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NorthCountry
11-26-2011, 11:06 AM
Wondering what folks recommend for the best late season boot gaiters... brand and model. I'll be hunting in potentially deep snow and cold conditions. I'd like something waterproof and also a quite. I'd like to avoid any noisy nylon type material that scratches when every stick of brush hits it.

What about a best "all-around" boot gaiter for early snows through the late season? Would recommended brand or model be different than what's best for late season?

I've looked at the OR (Outdoor Research) and Kenetrek products online but haven't seen them in person.

Thanks!!

CoHiCntry
11-26-2011, 01:54 PM
I've used a couple different types over the years that weren't that great until I got the OR ones (outdoor research). Probably hard to find a better gaiter in my opinion. Very durable and fit, wear great. I've had mine for several years now with no problems although they don't get used a ton. The Kenetrek look to me like the OR's with their name on them instead, but I could be wrong.

mntnguide
11-26-2011, 02:52 PM
+1 OR gaiters hands down. I wear this 100% of the time once snow hits the ground when im guiding and hunting for myself. When chasing hounds after lions i will never go a day without them. I have spent entire days hiking through all different conditions from dry snow to wet, and the OR gaiters hold up great. I have had plenty of clients bring the Kenentrek ones or Cabela types and they do not hold up at all after long periods of time in those conditions.

Bitterroot Bulls
11-26-2011, 04:50 PM
After trying all sorts of brands, I have found the Kenetrek gaitors, and they have been extremely durable and waterproof for me. I easily recommend them.

They do not collect snow on the sides or form ice balls underneath.

I would stay away from the Cabelas gaitors.

NorthCountry
11-29-2011, 01:38 PM
Thanks guys! What type of material does OR use? All I've ever seen is the nylon type. I believe that Kenetrek has a fleece type outside material. Is the OR material quiet enough for stalking in very close?

Bitterroot Bulls
11-29-2011, 02:00 PM
The ORs and Kenetreks are extremely similar in materials and construction. Neither has a fleece exterior, but rather a nylon ripstop bonded to a waterproof/breathable membrane (Like a 3-layer waterproof/breathable jacket). While both aren't as quiet as fleece when dry (Why use gaitors in dry conditions?), what they do well is shed snow and fit tight to your legs. The result is they don't rub together as much when walking, and don't hold water and freeze solid like some fleece designs.

NorthCountry
11-30-2011, 11:52 AM
Thanks BB. I'm going to see if I can check out one or the other in person. Price seems very similar. If I'm a size 10 to 11 boot what size gaiter do you guys recoomend L or XL... there seems to be some overlap in both models.

Bitterroot Bulls
11-30-2011, 12:42 PM
I would go XL. They fit tight.

CoHiCntry
11-30-2011, 03:14 PM
If I'm a size 10 to 11 boot what size gaiter do you guys recoomend L or XL... there seems to be some overlap in both models.

I usually wear a size 11 boot and have size large OR gaiters. I use them over bulky sorels for snow shoeing too and they fit over them just fine. Not sure how much bigger the XL would be?

NorthCountry
12-08-2011, 09:04 AM
Thanks guys. I went with the OR. I found a set online on sale for just under $50 shipped. I went with the large after calling the company and they fit great. I could see how the XL would work better with heavy bib type pants or very large pac boots, but the L will work just fine for my needs. Looking forward to putting them to the test! Thanks again for all the advice and recommendations.

mthuntress
12-14-2011, 02:56 PM
I know this is late but the OR are noisey my brother had a pair and used them one time.I use the Kenetrek's they are outstanding even my little Brother likes them and he is picky when it comes to gear.

Maxhunter
12-24-2011, 08:10 AM
After trying all sorts of brands, I have found the Kenetrek gaitors, and they have been extremely durable and waterproof for me. I easily recommend them.

They do not collect snow on the sides or form ice balls underneath.

I would stay away from the Cabelas gaitors.

Second Kenetreks!

buckbull
12-24-2011, 10:08 AM
I don't know how much this review is worth, but Dave Petzel at Field and Stream did a blog write up about the gaitors. He thought they were the best he ever used. I don't own Kenetrek products yet, but everyone I know who does says they are the best boots they have ever had; gaitors are probably just as well made.

floorya
12-24-2011, 10:32 AM
i use the kenetrek ones.and really love them.funny story about gators.i was hunting with my cousin from west virgina on a late antelope hunt this year in wy.on about the 3rd day of seeing me putting my gators on in the morning he asked "why i wore snake chaps in the snow?arent all the rattlers sleeping this time of year?." after i told him that wy. has "snow vipers" and "ice mombas". we all had a good laugh. and then i explained what they were and why WE have them. i guess its a west coast thing.

oak123
12-25-2011, 11:03 PM
thus far i've used a pair of sitka gaiters.. had the original mountain mimicry ones, & the buckle on the foot strap broke, and Sitka sent me a brand new pair with a new design and thus far, have been tough and have had no problems..

brandenbowhunter
12-30-2011, 10:08 PM
I like my Kenetreks....have not had a problem with them..some guys say they run small fyi!
New Kuiu are sweet...sitka are cool but $90...I like my Kenetreks for $40 if you get them on sale!