Though Danner snake boots are first and foremost designed and manufactured to prevent snake fangs from penetrating into the foot, ankle, or lower leg of a hunter or a hiker, these boots exhibit a level of pride and craftsmanship that makes these boots versatile in virtually any wilderness territory, regardless of whether or not there are snakes present. The upfront costs for Danner snake boots are high, but when they are extended over the length of the life of the boot, the initial price really does represent a long-term investment. Many Danner snake boots start in the $200 range, but if the boot serves its owner for 5 or 10 years, then they really are worth their money. Aside from that, Danner snake proof boots need only stop one snake bite to pay for themselves in pain and medical expenses incurred by a venomous snake bite.
Traditionally the majority of all snake bites occur below the knees, so the first thing Danner snake boots provide is an 18-inch guard from knee to toe protection. Nylon, leather, and Gore-tex are the three main components of Danner snake boots. For hunters, the leather is dyed in camouflage. Since the leather is dyed through and through, the camouflage will not scuff or wear off. The Gore-tex provides that excellent breathable, waterproof protection that has virtually become the industry standard in protecting against sweat and moisture. The foot of the boot is designed to achieve an athletic feel, with a deep padded insole to prevent the pain of breaking the boots in.
While these boots are near perfect by many standards, the customer reviews tell all. These reviews can be vital in securing or detracting potential customers. Though Danner snake boots perform well in a variety of terrain and water conditions, consumers will still call it as they see it. One common complaint about the Danner snake boots is that they are not completely waterproof. With the amount of flex and mobility provided around the ankles it is speculated that water can seep through around the ankles. Women face the common problem of sizing issues, especially if their legs are slender from the knee down. Perhaps the loudest complaint, and something that is a consideration for some, is that these boots are manufactured in China, not the USA.
Knowing that not everyone will have the luck of buying the perfect boot on their first attempt, Danner does provide a simple return policy if the boots are not a good fit, and their boots do come with a warranty. The bottom line is that Danner snake boots have a reputation of providing good support with good flexibility, and building a boot that can stand to a variety of rugged, outdoor terrains.