TurtleSkin SnakeArmor Snake Gaiters
OUT OF STOCK 'TIL MAY 2022 TurtleSkin SnakeArmor Snake Gaiters are constructed from a super-tight patented weave of high-strength ballistic fibers and polyester. Many brands of snake gaiters are heavy, stiff, and bulky, but at 6 ounces each, these gaiters are lighter in weight than most others on the market, yet are tested to repel even large rattlesnakes. And the gaiters fold compactly to approx. 8 x 8 x 2 inches for backpacking or to save storage space. Warwick Mills, the manufacturer of TurtleSkin Products is trusted not only in North America, but worn all around the globe— from America to Africa, Australia and Asia!
MANUFACTURER NOTICE: Garment must fit user correctly. It must be worn over heavy boots and pants. All closures must be fastened. This garment is designed to protect the leg only. Protection is provided only in the area backed by the TurtleSkin system. This system was tested and successfully repelled actual Diamondback Rattler and Cottonmouth snake strikes and bites. In addition, this system stopped a simulated snake strike of paired 0.05” diameter needles weighing a total of 150 grams at 0.63 joules. The system also stopped a simulated snake bite of a 0.042” diameter needle at 1.49 pounds with a penetration limit of 0.03”. U.S. Patents 5,565,264 and 5,837,623 and other patents pending apply.
- Lightest snake gaiter on the market - a pair of Regular weighs only a mere 11 ounces!
- Tested with actual, live rattlesnakes
- Waterproof and windproof
- Protects against brush, briars, thorns that could scratch and poke your legs
- Breathable, flexible, comfortable, and reversible
- Available in 4 colors
- Patented, rugged fabric
- Sturdy, reliable zipper closure
- 3 tie-down grommets (2 grommets on the sides and 1 in the center)
- Available in Regular and Husky sizes
- Machine washable. Do NOT use any bleach or fabric softeners as these can ruin the protective SnakeArmor material. Low heat tumble dry or air dry by unzipping and hanging gaiters in your laundry room or on a clothesline.
- Made in USA
- Turtleskin gaiters ARE available to ship outside of the USA! Please purchase through our listings on eBay. Click here to for international orders of regular size gaiters. Click here for international orders of husky gaiters.
Here's what customers have to say:
"I wanted to thank you for such a high quality product. I was attracted to them because I live in one of the hottest places in the USA -- Bullhead City, AZ. The snake season is long and the temps can be brutual during much of it. The first spring after I bought them I went turkey hunting in Seligman, AZ. I felt a thump on my leg just above the ankle, looked down, and realized I had been struck by what I think was a mohave green. I was grateful to see only a small wet spot on the outside of the gaiter, but no penetration marks."
"My gaiters get at least 40 days of use per season and after 4 years, the cords and zippers function like new and the fabric shoes no signs of wear. I expect to use them for many bird hunting seasons to come."
TurtleSkin brand snake gaiters are reversible and are constructed from a blend of high-strength ballistic fibers and polyester in a super-tight weave. SnakeArmor gaiters are also windproof, waterproof, and flexible. The gaiters fold compactly to approx. 8 x 8 x 2 inches for backpacking or to save storage space. For a snug fit, simply close up the back and cinch the elastic top. Available in sage, camo, and khaki combinations in regular or husky sizes.
TurtleSkin is a registered trademark of Warwick Mills, Inc.
What Time of Year Should You Wear Snake Gaiters?
Rattlesnakes usually stay away from humans, but health officials say about 8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the country every year. Snake bites are most prevalent between April and October, but since pit vipers are very temperature-dependent, it’s more a matter of the weather in your area than a particular month. It also doesn’t seem to matter if you are on the East Coast or the West Coast, or down South— location doesn’t matter.
A few species seem to cause the majority of poisonous bites: copperheads, cottonmouths (also called the water moccasin), eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, pigmy rattlesnakes, timber rattlesnakes, and sidewinders. It's true that there are ways to tell if a snake is venomous by its appearance, but most people aren't paying close enough attention to really know. It's better to assume ALL snakes are poisonous and avoid them. Don't be afraid to enjoy the great outdoors, just be cautious and know what poisonous snakes look like that are common to the areas where you have fun and live. A rattlesnake, for example has a broad, triangular head. It has a relatively heavy or "fat" body, with a rattle on tail. The rattlesnake’s signature sound is a lot like sizzling bacon. However, these venomous creatures can lose their rattles over time, so don’t be lulled into a false sense of safety because you hear nothing. Even when not fatal, snake bites can be painful and scary. Bottom line: it's better to be safe than sorry, so protect yourself by wearing snake gaiters or chaps or snake pants. You definitely need a layer of defense against deadly fangs!