These snake boots will give extra peace of mind in the backcountry.
If you spend any amount of time in the outdoors, odds are you're going to encounter a snake at some point. Depending on where you live in the country, it might be a dangerous venomous snake. Wouldn't you want to protect yourself as much as possible?
It's worth noting that snakes aren't looking for people to bite. In most instances they are going to be more afraid of you than you are of them. However, anyone can step over a log and surprise a rattlesnake or cottonmouth hidden in the vegetation, prompting a defensive strike.
Since most venomous snakebites of this nature strike at the feet and ankles of humans, it's never a bad idea to protect these areas. That's where snake boots enter the fray. These products feature thick materials that prevent a snake's fangs from puncturing your skin and injecting venom. Footwear like this could literally save your life, especially when you're deep in the backcountry miles from the nearest road.
Fortunately, outdoor boots have evolved over the years and many manufacturers now make comfortable snake-proof boots and gaiters in a variety of styles. There are rubber waterproof muck boots for waterfowl hunters and heavy leather hikers for those wandering into desert rattlesnake territory. We'll give you a look at some of the top options on the market today in a variety of styles to fit nearly every budget.
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LaCrosse Men's 4xAlpha Waterproof Hunting Snake Boot
These snake proof hunting boots feature up to 16 inches of thick rubber protection from venomous bites. These boots are a great option for waterfowlers since the waterproof version features Neoprene insulation. The rubber outsoles of these boots are specifically built for the mud of the swamps where cottonmouths are common. At the same time, the snake guard portion is extremely flexible, making those long walks to the treestand or duck blind much more pleasant in the early morning darkness. These boots are available in a Realtree Xtra green camo pattern.
Guide Gear Men's Nylon waterproof snake boots
Another great option for the swamps, these Guide Gear waterproof hunting boots are made from an extremely tough 900-denier nylon. These are non-insulated, which makes them a great option for southern hunters who don't need to worry as much about the cold. The lining of these boots is moisture-wicking for warmer days and the insoles are removable to make for easy drying. Most reviews note these boots do need a break-in period. However, they also praise the boots for their durability during long days in the field.
Rocky Men's Outback Hiking Boot
If you're planning some extensive hiking in snake country, this is a great option. These leather boots feature thick snake guards offering 16 inches of protection. At the same time, Rocky keeps these boots breathable by using Gore-Tex fabrics, which also helps the boots to be waterproof. At the same time, the Rocky Terra suspension footbed helps to make these boots extremely comfortable. These boots are a little on the pricey side. However, like most things in life, you get what you pay for with a quality pair of hiking boots or work boots, and these are worth every penny. It's probably a good idea to order one size larger like you usually would with normal hiking boots.
Dryshod Men's Viperstop Snake Boot
These rubber and neoprene boots are excellent for both working and hunting. In addition to snake bite protection up to the knees, we also appreciate the airmesh moisture-wicking lining which gives these men's boots excellent air flow. Another nice feature not found on all snake boots is the adjustable gusset. This allows you to change the fit around your calves for more comfort. These boots also get great reviews from users who praise how warm and comfortable they are for a variety of outdoor activities.
Rocky Women's Falls Waterproof Snake Boot
Unfortunately, it seems like most of the major boot manufacturers aren't making as many women's options in the snake-proof department as they should. Fortunately, Rocky offers these dark brown leather knee high boots in a female version. They offer 16 inches of protection from rattlers, cottonmouths, and more. Rocky guarantees these boots for one year of waterproof protection with their Vapor Pass technology. At the same time, the Vibram outsole provides superior footing over rough terrain.
Thorogood Men's Snake Boot
Featuring a Mossy Oak Break Up Country camo pattern, these boots offer 17 inches of protection from venomous vipers. They feature cushy EVA midsoles to help make these boots extremely comfortable for a full day of hunting or hiking. They are also waterproof and feature a Z-Trac rubber lug outsole that's going to help you take on a variety of terrain with ease.
Irish Setter Men's Vaprtrek
These boots are rather expensive, but they also have excellent Amazon reviews. Users praise the toughness of these lace-up hunting boots. These boots have a memory foam insole for extra comfort and feature the company's snake guard technology which will brush off the fangs of the most dangerous snakes in North America. They also have Irish Setter's "ScentBan" odor control technology which will keep the boots fresh no matter how much abuse you subject them too. That's key, especially when hunting big game like deer or elk that are sensitive to human odors.
Rocky Pull On Rubber Snake Boot
For anyone who regularly wanders into areas of standing water and needs something waterproof and tough, these are a great option. Built of leather and synthetic materials, these boots have a 5mm Neoprene upper and offer 16 inches of protection against the fangs of dangerous serpents. While they're most at home in the woods pursuing game, they also feature a steel shank which will help them function as work boots too when you need them.
If you feel like a pair of dedicated snake boots are a bit outside your budget, that's okay. There are options to keep yourself protected without breaking the bank. The main way to do that is to simply purchase a pair of heavy duty snake gaiters to protect your legs from venomous snake bites.
Here are three options that are affordable on nearly any budget.
ForEverlast Snake Guard Chaps
These gaiters/chaps offer excellent snake bite protection for you lower limbs all the way to your waist thanks to their snake guard technology. However, most users find them extremely useful for walking through thorns or briars. Some users even report they provide excellent protection from rocks and even the sharp spines of a cactus. You probably paid a lot of money for your hunting clothes. These will help those clothes last longer while also providing peace of mind regarding snakes.
Pike Trail Snake Gaiters
If you're looking for tough, the 1000-denier nylon casing of these gaiters should do the trick. These are extremely light, yet still offer 360 degrees of protection for you lower limbs. We appreciate the fact that these gaiters have stainless steel buckles to help lock them down and keep them in place no matter how strenuous your hike turns out to be. They'll also help protect from cactus, thorns, and pesky briars.
Primal Gear Snake Gaiters
These gaiters also feature a 1000-denier construction and are made of Cordura fabric. They are linked with Polyproylene panels that will help protect you from the dangerous fangs of any rattlesnake. They are fully adjustable, which means you can perfectly adapt using them with your favorite pair of hiking boots. There's no more sacrificing comfort for protection, and the price is extremely affordable too.
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