chaps for cutting firewood

Jake Posted By Jake, Dec 9, 2007 at 8:04 AM

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Jake

    Jake
    Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 11, 2005
    231
    0
    Loc:
    nw burbs of Chi
    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?
     
  2. Burn-1

    Burn-1
    Feeling the Heat 2.
    NULL
    

    Jul 13, 2006
    446
    1
    Loc:
    Lakes Region, NH
    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.
     
  3. wahoowad

    wahoowad
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 19, 2005
    1,630
    132
    Loc:
    Virginia
  4. Gibbonboy

    Gibbonboy
    New Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Oct 3, 2006
    267
    0
    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

    Hillbilly
    Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Jan 6, 2006
    30
    0
    Loc:
    Northern KY
    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
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jan 30, 2006
    514
    42
    Loc:
    Far Northern Calif. Coast
    I got mine used on Ebay.
     
  7. Gooserider

    Gooserider
    Mod Emeritus 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 20, 2006
    6,737
    10
    Loc:
    Northeastern MA (near Lowell)
    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
     
  8. jklingel

    jklingel
    Feeling the Heat 2.
    NULL
    

    Oct 23, 2007
    279
    2
    Loc:
    Fairbanks
    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?
     
  9. MuckSavage

    MuckSavage
    Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Jan 31, 2006
    81
    0
    Loc:
    South Jersey
    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")
     
  10. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 5, 2005
    9,057
    661
    Loc:
    Sand Lake, NY
    My Stihls seem to twist around on me.
    I think the wrap arounds might solve that.
     
  11. computeruser

    computeruser
    Feeling the Heat 2.
    NULL
    

    Jan 16, 2007
    362
    35
    Loc:
    East Lansing, MI
    Stihl chaps work for me and most of the guys I cut with.
     
  12. Jake

    Jake
    Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 11, 2005
    231
    0
    Loc:
    nw burbs of Chi
    bought a pair of stihls from the local dealer

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

    Gooserider
    Mod Emeritus 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 20, 2006
    6,737
    10
    Loc:
    Northeastern MA (near Lowell)
    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

    ctlovell
    New Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 10, 2007
    44
    0
    Loc:
    Trumbull, Connecticut
    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

    bjorn773
    Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Sep 12, 2007
    234
    2
    Loc:
    Rockford, Illinois
    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 2.
    NULL
    

    Jul 5, 2006
    610
    1
    Loc:
    East Tennessee- Great Smoky Mountains.
    Boy, they sure almost give these things away............ %-P

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


    Robbie
     
  17. Gooserider

    Gooserider
    Mod Emeritus 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 20, 2006
    6,737
    10
    Loc:
    Northeastern MA (near Lowell)
    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

    bjorn773
    Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Sep 12, 2007
    234
    2
    Loc:
    Rockford, Illinois
    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.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page