Made of water and abrasion-resistant nylon/spandex blend fabric, the Outdoor Research Flex-Tex II Gaiters are low profile for protection from ice and scree. The single draw on the back of the gaiter tightens down in an x-shape.
The Outdoor Research Flex-Text II gaiters are the perfect low profile option for any hiker or backpacker who is looking for some extra protection against rocks, dirt, debris, snow and ice. These are, like I said, a low profile design. They are made with very high abrasion resistant fabrics. They are very stretchy as well and they are going to stand up to a lot of abuse. So with that stretch, they are going to move with you unlike a stiff gaiter that, you know, kind of weighs you down, these are going to be very lightweight.
Moving through the features here, first I want to point out the different materials used here. On the inside of the gaiter you have a little bit of extra abrasion resistance so as you are walking and hiking your boots would rub up against each other. So you have more abrasion resistance there, which is really nice. And then working from top to bottom, there is a really interesting stretchy draw cord in these gaiters. They go... they start around the top, so once you put the gaiters on and tighten them against your leg, they actually form an X pattern in the gaiter. So this is going to cinch down the back of the gaiter and it is going to just provide a lot more protection that way. So rock and dirt and debris can’t get in through the top. This is going to fit a wide variety of people. And these come in two sizes, small/medium and medium/large. So they are really versatile as far as the fit.
There are a couple Velcro closures here. Now there is a Velcro at the top and that just keeps the gaiters from opening up while you are hiking with them. There is the same thing at the bottom. So you have a lot of protection there. Once you put the gaiters on and kind of secure all the Velcro here, they are not going anywhere. So they are really nice that way. You have got a long piece of Velcro here on the front and, again, that Velcro closure on the bottom. They are really easy to use, easy to put on and take off. You have a really durable strap that goes down around the bottom, high visibility strap. And there are several different attachment points there. So whether you are wearing alpine shoes, backpacking boots, lighter weight hiking boots, you are going to be able to adjust that up and down for the volume of the shoe. That is really nice there.
The way it is stitched on is, you know, double stitched, triple stitched. You have got really durable stitch lines and the strap itself is just very durable. So that is going to hold up to a lot of abuse against rock. And then on the other side or on the front of the gaiter, I should say, you do have a small hook. It is backed by a little bit of extra durable material there, so that is going to fit right on the top of your shoes really nicely and clip or hook to the top of your laces.
With the low profile design, the lightweight yet very durable and stretchy fabrics and all the attentions to detail, the Flex-Text II gaiters by Outdoor Research are going to keep you more comfortable on the trail on any adventure.