 euro). I ordered the large size based on previous reviews. I have large calves and the large size fits snug over just a pair of goretex pants and boots (length is perfect). So if you are planning layering order an XL if you have large calves.

Pros: Build quality, Performance
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from NW Washington state
35-44 yrs

OR Crocodile Gaiters
June 07, 2013

I bought these for a Mt Rainer summit in July to use in place of my shorter OR gaiters. First thing I noticed when I got them out was how durable they felt. I have had a chance to use them on two training hikes, first to the Muir snowfields for an overnighter and second for a day hike to the top of Mt Pilchuck. Both times I used them the worked flawlessly and did not need any adjustment after they were put on. I did have one misstep when wearing my crampons and although my leg got cut the Gaiters and both the pants and base layer were fine and in my opinion that is exactly what they should do! These fit great, the boot loop and lace hook keeps them from riding up, the full length vertical Velcro closure makes them easy to put on and keeps everything out. I am confident my purchase was the rite one. I have used other products in the past and I regret not purchasing these sooner, they are great and they were at my house quick.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Tough as nails!
December 21, 2006

These crocs rock! Bought these back in 1991 and they're still hangin tough. I wear these during the winter and summer snow and rocky trails.Used a piece of tubular webbing to protect the adjustment strap from rocks. A well designed product.

February 01, 2010

Let's start by saying that these gaiters look better than any others I owned before. And after their first trial in the rocks, I have to say they certainly matched my expectations. Good features: 1- They are great for guys with big feet such us myself (US 14), because others are usually short, living the upper part of the feet too exposed. 2- They are properly fitted (circumference), so you they don't go too tight but there is no loose material to get caught on the crampons. 3- The inner protection is perfect. 4-So far, the straps that go under the boots seem to be very durable, so far. All in all a great buy.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Great product, runs large
April 17, 2011

Purchased size M to use in warmer winter conditions, already have size XL for very cold weather use. Works fine for my size 10 1/2 feet. Size M is also OK for me even in spring or fall. Too hot for summer.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from NY
25-34 yrs

OR is the best
April 20, 2011

These gaiters are awesome!!!!! They are true to size, easily adjustable, and made of heavy duty fabric. I have the light weight version of these gaiters as well and they are very nice. Like all OR products, these are top-notch.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size small, size medium, size large and size extra large: s, m, l, xl.

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