(Your first line of defence against snake bites)
For those of us who love the outdoors; in particular camping or hiking, as well as those that work outdoors such as park rangers, surveyors, environmental technicians, etc, etc . There is always the chance of accidently stepping on a camouflaged snake, causing them to react defensively and striking at whatever is causing them pain.
The overwhelming majority of snake bites are caused from humans unknowingly disturbing a snake. If you are someone who spends time outdoors, especially in the bush, then you understand the constant anxiety and worry faced when moving through long grass or bushy areas. The constant feeling that your next step may land on the tail of a highly venomous snake can be paralysing.
Luckily, there is a product available to protect and give you peace of mind. They are called snake gaiters, and they are a simple, easy to wear, non-obstructive piece of snake-bite protection. These gaiters are basically a re-design of the common chaps. They are worn around the lower legs, from knee to ankle and provide an impenetrable layer of fabric against snake fangs. Snake gaiters are a must have for anyone spending time outdoors in snake inhabited areas. The best features of this wonderful snake defence are:
Prices do vary depending on the maker of the gaiters. There are a lot of cheap imitation style products that I doubt have even been tested against a snake that we certainly don’t recommend. There are also some great brands that have been tested against live snakes and prove their worth. The video below shows one brand of Australian made gaiters going toe-to-toe (no pun intended) against the deadly red-belly black snake.
You are going to pay a bit more for the quality you receive, but is saving a few dollars really worth risking a bite from a deadly snake?
Snake gaiters are designed to be worn over jeans or long pants with boots on your feet. They are designed using mainly polyester and polyester-cotton blend fabrics with a waterproof layer in the middle. The material is light, durable and more importantly, resistant to snake bites. The waterproof layer prevents any snake venom soaking through the gaiters.
There are no strings or buttons hanging off them, meaning you won’t get them caught in grass and shrubbery as you walk around. The gaiters are nice and light and follow the shape of your legs. You won’t even notice them once they’re on.
Good quality brands of snake gaiters are tested against live snakes to prove their worth. Watch the video above and you’ll have no doubt these things work. When you see someone willing to use their own leg and risk their own safety to show how good gaiters are, you know that’s a good product!
When it comes to protection against snakes, most of us would rather some form of deterrent against snakes to avoid coming that close to one in the first place. Unfortunately, our lifestyles often take us into areas inhabited by some of the world’s deadliest snakes. This creates the need for some kind of ‘body armour’ against those slithery serpents.
99% of snake attacks on bushwalkers are to the feet, ankles and lower legs. And while it is possible to suffer a snake bite above the knee, it’s very unlikely. The snake gaiters are designed to protect against the most common bite areas. They are not guaranteed to stop every single bite under every single circumstance, but they are by far the best and most effective form of snake defence.
Anybody can wear them
This unique piece of animal protective clothing can be worn by virtually anybody! Now you can protect yourself as well as the kids against bites. The one-size-fits-all design ensures people of all shapes and sizes can wear and be comfortable in these new-age defensive chaps.
Snake gaiters are easy to store, easy to wear and easy to see just how necessary they are for everyone moving around the bush. Enquire now for our range of gaiters and our latest deals.
We do not promote cheap imported snake gaiters that have not been field tested against the kind of snakes you are going to encounter. For your own safety, please beware of cheaper, inferior designs.
Snake Gaiters being tested on a live Red-Bellied black snake
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