19
May
2011
jloomis

Otto All Season Gaiters Review

Brand: 
Otto
Model: 
All Season Gaiter
Price: 
$22.93
Product Rating: 
3
Otto All Season Gaiters
Otto All Season Gaiters - Left & Right Sides
Otto All Season Gaiters - Inside
Otto All Season Gaiters - Outside

Features:

Otto All Season gaiters are designed to keep snow and other debris out of your boots. They are constructed of durable water-repellent materials like Cordura® nylon. The gaiters are secured with rip-and-stick velcro closure on the front. The breathable uppers feature nylon webbing with a cam-lock buckle for a secure fit. The lace hook on the lower portion of the gaiter allows a secure fit in combination with the adjustable Hypalon® instep strap that is field repairable. The lowers also feature elastic on the back half for a better seal around boots. Great for hiking, mountaineering, snowshoeing and other four-season adventures.

Specifications:

Height (sz. M): 16 inches
Top Circumference (sz. M): 18.25 inches
Bottom Circumference (sz. M): 17.5 inches
Material: Cordura® Nylon lower and Nylon upper
Weight (sz. M): 9 ounces per pair

Initial Thoughts:

At first glance the Otto All Season gaiters appear to be a great value. The lowers feel very durable and the uppers are comparable to other gaiters. They are easy to use with a standard design found on most four-season gaiters. The rip-and-stick stays together and the cam buckle works well. I found the size medium to work great with my size 10.5 (44.5) hiking/mountaineering boots.

In The Field:

The Otto All Season gaiters work very well at keeping snow out of my boots. On one trip I had a little bit of snow forced between the gaiter and my boot because I didn't have them tightened properly. Even in this instance, snow did not enter my boot, so I remained comfortable. The gaiters stay mostly dry even in wet snow. I have noticed some moisture on the inside of the gaiters, which is likely from perspiration or wet pants. It has never made me uncomfortable and the gaiters have consistently performed their function of keeping snow out of my boots.

After the first trip, I noticed some minor fraying around the edges of the gaiters. This was mostly cosmetic. I used a lighter to singe off the thin stray fibers and they looked new again. After the third trip, I noticed the elastic on the inside bottom portion of the gaiters was coming unstitched. There was also continued minor fraying of edges. At this point, I decided to return them instead of repair. My use was pretty extensive (6-10 mile hike/climbs) using both snowshoes and crampons. This could have played a factor in the elastic coming apart. Besides these quality issues, the gaiters still functioned as they should. I have a second pair that my wife hasn't used yet, so we'll see how they hold up.

See Lookout Mountain, Table Mountain, and Mount Hood adventures where the Otto All Season gaiters were used.

Final Thoughts:

For light duty use, the Otto All Season gaiters may be an okay fit. The price makes them a great value. Unfortunately the quality is not as good as I had hoped and therefore I do not recommend them for regular heavy duty use. Available from REI.

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