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#142606 - 08/02/08 01:12 PM Re: Sawyer Extractor Test [Re: OldBaldGuy]
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OBG, I use to have a pair of those Leggins from my dads old military days, but I always questioned if they worked back then.
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#142812 - 08/04/08 07:07 PM Re: Sawyer Extractor Test [Re: falcon5000]
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Originally Posted By: falcon5000
I can if you want Jim, it may be a while though, I'm going on a trip next week out of country and when I get back I have to go straight back to work but as soon as I can get back on schedule when I get back, I'll head back out on the trail and give you feed back if you want. I'll try to get back out there as quickly as I can.
That would be great, if it's not too much trouble.
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#142817 - 08/04/08 07:36 PM Re: Sawyer Extractor Test [Re: Hikin_Jim]
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It stand to reason that gaiters do some good - when they can't escape, most snake strikes are below the knees, about 3 feet in front of them. Gaiters protect basically to knee height, and mine anyway ($25 REI version) are made of 400-500 denier cordura, which would take a heck of a bite to make it through to my skin. If I'm wearing gaiters over ankle length pants, even less likely a snake bite will make it through.

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#142823 - 08/04/08 07:44 PM Re: Sawyer Extractor Test [Re: Lono]
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Lono, are your gaiters designed to be snake gaiters or are they more "general purpose" gaiter that hikers and such use?
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#142825 - 08/04/08 07:50 PM Re: Sawyer Extractor Test [Re: Hikin_Jim]
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They are general purpose hiking gaiters, similar to Outdoor Research Crocs. I live West of the Cascades, sometimes hike in the East Cascades where the rattlers dwell - for the environments I hike through I've never thought to buy special snake gaiters. Coral snakes, hunting through swamps etc - I might be a believer though.

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#142830 - 08/04/08 08:18 PM Re: Sawyer Extractor Test [Re: Lono]
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Originally Posted By: Lono
They are general purpose hiking gaiters, similar to Outdoor Research Crocs. I live West of the Cascades, sometimes hike in the East Cascades where the rattlers dwell - for the environments I hike through I've never thought to buy special snake gaiters. Coral snakes, hunting through swamps etc - I might be a believer though.
Hmm. I wonder. Of course "general purpose" gaiters would be of some help, but would thy resist a strike by a rattler? The rattlers teeth might go through it; they are very sharp.

Anyone have further thoughts on this?
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#142832 - 08/04/08 08:33 PM Re: Sawyer Extractor Test [Re: Hikin_Jim]
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No trouble at all Jim, I'd be glad to.
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#142835 - 08/04/08 08:57 PM Re: Sawyer Extractor Test [Re: Hikin_Jim]
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To be fair, 500-denier cordura is no match for ballistic nylon, which snake gaiters tend to made from. Its a matter of deflection and stopping a snake from full force impact with your shin, preventing full envenomation. Personally I'm prepared to be bit at some point, but hoping the little feller doesn't give me a good dose. I'll walk out of my hike and get to a hospital. I may be excited, but its best if I can stay calm. I probably won't die regardless. If you're really serious about not being bit (below the knee), get some snake gaiters. As I said, for my environment of mostly running away from me snakes, and very little local history of snake bites on humans without some alcohol involved, I'll go with the cordura gaiters.

Disclaimer: I don't work for any manufacturer or seller of gaiters...

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#142838 - 08/04/08 09:06 PM Re: Sawyer Extractor Test [Re: Lono]
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GOTCHA. My situation in So. Cal. may be a little different. I do hiking out in the desert sometimes. Snake city, baby.

But good thought regarding prevention of full envenomation.
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#142839 - 08/04/08 09:11 PM Re: Sawyer Extractor Test [Re: thseng]
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On a side note to as well Jim, read some of the comments on them as well on there web site, 38 people checked them out and 1 guy took a hit from a rattler on them.

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"Hunting quail in West Tx last year was wearing snake guardz when 4.5 ft rattler tried to make a snack of my calf! I knew I'd been hit. Gaiter did exactly what it was supposed to. The snake even looked a little stunned before I shot it. Thanks Cabela's and the makers of this product. Cool, Lightweight and Snake bite proof. Remember to twist the top strap once and it won't work loose when your hunting."

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