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Thread: Snake bite protection

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    Snake bite protection

    I have a pair of rocky snake boots that I have come to not like too well. They are somewhat stiff and can get pretty warm on a summer day, almost to the point of being uncomfortable. Today I visited my local hunting/fishing store in search of chaps or leggings to guard against snakebite and bought a set of Snake Guardz. I frequent locations that are potentially snaky and although these were $65.00, I figured that is money well spent compared to a trip to the hospital.

    I'm sitting here now with them on and they are very comfortable and lightweight. Anyone that is considering snake bite protection, these might be something to consider. I have some leather Wellington boots I normally wear so I think I'll feel better wading into the weeds now.

    Here is a video of them testing their product and that dude is much braver than I am.

    Last edited by Coinucopia; May 03, 2019 at 07:46 PM.
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    What happens if the snake bites the toe of the boot or shoe underneath the Guardz? I wear a pair of Chippewa snake boots year round while in the woods here in SC. They are expensive but cheaper than a hospital anti-venom bill. Non of them are a guarantee though. A fellow member on a hunting forum was bitten by a timber rattler a few years back above the snake boot in his knee. I believe the hospital bill ended up being around 200k. Good luck and keep your eyes peeled and hopefully we will never have to test them out. And no way I would be they guy in the video testing them out!

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    Been wearing these on the gold claims for years in Arizona. Even the largest Coon-tail rattlesnake will have a tough time penetrating a 1/4" thick boot toe or heel. The SnakeGardz work well. I've been struck twice with no worries, just a little dampness in my undies..

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    Good luck to you. Keep your eyes open.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HIGHSTRUNG View Post
    What happens if the snake bites the toe of the boot or shoe underneath the Guardz? I wear a pair of Chippewa snake boots year round while in the woods here in SC.
    I wear a pair of heavy leather Wellingtons that if I were to lay odds, a snake would have a tough time penetrating IMO. I just wanted some lower leg protection above for now and also I looked at some hip high chaps. After trying them on they seemed somewhat bulky and uncomfortable so that option was out.

    I'll eventually get another pair of knee high snake boots but I wasn't impressed with the Rocky's as far as being comfortable for an extended period of time. The nearest Bass Pro is about 60 miles from me and I plan on riding over one day soon and seeing what they have to offer for boots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Soloman View Post
    Been wearing these on the gold claims for years in Arizona. Even the largest Coon-tail rattlesnake will have a tough time penetrating a 1/4" thick boot toe or heel. The SnakeGardz work well. I've been struck twice with no worries, just a little dampness in my undies..
    That's good to hear they worked. Just curious, did the strikes hit high or low? Not many rattlesnakes where I am but we have a healthy population of copperheads and cottonmouths, the latter of which are nothing but serious bad attitude.
    Last edited by Coinucopia; May 04, 2019 at 09:05 AM.
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    One strike was dry and about midway up the left guard, the other was wet and hit just above the ankle when I stepped over a boulder without looking first. I shot that ******* just because I scared the crap out of myself and felt embarrassed. I still regret killing that snake for a mistake I made.

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    What if the snake decides to bite a little higher
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coinucopia View Post
    I wear a pair of heavy leather Wellingtons that if I were to lay odds, a snake would have a tough time penetrating IMO. I just wanted some lower leg protection above for now and also I looked at some hip high chaps. After trying them on they seemed somewhat bulky and uncomfortable so that option was out.

    I'll eventually get another pair of knee high snake boots but I wasn't impressed with the Rocky's as far as being comfortable for an extended period of time. The nearest Bass Pro is about 60 miles from me and I plan on riding over one day soon and seeing what they have to offer for boots.
    Chippewa are very comfortable and not extremely hot. The slip on style are great when wearing shorts or pants. I have a pair of rubber style snake boots as well and they are HOT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by A2coins View Post
    What if the snake decides to bite a little higher
    It would seem to me that likely most bites occur on the lower extremities on level ground. All bites that I personally know of occurred there. I guess it's an accepted risk that one may hit above the level of any knee high protection being worn but I think the odds are slim unless one is down crawling around on the ground or digging a target.

    Wearing a medieval suit of armor may be the only 100% level of protection but I imagine that would drive my detector nuts! How would one notch that out?
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