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snake boot HELP please

 
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Does anyone know of a snake boot made in the USA? Not snake skin boots, snake proof boots. I have searched high & low but there doesn't seem to be any made here. Barring that I'd settle for made in North America. Next choice would be from anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. Then from the rest of the world except that huge country that starts with a C. That's just how I shop. Buy local & support the local economy. Sometimes it is very difficult. This is one of those times. If my leatherworking tools were not 1000 miles away at the moment I just might order some kevlar or something & make some.

We have 6 types of poisonous snakes around here. Water moccasins (cottonmouth) mostly. Big ones. Also copperheads & 3 kinds of rattlesnakes. Plus coral snakes but they don't have much in the way of fangs. They are more of a risk to hands than any kind of shoe.
 
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If all else fails, maybe some heavy duty/ steel-toed hiking boots with leather or very heavy canvas gaiters? I've had snake strikes, and if the gaiters are puffy-ish, one of the ways, besides their own thickness, that they protect, is by not being close to the skin, so the target of the strike is essentially made at a distance from your skin. I'm not sure I'm making sense, in my wording...
 
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I'm just wondering if you really need specific boots. Most boots are not close to your skin, there seems to be always space between skin and rubber. Also we have snakes here but none of them are very aggressive, most just want to get away. Are you sure you need such protective gear?
 
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Yes, I'm sure. I spend a lot of time far from any help. Water moccasins are more territorial & more aggressive than many other snakes. I sometimes have to invade their homes but even outside their main habitat the odds of a chance encounter are high. For those reasons I always keep a good snakebite kit handy but I'd rather not need it.
 
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The first link says all of those boots are made in the USA but other sites say that some of them are not anymore. You might need to call the manufacturers directly to find out for sure.

https://www.usamadeproducts.biz/footwear-hunting-boots-snake.html

https://snakeboots.com/

https://www.workbootsusa.com/chippewa-snake-boots.html

 
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I often go bushwhacking here in Snake Central and we use snake gaiters on top of our normal leather low boots. I did a quick search for snake gaiters made in USA and got a few hits- one from a place called Republic Brand in Texas (although they seemed a bit more like chaps, kinda high), and another product called Turtle Skin, https://turtleskin.com/default/snake-gaiters.html They're spendy, but should last a lifetime.
 
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Most of the boots listed on those sites are imported. There are 2 that appear to be made locally though. Need to check them out further when I'm somewhere with cell phone coverage. They are also eye watering expensive. At least one is custom made, probably a long wait, but they sure are fine! Might settle for not made in the C country for now & make my own later.

Gaiters are an option but I'd rather not have an extra thing to keep track of. Plus, I've used them before & for some reason they distract me. I'll check those out though. Maybe they have improved in recent years.
 
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I always keep a good snakebite kit handy but I'd rather not need it.  



Just what does a current proper snakebite kit have in it? In my childhood, it was recommended for a rattler bite, to slice the wound and suck out the poison, spitting to the side. I think that method was tossed out somewhere along the way...
 
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Mike Barkley wrote:
Gaiters are an option but I'd rather not have an extra thing to keep track of. Plus, I've used them before & for some reason they distract me. I'll check those out though. Maybe they have improved in recent years.


I hear you! more to lose in the car....
the gaiters we use are actually made of plastic inside a sleeve (think a soccer shinguard), not Kevlar (or whatever those made-in-USA ones are), we have a lot fewer options. But I do like that I can use different boots (hiking, work, etc) with the gaiters, and if the treads wear out I can replace the boots but still use the gaiters.
 
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No snake bite kit is very effective. This is the best one I know of though & what I carry. Highly controversial but I think it's better than nothing if it might take many hours to reach a hospital.

https://sawyer.com/products/extractor-pump-kit/



 
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https://www.russellmoccasin.com/snake-boots/

Very expensive but you get what you pay for.
 
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I have a pair of Danner snake boots. They are lightweight, 360 protection and waterproof. I absolutely love them - they are made in the PNW
 
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