Outdoor Research Crocodiles are very tough gaiters that are longer and have a higher volume around the ankle cuff than others, which makes them more suitable for fitting over mountaineering boots but baggy when fitted over smaller, lightweight walking boots. They are made from Gore-Tex with particularly robust reinforcement at the ankle cuff, making them more suitable than other gaiters for use with crampons for example. The underfoot stirrup has a conventional buckle adjustment and this is easy to adjust with the gaiter on the boot. The front closure comprises of just Velcro, and although I personally prefer zip and Velcro designs this worked pretty well. This gaiter is very long, though – reaching the middle of my knee – and at the top there is a webbing buckle to adjust the top of the gaiter. Depending on the size of your knee this top adjuster could become painful when kneeling down in my view, so for me this is not the best design for this part of a gaiter. When used on bigger-volume mountaineering boots these would be a good choice; but on small boots, mud and water may more easily rise between the gaiter and the boot than on others.
Material 3-layer Gore-Tex; 1000D Cordura ankle
Colours black, chilli/black
Sizes S, M (women’s); S, M, L, XL (men’s)
Weight 329g (L)
The Outdoor Research Crocodiles are great when fitted to bigger styles of boot, as long as the length adjustment buckle at the knee is not uncomfortable, and you don’t want a zipped closure.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine April 2012