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Unlike some hiking companies, Outdoor Research didn't mess with a good design when they created their Men's Crocodiles Gaiter--a product based on their original X-Gaiter™. It's a durable and dependable waterproof coverage that keeps rain, mud and trail debris out of your socks and hiking boots. The lace hook on the front is double-riveted and the instep strap is a urethane-coated nylon construction that can easily be replaced or modified in the field. Cordura® nylon and coated packcloth reinforce the boot area while waterproof and breathable Taslan GORE-TEX® fabric helps keep your calves dry and comfortable. At the top of the Crocodiles Gaiter is a 3/4-inch wide webbing with a cam buckle top closure. These gaiters are comfortable enough to wear over bare legs with shorts, although most hikers and backpackers usually pair them with trail pants, rainwear or other backcountry clothing.


  • Upper shell fabric: Triple-ply 70D Taslan GORE-TEX®fabric
  • Lower shell fabric: 1000D Cordura® nylon lined with durable 8-oz packcloth
  • Backpacker® Magazine's 1999 Editors' Choice Gold Award
  • 3/4-inch wide webbing and cam buckle top closure
  • 2-inch wide hook/loop front closure
  • Double-needle stitching on hook/loop front closure
  • Hook/loop shear tab at bottom of front closure prevents separation
  • Double-riveted boot lace hook
  • Field-replaceable, urethane-coated nylon instep strap

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Review Summary

4.9 out of 5

58 Reviews

  • Great value: 7
  • Build quality: 22
  • Ease of use: 17
  • Great design: 17

  • Cost: 2
  • none!: 1
  • plastic bottom strap: 1
  • size runs small: 1
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

58 Ratings & Reviews

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Knoxville, TN
35-44 yrs

Awseome and Rugged protection
February 09, 2011

I purchase these after my last hike in the Big South Fork. It was a damp day and my pants got soaked. Since purchasing I never have that problem anymore. These gaiters are very durable, waterproof, easy to put on and absolutely bullet-proof. I never hike without them now. I also use them under a poncho when it rains.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from North Idaho

Durable Gaiters
December 26, 2011

I bought these to replace a +10 year old pair which have been used a lot. They are easy to get off and on. They really are waterproof and last many years.

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

from Fargo ND
35-44 yrs

December 10, 2010

These are awesome! If anything, I wear a size 12 sorel timberwolf boot and the XL is (was) to large, especially around my calfs. I am looking forward to receiving my large version and hitting the snowshoe trails! Nothing will get through these!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Ohio
35-44 yrs

December 05, 2010

I bought these gaiters for climbing Mt Rainier and they met my expectations, which were high. Since Rainier I use them for local snowshoeing and I expect they will continue to stand up for years to come. Highly recommended.

Pros: Great design, Build quality

Great with snow
January 30, 2010

I haven't gotten to try these with mud yet but they were excellent for snow. I wore cotton for a test hike and it stayed completely dry. Would definitely recommend and buy again.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Maine
45-54 yrs

Great purchase
January 20, 2011

I purchased these gaiters for my son who is an avid hiker. He spends a great deal of time in the NE woods. He typically encounters lots of brush, fallen trees, branches, etc. (Here in NE we also have "critters" that would love to latch on to clothing and snack on you later!) These gaiters are lightweight and easy to put on so are not cumbersome in any weather. The material is great and protects your lower leg from scratches and your clothing from snags and tears. (These gaiters also protect your skin from the aforementioned "critters" in warmer weather. While ticks are easy enough to pull off, deer ticks carrying Lyme disease are quite common here now.) While my son hasn't had any problems from them, the only upgrade to these gaiters would be leather bottom straps instead of the thick plastic they are currently made of. Overall, a great purchase that I would highly recommend!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: plastic bottom strap
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from High Sierra
55-64 yrs

Bullet Proof Gaiters
December 24, 2011

I have had several pairs of gaiters and these are the best ever! Built to last a lifetime! I snowshoe in the sierras and these gaiters keep the snow and ice out of my boots (wet feet = cold feet) my feet stay dry and warm. If you are into winter sports, then Crocodiles are the way to go!

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

The best
March 21, 2008

Bought these for my little brother because he was jealous of mine. He has an 18.25 inch calf and needed the XXL. I have the M and they fit my 14.5 inch calf. Don't over tighten them--the lace attachment will pull at your laces and mess up your boot fit (I wonder how I figured that out). Super tough--OR is top notch!

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Nashua, NH
45-54 yrs

Just right...
February 26, 2011

Just in time for the NH winter snow... Great out on the trail, easy on/off... fit/durability as advertised. Time will tell but I think these will hold up well for many years to come...

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use

Terrific, Terrific, Terrific!!
March 12, 2010

Had to admit that when my husband bought me a women's pair of these for Christmas I was less than thrilled, but then Iowa was hit with HUGE snow, and these gaiters were awesome! Would highly recommend these - durable and high quality!!

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Pennsylvania
45-54 yrs

Solidly Functional - with style!
May 14, 2011

These Outdoor Research Gaiters are solidly built, easy to use, and secure fitting. They're a great barrier for mud, snow, moisture and, with the application of an appropriate repellant, ticks.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
55-64 yrs

Excellent product
January 22, 2013

These gaiters were of the highest quality. Very sturdy. Just a tip for sizing. My son wears size 10 shoes, his calf is 16 1/2 inches.The extra large fit him.

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

Amazing product
August 12, 2010

These gaiters are outstanding! I will never buy anything but Crocodiles again. They are completely waterproof and very durable. Well worth the $$.

Good value for the money
January 21, 2007

Have only used them once but found them much easier to put on then previous gaiters I have used. Personally, I reversed them from the recommended side to wear them on. Found it easier to have the instep strap on the inside of my foot. For me, a little ungainly to tighten when on the outside. Lack of snow and ice in the Catskills meant they weren't exposed to any wayward crampons but the material seems like it would hold up well. Looking forward to using them more.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

25-34 yrs

Great Product
April 03, 2012

Used these while doing some field work, very comfy, and they take massive abuse. I will never go anywhere without them. Along with a good pair of boots, you can easily cross streams or creeks and not take on water. Stickers seem to not attach to the fabric.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: size runs small

August 31, 2009

These kept us warm and dry throughout our trip to Denali. I would definitely recommend them to others. They also saved us from the countless rocks that would have gotten into our boots..

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Snowmass Vlg, CO
25-34 yrs

Great for snowmaking!
December 07, 2010

I bought these gaiters for my brother to use while making snow on the mountains here in Aspen. He couldnt thank me enough and said they came up clutch and worked really well. They seemed to be pretty durable and Gore-Tex is a plus! Pick'em Up! Sledding! Snowmaking! Mountaineering! Ice Climbing! Skiing! Snowshoeing! The possibilities are endless...

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Cons: Cost
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from New York, NY
25-34 yrs

Quality Product
June 02, 2011

I have used the gaiters over my 10.5 Men's Merrell Moabs and the fit perfectly. I have used them on several hikes in the Adirondacks state park in NY as well as several day hikes in the area. They hold up very well. No mud or dirt or water has penetrated my boots. Gore-Tex makes a difference when it comes to breathing material.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use

or crocodile gaiters
May 25, 2006

i own many OR products and swear by them; their gaiters are definatly top quality, but there is only one problem. the gaiters i really wanted for their incredible durability and design were the OR expedition crocs, which are made only up to an XL sizing; the OR regular crocs are made up to XXL, but they still are not large enough around the ankle!!! i mountaineer with size 13 snowboard boots and crampons, and the velcro closure just bareley closes. OR claims that a XXL sizing fits up to size 15; this is not true in all cases. P.S. if anyone from OR sees this remember i still love you, you just need to manufacture a small quantity of XXXL crocs for us bigfooted boarders; all us boarders don't just want to jib it up, some of us want to mountaineer too!!!!

May 09, 2007

These gaiters fit well,I am glad I bought these. I have seen some Mountain Hardwear ventigators on the trail and those look like an interesting design. They might be an interesting choice too.

Great gaiters
February 18, 2008

I've used these gaiters snowshoeing in deep snow and they are easy to put on and keep my legs and feet warm and dry.

Great Gaiters
October 15, 2006

Received these as a gift, used them for the first time today in the Scottish hills, no water ingress, very durable and a comfortable fit, would recommend.

Bulletproof gaiters
November 17, 2006

I bought these for use in the snow and for really wet weather. the quality is extremey good and the materials are very strong. I bought a slightly larger size and it fits all my pairs of hiking boots plus my large Sorel winter boots. As always, OR makes a great product and I am very happy.

Great gaiters!!
November 25, 2007

These gaiters are simply great. The only thing I could complain is that the hook on the front kept unhooking from my shoe but no big deal. Bad shoes anyway. Otherwise, I just tried them in Colorado after first snowfall, was fantastic atmosphere and they kept me dry and warm throughout the hike!!

Great Gators, Very Durable, Highly Recommend.
January 10, 2009

Used these gators for 2 days in Northern Vermont while snowshoeing. They worked great, very durable, no leaks. The large velcro closer tab is very secure. I really enjoy the heavy duty leather boot strap. It is very strong and will stand up to repeated abuse. Best of all the leather strap is replacable, when damaged.

Great OR gaiter
January 13, 2009

Purchased the OR gaiters in Dec. and used them for a week in the Mt. San antonio in Los Angeles wilderness backpacking. They were great. Easy to put on and off.Very comfortable. The weather was perfect, in the seventies and my legs stayed cool. Protected my legs from all the low brush. Also protected against mosquitoes and bees. Would recommend them to anyone who is going backpacking and skiing in the backcountry.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Awesome gaiter
November 16, 2010

As a Backpacker® Magazine's 1999 Editors' Choice Gold Award, There should be some advantages in it. But it's even better than I thought it would be after I got it. Firstly, its 3-layer Gore-Tex materials could prevent any wind or snow from my feet. Secondly, it is so durable, I don't fear it is scraped. Finally, Thanks to its materials, it 's so breathable and could be fitted with my boots very well.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Colorado
55-64 yrs

Superior Gaiter
March 10, 2012

I bought these gaiters for winter mountaineering, snowshoeing and ice climbing and they have been used many times for all of the above. The Gore-Tex®/Taslan® nylon uppers are waterproof and breathable and the lower panels of coated Cordura® nylon, lined with packcloth are durable and comfortable. The 2-inch wide hook and loop closure is really secure and allows for fit over different boots. I wear a size 10 men’s boots and the Large gaiter size works well.

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

Best gaiters
April 24, 2010

I am a woman, but got the Men's gaiters rather than the Women's because they are narrower and higher (right below my knee). These gaiters stay in place and never slip down on my calf. Nothing gets through them. Overall, these are the best gaiters I've ever worn.

seem really put together well
May 28, 2006

I haven't had a chance to use the gaiters yet, but these seem very substantial and would appear to be able to withstand a lot of hard use.

effective and sturdy
January 15, 2010

Tested a pair from a friend on two winter treks before buying. Feet stayed warm, dry, and snow/ice free. Attaches sturdily to boots. If anything, the Velcro so strong they are difficult to remove.

Top-Notch Product. Tough as nails.
August 13, 2010

Light, breathable, waterproof and durable. These all-season gaiters perform well across the board; in fact, better than expected. Worth the price.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Military, AP
35-44 yrs

Best Geiter !!
March 25, 2011

OR Crocodiles Gaiter is like a "crisply-pressed" material, so that very comfortable without cling damply to your leg especially in summer time trecking. GORETEX is also great advantage ! This is drill fabric and very tough. Great partner for my trecking always.

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

from Seattle WA
25-34 yrs

Do it all!
December 06, 2011

If there is a do all gaiter these are it. Gore-tex fabric that will take about anything you throw at it. I have had these in snow and rain and my legs have never been wet under them. The straps are very durable and adjust easily. They are also glove friendly and are easily adjustable on the fly.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value, Lasts forever, Performance, Cons: none!
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Just what you would expect from OR
March 27, 2013

I am very happy with about all the items I have chosen to go with OR for ... and these gaiters are no exception. They do what gaiters are supposed to do and are high quality. I have used them for mixed conditions: ice and snow, mud, rocks and up to a foot of river water - performed great. I own the Verglas and the Crocodile ... and plan to purchase the Expeditions for upcoming trips - OR has saved me hours of research.

Pros: Build quality, Performance

GReat OR
May 14, 2009

What do you want from gaiters? As far as I'm concerned, I just want to keep the snow out of my boots. These do the job admirably. They are quick and easy to put on and take off, and seem to be pretty breathable, too. The velcro closure looks like it might be a weak point, but it doesn't leak, and seems to be holding up well. And you can't argue with the convenience: this closure is way quicker than a zipper. I've had these for a long time and worn them on something like a hundred winter runs/hikes in the Wasatch, an they look as good as new. Still, it's nice to know they have an unlimited warranty.

there the best
October 12, 2005

good velcro system and i like that the strap is easily replaceable on the bottom. The best gaitors in this price range by far.

Does the dirty job right!
July 07, 2009

NY high peaks can get messy and this bad boy kept me from loosing my boots in several sinkholes. It was easy to adjust, get on, and off, and they did not slip. The only reason its a four and not a five is that they are hard to clean mud out off. It takes a lot of scrubbing.

very good product. shows excellent quality!
February 18, 2009

I bought the gaiters, took them to the mountains and hunted grouse 3 straight 8 hour days and they were great. Good comfort, great fit and worked like they should. I couldn't be happier.

The crocodiles gaiters are everything I expected abd more.
December 16, 2009

they are great with any shoe or boot that I have. I am very pleased with them. Thanks ALTREC

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Rochester, NY
18-24 yrs

Everything you could want
October 29, 2011

I used these backpacking in the adirondaks and on a winter hike up Mt. Washington. They did everything you want gaiters to do. They protected my boots and pants from crampons and get snow and scree out. While hiking in the adirondacks they get dirt and the muddy trail out of my boots as well. They are super strong and show no signs of wear. Only gaiter worth getting.

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

January 19, 2012

I am 5' 9" and 145 lbs. I purchased size medium and they fit great. Very well made, hook and loop closure is very secure and the metal hook at the bottom clips onto the loop on my Columbia boots to keep them securely in place. They seem very waterproof and durable.

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

Great OR gaiter
August 07, 2006

Purchased the OR gaiters in July and used them for a week in the Jefferson wilderness backpacking. They were great. Easy to put on and off.Very comfortable. The weather was perfect, in the seventies and my legs stayed cool. Protected my legs from all the low brush. Also protected against mosquitoes and bees. Would recommend them to anyone who is going backpacking and skiing in the backcountry.

Awesome gaiters!
October 12, 2009

Really liked the fit of these gaiters. I wear a size 9 boot and the Large size was perfect for me. Very durable construction and really like the fact that the strap that goes under the arch of your boot can be replaced should the original ever wear out. Very pleased!

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from El Paso, TX
35-44 yrs

Excellent Purchase
October 12, 2012

I would really recommend this product. It quality is one of the highest and it really keeps you warm and dry. I would definetly will buy this product again if I need it.

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

Great Gaiters!
December 31, 2010

Got these gaiters for my husband... he loves them! They work great keeping the snow off his pant. Easy to put on and very durable! Another great order from Altrec!

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

35-44 yrs

June 15, 2012

ln terms of functional products made with gore-tex for tightening the belt as a relatively durable rubber durability of the product looks good also for connectinf with hiking boots rings and other brands as well as the gaiter

Work great for work!
January 20, 2010

Bought these for land surveying in the snow. Gaiters became popular in our office this winter, so I have been able to check these against other brands, and I'm most impressed with the Crocs, even for the price. Had to go with these to fit over my winter boots, as the other brands wouldn't fit. Ordered a size XL for a size 11 Rocky boot, and they fit perfectly.

Dad loves them!
November 17, 2006

I got these for my dad as a gift. He reports that he loves them and that they are living up to the OR reputation for super quality.

They seem ok.
December 17, 2007

I've used them at work this fall, (not on trails). So far so good. We'll see how they hold up with everyday use in the woods.

Exactly what I wanted
February 23, 2010

Perfect for snow shoeing. After looking at several options I believe these are one of the best quality gaiter's out there. I bought a pair for me and another for the wife. We both love them.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from Northern NJ
35-44 yrs

Perfect width gaiter
January 30, 2012

I was looking for a high but narrow gaiter. I chose the men's due to the narrower cut. I am a woman, 5'4" with a athletic narrow calf, chose the small. These fit perfectly and are adjustable as well. Heavy enough for briars/brush but not so heavy you can't wear in the summer.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use

Would buy again
July 08, 2010

I used these on a 14 day hunting trip in Colorado during October and they worked great. Hardly any signs of wear. However once they get packed with mud they can be difficult to clean out.

So Far So Good!
March 04, 2010

I have used these twice after my old faithful 20+ year gaiters gave out. Love the quality of the materials and design. So many improvements! OR has carefully thought-out the design of these. I am looking forward to seeing the test of time but the OR Infinite Guaranteed makes these unquestionably worth the price.

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

Solid product
November 25, 2012

Have used these for hiking, snowshoeing, and general mountaineering. I always stay dry when wearing these, and despite numerous uses they look almost like new. Would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a good pair of gaiters. Definitely worth paying a little more up front to get a product that will last.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Cons: Cost

First class materials--very well constructed
December 27, 2008

These gaiters should last forever. They are made of first class materials and very well put together. The Velcro is really tough. They are easy to put on and take off. The lace-clip does not hold well on my boots. The boot would need laces that extend farther towards the toe for the clip to hold, but the underfoot strap holds the gaiters in place without any problem. These are definitely top of the line gaiters.

January 03, 2009

the crocodile gaiters are wonderful; they stay up, protect you from snow and mud and debris. And of course, keep you DRY. I would recomend this product!

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Spearfish, SD
25-34 yrs

Great Product
November 12, 2010

My job requires me to be walking in the woods over rough terrain. These gaiters have held up wonderfully and have not torn or ripped due to sticks and rocks scraping against the side. I would highly recommend this product.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use

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

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