Made of water-resistant, breathable packcloth, Outdoor Research Women's Rocky Mountain High Gaiters offer full-length protection from mud, snow and debris. Ideal for hiking, backpacking or winter activities.
The Outdoor Research Women’s Rocky Mountain High Gaiters are the perfect option for anyone backpacking, hiking and wants fully length protection in their gaiters. They are perfect for colder weather conditions, hiking and backpacking in the winter with snow or in any condition when you just want that fully length protection in the bottom of your legs. So we will go through and look at the features here.
First and foremost the material is very water resistant. It is not completely waterproof. So that makes it a lot more breathable. So the material here on the top part of the leg is an uncoated pack cloth. It is very durable, but that gives you a lot of breathability on the top part of your leg. Down here on the bottom you can see a break in the fabric there. On the bottom it is that same pack cloth, but it is coated. So you have a lot more water resistant and water protection here on the bottom. And that is the place that your gaiters are going to come into contact with more snow or if you are hiking not in snowy conditions it will come into contact with wet grass or wet leaves and that kind of thing. So that gives you more protection down there. And, overall, again, you have that full length protection.
So I have got the women’s small size here and that is the size I would wear. You know, the length there is certainly high enough. And it gives you protection all the way to right underneath of your knee.
The other features here include a closure here at the top. And this is just a cam buckle closure. You can open that up and it has got a really light weight webbing strap. So you can really cinch that down on the top right above your calf. So you know it is going to stay on there where you need it. The front here has Velcro. So it is really easy on and off. This whole front section comes off so you are easily able to put it up around your boot or your shoe and then the Velcro part goes in the front.
So working my way down on the bottom there is another Velcro piece on the bottom. That just gives extra protection to make sure they are not going to loosen up on you. And then you do have a nice hook down on the bottom. It is grometted twice so you have got really durable hardware there. It is a metal hook and that just hooks on to the strap on your boots.
Down at the bottom of the gaiter where it comes into contact with your boot, you actually have a stretchy elastic material down there. So that really cinches in and stays where it needs to be. There is a Hypalon instep strap here and that is very, very durable. So this is the strap that is going to go underneath of your boot right where your heel is or right in front of your heel. And it is adjustable. So it is going to fit a different variety of boots. If you have got more alpine style boots that are more high volume you can adjust that out. And then if you have got regular backpacking boots or hiking boots you can make it a little bit tighter, so, again, that Hypalon strap is very durable. It is going to hold up to a lot of use and abuse.
And then, like I said, on the other side you have that metal buckle to adjust the strap.
Gaiters are the perfect addition to any hiker’s equipment. They offer protection from snow, water, debris from getting into your hiking boots. But they also offer protection to your legs. So plants that are lower to the ground that could irritate your legs, poison ivy, that kind of a thing, they are a really great option and the Outdoor Research Women’s Rocky Mountain High Gaiters are packable enough, they are lightweight enough and breathable while also offering all of that protection that you need while hiking.