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    Originally posted by Byron_Lamb View Post
    ...Anyway, once I have my socks on, boots on with pant legs inside, next I'll put on a good pair of gator's. I use the tall gators that come up to your knee, fasten w/ velcro and WATER PROOF...
    Didn't want to steal the thread on snowshoe footwear, so I'll start new one. Where does one locate a good set of gators? I've been looking and the only ones I have found have been shorter than my boots! I had a pair when I was younger (L.L.Bean I think) that were tall and came right up to my knee, but the ol' man thought they fit him better than me so they are no longer mine. If you could give more details of what makes a good gator would be appreciated as well!

  • #2
    Whats a gator?

    Dont mind if i ask but,whats a gator?

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    • #3
      Here is a gaiter that has worked well for me.

      http://www.rei.com/online/store/Prod...cat=REI_SEARCH

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      • #4
        Haven't you ever been to the swamps of Florida?!?

        Originally posted by svehunter View Post
        Dont mind if i ask but,whats a gator?
        OK, OK, Forgive me already, little tired today and was going off Byron's post (thanks for taking the heat Byron ;-)

        Thanks Cub, exactly what I was looking for! 16" is the right height for me. Are they loose fitting or have some type of compression system? I see thy have 2" velcro closure, maybe no need for compression of any kind.

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        • #5
          Thats okay, I know what you meant thats all that matters. They fit fairly snug, the velcro band allows you to make them tighter or looser depending on the volume of pants and boots you are wearing. The top cinches up tight.

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          • #6
            OR croc's might fit the bill....

            Also like the looks of Rivers West H2P boot gaiter...

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            • #7
              Haven't found a pair yet the meets my needs.
              Living the Alaskan Dream
              Gary Keller
              Anchorage, AK

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              • #8
                WinMag

                I looked at the Rivers West last weekend and they didn't fit the bill for me. Mostly personal preferrence reasons, but I'll list them for good fortune. I'm a little bit anti-zipper when it comes to walking in snow water and ice. I would tolerate the zipper on the front, but the zip on these is on the inside of the leg...maybe there is a reasoning for that, but I have yet to figure it out. I like to have them strapped under the sole of my boot for walking in snow. I am not sure how well the R.W. would cinch up around a bulky boot, I only tried them with tennis shoes. I would like something a little taller. Final opinion, I think these would make for a great gaiter for fall hunts to keep the water off if warn with a leather hiking/hunting type boot, but would hesitate to use them in snow.
                my .02

                Maybe someone who has used them in the field can say otherwise.

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                • #9
                  I have OR gaiters and my wife has Mountain Hardware - both have been great and I would highly recommend them. Got one set at REI, and the other at the annual NOLS swap in Palmer for $5.

                  -Brian

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                  • #10
                    Gaiters

                    As far as I'm concerned these are the best gaiters out there...

                    http://www.kenetrek.com/prodinfo.asp?number=KE-064-RTH

                    Jeff

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                    • #11
                      OR's and Mountain Hardware are two of the best. The Rivers West H2P gaiters are poorly designed and the fabric would be crap for wet snow. Wet snow sticks to H2P cloth big time and clumbs up, the H2P also wicks water. Bad...bad...bad...for gaiters.
                      Bunny Boots and Bearcats: Utility Sled Mayhem

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                      • #12
                        I like the description of those Jeff...

                        Originally posted by Jeff Shannon View Post
                        As far as I'm concerned these are the best gaiters out there...

                        http://www.kenetrek.com/prodinfo.asp?number=KE-064-RTH

                        Jeff
                        Do you own them? What is the fleece material like? Do they attract snow and water like the hp gear does?
                        Joshua

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BucknRut View Post
                          Do you own them? What is the fleece material like? Do they attract snow and water like the hp gear does?
                          Joshua
                          Sure do. The tricot fleece is a very fine microfleece type material. I've never had any trouble with wet snow sticking to it. If you're in conditions where snow would stick to the tricot, it'll stick to your pants a hell of a lot worse. The Kenetrek gear in general is great stuff, but their gaiters are downright awesome.

                          Jeff

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by AKDoug View Post
                            OR's and Mountain Hardware are two of the best.
                            Second on the Mountain Hardware gaiters! I liked the look of the ORs, but they were too tight for my leg.
                            I may be slow, but I get where I'm going!

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