Outdoor Research Crocodiles (2015)


Outdoor Research Crocodiles use Gore-Tex fabric, which is well-known for its waterproof and breathable performance; but you also get a much tougher 100 per cent nylon outer fabric for extra durability. The underfoot strap is made from BioThane-coated webbing for more durability. The front opening is just Velcro though with no press studs or zips, and just a top webbing and buckle adjustment. 4/5


These come in men’s sizes S-XXL and women’s sizes S-L, with the men’s and women’s cuts being slightly different for a better fit – and this is a wider size range than most. Fit is fairly close without being restrictive, although others with elastication may fit slightly closer to smaller footwear such as bendy 3-season boots. 4/5


Outdoor Research Crocodiles are very comfortable, in part due to the use of very waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex; but also the fit is not too close, allowing some airflow, and there is no restriction of movement. I don’t like the wide cam buckle that secures the webbing at the top as this is potentially large enough to dig in a little at the side of the knee. 4/5

In use

These are a very robust and a neat fit, making them ideal for scrambling over snow and rock, slush and rubble. They are relatively easy to put on, although I would like a press stud at the bottom and top of that front Velcro opening, and ideally a zip too. If the underfoot strap did ever break then some professional sewing would be needed as this is stitched in place, while others are easier to replace. 4/5


This is a more robust design than lower-priced designs so if you are tough on your gaiters the investment is worth it. 3/5


Outdoor Research Crocodiles are very robust gaiters for crossing lots of rough terrain but they do not have a front zip or press studs for ease of fitting. 3.8/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine October 2015