Generally, though, you should be able to find a pair of gaiters that will fit your Vasque boots. You might try a pair of Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain High Gaiters, available either in coated packcloth or Gore-Tex ($39 and $53, respectively; www.orgear.com). These are specifically designed for use with lighter-weight boots, coming with an elastic bottom for a snug fit and a hook-and-loop front closure. I haven't tried them, but I like the looks of REI's fairly new Mountain Gaiters ($48; www.rei.com). These use stretchy Schoeller fabric along the lower half of the gaiter, which should give you a really tight seal around the boot. The upper half of the Mountain Gaiters use a proprietary waterproof-breathable fabric.
On the other hand, if the snow is that soft, that means the sun is shining, so you can always take a few minutes to sit on a warm rock, clean out the gaiters, and enjoy the view!
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