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  • Snug-fitting elastic top and bottom edges keep dirt, twigs, scree and snow out of your footwear; ideal for light-to-midweight hiking and cross-country ski boots
  • Breathable 420-denier nylon packcloth provides lightweight durability
  • Easy-access, 1 in.-wide hook-and-loop closure opens in front for quick on/off; hook-and-loop tabs at the top and bottom create a secure closure that won't open while in use
  • Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters are finished with a reinforced bootlace hook and a Hypalon® instep strap


    Gaiter sizes fit U.S. boot sizes as follows:
  • S/M: fits men's sizes: 5 - 8 US, 37 - 41 EU / women's 5 - 8 US, 35 - 39 EU
  • L/XL: fits men's sizes 9 - 12 US, 42 - 46 EU / women's 9 - 11 US, 41 - 45 EU

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Best Use Hiking
Gaiter Height Over-the-ankle
Gaiter Height (in.) 9.5 inches
Max. Top Circumference (in.)
Lower Material Nylon packcloth
Upper Material Nylon packcloth
Lace Hooks Yes
Weight 4.8 ounces
Gender Unisex
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Durable and do the job I have both these and the taller ones that go up to the knees and have no problems with either. I use these smaller ones mainly for muddy wet conditions to seal up the tops of my boots and pant legs and keep mud/rocks and water out when trekking thru unavoidable wet spots. Obviously the tall ones are best for deep snow if you do not have snow shoes, but these also work good for that as well. Just a personal preference here, but I would like to see something different than the strap/buckle style on the bottom. I havent had any issues with that system on either pair, but would like something that is completely slip on/off with very little adjustment.
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My first defense against ticks I took these backpacking last weekend for the first time. I treated them with permithrin and wore them as tick defense. In spite of it being a banner season for ticks around here, I didn't have a single one on me all weekend. They also did a good job of keeping dust/dirt/debris out of my hiking shoes. They were pretty dirty by the time I got back to my truck, so I imagine they kept quite a bit of stuff out of my shoes. The only drawback is that I have a stocky build and I find them to be too tight around the top. I've tried leaving them open a little at the top, but I wound up just wearing them pushed down a little.
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyday Gaiters I love these gaiters. I wore out a pair because of using them all the time. Light enough for everyday use as well has hiking in the woods. Even keeps the boots tied when going through briars and such that find a way of grabbing your boot strings! I really like that ease at which I can put these on and take them off. The pair I had before did not wear out because of bad quality, they wore out because I used them for a very long time and everytime I went hiking. They fit well enough that during some of those unexpected stream crossings, it will keep the water from pouring in the top of the boot. You just can't stand there, just move quick and they work well.
Date published: 2016-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from did the intended job after sliding down a volcano made of scree and having to empty my boots four times on the way... i ordered these. after climbing two other volcanos with them on, i didn't have any debris in my boots. job well done.
Date published: 2013-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love em I have used these gaiters all season. The band is very durable and works great with my keen hiking shoe. I like that they are not super tall but tall enough to keep everything out of my shoe and protect my ankle area from scrub brush and bugs. The velcro holds tight and the hook holds onto my laces with no issues.
Date published: 2014-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These things really work! I have about 30 hours of extreme hiking with these gaiters now, and they'll pay for themselves just in savings of not destroying my socks on every hike. I used to come home and empty my boots out on the floor, full of twigs, leaves, dirt, and rocks, with so much dirt ground into my socks they could never be gotten clean again. I can tell you that not so much as a grain of sand has ever gotten into my new boots with these gaiters. The inside of the boots appear to be brand new and unused. I had to trim the excess length of the straps with a pair of scissors, took about a minute. I won't ever hike again without these. As silly as it sounds, it was difficult for me to figure out how to put them on the first time, a bit counter-intuitive, but once I figured it out it became easy.
Date published: 2015-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keeps the snow/dirt/brush out of the shoes Bought these a few months back so I could wear some shorter, lighter boots in the snow. Liked the idea of the shorter ones for ankle deep brush and snow instead of the knee high versions. Solid product that does what they are designed to do. Kept the snow out and managed to stay up on my lower calf without riding down too much. A little awkward to put on trying to velcro them together and get it lined up with the tight elastic. Hoping this will improve the more I use them and figure out the best way to put them on. The hook for the laces works okay but did slip off a few times from normal shoe/boot laces. Probably work better with boots that have the designated metal loop to attach them. No troubles so far with the straps and buckles but they do feel a little thin to last, time will tell. Overall pretty solid gaiters if you are looking for the low cut version.
Date published: 2015-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worked wekk on week-long trip The low gaiters worked well on a recent week-long trip on the CDT in Colorado. I encountered a variety of trail conditions - dust, rocks, brush, a couple of snow banks, stream crossings - and did not get anything in my boots. Worked well with shorts or long pants. Thety ere comfortable to wear all day. I plan to wear these whenever I go backpacking and when I expect poor trail conditins while day hiking. I had previously ordered the high gaiters but returned those before using them. These are better for summer.
Date published: 2013-07-07
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I use low cut hiking shoes, not boots. Will these work? The REI desert gaiters ride up above my shoe, so they don't keep debris out.

Asked by: Desert Tarheel
The Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters will work for hiking shoes. They have a metal hook that can attach to shoe laces so they do not ride up above the shoe.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-09

And size? S/M says up to W8, L/XL starts at W9, my boots are W8.5. What do you suggest, so I don't have to take back and reorder (assuming I like the top closure).

Asked by: kiligirl
​Based on your US shoe size, we recommend ordering the L/Xl size.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-20

Are these water repellent? 

Asked by: jlouproductions
The Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters are water resistant.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-20

Would these work with running sneakers?

Asked by: fishergirl1207
These gaiters can be used with running shoes.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-22

What are the measurements for the two sizes?

Asked by: paklein58
The S/M Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters are designed to fit a men's 5-8 hiking boot and are 7 inches tall. The L/XL gaiters are meant for a men's 9-12 and are 9 inches tall.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-19

What is the closure style at the top? It's not clear from the description. I like my knee-hi OR gaiters except for the closure; the closure on the REI waterproof gaiters is better, but my pant legs get wet from sweat - even in the cold of the Himalayas!

Asked by: kiligirl
The top of these gaiters are elasticized and there is a hook and loop closure at the seam.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-20
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