Thank you @REI-EllisB for the great info on size and fit! I also read the article on materials. Unfortunately the REI article you linked only makes references to fit and keeping the elements out of your shoes; snakes are not mentioned a single time and when scrutinizing the REI products, they all look pretty thin which is too bad. @hikermor - Yep, I was hoping to stay away from tall, hot, stiff boots if possible. I have leather winter hiking boots but they aren't over my ankle by a whole lot and I'd prefer to wear my fabric, more breathable summer hiking boots if possible. Going to see what other options I can find!
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Hey there, so I'm finally at a job that will have a combination of office time and fieldwork but since that means trekking around on undeveloped land for environmental reports, I'm looking for something to help protect again brush and possible snakes. None of the gaiters I've seen on the REI website mention snakes, just keeping debris out of footwear and occasionally protection against rock/ice. Would love to know if those would be comparable/applicable for this use! I have hiking boots and would likely wear jeans or hiking pants, but am reluctant to just buy super heavy duty pants as Texas summers don't match well with thick layers. I wear 6.5-7 shoe with a very slim build so that also somewhat limits what I can buy - many places cater mainly to men for this sort of gear and would be too big on my calves.
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