Rocky Brands Inc. has recalled a pair of men’s hunting boots after a contractor sustained injuries from a snake bite while demonstrating the product’s supposed protective features.
According to an alert from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Rocky’s Silent Hunter camouflage men’s boots (product number RKYS153) were built with a snake guard to shield outdoorsmen from unseen attacks. But the guard appears to be flawed.
The company recommends that consumers stop wearing the $200, tall rubber boots and contact Rocky Brands for a full refund or to obtain a pair of replacement boots that are snakebite-proof. It recommends the following models as alternate options: Lynx Snake, Classic Lynx Snake, Prolight Snake in lace-up, pull-on or side-zip styles.
To see if your camo hunting boots are the Silent Hunter, check the white label on the inside shaft.
And to see what other consumer items have been recalled, check out the Product Safety Commission’s website, where it posts regular updates on everything from bicycles and batteries to baby strollers. In the past few months, two other outdoor gear manufacturers have been called out there: Scarpa’s F1 EVO ski boots were recalled in March due to a fall hazard, and Gorsuch’s Ertlrenz ski-boot heat liners were flagged last month because of a tendency to smolder during the charging process.