Outdoor Research Verglas Gaiter - Men's


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Sometimes boots aren’t enough to keep cold snow at bay, so for days where deep pillows of dry snow threaten to creep into your pant cuffs pull on a pair of the Outdoor Research Verglas Gaiters for men. Made from three layers of breathable and waterproof ripstop Ventia™ these hiking gaiters have a coated 500D Cordura® boot section that is asymmetrically designed to offer the best fit and ventilation possible over leather hiking or plastic mountaineering boots. Lightweight and easily packable the Verglas Gaiters are indispensable on any high alpine expedition when staying dry and warm is important. A 1.5 in Velcro® front closure makes these lower leg defenders easy to slip on and off. Say goodbye to cold wet feet and legs. Whether backpacking snowshoeing or climbing you be high and dry in the Verglas Gaiters.


  • Material: 3 layer waterproof and breathable 50D ripstop Ventia™
  • Coated 500D Cordura™ boot section
  • Anatomically curved boot section design
  • 0.75 in webbing and cam buckle top closure
  • 1.5 in Velcro® front closure
  • Double riveted lace hook
  • Hypalon® instep strap

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Review Summary

4.4 out of 5

22 Reviews

  • Build quality: 7
  • Ease of use: 7
  • Great value: 6
  • Great design: 5

  • Cost: 1
  • minor design issues: 1
  • none: 1
  • see review: 1
Quality: 4.6 / 5
Durability: 4.4 / 5

22 Ratings & Reviews

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Flagstaff, AZ
35-44 yrs

OR Verglas Scores
December 20, 2012

I ordered the Large for a size 10 Sorel 1964 PAC and it is a perfect match. I am 5'7" so these go all the way up to the middle of my knee, and although the top of the Gaiter is in the crease behind my knee, I had no discomfort after 8 hours of use in 15" deep snow. I had no leakage and by the end of the day, no sweat nor condensation build up at all. These are not heavily insulated but they do the job. I don't know why I waited all these years to do Gaiters, but I tell you what, I will never be Gaiterless again.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: none

October 12, 2005

Arrived in a timely manner and I look forward to using them.

Quality Gaiter, Didn't fit
June 15, 2007

Quality lightweight gaiter, but the top didn't close around my legs, leaving a gap. if you have skinny legs, you may want to consider the regular crocs or mountain hardwear gaiters that close better up top.

great in the snow!
July 07, 2010

I use these snow shoeing and in the mud. they kept my pants dry and snow from going down Into my shoes. the velcro makes them easy on and easy off. great price too. they seem a little big to size. I got XL should of been a L.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from oakland to the sierras
35-44 yrs

perfect gaiters
November 10, 2010

These simple but well-designed gaiters fit nicely, adjust easily, and have been very dry and durable. In a world of mediocre (yet similarly priced) gaiters, these are the ones to get.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from GSMNP
35-44 yrs

January 13, 2011

For a lighter gaiter, these are awesome. I hike mostly in the smokies where I don't feel I always need a gaiter. So, I wanted to have the option of carrying them around in my backpack. These do the trick. They're easy to put on, water resistant, and look good. If you're considering a lot of hiking in snow, you might consider something a little more durable, but for my purposes- light, occasional use, these work great.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use

Good gaiter, needs more elastic
January 03, 2007

Compared to my 12 year old no-brand gaiters, these have far better material quality, fit the shoes better, and didn't encourage sweat...however, the top calf strap should be elastic in order to maintain tightness and not fold down a couple of inches after some miles of use...

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Halls Lake, Ontario Canada
55-64 yrs

February 13, 2011

I have two pairs of these gaitors, because they work so well. My first pair are the originals and are somewhere around ten or so years; with the second pair being six years old. I use the older pair about 40 hrs per winter for offtrack xc-skiing and the newer pair probably 150 hrs per winter for back country xc and snowshoeing. I don't baby these, they're just gear; but they're great gear that I rely on. For example, I've been thru thin ice (beaver ponds) three times this winter and between my quick scampering, goretex boots, and the gaitors' goretex, my feet stayed dry! My wife has two pairs, and our best friends are also wearing them. I highly recommend these.

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

Great gators!
February 25, 2010

I'd recommend these to anyone looking to avoid rock, mud, and water from getting into their boots, or on the side of their pants during those muddy weather hikes.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5

February 27, 2011

Early usage has been very satisfactory. The belt strap is set and secured. It does not allow for slipping while using. The velcro clasp makes for easy on/off. The sizing chart is a little confusing. It is sized for boots and not shoes. Not very helpful when purchasing as a gift for snowshoers who don't wear boots but rather shoes when they snowshoe.

Pros: Ease of use, Cons: Cost

great product
December 31, 2009

nice fit, very adjustable. color is good. easy on and off. keeps pant legs and boots dry. I use them for snow shoeing and walking the dog.

plant ecologist point of view
September 22, 2009

Spending 50% of my time in the backcountry for work, I have high expectations for my gear. I ordered several types of gaiters for my field crew, including the verglas. the pros: -options other than black - keeps the heat down -breathable nylon upper, hardy material near the boot, tough under-boot strap - excellent for snow, mud, and dust (just not so much grass seeds) cons -would be better if the top had an elastic adjustment. -the velcro quickly catches and accumulates grass seeds and stickers. better if it had a zipper closure. -needs more boot coverage to keep grass seeds and stickers out of boot laces Overall, good gaiter for winter, but just "ok" for backcountry summer.

Quality product
June 06, 2005

i can wear them on any style of shoes i own and they're fully adjustable. Excellent for bad weather. They take a couple of minutes to put on though. Also totally waterproof.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Rochester
35-44 yrs

Great year round product
October 20, 2010

Great pair of gaiters. I initially purchased them for snow shoeing but have been using them pretty much year round. Have had them for about 3 years and they barely show any wear on fabric and hardware. I have the M size and it is a perfect fit for my size 8.5 Asolo Powermatic backpacking boots.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 3 / 5
from East Coast
35-44 yrs

Got Snow?
November 27, 2012

Anything OR is great stuff and these are no exception, but I rated them average because they lacked elastic and a double-overlap Velcro flap on the bottom cuff, two features that I desire and didn't realize these lacked until I received them. Returned them for OR Rocky Mtn High Gaiters which do have those two features. These have a flat lower cuff which some people like, but I prefer an elastic cuff, and there is a note to rub the bottom velcro hard to keep the bottom cuff from separating, which does not happen with the double-overlap velcro flap, no extra rubbing required. Rocky Mtn High Gaiters are also cheaper, but do lack the breathable upper fabric of the Verglas if that is important to you. Now, Get Out There!

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, Cons: see review

Ideal for my snowshoeing...
April 20, 2007

I've been snowshoeing several times and this time was hands down, my best experience, because of my new Outdoor Research Verglas Gaiters. My feet were not wet afterwards, which kept me warmer. My pant legs stayed dry even in the deeper powder. Love these gaiters would recommend them to anyone.

Excellent product...
February 09, 2010

I use these for all types of snow and I think they are great. They really keep the snow out of your boots and keep your pant legs dry.

Lightweight and rugged.
November 24, 2009

I use these to backpack, and these well-built gaiters are a godsend when fording streams or hitting puddles after storms. Straps are easy to put on, and keep the gaiters from coming loose. Well priced, too!

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

Does the job
May 08, 2011

Used these gaiters in 2-4 feet high snow in the Alps (7 days straight) and they did a pretty good job of keeping the snow out and my legs/ feet dry. I would not give them 5 stars for 2 reasons: 1) Difficult to do up the velcro without little kinks that let in snow (usually takes a couple of attempts) - I have found zippered ones to be easier and more efficient to put on - this might sound minor, but when you have to put gaiters on 3 times a day for every occasion you go out, it does make a difference. 2) The buckle at the top is not the best and has come undone a few times Overall a solid product, but minor improvements could be made...

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Great value, Cons: minor design issues

Archeologist point of view
September 03, 2007

As an archaeologist I purchased a set of these gaiters not just for me but also for my wife who is also an archaeologist. These are great for keeping mud and dust from our boots and also for stopping poison ivy from getting all over our clothing and boots. I also agree that the top should be elasticated to help keep them tight. Apart from that they have been a great buy.

Great gaiters, wrong size
March 19, 2010

I bought these OR Verglas Gaiters because I had used a friends pair before while snowshoeing and loved them. They are great for keeping the bottom part of the leg dry if your either in snow or just wet places and don't feel like wearing rain pants. I was disappointed at the sizing issue I had. I wear a size 12 boot which is clearly an XL gaiter on their chart but these are a good bit too big. Since you can't really tell how big they are when they are still together I ended up taking them off their packaging to try them on and found out I couldn't return them after that which is slightly frustrating. Overall a great product, just need to shoot for a size smaller.

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

Great Price for a great product
January 31, 2011

Living on the east coast you ether get a lot of snow or none at all This year has been Outstanding for snow, That's if you like the cold weather and snow, but always be prepared. these gaiters are great, they are very light and most important very secure , this my second pair and can't wait for the next snow storm. If you ever had snow go down your boots you'll know what I mean.

Pros: Great design, Great value

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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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