Rocky Mountain Low Gaitors


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Rocky Mountain Low Gaitors
Manufacturer Outdoor Research
Page By Alan Ellis
Page Type Dec 30, 2002 / Dec 30, 2002
Object ID 9286
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A short gaiter is just the ticket when you need to keep twigs, scree, or snow out of the top of your boot. These have become a favorite among hikers on the Pacific Crest and Appalachian trails. Outdoor Research chose uncoated packcloth as the fabric so that vapor permeability is high, and elastic at the top and bottom for a snug fit over the boot top and around the leg. A Velcro front closure makes it especially easy to work with.


Packcloth fabric, uncoated

Less expensive than the Spandura fabric used in the Flex-Tex Low Gaiters.

Good combination of light weight and abrasion resistance.

Uncoated for vapor permeability

Has HT Teflon DWR so it sheds some water and snow

Elastic top and bottom edges

Top elastic maintains snug fit around the leg keeping debris out of the boot.

Bottom elastic forms seal around the boot keeping debris or snow from being pushed up under the gaiter.


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Alan Ellis - Dec 30, 2002 7:56 pm - Voted 5/5

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These are always in my pack. They are perfect for summer alpine scrambling and climbing. They are worth the few ounces to keep scree, rocks, and rain out of my boots. They also work well with rain pants in stopping abrasion and wear between the bottoms of the inside pants legs.

mpbro - Jan 1, 2003 9:51 am - Voted 5/5

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Agree with mtntrail2: these should be a staple for any extended backpacking trip. Perfect as a pure scree gaiter. Compact, light, and well-designed. Also good for a limited amount of snow hiking, say June conditions in the Sierra.

When looking for a snow gaiter, you have to weigh water-proofness versus breathability. I have a pair of OR full-length gore-tex gaiters. Indeed they are waterproof. However, internal condensation is considerable in most cases. Unless it's cold and extremely wet outside, you'll likely end up pretty wet under the gaiter.

These gaiters nicely balance waterproofness and breathability. Water resistant in the odd snow patch, or even in a short submersal in a stream.

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