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Offline steelfrog

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Gaiters
« on: October 20, 2010, 10:57:07 AM »
Given my incrteasingly frequent encounters with snakes, and with thorns, etc., I was thinking about getting me some gaiters.  I normally wear shorts (even when cold).  Any recommendations?

I found these--look pretty good, not too expensive:

http://www.windwalkeroutdoors.com/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=971

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Online jeffblaylock

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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2010, 11:56:44 AM »
Personally I find gaiters only helpful when hiking in snow. In a desert environment, they're probably more hot than useful, though they may help keep pebbles out of your boots. I recommend wearing convertible pants -- long while hiking, short otherwise -- and watching where you step.
Jeff Blaylock
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Offline Robert

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Re: Gaiters
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2010, 12:26:05 PM »
I wear the low gaiters to keep the dirt and rocks out of my shoes. The larger ones would be too hot for me even in winter and I almost never wear long pants either. Never seen a snake in my winter trips so don't worry about them.

I just put up with the scratched legs. If I wanted some protection I would wear some light weight pants like Railriders.

http://www.rei.com/product/778003

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Offline MilesOfTexas

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Re: Gaiters
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2010, 01:34:28 PM »
These aren't exactly gaiters, but I really like the pair I have:

http://www.turtleskin.com/Hunting-Pants.aspx

From the website:

"Protective Hunting Pants
Rugged and comfortable, SnakeArmor hunting pants feature a soft, all-cotton shell with a TurtleSkin snake-resistant liner sewn into the legs from the knee to the ankle.

Specifications
*Snake, thorn, and briar resistant from the knee down
*Comfortable
*Lightweight
*Fashionable
*Machine washable
*Made in the USA"
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Offline sleepy

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Re: Gaiters
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2010, 03:11:10 PM »
I have some hard plastic "snake gaiters" from Academy.  They store flat, but wrap around your lower leg and zip up.  They are most useful for off trail in desert. 
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Re: Gaiters
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2010, 03:17:55 PM »
I use Outdoor Research Crocodile gaiters. They are not too hot in summer and help greatly with the scratched legs. I like Robert, used to put up with the blood, but since I started using these, I don't know why it took me so long. They are not necessary unless bushwhacking offtrail
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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Gaiters
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2010, 03:36:08 PM »
Thanks.  I like the looks of the OR Croc gaiters--do you happen to know if they are proof against snakes?  I'll go to the local REI and check them out.  Thanks.

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Re: Gaiters
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2010, 07:21:30 PM »
Thanks.  I like the looks of the OR Croc gaiters--do you happen to know if they are proof against snakes?  I'll go to the local REI and check them out.  Thanks.

I would not consider them snakeproof
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Offline Al

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Re: Gaiters
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2010, 07:31:09 PM »
I love my OR gaiters and will not hike off trail without them.

Al

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Offline Verduretiger

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Re: Gaiters
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2010, 07:44:53 PM »
One of the advantages of hiking in Big Bend in January is I do not have to be concerned with snakes.  Unfortunately, hiking in Alabama this summer in shorts I have been attacked non-stop by chiggars.  My legs look like they have been to war. 

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Offline rosco

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Re: Gaiters
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2010, 12:30:48 AM »
Steelfrog -
QuickSilver started a thread that started off w/ a photo of a mojave rattler.  i think it was QS.  in the thread, someone posted a link to a pair of snakeproof gaters.  i think they were $70. 
there is also a thread about the infections that come with cactus pricks. 

if i find either link i'll post.  i too am interested.  more for the cactus pricks.  i spent more than $70 at the doctor's office to get a prescrip for antibiotics to kill the infection from a cactus prick last year. 

i have found the best deals on outdoor equipment at backcountry.com sites along with campmor or campor.  REI has great advice and info.  if you are a member their prices are usually the same as you'll find on backcountry.com sites.  all will let you bargain the price down too. 

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Offline rosco

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Re: Gaiters
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2010, 12:37:19 AM »
Steelfrog -
MilesofTexas posted this link saying he bought a pair:  http://www.turtleskin.com/Snake-Gaiters.aspx.   

but i think he got the pants, not the gaitors.  aaaaand, they are $170 not $70.  darnit! 


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Offline Al

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Re: Gaiters
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2010, 01:14:25 AM »
Thanks.  I like the looks of the OR Croc gaiters--do you happen to know if they are proof against snakes?  I'll go to the local REI and check them out.  Thanks.

I would not consider them snakeproof

Here's a link:

http://www.sunnysports.com/prod/ORSCGM.html?ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=ORSCGM

I have used the equivalent of these gaiters for the last 20 years or so with good result but I hike in the winter when snakes are not normally a concern. These OR gaiters are high quality, sturdy and penetration resistant. At $45.00 plus shipping and handling a good deal.

Not snakeproof but a HUGE plus resisting cactus punctures and scratches.  The best solution for snakes is to watch where you are putting your feet and to then stop frequently to observe what surrounds you.  Don't hurry and be observant.

Al

PS Obviously not the legs of a man of the desert but for sure the legs of one who appreciates a nice pair of gaiters IN the desert.



« Last Edit: October 21, 2010, 01:35:24 AM by Al »

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Offline rosco

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Re: Gaiters
« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2010, 04:31:46 AM »
Al - the desert will destroy a pair of gaitors like that.   i've a similar REI trail gaitor pair.  love them, but only use them for wet/snowy conditions, per their intended use. 

REI doesn't carry them.  doubt sunnysports does but how knows.  ebay lists many:  http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m570.l1311&_nkw=snake+gaiters&_sacat=See-All-Categories

my friend told me of an outing where his buddy got stuck with a mesquite thorn in the thigh.  the thorn went right through his riding chaps.  he complained all night about the pain.  they found him dead the next morning.  huge black and swollen area where he'd been holding his leg. 

ah, something cool related to big bend.  we flew a peregrine off the creance tonight.  fun and fisty little things.  my buddy had on his snake pants and walked right through a field when she checked-off once. 

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Re: Gaiters
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2010, 06:16:40 AM »
Personally I find gaiters only helpful when hiking in snow. In a desert environment, they're probably more hot than useful, though they may help keep pebbles out of your boots. I recommend wearing convertible pants -- long while hiking, short otherwise -- and watching where you step.

+1 - I tried wearing a pair of REI gaiters on my OML, and they were just hot and irritating.  Maybe if you were hiking off-trail they might come in useful, but on most of the trails I've been on, they might just keep small rocks from getting in your boots.

I wore a pair of plain old REI convertible pants and had no issues with cactus.  I just watch where I step and only gawk around when completely stopped on the trail.

Darin

 


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