Black Diamond Frontpoint Gaiter

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Black Diamond FrontPoint Gaiters Features.

Black Diamond FrontPoint Gaiters.
For a comfortable experience trust the Black Diamond FrontPoint Gaiters. When you use the Black Diamond FrontPoint Gaiters you will experience outmost comfort delivered in one remarkable product. This FrontPoint Gaiters feature Seam-taped 2-layer Gore-Tex upper and Ballistic nylon lower that provide intense weather protection and comfortable performance, perfect for ice climbing adventures. Its Drawstring with cordlock upper closure ensures total protection and a perfect fit that grants proper mobility. Its dependable Hook-and-loop front closure with snap adds extra performance when you are enjoying hikes and need to avoid direct snow contact with your legs. Designed with a Nickel-plated instep-adjustment buckle, these gaiters let you enjoy a comfortable sensation when walking, since its perfect fit delivered by this features enhances its comfort. To keep your leg in a warm and dry environment. This product uses High-density, neoprene-coated nylon instep strap for your convenience. Its narrow tailoring ensures proper fit around your favorite ice climbing boots. Go ahead and buy this dependable Black Diamond FrontPoint Gaiters.
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Key Features.


  • Engineered to fit plastic mountaineering boots and tele boots without buckles
  • X Large fits men's shoe sizes 11-12
  • Small fits men's shoe sizes 5-7
  • Narrow tailoring for tight fit around ice climbing boots
  • Medium fits men's shoe sizes 8.5-10


  • High-density, neoprene-coated nylon instep strap

Weather and Wind:

  • Gore-Tex®-lined nylon uppers are waterproof and breathable; ballistic nylon lowers resist tearing and will not ice up or absorb water


  • Drawstring with cordlock upper closure


  • Front-entry VELCRO® brand closure allows quick and easy access to boots; sturdy neoprene instep straps take abuse and keep on performing


  • Hook-and-loop front closure with snap
  • Nickel-plated instep-adjustment buckle

These Black Diamond FrontPoint gaiters, with their hardcore materials, sculptured fit and wide range of adjustability, are built to handle the rigors of ice climbing.


Berg's Ski Shop
A full height, tight fitting Gore-Tex gaiter, the FrontPoint is perfect for Cross Country skiing, Backcountry Telemark skiing as well as Ice Climbing(or summer glacier travel). Built super strong so you can really put it to the test and it will pass with straight A's everytime. Time for another adventure in the works...
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Gaiter height:Mid-calf
Gaiter height (in.):Unavailable
Lace hooks:Yes
Lower material:Ballistics nylon/ripstop nylon
Upper material:Gore-Tex/nylon
Weight:8.9 ounces

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Black Diamond Frontpoint Gaiter Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Superb Gaiters. Slim but works!!!

I use it for day hikes in mud and deep snow in the winter and early spring. The quality is superb and I have had none of the issues that others complain about. The straps are strong and nylon reinforced. The buckles are tough. I hit rocks and tree stumps and the buckles still look new. The front lace hook can be tucked in the velcro and not used. The cord at the top is fastened by a push tab that is sewn to the gaiter. Smart design! The lower half of the gaiter is covered in a ballistic nylon that sheds abrasions from your boot soles. They are unlikely to tear like other brands. Again, smart design! The cut is slimmer than others and this might create problems for plastic oversized boots. XL fits my size-11 medium Merrell hiking boots and light KEEN hiking shoes. The fit is trim and they do not fall down even if the calf strap is left loose. Well made and excellent for deep snow and mud. I love them.
DENMD at REI on 02/02/2010


I've had these or ones like these for about 10 years. The only difference between mine and these are that mine are black with white lettering only. I've used them winter and spring hiking through the mountains, hunting in wet weather, etc... They've never failed me until the past year or two. A hole has finally developed, but I've definitely gotten my money's worth out of them.

Even though they are "GoreTex" they're not really breathable. My feet and ankles do get hotter in them than without. But I'd rather have some clamminess than full on getting wet.

Upon researching a new pair, I cringe at the prices, but I guess you get what you pay for. Most of the other's I've looked at seem to have poor durability. I'll have to spring for another pair of these BDs.
boris the bear at REI on 03/03/2013


I got my pair back in 2002 when my wife and I backpacked from the east coast to the west coast through the highlands of Scotland. One leg of our journey required that crossed Rannoch Moor. The standard joke was that it is 12-14 miles depending on if it's raining. Why? When it's raining, the already wet and boggy moor becomes a like a swamp and you cannot simply walk directly across. On a number of occasions, I sunk into the boggy, wet soil all the way up to my knees. Yet, the water never got under my gaiters.

I also use these when ice climbing, doing snow approaches that involve lots of "post-holing," etc. Never have these gaiters failed me.
SLOAlpinist at REI on 04/04/2009

Worth it.

I bought these last minute for work since I was going to be spending a couple days in deep snow. I'm a huge fan of Black Diamond's products and these are no exception. They can take a beating, they stay in place over your boot and keep even the lightest snow out. They are a lot more expensive than most gaiters but they're worth every penny. I will say to be careful and size them correctly, I purchased a small and they are extremely tight, yet still comfortable. I really have no complaints about them at all.
Kevin-O at REI on 04/04/2013

Very satisfied

I've used a pair for 4-5 years. worked perfectly in relentless postholing above the knees, to classic snow climbs mixed with rock. Sorry to hear some had buckle issues, maybe I have an older pair but they are still together. I really like the trimmed fit, they shed crampon snags well. I have a pair of OR crocs, also good, but I felt are too baggy. Agree with, dont see how these will go over a plastic boot. for me I'm more of a spring/summer use and lightweight or hybrid mt boot.
matthew at REI on 06/06/2009

tight fitting, bomber construction

yes, they fit tight. i've been using them with my size 12 plastic double boots. however my XL gaiters do fit my double boots, and they fit size 47 (US 13) la sportiva trango extremes too. if you use a 13+ plastic boot, get the XL Black Diamond Apex gaiter.

I've also never had an issue with the buckle, and the material is very durable. my crampons have scraped them multiple times and they haven't ripped.
foco_backpacker at REI on 02/02/2011

Great gaiters

These gaiters work great and are so well made I think they'll last a lifetime!
Cynthia H at REI on 03/03/2013

Top Notch

Work well. Always keep me dry. Best quality available. Durable.
Montana3 at REI on 09/09/2007

Negative Reviews:

Try again, BD.

I've been using these for about a year doing general mountain stuff.

These gaiters have steel hooks that you're supposed to fasten to your shoelace. The underside of these hooks (the parts that touch the lace) have sharp edges. Once I came home from an outing and found that these gaiters had almost shredded my boot lace. I tried to fix this problem with a file but failed. I resorted to placing duct tape on the hooks, but ultimately I've stopped using the hooks altogether.

I broke a strap yesterday by simply pulling on it.

They generally fit my legs but they'll usually slouch every couple hours of hard slogging. This is annoying.

They're not breathable enough. When I'm working hard my legs get sweaty beyond mortal comprehension. All of this condensation seems to stay in the gaiter and run off into my boot.
Zubterfuge at REI on 04/04/2012

Works great, when not broken

I used these on two hikes in the snow before the buckle on one of them broke. I considered it a fluke and exchanged them for a new pair. On the next hike, the strap broke. They worked great when they weren't broken, but they are not durable at all.
ledhead at REI on 03/03/2009


I use these for summer climbing and thought that they would be great for winter climbing they dont fit over the top of a koflach boot. and really dont accomidate climbing sized calfs. Also, the elastic at the top streaches out and snags on stuff.Buy the OR Expedition crocs.
lightning at REI on 01/01/2008

These are smaller than my regular Crocs

I purchased these to use for alpine mountaineering however the x-large wouldn't fit over my size 11 Koflach boots. Not even close. They appear to be well built except for the buckle. Had to return these for the OR expedition crocs
Boogie97 at REI on 02/02/2008

under engineered good company

The upper material construction and calf strap are excellent. The boot strap and buckle are under-engineered. I used these gaiters on three climbs with double plastic boots and the boot strap on both broke.
green mt hiker at REI on 09/09/2007

Neutral Reviews:

Fit well but didn't breathe

Fit well over mountaineering boots but did not breathe very well. Had frozen ice under gaitor after a few hour hike up Mt. Osceola
LJBeck at REI on 02/02/2013