ROCKY Rattler Zip Snake GORE-TEX Boots for Men
I was, key word - was -, sold on the Redhead Bayou boot, until I needed to replace them, $99.00 is a fair price won't pay much more, the Bayou went up to $140.00 & the Rocky's came on sell, I know Rocky name brand so for $99.00 I'll give them a try, so far the only thing I can find is I wish they had a thicker boot lace, the ones it comes with are pretty thin but if thats the only problem I can deal with that, ordered my regular size, fit great out of the box not to stiff, they are warranted for a year so if any problems I know Rocky will make it good, great boot
September 28, 2012
Rocky® 15'' Rattler Zip Snake Boots
Purchased these boots for a trip in Arizona in Oct 2008. These boot are awesome, comfortable and the break in period was 2 days . After climbing mountains all day while Mt. Lion hunting, the grip on these boots, are the best I have ever owned. Traction on the rocks great. The zippers are the plus at the end of the day just down zip and your out of the boots. Of course the most important reason why I purchased was they protect you from the snakes. The security you feel when wearing the boots lets you keep your mind on the hunt, and not stepping on a snake.
October 8, 2008
This is the third pair of Rocky Boots I have purchased and the main complaint with all three pair is the soles will not stay on them. This pair did not last 3 wearings and they came apart at the seams. I glued them with different glues twice with no success. The other two pair did the same thing with some success in gluing them back together. I hunt more than the average guy year round and have a mixed bag of other hunting boots and shoes without the same problems. I would like to sit down and talk with the Rocky Rep and see what he has to say.
December 8, 2013
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