Friday, September 9, 2011

Snake Chaps

There are several areas in the world where snake protection below the knee is just not enough to give people peace of mind.  Those types of places can include where the snakes are long enough to strike above the knee, or where the snakes might be suspended in vegetation or on top of rock and ledges.  In these situations you need to pull out the Snake Chaps, also known as Snake Leggings. 

White Water Snake Chaps
The number one thing that needs to be mentioned when buying snake gaiters is the fact that not all snake gaiters offer 100% full leg protection against snake bites.  Many of the top brands fool people by lableing their product as snake chaps that cover the whole leg, when in fact they are only puncture/snake proof to the knee.  Leaving the thigh vulnerable to snake bites.  Of course, even the puncture-able thigh portion may prevent a snake bite, but that is besides the point.  If you are going to be wearing them around and paying for them, then you had better be getting 100% protection.  So make sure the snake chaps or leggings you buy are in fact snake proof the full length.  All of the snake chaps featured at the site with the link at the end of this page do in fact protect the full leg.

TurtleSkin Snake Chaps
Snake Chaps slip over the entire leg and are then either attached around the belt, or a belt loop. 

Snake Chaps have several benefits over the rest of the snake protective clothing available besides the fact that they offer full leg protection against snakes.  They also are incredible at protecting the leg from brush with thorns on it or anything else that might penetrate normal pants.

On the down side of snake chaps, and probably the thing that turns most people away is the fact that they can get quite warm, as you would probably expect.  The problem is that snakes are most active in the warmer times of the year, so this might be a problem.

For more information from the people who really know about snake chaps, go to this website:

Snake Boots

The one piece of regular clothing that has possibly saved people from the most snake bites are boots.  Of all the snake bites to the leg, a very good amount of them are below the average boot level.  Even tennis shoes have prevented their fare share of snake bites in the past.  The problem in that many snake bites that do occur are just above the standard boot, which is where Snake Boots come in handy.

Walk through snake country in confidence!
Snake boots are very similar to regular boots except for the fact that they extend up to just below the knee.  the average height of most snake boots tends to be 16" - 18" high.  They are just behind snake gaiters for popularity.

Snake boots have several pros as well as a few cons going for them.

To start with, lets look at some of the pros:

  • Effective: Snake boots are 100% effective against all snake bites that are below their top.
  • Comfortable: If you get yourself a good, quality pair of snake boots, they will be surprisingly comfortable and you will barley notice the added length unless it is hot .
  • Sturdy: A good pair of snake boots are built tough and give you plenty of support much like a regular pair of high quality boots.
  • Style: Snake boots can be purchased to fit any type of style, but if you like the western style and outdoor style, then there are definitely plenty of boots to choose from. Check out the different styles from the best snake boot manufactures at the link below.
Danner Pronghorn Snake Boot
Now for the Cons of Snake Boots:
  • Hot: Snake boots can become uncomfortably hot when the heat cranks up
  • Expensive: a good pair of snake boots will cost at least $100, with the higher quality snake boots costing at least $200.  Check the link below for the prices on snake boots.
  • Size: Snake boots take up quite a bit of space when not in use.
Snake Boots are great for if you plan to wear them all day, especially in harsh environments where snake gaiters might want to slide down.  Snake boots also help to keep your feet dry (if water proof) as it takes a lot of water to submerge just below your knee without trying to.

One of several Chippewa Snake Boot Models
A I already stated in the pros and cons section of this page, there are several different styles of snake boots to choose from.  For the avid outdoorsman, Danner makes a great pair off of their signature series boots the Pronghorn, which have more than likely prevented an incalculable amount of snake bites from occurring without the intentions of preventing snake bites; just for having them on at the right time, or wrong time, however you want to look at it.

Chippewa also manufacture snake boots and have a lot to offer with the style being predominately western in nature.  They are very comfortable though and look very nice.  They a especially popular in the south where rattlesnake roundups are a common occurrence. 

There is a lot more information to share on snake boots, but you should go to the website where they really know what they are talking about:

Snake Gaiters

Snake gaiters are inexpensive
 The most popular forms of snake protective clothing are Snake Gaiters. Snake gaiters are simply leg gaiters that offer a puncture proof barrier and extend to just below the knee. The definition of "gaiters" is: A heavy cloth or leather covering for the leg extending from the instep to the ankle or knee. So snake gaiters are basically just that, but made to where snakes are unable to puncture the material.

There are several reasons why Snake Gaiters are the most popular item of snake protective clothing sold around the world.
  1. Inexpensive. You are only buying a little bit of specialized fabric with a slight amount of manufacturing such as sewing and such. A good pair of snake gaiters will cost between $50 - $100, not much more than gaiters which are not snake proof.
  2. Effective: Snake gaiters do a great job of protecting the area of the body that is most sucseptible to snake bites: the lower leg.
  3. Comfort: high quality snake gaiters are made to be light and are therefor quite comfortable.  They are the best bet when the temperatures heat up.
  4. Compact: Snake gaiters do not take up a lot of space so there is no reason to leave them behind.  Infact, the best brand (Snake Armor TurtleSkin Snake Gaiters) is made out of extremely lightweight, puncture proof fabric that can be stuffed into a very tight space.  Check them out at the link at the end of this article.
TurtleSkin Snake Gaiters: The best on the Market
Snake Gaiters have traditionally been constructed of hard plastics such as PVC.  These were not comfortable and spent more time in the truck than on people's legs.  Since then, innovation has led snake gaiters to new heights and now there are several brands that are almost unnoticeable as long as it does not get too hot.  

Several of the less expensive brands of snake gaiters use a PVC coating, but the main part of the gaiter is typically Cordura or some type of tight weave Denier.  Being predominately fabric allows snake gaiters to be flexible.  The best brand, TurtleSkin, is extremely flexible, along the same lines as a high dollar rain jacket.

This is just a ruff overview of what Snake Proof Gaiters are and how they can benefit you in the field.

For more information such as which are the best snake gaiters, how much they cost, and whether or not they are right for you, follow this link to the site where they really know what they are talking about:

Snake Gaiters are nice in the fact that they are quite unnoticeable as long as it is not to hot.

Snake Protective Clothing

Cottonmouth Pit Viper
Venomous Snakes inhabit all of Earth's Continents except Antarctica, so there is a good possibility that you run the risk of encountering a venomous snake where you work, play, or live.  There are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of being bitten by a venomous snake, but most of them just aren't humanly possible to do all the time.  That is the reason why people have invented several types of Snake Protective Clothing, so themselves and others can rest assured that they will not get bit by any type of snake.

Snake Protective Clothing comes in many different forms and each has their advantages over the other, as well as some have their time and place over one another.  Here is a quick list of the different types of snake protective clothing that is available and effective:

  • Snake Gaiters
  • Snake Boots
  • Snake Chaps
  • Snake Gloves
  • Snake Pants
Legs: As you can see, most of the snake protective gear on the markets these days are designed to protect the legs.  That is because the majority of snake bites occur when a person steps on or too close to a venomous snake, which results in an envenomation.

Hands: Legs are not the only part of the body prone to snake bite.  Hands are also a very common area to get bit.  These bites typically occur while gardening or other type of work that involves putting hands into places where snakes like to hide.  Also, some people like to handle venomous for fun, sometimes resulting in a venomous snake bite, which gives snakes poor publicity when they were only defending themselves.
Venomous Snake Distribution throughout the world.

Who Gets Bit:

Unsurprisingly, the majority of snake bites occur predominately in males between the age of 15 - 30 years of age.  This is the result of two reasons.
  1. Boys will be boys.  They think they have to be daring and tend to play around with venomous snakes either for the adrenaline rush and or to show off to friends.  Not to mention that most boys just think snakes are cool and want to handle them even though they are not properly trained to do so.  Many times it is a result of miss-identification of the species.
  2. Location: Young men tend to find themselves in venomous snake territory more than the general population.  This could either be for work or recreation.  The majority of the hard labor jobs that take place on the ground, in rural areas, and other spots that snakes inhabit are typically done by the younger generation of men.  Also, young men tend to be more adventurous than other demographic groups, putting them into conflict with venomous snakes more often than others. 
Ways to Protect From Snake Bites

The best way to prevent a venomous snake bite is to stay away from areas that venomous snakes inhabit.  This is obviously not as easy as it sounds, as snakes can be found anywhere including metropolitan areas.  Then, if you live, work, and play in venomous snake country, then you might run the risk of getting bite every time you take a step, even inside of you own home.  In this case you can significantly decrease the chances of getting bit by wearing snake protective clothing.

What Type of Snake Protective Clothing is Best

Snake Gaiters are very effective.
The type of snake protective clothing that will be the most effective for you will depend on several factors.  The size of snake, height of brush, time of year, the climate, location, your job, price, and many other factors are all things that must be considered before you decide to buy snake protective clothing.  Read through this site and become familiar with all options before you decide to buy anything.

Though all forms of snake protective clothing we suggest on this site are 100% effective, you will get what you pay for, so go with the best you can afford.  For the most part, higher priced items equal greater comfort.  The more comfortable the clothing is the more likely you will be to have it on when you need it.  Snake protective clothing offers no benefit to you if it is inside your vehicle or closet.

Thanks for visiting Snake Protective Clothing.  I will be very pleased to help you attain peace of mind when venturing into venomous snake territory, and I pray that you never actually need it.