What Makes You Quiet?
Product Review of the SneekTec Sneek Boot
By Jeff Barlow (Nimrod Outdoors)
We get asked occasionally to do a product review of something we carry in our backpacks. SneekTec is the company that makes one of these items in our packs. SneekTec is in the game of making you quieter. They are driven by a passion to eliminate sound. Their Flagship product is the Sneek Boot.
SneekTec was created in 2007 by Mike Barrick. Mike noticed how much noise he was making while trying to stalk a Mule Deer. Mike immediately started thinking of ways he could reduce the sound he was creating while stalking. Mike became obsessed with silence and soon developed a revolutionary new idea, and the Sneek Boot was born. Sneek Boots eliminate the noise created by footfall in nearly all conditions.
We found SneekTec and the Sneek Boot about 2 years ago. We were looking for the same thing as Mike had been years ago. Ways to get closer to our query without being detected. As you know we have a bunch of us that always hunt with us, and quite often they are younger less experienced hunters (that don’t watch where they are stepping all the time, LOL). To help us improve our stalking abilities we were on the search for something.
We got our first pair of Sneek Boots and tried them out. We used them at home around the yard, on some scouting trips and while we were out camping just to get use to them. They are really easy to put on and come in a handy little bag you can hook to your backpack or drop inside your pack.
We put them to the test on some archery deer hunts that year. We were able to get into range for Joey a couple time and he was able to get a couple shots. Just throwing out a disclaimer right here, these boots cannot make you a better shot. LOL The boots seemed to work great for keeping the sound levels of our stalk down to a low roar with the boys. LOL
We used them on flat sage brush areas mixed with rocks. We used them on thick wooded area with lots of twigs and some deadfall. We tried them on steep slopes of the alpine country. In all locations they seemed to perform well. The only drawback we found was on very steep terrain there was some foot slippage side to side and it took a little bit to get use to walking with them on. On the flat ground it was honestly like walking on clouds.
They use a great webbing design with strong cinching straps to help keep the boot snuggly affixed to you hiking boot. This is one of the things we liked best about the Sneek Boot. You do not have to remove you hiking boots to use them. For a guy like me this was huge. I have such tender feet I have a hard time walking across my grass at home in my socks. LOL
The material they use is a Berber Fleece fabric or a Silent Suede material. The Berber Fleece is a quieter and more durable material. The Silent Suede resists thorns and burrs from sticking to it. Both are great material, you just need to decide which works best for you. The foam interior is an industrial grade upholstery foam with is designed to take and handle abuse.
The Sneek Boots weigh in at around 1 pound. It is a little extra weight in your pack but if it gets you those extra necessary yards closer (undetected), the weight is worth it. We have not noticed the extra weight in our packs and it is great to have the boot when we need them.
If you have any questions about the Sneek Boot or SneekTec feel free to reach out to us or get in contact with SneekTec. They are located on the web at www.sneektec.com and also found on Instagram, FaceBook and YouTube.
We would recommend you watch some of their YouTube videos and learn more about the Sneek Boot and we would recommend you get you a pair and try them out.
Make sure to check out some of our other product reviews on our blog to see what else we carry in our pack.