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Post in 'The Gear' started by SIERRADMAX, Nov 23, 2011.

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  1. SIERRADMAX

    SIERRADMAX Feeling the Heat

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    Wife asked what I wanted for Xmas. I told her a new set of chaps. Not looking to skimp in this area but what are some of the better ones.

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  2. Vincent

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    Might try going to a Stihl or husky dealer. Lowes sells the Husky brand, but not sure if it is their top of the line.
  3. MasterMech

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    With the saws in your sig I would be looking at 9 ply chaps. Anything is better than nothing but I have seen a 50cc saw poke thru 6 ply. Used to do a safety demo (Intentional hit with chaps on a log.) when I worked for a Stihl dealer. I recommend 9 ply for anything over 70cc.
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  4. quint

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    I could direct you to a leather working forum if you wanted some pretty heavy duty chaps. I am sure someone there could make some that are pretty robust just not sure what the price would be.
  5. stee6043

    stee6043 Minister of Fire

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    I've been exceptionally pleased with the durability and comfort of my Stihl chaps. I'd recommend them to anyone.
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    You might also want to look at Labonville and Swedepro chaps. Both companies offer very high quality equipment.
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    Blue2ndaries Minister of Fire

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    +1 There are some good comparison videos on the Labonville website.
  8. DanCorcoran

    DanCorcoran Minister of Fire

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    Be sure to tell her what kind of chaps you want...

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  9. WoodMann

    WoodMann Minister of Fire

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    Ya gonna wear yer chaps to the tavern..............
  10. Bubbavh

    Bubbavh Feeling the Heat

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    I have a set of the forester chap7-g it is 12 ply and ASTM F1897 approved and UL listed. Their is a video demo of them being hit by a saw out there on the net. They seem real heavy and nice. Haven't hit them with the saw yet so I can't tell you if they are any good for sure and I hope I never will!
  11. Shari

    Shari Minister of Fire

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    I forgot to take them off.......... and went to the gas station the other day. I pulled my cap down real far so the people that know me there hopefully wouldn't recognize me. Dang! Hubby came in with me & then I heard "Hi, Shari! Must be working today, huh?"

    Sheesh........... I have to get a life :)
  12. smokinj

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    6 ply will stop a saw dead in it tracks.
  13. punchy

    punchy Burning Hunk

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    +1 laboville, very comfortable.
  14. muncybob

    muncybob Minister of Fire

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    So why would you want wrap around chaps versus regular?
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    Just got my new ones. Labonville 6ply. Comfortable calf wrap. 73 bucks from baileys.
  16. DanCorcoran

    DanCorcoran Minister of Fire

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    Because I like my calves the way they are.
  17. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Kinda impossible to get that bar back there, but I cant juggle 3 saw either.
  18. DanCorcoran

    DanCorcoran Minister of Fire

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    Those of us who are over 60 and have little to no experience using chainsaws can accomplish some amazing things, hence my use of PPE. For a few dollars more, why not full wrap? I don't find them uncomfortable or restrictive.
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    I got 9 ply Stihl chaps from a dealer, they were $99.
    I think 6 ply were either 69 or 79.
    The justification I used to spend the money on the chaps, was one ER visit costs more than that much. If I get hit in the leg without them on, that's an ER visit.
    Never had to put them to the test yet.
    The only thing I suggest, is after you buy them you throw them in the dirt and get them a little muddy before you use them. They're so shiny and new looking... Don't want to give off the impression that you have no idea what you're doing :p
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  20. ms440

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    A coworker of mine cut the back of his leg sawing firewood while wearing chaps. That said, I have stihl chaps. They have a nice gash in them. They worked like a charm.
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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I got to know how one would cut the back of there leg?
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    Labonville has a 20% off sale going on that ends tomorrow. Just bought a pair of full wrap chaps to replace my Husquvarna's
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    No personal experience, and I don't know how rare it is, but I've read that when operator moves and swings a longer bar it has struck the side and back of calf. Also, I imagine a snapped chain can whip back and wrap.

    Personally, I like full-wrap chaps to keep chaps from rotating around the legs and providing sharp thorn and snake protection.
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    Good deal!

    I've tried a half dozen different chap models and I prefer those Labonville Full-Wraps.
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    I bought the only pair at my dealer that fit me. Forrester brand. $70.00. No idea how many plies. They are orange. I occasionally cut wood in the yard of a lumber mill and they require chaps. That's why I bought them. Hope this helps.
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