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chaps for cutting firewood

Post in 'The Gear' started by Jake, Dec 9, 2007.

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  1. Jake

    Jake Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I want to get some chaps to wear while cutting firewood (not high production cutting, but I want to be safer)

    My saw is a stihl 021 -- it works for the little I cut.

    Can I get some recomendations on chaps?

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  2. Burn-1

    Burn-1 Feeling the Heat

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    I have these full wrap chaps from Labonville. They're comfortable to wear and work in. There are others as well. I would also buy a helmet with ear protection and a face mask if you don't already have one.
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    wahoowad Minister of Fire

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    Gibbonboy New Member

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    I have the 6-ply green wrap-around from Labonville also, and love them. 60 bucks ain't bad to save your leg or life. I have a Stihl shirt, looks like a long-sleeve sweatshirt- was 60 some dollars from my local Stihl guy. Also have the Stihl helmet, just seemed to work better for me than the others I tried. I usually only wear a helmet if I'm felling or cutting deep in blowdowns/tops. Otherwise I wear just mesh goggles and earplugs, especially in the summer.
  5. Hillbilly

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    I just bought the same chaps as wahoowad. Have not had a chance to use them yet. If you order some, at checkout use the code 'exmas' and you can get a 10% discount.
  6. WarmGuy

    WarmGuy Feeling the Heat

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    I got mine used on Ebay.
  7. Gooserider

    Gooserider Mod Emeritus

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    I got a pair of Stihl chaps at the local hardware store - had a coupon that made them less expensive than any of the online places... Reasonably comfortable, somewhat hot, but I doubt there is anything that would be better, haven't "field tested" them, but don't want to ever actually find out if they work...

    Gooserider
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    jklingel Feeling the Heat

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    Jake: Get the best there is. You aren't going to wear them out any time soon, unless you use them to save your leg, in which case they will be forget-with-no-regrets-ably cheap. I bought a 6-ply pair (right after I did a leg-brake w/ my saw) and have since decided to buy some 12-ply ones (assuming they are not as stiff as boards). They won't cost me much more than the Labonville 9-ply, and I HOPE they are a tad better. Dunno. Any of you guys use any 12-ply? Are they robot-inducing?
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    I have a pair of Husqvarana's that I bought as a chaps, headgear & glove kit from nepco. My regret is that I have to wear them low on my hips since they are a little short. (I'm 6'-2")
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    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    My Stihls seem to twist around on me.
    I think the wrap arounds might solve that.
  11. computeruser

    computeruser Feeling the Heat

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    Stihl chaps work for me and most of the guys I cut with.
  12. Jake

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    bought a pair of stihls from the local dealer

    Hopefully never need to find out how good they are
  13. Gooserider

    Gooserider Mod Emeritus

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    Common sentiment - it seems like this class of gear is the only one that everybody that buys it never actually hopes to find out if it works... :coolsmirk: Most of the other stuff like hearing protectors and the like gets used regardless, but chaps are a different matter.

    Gooserider
  14. ctlovell

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    I use Stihl Pro-Mark wrap chaps. Have had them for years, they are comfortable, fit well and no I have never "tested" them. Highly recommended!
  15. bjorn773

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    I bought a pair at Farm & Fleet. They are AOSafety. They are wrap around, with quick connects to snap the legs. I believe they were about $50. They are comfortable and long enough for me at 6'1". Can't tell you how well they work, I hope I never can.
  16. Robbie

    Robbie Minister of Fire

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    Boy, they sure almost give these things away............ %-P

    Would 3 pairs of jeans not work just as good ? :)


    Robbie
  17. Gooserider

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    Depends on what you want them to do... Stop the saw before it does major damage, probably not. Sop up the blood afterwards, probably be even better :sick:

    Gooserider
  18. bjorn773

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    The fine fiber inside the chaps is supposed to stop the chain instantly. I think you'd rip though those jeans in a hurry before that chain ever stopped. Seemed like very cheap insurance to me, so I jumped on them. I'd probably spend the same money just on painkillers alone if I had an accident.
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