Ask any person that has spent time roaming around in the woods or countryside what their biggest fear is and they will almost certainly tell you that it is getting bitten by a snake. Though bites are very rare, if you are unlucky enough to get bit by a snake, it can be a really nasty and sometimes life threatening experience.
Around 10 people in the United States die from snake bites each year. This low figure is almost certainly due to the better standard of hospital care in the U.S when compared to other countries where the number of deaths is much higher. The fact that if bitten your likelihood of survival is so high will certainly offer you some piece of mind. The only problem is that even though the snake bite didn’t kill you, seeing the hospital bill for your treatment might do just that.
For years many people preferred to wear general purpose rubber or leather boots for protection. These offered a reasonable level of protection against snake bites, but since these boots had not been specifically designed for snake bites the wearer was still relying on good luck not to receive a bite that penetrated the material and pierced their skin.
Fortunately, in recent years boots that have been designed with effective anti-snake bite protection have come on the market. Though the design and styles vary greatly, their main goal is to make sure that no snake bite could get through to your skin.
The problem with these boots is that some are more effective than others and there really is no way to know which ones are the best. So to help you, we’ve put together this list to show you which are the best snake proof boots on the market today.
|NAME||Height||Material||Sole||Scent Free||Waterproof||Our Rating|
|LaCrosse Men’s Alphaburly Pro 18″ Hunting Boot||18||rubber|
|Irish Setter Men’s 2875 Vaprtrek Waterproof 17″ Hunting Boot||17||leather|
|Wood N’ Stream Men’s Snake Bite 17″ Leather Cordura Hunting Shoes||17||leather|
|LaCrosse Men’s Adder 18” Snake Boot||17||leather|
|MuckBoots Men’s Pursuit Snake Proof Hunting Boot||18||rubber||rubber|
Why do I need an anti-bite boot?
There are literally hundreds of different types of snakes throughout the world. Perhaps the most famous is the rattlesnake, which can be found over large areas of the United States. Given the chance to prevent a conflict, this snake will try to warn you of the danger by shaking its famous rattle.
Though most other snakes don’t have such an elaborate warning system like the rattlesnake, they will do their very best to try to avoid conflict and escape into the bush.
The real problem comes when a snake is either surprised or feels unable to escape leaving it only one option, to defend itself. Snake bites occur so quickly that there is little chance of you being able to avoid it when it happens.
The only way to protect yourself is to wear a protective boot or leg cover that prevents the snake’s fangs from reaching your skin. This will render the snake’s bite useless and you will be free from harm.
How Can I Find The Best Anti Bite Boot?
A quick internet search will reveal that there are almost as many boots to prevent snake bites as there are different types of snakes in the world. To help you know what to look out for when buying a good boot here are a few tips:
Since most snake bites occur around the ankle and lower leg area it is important to get a boot that is of adequate height. A good boot will runs anywhere between 16” to anywhere up to the knee. This will prevent a snake biting an area that is not covered by the boot.
Since a large amount of the bite protection that a boot gives you will come from the material, it is important to get one that is made out of high-quality leather, rubber, neoprene and other resistant fabrics. The material needs to also make sure that the boot is comfortable as most people will be out and about for long periods at a time.
Anyone who has ever owned a pair of good quality boots that have gotten wet will tell you just how difficult they are to get dry again. For this reason, you should make sure that you buy waterproof boots.
Comfort is not the only issue when it comes to boots. Finding a set of boots that you can get on and off as easy as possible is also a must. After all, you don’t want to miss half your day outdoors trying to get your boots on, do you?
If you plan to spend hours wearing your new boots then finding ones that offer some kind of odor masking technology is a real bonus. We all know just how bad sweaty feet can smell so it is advisable to find a boot that has a good anti-sweat or anti-odor technology, something that will definitely do you and your friends a favor when you are back in the cabin after a long day walking. Though the approach to this problem will vary, you only need to check the product description to see if the boot has this feature or not.
LaCrosse Men’s Alphaburly Pro 18″ Hunting Boot
Available in 10 different sizes this excellent hunting boot from LaCrosse is everything you could want in a good boot and more. LaCrossse boots are famed for their excellent design and high quality, this boot is no exception.
This boot comes in 3 different colors and is made from neoprene and rubber. As a result is comfortable to wear from the onset and doesn’t require any breaking in. The hand-laid rubber covers a 3.5mm neoprene core that makes the boot flexible, waterproof and scent-free. An embossed liner helps to reduce sweating by increasing air circulation inside the boot.
The boots’ rubber layer offers more than adequate protection from any kind of snake bite, which coupled with its 16” shaft means that if you are unfortunate enough to be bitten, you need not worry as you will be protected.
Extra layers of rubber on the boot’s toe and heel gives added support and protection to this all around superb boot. Thanks to its extra thick EVA midsole these can be worn all day and will never feel uncomfortable even for a second.
- Hand-laid premium rubber over a 3.5mm neoprene core for flexible, waterproof, scent-free comfort
- Embossed liner increases air circulation inside the boot, wicks moisture and is quick drying
- Active Fit with adjustable neoprene gusset for easy on/off and a secure, comfortable fit on foot
- Multilayer rubber on the toe and heel plus for added support
- Not great for colder conditions
Irish Setter Men’s 2875 Vaprtrek Waterproof 17″ Hunting Boot
If it came down to the sheer ruggedness of design these would be the boots to choose. Their great design and all the way lace up system means you can really get these to a tightness that suits you perfectly. Not only that, but this lace system also makes these the best boots to cope with deep mud or more difficult terrain conditions as there is no way they are coming off unless you want them to.
Made from leather, rubber and other synthetic materials they have a really effective SnakeGuard system to prevent any chance that a snake’s fangs might penetrate. Despite being made from leather, their UltraDry Waterproofing system ensures that they will keep your feet dry in all but the wettest conditions.
These boots are nice and light and use a really effective ScentBan technology that helps to kill odor causing bacteria. If you are looking for a really solid all round boot and don’t intend to do much wading through rivers then these are the boots you should choose.
- Rubber sole
- 17-inch hunting boot with full grain waterproof leather and lightweight RPM technology
- UltraDry Waterproofing system
- ScentBan technology to kill odor-causing bacteria
- ArmaTec abrasion resistant protective covering
- Not as suitable to wetter conditions as other designs on this list
- Need breaking in
Wood N’ Stream Men’s Snake Bite 17″ Leather Cordura Hunting Shoes
These really stylish 100 percent snake proof boots come with a useful side zipper that makes them the easiest boot to get on and off out of all the ones on this list.
This feature is ideal for all of those people who will be in an out of a cabin where they will need to be regularly taking off their boots. Sadly, this feature does mean that these boots don’t offer as effective waterproofing as other boots, particularly if you find your feet submerged under water for more than a few seconds at a time.
That aside, these are a really comfortable and durable set of boots. They are perfect for anyone who plans to be wearing them for long durations and covering some serious walking distances. They are ready to go, don’t require breaking in and have useful handles that are excellent if you want to hang them up to dry.
If you are looking for a comfortable and stylish boot that you can take on and off easily then these are the boots you should choose.
- Full boot zip
- Rubber sole
- Shaft measures approximately 17.75″ from arch
- Boot opening measures approximately 18″ around
- Side zip makes boots less waterproof
- Quite a narrow bootneck
LaCrosse Men’s Adder 18” Snake Boot
If you are looking for something that looks a little classier, these leather boots will be just up your street. They are a fabric interior with a full cover leather exterior. This fabric interior protects your feet from the usual problems associated with leather boots and really helps to reduce the break in time dramatically.
The boots have a really comfortable sole and an abrasion resistant toe cap to increase their lifespan. They offer really good protection from bites thanks to their leather outer layer and the 17” shaft height meaning there is little to no chance of you getting bitten anywhere where your leg is not protected.
These boots have definitely been designed more with fashion in mind than raw ruggedness. To start with, the grip pattern is in line with street shoes and so doesn’t offer as much grip on muddy surfaces for example. Their leather exterior while making them look great and being waterproof, won’t actually put up with too much mud and water before it begins to lose its shine and look degraded.
As a result of the design, these boots are definitely not for heavy wear but rather for a fashionable accessory for those who like to occasionally hit the countryside.
- Synthetic sole
- Boot opening measures approximately 17″ around
- Full-grain leather with 1000 Denier nylon upper plus abrasion resistant toe cap for rugged durability
- Not suitable for rugged wear
MuckBoots Men’s Pursuit Snake Proof Hunting Boot
These boots are the Abrahams tank of hunting boots. They have a stunning 4mm of neoprene on the outer layer along with a durable full rubber coating making them impenetrable to all kinds of snake bites as well as completely waterproof.
The fact that these boots are made from rubber also makes them really shock resistant and warmer too. The only problem with all rubber designs is that they do tend to make your feet sweat in warmer conditions, so they end up smelling pretty bad after extended periods of wear.
The bad smell factor is a real issue with these boots after some time, unfortunately. Getting a hold of a good quality air fresher will fix this problem at little extra cost. Aside from this, these are some really great boots that offer the best level of protection from snake bites.
- 100% Rubber
- Rubber sole
- Snake resistant full rubber exterior
- 4mm CR flex foam
- Xpress cool fabric lining
- Etc anti-friction sock liner
- Ethylene vinyl acetate midsole with rubber outsole pods
- Poor tread pattern
- Do cause feet to sweat
All of the boots featured on this list offer an excellent level of protection from snake bites. Which one you choose really comes down to personal preference at the end of the day. As we have seen there are differences between the boots, while some offer more durability and are rugged, others offer a better level of comfort and are easier to put on and take off.
You should definitely take a moment to read in detail the product description to make sure that they are totally suitable for what you want them to do before buying them. But no matter which ones you choose we are confident that you will be more than satisfied with just how great they turn out to be. Happy Hunting!