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SnakeArmor Stands Up to the Sharpest Thorns
Hikers Love Our Gaiters
- Photo courtesy of Bill Baird
This picture comes to us from Joe Braman of the Braman Winery in Refugio, Texas. Joe was struck in the thigh by this 7-foot Western Diamondback rattler. Luckily, Joe was wearing his TurtleSkin SnakeArmor Total Coverage Chaps. The chaps were not penetrated and Joe escaped with nothing more than a bruise and a great story (the snake was not so fortunate). Needless to say, Joe is one happy customer!
- Photo courtesy of Joe Braman, Braman Winery
"I should have [sent this email] years back. I thought of it when I booked my latest trip for next May. I will be ordering 2 pair today.
I want to thank you...I stepped on a black mamba in Tanzania. A 5 ft mamba sunning in tall grass. It struck my heel and [SnakeArmor] pants. Thank you! I will be going back to South Africa with my new pair. I will be ordering soon. My PH [professional hunter] is now the owner of those 2 old pair in Africa."
- Tait Cruse
- Photo courtesy of Reid Tillery, Author
"These are the best chaps money can buy. I am a photographer at runwiththewild.com. So I'm an active gal. I am a cancer survivor so dying by snake bite is not an option. I love working with deadly snakes. Taking bug pictures I find myself on the ground, with all sorts of biting things. I enjoy picking blackberries. For blackberries, you have to protect yourself from thorns and snakes. I can run in these chaps, they are light as a feather. These are most comfortable chaps I ever bought. I'll be a sales woman for this brand anytime. Simply the best."
- Kathleen Chute, photographer
Reid Tillery writes:
"Last Tuesday...about mid-day, my friend Don and I were walking cross-country through rugged Everglades back country in Florida's Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve near Everglades City. In some places, the grass was about thigh high and we were high-stepping it through some pretty snaky looking places. We remembered a snake expert's advice "Just watch where you step." Well, in thigh-high grass, there's no seeing where your feet are landing. We came to a small, grassy clearing near some pine trees and paused for a while. I heard a slight sound like air escaping, and happened to look down to see in front of me about a three-and-a-half foot hissing diamondback in the grass, coiled and ready for action. A lot of thoughts went through my mind in that instant--was I in range, and so forth. But the overriding thought in my mind during that split-second was "Thank God for my snake leggings." I was wearing your SnakeArmor snake gaiters. I moved safely out of range, video-ed the snake, then we went on our way. The adrenalin was sure pumping for the next few minutes as we continued our walk through diamondback country. My friend, Don, also wore a pair of your leggings, and we were sure glad to have them on. I've said many times, even if my leggings never deflect a snake's fangs, I feel safer with each step, and that feeling of increased safety is priceless. Thanks again for a great product."
- Reid Tillery, Author of Surviving the Wilds of Florida
"I wear [SnakeArmor Chaps] everyday and am impressed with how light weight they are. I have run into 2 more snakes since I have received them. The snakes have sounded off before I have stepped too close to them to be hit, but I can tell you this, it is very, very good peace of mind to be wearing the chaps."
- Timothy DeGroff, Owner of High Prairie Farms Flushing Spaniels
"Good morning, it was a pleasure to meet you yesterday...I was glad to be able to thank you in person for the quality product you provided in my TurtleSkin snake gaiters. I bought them about 4 years ago, replacing another brand of much heavier cordura type gaiters. I was attracted to your much lighter product as I live and spend time outdoors in one of the hottest places in America, Bullhead City, Arizona. Our snake season is very long and the temps can be brutal during any time of it. The first spring after my purchase of your snake gaiters I was hunting spring turkey in a hunt unit near Seligman, AZ. I had noticed several snakes out during scouting trips and put on my gaiters as a matter of course on opening morning. Just after day break I was making a move on a gobbling turkey, hurrying up a ridge to get ahead of him when I felt a thump on my leg just above the ankle, I glanced down and realized I had been struck by a rattlesnake. It did not rattle just struck and remained in an aggressive posture as I backed off and hurried on. I stopped out of reach and checked my leg and was very grateful to only notice a small wet spot on the outside of the gaiters and no wound or other evidence on the inside or on me. I believe the snake was a mohave green common to some parts of arizona and I understand they have a neurotoxin rather than the more well known hemo-toxins of the diamondbacks. In previous encounters with these snakes they have been very aggressive but this was my first experience with an actual snake strike. Again I appreciate having a product that worked, and that is a pleasure to use. My gaiters get at least 40 days of use a season and the zippers and cords function like new and the fabric does not yet show signs of wear or other break down. I expect to use them for many years to come."
- Bob Baird
"Even though it falls well within the scope of 'other duties as assigned,' no one from our staff could be sold on the prospect of purposely testing these chaps on live, venomous snakes. We were more than happy to take the folks at Warwick Mills for their word which states that 'TurtleSkin SnakeArmor has been tested with live rattlesnakes, successfully repelling both their strikes and venom.' This is good enough for us and surely it is for you too. SnakeArmor is constructed of a weave of high strength ballistic fibers, creating an impenetrable barrier from the likes of fangs and thorns as well as wind and water. While one would assume that such protection would come at the cost of weight and comfort that is not the case. One of our testers had the following to say about the use of the chaps in the field, 'They don't feel bulky or heavy...they are easy to walk in without feeling like you have to drag them along. They give you the confidence to walk through dense cover without worrying about burrs, thorns and snakes."
- Montana Sporting Journal
"I initially launched [Upland Wholesalers] with only Turtleskin SnakeArmor branded snake protection gear (snake chaps, snake gaiters, snake pants, etc.). I must tell you, the Turtleskin product is extremely light-weight and comfortable to wear. Most snake territories are in the warm-weather states - making this light-weight product that much more enjoyable on hot days. I own a pair of the Total Protection chaps and have worn them in south Texas - but fortunately haven't run into any snakes yet. But with snakes, an ounce of prevention is a lot better than the pain, suffering and medical bills tied to a snake bite. Makes a $192 pair of chaps look like a wise investment. The gaiters and knee-below protection chaps don't cost as much, but I bought the chaps for briar and brush protection as well as snake protection. "
- Jared Tanner, Owner of Upland Wholesalers
To learn more about SnakeArmor products, contact a TurtleSkin Safety Expert for friendly, knowledgeable advice. Call 603.291.1000 or 888.477.4675 (US toll-free). You may also email your questions to: email@example.com
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