Safety in the mountains often equals moving quickly over varied and difficult terrain. Outdoor Research designed the Verglas Gaiters to carry light and travel fast. Whether yourekicking steps up a fragile snow finger, skinning across a glacier, or negotiating a hairy bushwhack, you cant afford to snag, rip, or be bogged down with snow and debris. The asymmetrically-cut boot section provides a secure fit with leather hiking boots or plastic mountaineering boots, making the Verglas functional as much as a stout backpacking gaiter as it is a serious mountaineering gaiter. The ultra-light, waterproof, breathable 3-layer Ventia leg section and the coated 500d Cordura boot section make this gaiter a more packable alternative to the OR Crocodiles. A nylon-supported rubber instep strap pulls the gaiter down and flush with your boot to seal out snow and debris. Offset the 1.5in-wide hook-and-loop front closure if you need to make room for insulated pants.