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Hi everyone,

I live in the hills of Southern California, and have seen many rattlesnakes in my backyard since moving there 1.5 years ago. I'm looking for boots that I can go hiking with through the hills where I live, as well as other places. I also want to be able to use these boots to just do some yard work in my hills. The criteria I'm looking for includes the following:

- comfortable

- water resistant/proof

- completely snake bite proof

- tall enough to protect enough of an area above my ankles

- easy to put on

- ventilated so I do not over heat in them on hot summer days

Can anyone make any recommendations based on my criteria?

Thanks in advance!!!!
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Ventilated/waterproof/hightop/easy to put on = Not gonna happen I suspect.

However,

I would recommend getting snake gaiters along with a comfortable pair of E-Vent (assuming you want waterproof). Just about any boot can be made water resistant for the most part with some "waterproofing" spray. Good leather or Cordura will resist bites from snakes.


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So you are suggesting to wear the gaiters to protect against rattler above the ankles and just get a lower heigh leather or cordura boot?

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Yes. Higher boots will just equal more weight. A pair of snake gaiters will be cooler and more comfortable and so will the boots for that matter.

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Not so sure about "cooler" or "comfortable."

A biologist friend who would go looking for snakes on purpose had a hard shell version of the snake gaiters he purchased through a catalog specifically for researchers and biologists. Definitely not something a casual hiker would want.


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Had a job once where I was required to wear snake gaiters. They weren't comfortable and they weren't cool. Sort of the steel toed boot of gaiters.
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I have lived most of my life in So CA. Can send you tons of pics of rattlers. Boots won't help, if you want to protect yourself get snake gaiters. They don't strike your feet.

That said, just keep your eyes open. I hike in trail runners. So does my BIL Dave and after a closs call near Palm Springs he decided he needed to be better protected and ordered some snake-proof gaiters. They were so heavy and hot to wear that after one trip he went back to nothing.

That was when he started asking me to take point for the next 7 years...


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