Repost - OR Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters - Josh Breslow
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RESEARCH ROCKY MOUNTAIN LOW GAITERS
Owner Review by Josh
Height: 5 ft 4 in
Pounds (77 kg)
jbreslowsubs [at] gmail [dot] com
City, State, Country:
San Diego, CA, U.S
Background: I am fairly new to the backpacking world, having done it now
for about 8 months. But I have been an avid hiker for many years. I mostly take
weekend trips to the San Bernadino Mountains with an occasional trip to the
desert. I am trying get my pack down to about 10-12 lbs (4.54 kg - 5.44 kg). An
aspiring "gram weenie".
Manufacturer: Outdoor Research
Year of Manufacture:
4.8 oz (136 g) for L/XL size
3.5 oz (98 g) for S/M size
Size: S/M, also
available in L/XL
Length: 9 in
Width: 16 in
The Outdoor Research Rocky
Mountain Low gaiters are made from 100% nylon fabric. Each gaiter has the OR
logo embroidered in gray on the outside. There is an elastic band sewn into
each gaiter at the top and bottom to keep it snug against the ankle and the
shoe. A 1 in X 9 in (2.54 cm X 22.86 cm) strip of hook-and-loop is used to keep
the gaiter closed. There is also an extra flap of hook-and-loop at the top and
at the bottom to make sure the 9 in (22.86 cm) strip doesn't start coming
apart. At the bottom-front of the gaiter is a riveted metal hook that is used
to hook into the shoe's laces. This keeps the gaiter pulled down snug over the
tongue/laces of the shoe. On the left or right side (depending on how they are
put on) is a 1 in X 8.5 in (2.54 cm X 21.59 cm) piece of leather with 20 evenly
spaced holes running the length of it. This strap is used in conjunction with
the buckle (similar to a waist belt) located on the opposite side of the strap
to keep the gaiters pulled down around the ankles. The leather strap runs under
the arch of each shoe.
I have used these gaiters on almost all of my hiking and
backpacking trips. I have a tendency to kick sand and debris up into my shoes;
I think because of the way I walk, so these are a must for me. They have been
worn in the desert, walking through sandy washes, thorny and rocky terrain, the
mountains where tree and brush material can stick in my shoes/socks and become
a nuisance as well as through streams and snow.
A few examples of the trips I have worn them on are:
Hiking to Goat Canyon Trestle, Anza Borrego
about 8 miles (12.88 km) of steep, rocky and sandy terrain in hot,
around 90-100 F (32-37 C), weather.
Hiking to Montero Palms, Anza Borrego
about 6 miles (9.66 km) in sandy, prickly terrain with lots of small
pebbles. Hot, around 85-90 F (29-32 C), and dry weather.
Backpacking to Maidenhair Falls, Anza Borrego
about 7 (11.27 km) miles in sandy terrain, some small river crossings
Hot, around 90-95 F (32-35 C), and dry weather.
Backpacking to San Gorgonio, San Bernardino
about 18 miles (28.98 km) in steep terrain. Lots of pine needles and
other tree/brush to get into shoes. Warm to hot temperature, about 80-90 F
(27-32 C), and dry weather.
Backpacking through Mineral King, Sequoia
22 miles (35.42 km) over 3 days. Cool, around 70-75 F (21-24 C), and dry
weather, several stream crossings and some snow.
In each and every trip over the years the gaiters performed
up to expectation. They kept dirt and debris out of my shoes and socks for the
entire trip. While they are not waterproof, they did help keep snow from
entering the tops of my shoes thus keeping my feet drier and warmer than they
would have been without them.
An added bonus of keeping my feet cleaner is helping to
prevent blisters. With my shoes and socks cleaner, I noticed less chance of
developing blisters or hot spots from friction that debris would have caused.
I was also able to hike longer and with fewer stops. Other
people had to stop every couple of hours to empty their shoes, where I did not
have to stop and could keep hiking.
They are comfortable to wear and I hardly noticed that they
were on. They do add a little weight and bulk but it is hardly noticeable. The
elastic that goes around the ankle fits snug but not too snug where it was
cutting off circulation
In certain terrain, snow, I did have a hard time keeping the
leather strap under my foot, especially when sliding down snow embankments on
my feet. My shoes either did not have a big enough arch to keep the strap
firmly in place or the friction was too much and caused the strap to slide off
The only other downside or
fault I have with them is the leather strap that runs under the shoe around the
arch. Leather is strong but isn't something that is going to withstand the
constant abrasion from rocks, logs, and sand that the foot encounters. After
many many trips, the leather strap finally broke. The company has a lifetime
warranty on all of its products, so my gaiters were promptly replaced with a
brand new pair.
I find these gaiters to be very useful in keeping things out
of my shoes. I will continue to wear gaiters on every trip I go on. I have
since upgraded to a lighter pair, gaiters in general will always be part of my
They work remarkably well
Leather strap will eventually break
Strap slips off of foot in certain conditions