Snake boots

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  1. Chopperdrvr

    Chopperdrvr Deep East Tx SUS VENATOR CLUB

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    67 years growing up in south Louisiana and I finally broke down and bought my first pair of snake boots. After trying on every brand I could find, I finally settled on the Irish Setter lace up Vapor Trek. They are tall at about 18” but very light. I replaced the insole with one designed to support the Plantar Facia. These are about as comfortable as a good pair of sneakers. I pulled the trigger when Cabelas offered me 10% off and free shipping making them $180 plus tax.
     
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    Another vote for Irish Setter lace up Vapor Trek snake boots.
    Exactly like Chopper said, very comfortable - like wearing good sneakers.
    17" height, and still waterproof after wearing for only one year.
    Full price $199 at SportsmanGuide.com, or cabelas...
     
  3. lonepunman

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    After trudging hundreds of hours and dozens of miles through the hill country scrub (usually alone and at night), I have often been asked if I’ve ever been struck by snake.

    My answer is always “Probably”. Just didn’t realize it because of Das Boots.

    You are wise to consider these as this essential part of your hunting gear.

    I have treated a couple of snakebite patients over the years, and even though they came out the other side with extremities intact, it’s an experience they certainly would have opted out of.

    I’ve tried and returned a few different types, usually because they did not fit comfortably despite proper sizing and were too hard to get on and take off.

    For the last three years, I’ve been in my slogging comfortably through the rocks, thorns and cactus in these Irish Setter 17” from Soirtsmans Guide ( About $130, as I recall).

    Despite their bold proclamation on both the website and boots themselves, they are NOT waterproof - even when Scotchguarded thoroughly.

    However…

    They are comfortable, rugged, and pretty easy to get on and off.

    No blisters and good support for that inevitable ankle twist.

    Well worth the money.

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    Yer lookin' just a little short inside those boots. ;>)
     
  5. Schneeky

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    And therein lies the rub, so to speak. If not for "waterproofness", I'm very comfortable in my old Danners. Which weren't waterproof from the git go either. But are extremely comfortable and supportive. But gettin a lil beat up after a few years of haulin my fatazz thru brier and bramble.
    Seems like it's luck-of-the-draw in finding a supportive boot that's waterproof and snakeproof.
    My feet must be different than Frank's. Hehehe. And to be fair, my left foot is a skosh smaller than my right. Which my left is the one that has been gettin blistered in the Rocky's. I'm s'posed to be going tomorrow to the doc and then the diabetic shoe store. I had stopped in there Friday asking about the process and they said they had a trick for the very common condition of one foot shorter than the other.
    Mebbe they can help me out with the Rocky's.
     
  6. FrankT

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    They just trim your toes on the longer foot....
     
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    Why let someone else have the fun? Gnaw 'em shorter yourself. (Nom-nom-nom...)
     
  8. Schneeky

    Schneeky LSB Member LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    They've already been "hammered"..:D
     
  9. Schneeky

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    Walp, the Rockys seem to have shaped up a bit better after the drenching. Not sure what the secret handshake is with lacing'em up, but if a spend a few extra mins and get the lower laces pretty tight they haven't caused a blister last couple of times out piddlin around. It's kindofa rasslin' match tryin ta get'em evenly tightened all the way up with that goofy eyelet setup.
    Also took'em down to the river and stood in water to within 4 eyelets down from the top for about 30 mins.
    Feet stayed dry except for s lil sweat.
    The zipper is pretty useless in reality. But mebbe there's hope for this set yet.
    I'll prolly try the Irish Setters next time, tho'.
    Our deer season (gun) starts the coming weekend. d:^)
     
  10. FrankT

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    See I use the Rocky zipper as a way to get on and off without touching the laces, 6 years and still watertight and comfy. These are the bass pro model of Rocky made for them
     
  11. Ratdog68

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    For a side-zip boot, what I've always done is to install a 550 paracord zipper pull with a Diamond knot tied at the end. Gives you more grip when zipping them up once they're laced to the comfort required by the hooves. The knotted end keeps your tender little pinkies from slipping off the pull. LOL
     
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  12. Schneeky

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    Had ta look up a Diamond Knot but I'll give it a try.

    Frank- I seem to remember that if I got my laces tight enough I couldn't get my feet out with just the zipper undone but I'll try'em out again at deer camp this coming week.
     
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  13. FrankT

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    mine might not be the tightest but I hate laces so made them that way, just barely able to slide them on and zipper up. Adjust the tightness with your socks and I put a padded wedge in the heel
     
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    I insert the line closest to the actual zipper mechanism, then cross each end through the eye at the end of the OEM pull, and then tie the knot out from there. It helps to keep the force of the work close to the zipper mechanism, and a more true angle while pulling.

    The pulls look a little like this:

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    Install similar to this approach:

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    Not like this:

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