Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 75
Rated 2 out of 5 by Bigeagle13 Don't buy zipper
This is the third pair of Rocky snake boots I've owned. The first and second were not the zipper model. The first and second pair started to leak after about two years. The sole on the first started to break up after about 2 1/2 years. I've had the third pair about 6 months now and they are starting to leak. If you have large calves the zipper will give you problems. It doesn't stay up like it should even with the velcro closed. I still have to lace and unlace the boot. I should have bouight the lace up. I am returning mine and get lace ups. Why may you ask am I getting another pair? They are some of the most comfortable boots I've owned and are snake proof. That's the main reason I wear them. I am unhappy with the lenght of time they stay waterproof though.
December 15, 2009
Rated 3 out of 5 by wetfoot ok for the price
The boot does leak water, and the sole comes loose after two years of constant wear during deer and and turkey season.
November 12, 2009
Rated 1 out of 5 by DogHunter19 Rocky zipp up boots
These boots are not reliable, they do not stay together and the zipper on the side does not zipp up all the way and is very irratating.. Do not buy any rocky boots with zipper. Buy lace up and you will get what your looking for, unless your looking for a bad boot!
September 20, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by MrXBow Great boots
I've only owned these boots for a month, but I've worn for at least several hours daily since they arrived, with no visible signs of wear and tear. They are most definitely waterproof (Goretex is *the* stuff) and they've already saved me from one snake bite.
I live on 20 rattlesnake-infested acres of foothills in Central CA, so I bought them more for working on my property than for hunting. It was like walking on egg shells trying to avoid the dam** snakes. Now I can walk with confidence, and can get to places I wouldn't have dared to go before.
As for those who reported premature zipper failure, note that no zipper does well trying to draw both halves together under stress when zipping up. If you lace these up snugly to the top, and then expect the zipper to close under all that load, you are begging for it to fail! (Consider that laces enjoy at least a 2 to 1 mechanical advantage, probably more like 4 to 1.)
The obvious answer is to untie the laces before zipping up, and then use the laces to tighten to fit after. It may take a bit longer this way but even so the zipper still saves you a great deal of time -- you don't have to unlace half the holes (as you would without it,) merely untie and loosen a little, before you zip.
This precaution avoids doing something zippers were never meant to do, and to me, is a small investment of time into the longevity of these boots. (Basically, just common sense, from my perspective.)
I have no doubt that these will last a long time, and I'm very pleased with this purchase.
(** I realize that's the wrong "dam" -- wouldn't it be refreshing if they relaxed the language filters to be at least no more strict than FCC regs?)
September 19, 2009