snake boots


November 18, 2013, 10:46 PM
I have been looking at different snake boots from academy and gander mountain, but I didn't like the quality of rocky boots or the academy brand. I want them to be waterproof and something like 17-18 inches tall and I think I want lace up for the extra ankle support. I was looking online at the Danner, Chippewa, and lacross. But I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion.

I hunt in Southeast texas where it is wet and hot. and sometimes will walk for 10 miles in a day when I am scouting the national forest. I also want them to last several years. I was looking at boots in the $200 price range. But I would go $300 if they are worth it.
Thanks guys

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November 18, 2013, 11:10 PM
I bought a pair of Rocky snake boots a few years ago and was disappointed by them. They're supposed to be water proof but my right boot wasn't. They were going to be my primary hunting boots but now I just use my Chippewa boots.
IMO, Rocky has gone down in quality since they moved production to Mexico.

November 19, 2013, 05:10 AM
The whole left sole of my Rocky snake boot came off last week while pulling it off my foot.
No snake boot is waterproof for long. The protectant treatment wears off.

Almost any high boot will protect you from a snake bite. My 7 y.o. son was struck by a cottonmouth in his cheap black rubber WalMart boot and it bounced off with no physical damage to my son. However, he is now 6' 2" and 280 lbs. and acts like a little girl around snakes.

November 19, 2013, 12:12 PM
I bought Magellans from Academy, about 80 bucks IIRC about 5 years ago, and I've been quite happy with 'em. They've got Goretex, as water proof as any Seadrift Ropers (rubber boots) and well made. I use 'em on the motorcycle, too. They''re only waterproof to just above the ankles. The tongue has to open enough to allow your foot inside. They're 17" tops.

Good luck in those national forests. I'd suggest a kevlar vest, but then you'd need those ceramic plates to stop a rifle round. Personally, I stay the heck out of public hunting areas in Texas except for dove and waterfowl. But, I guess, somebody has to hunt there. :D

November 19, 2013, 03:07 PM
I went with a pair of gators. This way I can take them off when I don't feel like them. Plus its easier to share them with someone else. YMMV

November 19, 2013, 11:24 PM
I have a pair if calf high Russell moccasins made with their turtle skin liner and air bob soles.

I use these during the majority of the season were the puff adders are trouble I have had them bitten twice by puff adders. Once deliberate by a 16" bugger. The other was a surprise when I stepped on it which caused it to strike my ankle.

The leather was dripping with yellow venom. But the fangs did not penetrate. I also was bitten by a rock python deliberate as a means to grab it behind the head.

That Python was quite large, 12 foot or so. His teeth were lodged into the leather and hard to wiggle his head around to get the teeth out. But did not penetrate through the liner.

They work100%

November 19, 2013, 11:53 PM
I like my gaiters. On quick, off quick and very safe.

BP Hunter
November 20, 2013, 12:41 PM
I have has my Rocky snake boots for more than 10 years and have most problay put in a few hundred miles on it and is till holding up. I decided to get another Rocky snake boots and am still happy with the second pair.

November 20, 2013, 10:31 PM
I don't care for hard plastic gators, too hot in spring and summer when the rattlers are out. My Magellans are kinda warm, but breath and I don't soak my pant legs in sweat like I do with those gators. I much prefer 'em, AND part of the OP, they're water proof, kinda important in south Texas. Kevlar works. I've been hit by a 3.5 foot rattler on my place in Calhoun county. That little chunk of land is snake central in the spring.

November 21, 2013, 01:21 AM
Thanks for the info keep it coming. Oh and now I have a new place to hunt on some family land, it's 200 acres but 2 sides of it are remote national forest. After opening day in the national forest this will probably be the only part of it i hunt deer in again, I have never seen so many orange hats that close to me all carrying guns. Not a good feeling.

November 24, 2013, 10:33 AM
the Cabelas zip-ups are surprisingly comfortable. i've been wearing them all season. I have an older pair of danners that have seen quite a few miles and done well too.

if you can find the cabelas zip-ups on a good sale, they're worth it.

December 3, 2013, 03:00 PM
I bought a pair of LaCrosse Snake Boots about 5 deer seasons ago. Still going strong and are my most comfortable hunting boot. They aren't as water tight as they used to be, but do fine as long as I don't do any prolonged wading.

December 3, 2013, 03:23 PM
Russells are some of the best, but that quality isn't cheap either

December 3, 2013, 09:35 PM
I have a pair of Danner Pronghorn's that I have used for the last 5 years or so. They are still going strong. They were about $230.

December 7, 2013, 02:37 PM
I ended up ordering the Danner pronghorn snake boots from gander mountain. I love them. Haven't been to the woods with them yet but they feel nice. And they seem to run a little big for their size.

December 7, 2013, 07:42 PM
My snake boots also work well as motorcycle boots. Oh, they're camo, not Harley Davidson stylish, but I ride a Kawasaki KLR650, not a Harley. They fit THAT ride pretty well. :D But, they cover a lot of leg, are waterproof, and the Kevlar would make for some decent protection in a get off.

December 12, 2013, 10:48 PM
I have a pair of Redhead knee high snake boots that are excellent for here in Arizona. Very comfortable and not too hot to wear. Picked them up from Cabelas several years ago and they are still going strong.

December 13, 2013, 05:00 PM
These are close to what I purchased years ago. Different brand, but same concept. $89.88 at Cabela's.

December 13, 2013, 05:07 PM are pretty much like mine but mine lace up vs zip.

December 14, 2013, 10:59 PM
I bought some very nice looking snake boots from Lacrosse. They appeared very well made, but I could not get my huge calf into them.

Damn the bad luck!

December 24, 2013, 10:41 AM
Try on a pair of BOGs. I have not had a snake attack in them, but they sure are comfy and waterproof. Hopefully, fang-proof as advertised!

December 24, 2013, 03:22 PM

Know this is sometime following your post about those Rocky's falling apart but for what it's worth I for one will NEVER purchase another of that brand.

Last two died sudden and similar deaths.......on the first the soles did as you describe, on the second the entire lower section parted company with the sole structure...........looks like dry rot.....on the second set I was in W.Va on a stand the very first day....some snow on the ground and when I bumped my boot on a tree I saw several chunks of rubber fly off!

Made it back to camp and found that both boots had similar fact the only thing holding the damned things together was the internal insulation!

Both were purchased from Cabela's, the second set in response to a complaint about the first's demise...........Had to borrow a set of insulated pull over Lacrosse to finish the season....I called Cabela's but I have no intention of going that route again. To their credit they did offer some compensation..........but far as I am concerned it's no deal, I'll buy something else.............twice is just twice too much!

Some I showed the boots to suggested improper storage..........not at all....the things were in my temperature controlled 'man cave' with all my other gear, including firearms....NONE of the other stuff shows any undue deterioration

Good reason to always have a spare set along.........which I did, but which were basically unsuited for the conditions I was in.

Screw Chinese made footwear no matter who markets it!

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