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Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain High Gaiters

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$33.71 $44.95

Item #ODR1096


Tech Specs

420D nylon
Front Closure:
Bottom Attachment:
reinfiorced boot lace hook
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:

A lightweight gaiter that keeps out the riff raff.

Keep snow, mud, and other trail debris out of your boots with the Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain High Packcloth Gaiter. The Rocky Mountain High is a basic design that gets the job done without any unnecessary frills–just tough, breathable fabric securely attached to your boots.

  • Tough 420D nylon stands up to years of hiking, trail debris, and hungry insects
  • Super-tough Hypalon instep strap for year-round dependability
  • Breathable fabrics throughout allow water vapor and sweat to escape
  • Reinforced boot lace hook keeps the gaiter in place
  • Elastic bottom edge keeps debris out
  • Tough, inch-wide hook-and-loop front closure
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great product - didn’t fit calves

    OR always makes high quality products that perform well. I purchased theses after using my husvand’s crocodile gaiter but found those a bit too rigid to my liking. These looked great however I have very athletic calves and unfortunately they were not wide enough to fit in this area. I’m considering sizing up but unsure if this would result in a poor fit over my shoe/boot and if the calf circumference is much different in a larger size. For reference - I’m 5’ 2”, 115 pounds and wear a shoe size 8.5 and purchased a size small.

    Hi there - based on what you wrote above, I would recommend a medium. The question of how well they fit your shoe or boot has to do also with the volume of the shoe / boot. The elasticized rand makes it forgiving for many different types of footwear. Hope that helps.

    OR Rep

    Definitely recommend!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought a pair of these for myself and a pair for my husband prior to our trip to Washington this past month. We planned on hiking a lot in the snow and post-rainy conditions so some trails were pretty muddy. The gaiters kept our feet and legs dry and warm (we had waterproof hiking shoes) in the snow (even deep snow up to our calves), rain and mud. They’re easy to put on, take off, and clean up. Definitely recommend this product for outdoor use.

    Definitely recommend!

    Thank you so much for the review, Kendra!
    OR Rep

    nothing's getting in these.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These no-frills gaiters are well made and super durable. It's worth experimenting a bit with the spur straps to find the best fit for your boots, but once you get it, nothing's getting in these.

    Didn't know I needed these!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought these for my husband to wear for winter hiking. They're great to put on with goretex hiking boots so snow doesn't get in your boot. They're awesome!

    Kept me warm, dry and clean

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I used this for Mt Shasta, which was windy and had snow the entire way up. These were easy to use, reliable, and compatible with crampons. They kept me dry, warm, and never fell or slipped off. Only wished this came in cuter colors.

    Great Gaiters - Poor Tech Update

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love these gaiters - this is my second pair. In terms of what is on the market, these are my go-to. They come high up on the leg to right below my knees (I have a 33" inseam) and are adjustable which is great for different calf sizes. They are in the middle-ground of toughness meaning that I can wear them year-long in snow, mud, and brush and I don't get too hot or too cold and they shrug off most stuff they encounter. If you go up against barbed wire they may tear a bit, but for most things they get the job done.
    The hook on the front works to hold them in place better than the TurtleSkins I had (a major complaint), and the shoe under strap is adjustable so they stay in place.
    My major complaint is that with this update, they have switched the metal buckle for the strap adjustment to very cheap metal material, and it bends and warps after only a few uses. For OR gaiters constructed for heavy use, that is simply unacceptable. These gaiters should last for quite a while, so trying to send them back simply because the buckle is failing so soon is a bad and disappointing re-design choice.
    Still the best gaiters around for varied use and I like the higher ones as they keep out brush and snow, but wish they hadn't cheaped out on this version.
    I wear a size 10 women's shoe (size 8 men's) and the Large work well for everything from heavy insulated hunting boots to light hiking boots due to the adjustment capability.

    Hey there Drewry, thank you for the review and the feedback. I will send over to OR today.

    Happy trails,
    OR Rep

    Get the XL

      My wife got me a pair of small, they were way too small, so I ordered the large. They are not even large enough to wrap around my snowmobile boots. Otherwise they seem to be good.

      Barrier for the elements

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      Gave this as an early x-mas present to my friend who does snow making up at Snowbird, 12 hour shifts in the middle of the night. He loves them, they do the trick of keeping the unwanted snow from being kicked into his boots/up his pants.

      Very lightweight

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These are almost like a windbreaker material but really tough

      Durable Quality product

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I purchased these for my son for mainly winter use snowshoeing. I have had a similar pair by Tubbs for several years and find these OR equal in most aspects and better in one main area: the stirrup. The Tubbs I have use an elastic webbing for the stirrup and it has begun to lose its stretch, becoming loose almost. I also have a shorter version of this OR gaiter that has the same buckle stirrup that has held strong for last 5 years of regular summer usage. So, I believe these newest OR tall gaiters will provide the same longevity.

      Good Product

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Bought these for my husband--He says--These are a great addition to my snowshoeing gear. They worked great and kept me dry during my last hike. They stayed in place the whole time.

      Odd fit

        These are baggy around the shoe and very tight around the calf. Cost of return shipping means the customer is pretty much stuck with them.

        Great product

          I got the men's even though I am a woman since I wanted the longer height and slimmer fit. Took them to Rocky during the melting season and loved the way they fit snug and secure. Stayed dried and really liked the product.

          Thanks for the review Sarah! Super helpful to get this feedback out to the community.

          Great for rocky terrain

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          This is a very securely fitting gaiter, which in my opinion is essential. It clips into the laces of your boots and fits snugly at the ankle holding it in position while on the move. A rubberized strap goes under the arch of your boot and buckles in place. This feature is my only concern about the product as I know not how it will stand the test of time. The height of the gaiter is very nice and really prevents debris from working its way into your boot as you traverse terrain strewn with loose rock. The lower extent of the gaiter is water resistant and protects the wearer from splashes as you rock hop across shallow streams. Happy with the purcahse.

          Comfortable fit

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          They're light enough that you can strap them on guilelessly, and I can not tell you how wonderful they are when out in blowing snow. I've never been one to let 3 foot of snow cover keep me off the trail. As a resident of the great plains I absolutely love snow shoeing. There are times when the prairie can be merciless and wind gusts turn the top crystallized layer of snow into flying daggers. Wind and moisture will inevitably find any existing chinks in your winter armor. These gaiters do wonders for keeping your base layers as dry as possible.

          Thanks for writing, Kyle. And if you need a fully waterproof version, we have those too! Check out the Verglas and the award winning Croc Gaiter if you need fully waterproof protection!

          OR Rep

          What's the difference between the men's and women's gaiters? Is it just different sizing? Thanks

          hey Lily, Leta here from OR. Yes, its all about sizing, not only around the shoe (volume), but also around the calf and the height of the calf. These gaiters are fantastic, and a great value.what are you using them for?

          Thoughts on if these are appropriate for the pacific northwest (late winter / spring conditions) or if I should look at the verglas / crocodiles?

          These guys aren't waterproof, so take that into consideration. If you're in snowy or damp conditions these guys will work fine (and they will keep you dry on stream crossings too) but if you're in persistent rain I would recommend the Verglas.

          Really shed the mud and water

            Use these any time i need to get in the woods when it has just rained or is mucky and muddy. These really do the job, great construction, and never feel like they're going to come off!

            What are the (height) on these OR Gaiters and the (circumference around the calf?) Is there enough room for insulated coveralls(Carhartt) to be worn underneath ?

            Zappos lists the measurements for the XL size as having a 19 in shaft height, and an 18in circumference (which HAS GOT to be wrong - I honestly think they meant to type 8 inches, and just added a 1 on accident). REI lists the shaft height (no circumference measurement available) as being 15.75in, BUT they don't include the size they used to take that measurement, so it may be a size Medium or Small in that case. Campmor lists the "average height (again, no listed circumference measurement provided)," whatever that's supposed to mean, as being 18in. Amazon people who have asked what the circumference of these is, and two of the three supplied answers list the measurement at 8 inches, with one person saying that "I'd say it can fit up to a 17" calf. My pair measured 9" across at the top."

            For some reason, OR doesn't seem to think this is valuable or sought-after information, even though it would be one of the first things I would think to provide as part of the product specs.

            Sorry I couldn't be of more help, but just buy the gaiter size that corresponds with your shoe size and give them a whirl with your coveralls on (I wouldn't remove the tags, though). I would think they would fit over your coveralls, but Carhartt does run on the heavier, bulkier side of things, so I could be wrong. However, doesn't hurt to give it a try.

            I think our friend James here is confusing diameter and circumference. If these has a circumference of 8 inches they would only fit legs with a diameter of 2.5 inches. I don't know anyone with legs that thin who also isn't a child. If the 18in circumference is correct, which is probably very close if not spot on, then the leg diameter it would fit is 5.73in that sounds a lot more like a regular human.

            +5 Gait Efficiency and +5 Morale

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times

            Pretty sweet gaiters here. I'm not sure how much more progress there is to be made in gaiter technology but these Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain High gaiters are to the point and offer all the features required of a high quality gaiter, even for Mr Sunshine on His Shoulder John Denver.

            I've used them for a rainy and slushy last week of hunting and they keep my lower legs dry, the scrub out of the shoes and are reliable. I didn't have any problem with them riding up/down my calves nor were the attachment mechanisms failing at any point. These act like any other Gore Tex type material; if you're stealthing around after big game the gaiters can and will be a little louder than other materials, like denim. I wear a 14 shoe and the XL fits nice and comfortably snug and rather more breathable than I was expecting. About 30miles logged on these babies so far; further bulletins as info warrants.

            +5 Gait Efficiency and +5 Morale

            Outdoor Research

             SS / MMLL / XLXLXXL
            US Shoe Size 4 - 7 5 - 8 6 - 9 8 - 11 9 - 12 10 - 13 12 - 15
            EU Shoe Size 35 - 40 37 - 41 38 - 42 41 - 45 42 - 46 43 - 47 46 - 50
             SS / MMLL / XL
            US Shoe Size 5 - 7 5 - 8 7 - 9 9 - 11 9 - 11
            EU Shoe Size 35 - 37 35 - 39 37 - 41 39 - 44 41 - 45
            Use your shoe size to find the right size gaiter.