Snake boots

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  1. Schneeky

    Schneeky LSB Member LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    Hey guys, gettin to be about time to get a new pair of snake boots for hunting season here in NC. Been wearing Danner Pronghorns for years. They feel great and offer a lot of lower leg support. More worried about that than snakes, actually. Only problem being they don't stay waterproof very long. If a pair is new at the opener they'll be leaking before it's over. Then I just hafta avoid water which is a pain. Tried those neoprene types but the briars just tear'em up in short order. Bout fell over at the new prices of these things. The new Pronghorns with the zipper are $300. :eek: Saw Chippewa but they were slip ons. Which usually just rub blisters and jack with my socks in these hills.
    Curious what you guys wear that has kept ya in the "happy feet" and offered good suppot. :D
    Thanks.. d:^) Jake..
     
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    RattlesnakeDan San Antonio Texas LSB TURKEY BUZZARD PRESERVATION SOCIETY SUS VENATOR CLUB LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    Just got a pair of 15 year old Danners' re-soled....cost 75.00 but the guy did a great job. Leather is still like new but soles disintegrated from extreme temperature changes I guess. -40 hunting in Montana and 117 above in the desert of California, thing is I grease them with nothing but mink oil, maybe not every time I put them on but often as I think about it.
    Have some Justin Snake boots and while they are ok for flat ground I usually just wear them for weed eating because they are tall, too tall to spend the day wearing them, certainly wouldn't want to hike the hills with them.
     
  3. Shooter

    Shooter Bedford, Texas SUS VENATOR CLUB LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    Rocky's
    bought at Cabelas
    Nothing special but they work
    Got hit by a copperhead last year after I stepped on it.
    comfortable and full length zipper
     
  4. Schneeky

    Schneeky LSB Member LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    I won't lie and say I've cared for these boots. They've got a little bit of leather and a lot of cordura. They get worn October thru early April. Comfy all day even still. Just leaks. Not sure if treating the outer leather would have helped with the inner liner? Might hasta get some to try, anyways.

    Shooter- I've wondered about Rocky's. Seems I remember it was hard ta find them with the generous toe box in wide enough widths I need for these "Fred Flinstones". Hehehe.
    Thanks, fellas.
     
  5. RattlesnakeDan

    RattlesnakeDan San Antonio Texas LSB TURKEY BUZZARD PRESERVATION SOCIETY SUS VENATOR CLUB LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    Tell you the truth, I have owned many many boots and no leather boot I have found is waterproof after it has been soaked for a time. I had some Danners or maybe Redwings that had a "double" layer of leather and were pretty darn good but they squeaked when they got wet and it drove me nuts. Especially still hunting deer they sounded like a squeaky door.
     
  6. Schneeky

    Schneeky LSB Member LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    That would be maddening. I had ta have my Carhartts "high-watered" over the noise they made contacting my boots when I walked.
    Usually I like to find a quality product and just suck it up paying the price. But paying the price and still not being any better off is annoying. Right about now I'm thinkin I'll go find a pair of cheaper boots that fit and just work the warranty or replace them when they start leaking.
    One guy on another board suggested those Sealskin waterproof socks. They're $58 a pair. Dunno how well that works out with bacteria in the boots since they're getting wet inside all the time still. And I'd prolly need 3-4 pair per trip to hunt camp. :rolleyes: Always somethin. d:^) Jake..
     
  7. Wildfowler

    Wildfowler Mis'sippi SUS VENATOR CLUB

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    Muck boot makes a snake boot that is similar to their regular boots as far as fit and comfort go.

    Obviously they are much stiffer and for me somewhat difficult to remove but they are waterproof.

    I have a 34 inch inseam and these boots hit me at about mid calf. Honestly I've always felt like there are plenty of scenarios were a big snake could bite higher than these boots offer protection.
     
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    I've got an old pair of 8" RealTree Pronghorns that are still awesome that I wear with gaiters... Danner rocks. They are so old it's funny they still perform. bought some full length 18" Pronghorns on sale in the spring and they had an uncomfy fold at the ankle that wouldn't go away. Sent them in and they called back 'pick a new pair whatever you want these are not right'. Picked dthe Sharptail and they are literally like slippers. Trust me no one hunts in more wet conditions than I do it's all FL swamp deer and hogs. Bone dry. I was working to clean up my fav stand after Irma with downed trees and flooded driver was standing in water up the edge ofmy boots all day not as drop. Of water that is, plenty of sweat! Buddy bought a pair on my rec and swears by them now too. Customer service you can't touch.

    Danner - Sharptail Snake Boot 17" Brown
     
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    Been wearing the Irish Setter snake boots the past year and I really like them. Very comfortable and waterproof.
     
  10. Schneeky

    Schneeky LSB Member LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    Tried a pair of those on today at Sportsman's Warehouse and they fit nicely. Wasn't sure about the price and quality, tho. I've owned several pair of Redwings, but no Irish Setter.
    Tried Rocky Broadheads and Prolights today. Both fit well in a 12W. Had some issues with the zipper on the Broadheads. Thought they mighta needed some wax, but it was catching on the fabric behind the zipper. Not sure if that's somethin that would prolly "settle in" with wear. My old Danner's have a groove to'em. d:^) Jake..
     
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    RattlesnakeDan San Antonio Texas LSB TURKEY BUZZARD PRESERVATION SOCIETY SUS VENATOR CLUB LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    Just picked up a pair of Itasca hunting boots while in Montana, not sure about price but they are comfy. I actually got them from my brother for free so the price was right, hiked the mountains in them 2 days at 7500 ft elevation, very steep up and down, they were great, wore them here for morning hunts in the wet pastures and they held the moisture out pretty well also.
     
  12. Shooter

    Shooter Bedford, Texas SUS VENATOR CLUB LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    the rockys do need wax and I push the material down when zippimg up.

    no problem when going down.
     
  13. Bacon8tor

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    I use the rubber muck boots snake boots like wildfowler mentioned. Comfortable enough for me but my legs do sweat a lot in them. I wanted something waterproof up to the whole boot and didn't want to take a chance on something with a zipper. They are hard to take off sometimes.
     
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    I can't believe people go out at night hunting hogs in tennis shoes in Texas. I've had my pair of snake boots for seven or eight years.

    I have to treat them with waterproofing on a regular basis otherwise they soak through
     
  15. yfarm

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    If you want very comfortable waterproof snake boots buy these neoprene boots from Academy Magellan Outdoors Men's Field Boot III Hunting Boots | Academy ($69)and a pr of Turtleskin gaiters and your done. These boots feel like wearing moccasins with good ground feel and the Turtleskin gaiters fit easily over the top and provide snake proof protection with almost no weight. Total price for both is less than a new pair of Chips.
     
  16. ZenArchery

    ZenArchery LSB Active Member SUS VENATOR CLUB LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    I’ve never had an issue with snakes. But I do have a set of chin guards when hunting in West Texas in areas I’m not familiar with. Good but gets really hot on summer days.
     
  17. RattlesnakeDan

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    I usually don't wear a chin guard unless I am crawling, but hey, whatever works for you.
     
  18. BRUTE

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    I like my Justin snake boots. Had a pair if Danners before. They were comfortable but I had to have the ankle area opened up. I wear my Justins to work in all day and they have stayed water proof so far.

    What I like most is the Justins are made to wear under the pant leg like a regular boot. Tucking your pants in the boot has always been a pia and uncomfortable for me.
     

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