Outdoor Research Flex-Tex Gaiters

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Stretchy and breathable, the Outdoor Research Flex-Tex Gaiters™ are perfect for summer and winter trails. The versatile shape and snug fit work with all types of footwear including running shoes, hiking boots, and cross country ski boots to keep moisture, dirt, rock, and light snow from getting into your shoes.


  • INTENDED USAGE:Light snow and debris protection for hiking, trail running, and cross country ski boots
  • Durable, stretch-woven nylon fabric
  • 1-inch wide hook/loop front closure
  • Hook/loop shear tabs at top and bottom of front closure prevent separation
  • Double-riveted boot lace hook
  • Urethane-coated nylon instep strap

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Review Summary

4.1 out of 5

11 Reviews

  • Great value: 4
  • Ease of use: 3
  • Performance: 3
  • Build quality: 2

  • Bad design: 2
  • Low performance: 1
  • sizing: 1
  • sizing issues: 1
Quality: 4.8 / 5
Durability: 4.7 / 5

11 Ratings & Reviews

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Salem, VA
35-44 yrs

Great Gaiters
December 03, 2010

I bought these for my husband. He loves them! They are very durable too. These keep his feet dry during the bad weather. Plus, I got them on sale too.

Pros: Performance, Great value
from Marysville, WA
25-34 yrs

Not like the picture
August 11, 2011

I bought these gaiters for spring hiking, liking the medium height. but when I tried them on with my boots they barely covered the top of them. Might be okay with tennis shoes or low trail shoes, but with regulare hiking boots they just didn't work. I am going to pick up a knee high pair.

Cons: Bad design

works great in keeping wood shavings out of my shoes.
October 30, 2009

I don't go trekking but I do make wooded bowls on my wood lathe. The shavings were always filling my shoes up no matter what type I wore. This problem is a thing of the past since I received the flex-tex gaiters. No shavings in my shoes anymore.

the very best gaiter for desert wear
December 27, 2009

I wear my Flex-Tex gaiters everyday; they are cool and breatheable, in addition to fitting excellently over a variety of styles of shoes. I never have trouble with any trail debris getting into my shoes, even in the most rocky and brushy conditions. I would recommend the Flex-Tx gaiter to hikers and runners alike.

Quality: 4 / 5
from salt lake city

size runs small
January 12, 2013

I ordered the S/M for my boot size 8 1/2, which should work...problem is that the top opening, i.e., around the calf is way too small. Even wearing running tights, there was no way to comfortably close the top. I do NOT have large calves! Otherwise, the construction looks sound, they are light-weight, and should work just fine. They are short, so they would not work with deeper snow...just good for trails. They will have to go back for exchange with the larger size...I do find it annoying that the larger size costs ~$10+ more...makes me wonder if this sizing issue was a known flaw.

Cons: sizing
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Dennison, IL
45-54 yrs

good design, bad sizing
December 09, 2011

These gaiters are very well built. They go on & off easy, once I figured out that the best way to do it is to leave them hooked together & slip them on like a sock before putting on shoes. If you try to velcro them together while wearing them, it is impossible to get the velcro to lay flat & be even at the top & bottom edge. They are very water resistant & stay in place. My only issue with them is the sizing. I need a "large" to fit my shoe (trail running shoes). I run trail ultras (50K to 100 mile), so I have very well muscled calves - even with that, the top of the gaiter is so big that it does not fit my leg! A gap is there big enough to allow debris to enter the gaiter (in fact, I can slip my fingers into the gap it is large enough). If not for the double layer of velcro in the front, I think they would fall down around my ankles while running. To be fair, these are tall enough thet most debris that gets flipped up does not make it to the top of the gaiter. However, what does make it that high, goes right in. If OR would design in some kind of shock cord with a lace lock (so the top could be tightened up to fit your leg) these would be a fantastic gaiter - but for now they are just "good", not "great".

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: sizing issues
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from TN
35-44 yrs

Leaf Proof Gaitors
May 01, 2011

These Flex-Tex Gaitors are well made and light weight. They are perfect for spring, summer, and fall hikes in the woods where you expect your boots or shoes to take on those annoying leaves and pebbles. You won't even know you have them on and you won't need to stop to empty your boots of debris. Easy on, easy off and they won't irritate your leg if worn above a low top sock.

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

Good gaiters
September 09, 2010

I think I'm going to be generally pleased with these gaiters. The friendly service rep who helped me via "Live Chat" thought that they were going to be the old style pictured rather than the new style. When the new style arrived, I was initially disappointed (had hoped for the skinnier, grommeted underfoot strap) but I think that they will work out well.

great gaiter for its intended use!
May 04, 2009

This is a nice, very lightweight gaiter for spring/summer/fall hikes. It breathes well first of all. I like that the material is very stretchy - that makes it fit snugly on trail runners to my large hiking boots. The material is tough, but these aren't made for total abuse. Backcountry travel in heavy brush will probably rip these up a lot quicker than some 500D cordura for instance.. but if you don't find yourself spending hours off trail in heavy heavy cover, these are fantastic your general hiking, trail running, light snow, just as it is advertised.


from Tennessee
45-54 yrs

Bring Back the original
November 27, 2010

The new style fails in comparison to the original Flex Gaiter. I miss the fully adjustable, replaceable cord that tied on each side. It was so easy to adjust and it included snaps on the bottom instead of the useless Velcro. The red sewed in strap is non-replaceable and cumbersome. The buckle gets clogged with mud and snow. With that said it is still a good product for three seasons of hiking.

Pros: Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: Bad design, Low performance
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5

from Central Oregon
35-44 yrs

Outdoor Research Flex-Tex Gaiters
August 01, 2013

These gaiters are solid performers. They are very light-weight, yet durable and they do what they're supposed to do. They fit a bit tightly, yet the material stretches for more of a custom fit. Velcro tabs help reinforce the secure fit. They do not go up your leg very high, so you won't be happy with these if you are seeking something to go up to your calf or knee. However, if you want to protect your ankles and keep rocks from getting into your shoes, these will do the trick.

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

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size s/m and size l/xl: s/m, l/xl.

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