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Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain High Gaiters

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  • Coated-nylon lower section covers top of boots and provides water resistance, while uncoated upper section allows breathability
  • Wide 1 in. rip-and-stick front closure for easy on and off; rip-and-stick tab at the bottom of front closure prevents separation while in use
  • Top closes with a strap and flat buckle that's comfortable even if used against bare skin when wearing shorts
  • Elastic bottom hem accommodates a wide variety of boot styles
  • Finished with a heavy-duty boot lace hook and a Hypalon® instep strap

Gaiter sizes fit U.S. boot sizes as follows:

  • Small fits men's sizes 4 - 7 and women's 5.5 - 8.5
  • Medium fits men's sizes 6 - 9 and women's 7.5 - 10.5
  • Large fits men's sizes 8 - 11 and women's 9.5 - 12.5
  • X Large fits men's sizes 10 - 13 and women's 11.5 and up


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Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain High Gaiters Specs
Best use
15.75 inches
Coated-nylon packcloth
Nylon packcloth
6.8 ounces
Gaiter height
Gaiter height (in.)
Lower material
Upper material
Lace hooks

Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain High Gaiters

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Rated 3.7333/5 based on 15 reviews
Rated 1out of5
by fromNot good quality! My girlfriend and I both purchased these before going to New Zealand, mainly because of the affordable price, respectable company, and good reviews. Almost instantly after using them on a trail, I noticed that the strap that fits under my Merell boots would not stay under the arch, but kept slipping to the back underneath the heel. I was annoyed at first, but after trying to adjust them multiple times, nothing helped. They didn't seem to bother the way I hiked, so I left them that way. After only using them for about 4 days total, the strap underneath completely broke. Also, during a really rainy hike, they still got my socks wet due to the lack of breathability. I have never owned any other gaiters before, so I don't know how good they actually work, but I was hoping they would be better than this!
Date published: 2011-11-21
Rated 1out of5
by fromFit was too small I purchased these in size XL as replacement for my existing O/R Gaitors, which are also XL. They did not fit around my calves to allow me to close the velcro - but my old ones fit fine. I compared the new ones to the old ones and found that they were not as large by ~.75 inches. I had to return them for a refund and will need to consider another brand because that is as large as they are made from O/R.
Date published: 2012-01-05
Rated 3out of5
by fromKey item in winter conditions The only drawback to this product was the cinch strap at the top. It seems as though it wasn't enough of a choke on the leg to keep it from falling down. Would have rather seen a draw string. Otherwise in four feet of snow they proved to be a life saver for my feet and legs. Very compact and easy to put on when out in the woods. Over time the strap on the bottom begins to fray.
Date published: 2010-06-26
Rated 3out of5
by fromKept out the thorns, mud and sand I wore these OR gaiters while backpacking for about 11 days in the Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument this past November. The gaiters were easy to put on an off, even with gloves on. They felt fine on bare skin, my legs did not over-heat and they actually kept my legs warm while hiking in the freezing cold. The area we backpacked through was the desert/canyon area of Utah, which meant that there was at lot of sand, cacti, all sorts of prickly plants, and the infuriating Russian olive. They did their job of protecting my legs, my pants, and my socks. I would recommend these gaiters if your intention is to keep out thorns and sand, and if you are staying in a dry environment. I wouldn't recommend these if you are going to do numerous river crossings and expect these to keep your legs or boots dry. (Don't think that's really their intended purpose anyway as they are not water-proof.) While the elastic at the bottom does a find job at fitting the boots, the top does not stay secure. I wish they had used a draw string like I had seen on other gaiters instead of that webbing cinching mechanism. Water got in the top when I would cross. Sometimes the top would come undone and slide a bit down my leg. Come to think of it, if you have no problem with waiting a bit to dry then these would be fine for river crossings. They did a fine job of keeping the mud out when we reached the silty, quicksand filled river banks. Most of the water that entered found their way out by the time we reached our new campsite within a few hours hike.
Date published: 2010-12-21
Rated 3out of5
by fromToo small Medium described as mens 6-9 boot size. Almost unable to put on a size 9 boot. Ironically, the height seemed too generous, any longer and it would have been on my knee.
Date published: 2011-12-04
Rated 4out of5
by fromNice, but fit VERY tight I bought a size large to put over my Sorels (9D) when snowshoeing. I should have bought a larger size. They barely fit, and that was with a slight struggle. I could not fit them over insulated snow pants. Other than that, they worked great, kept snow out of the boots and my tootsies dry and warm.
Date published: 2009-06-21
Rated 4out of5
by fromso far so good So far these have only accompanied me on one trip to the summit of Mt. Shasta. They fit nice, were easy to strap on, and they kept the snow out...pretty much what I was looking for. We'll see if they pass the test of time.
Date published: 2009-08-02
Rated 4out of5
by fromHiking in the tropics The top adjustable strap, when drawn tight, has no "keeper" to hold the extra length, which subsequently tends to flap around. The extra velcro tab at the ankle which keeps the velcro fastener closed is an excellent addition. These gaiters are excellent for use in the long wet grass and bush so abundant in the rainy season in the tropics. In addition they prevent grass seeds, mud, etc from getting into ones boots. which is a problem with the usual high wellington boots.
Date published: 2009-09-21

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