I will look for those long nail clippers...thanks. Sock pullers almost made me normal, can almost put socks on as fast now then back when I didn't need one. As for getting my socks off. Our English Bulldog PUP is learning to do that for me. Seriously she is doing a great job so far and Training will be completed soon.
As for boots, my wife and I were in Maine this summer. I saw nearly all the lobster men wearing XtraTuff boots. https://www.xtratuf.com/
I bought one captain a beer and as we were talking about the difference between his trapping and mine. Really not that much we concluded, learn to read the terrain! Hahaha. Then I interrogated him about his boots. I told him I had trouble getting boots on and off. Especially hunting boots. I asked about his XtraTuff and the durability. He said they go like slippers. Then he explained, me as long as you pay extra money and get the legacy boots they will last 2 years. The $100.00 ones will las about a year. Now he wears his every day, 365 days per year. My wife got me a $100 6 inch pair for my BD. Man they go on easy. The front and back double pull loops really help also. My feet sweat so all I need is a heavy pair of socks in winter. When it's -10 they do get cold so next time I'll add another pair of socks. BTW....dont think the soles don't grip well they do. My experience early in Dec on snow and ice proved this.
Heres what I do on getting up from sets.
- Often on the plains I am lucky enough to have my vehicle nearly right on top my set. Thus the bumper works great. Yeah I may crawl a few feet but no biggie!
- I tried one of those carpenters totes with a fixed handle, it was just not tall enough.
- Now I just use a plastic 5 gallon bucket, I attached a carpenter's bag on the top using a belt for lures/urine. Traps and other stuff inside. The bucket is easy to grab, light enough even with gear to get that perfect angle to get up, and seems just high enough a guy can push himself up fairly easily. I was thinking if it ever got to a point where I need more height, I would just slide one bucket into another. Set the right height and then secure them together with some sheet metal screws at the height I need. Fast simple, light weight, tough and carries your stuff plus gets you off the ground.