Chaps

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

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

    SIERRADMAX
    Expand Collapse
    Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2011
    Messages:
    300
    Likes Received:
    25
    Loc:
    RI
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. Vincent

    Vincent
    Expand Collapse
    Member

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2008
    Messages:
    63
    Likes Received:
    6
    Loc:
    Clarksburg, WV
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  3. MasterMech

    MasterMech
    Expand Collapse
    Guest

    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.
     
    zap likes this.
  4. quint

    quint
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2011
    Messages:
    42
    Likes Received:
    0
    Loc:
    Bremerton, WA
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  5. stee6043

    stee6043
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2008
    Messages:
    2,506
    Likes Received:
    236
    Loc:
    West Michigan
    I've been exceptionally pleased with the durability and comfort of my Stihl chaps. I'd recommend them to anyone.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  6. Nixon

    Nixon
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2008
    Messages:
    698
    Likes Received:
    459
    Loc:
    West Sunbury ,Pa.
    You might also want to look at Labonville and Swedepro chaps. Both companies offer very high quality equipment.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  7. Blue2ndaries

    Blue2ndaries
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2011
    Messages:
    697
    Likes Received:
    386
    Loc:
    Oregon
    +1 There are some good comparison videos on the Labonville website.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  8. DanCorcoran

    DanCorcoran
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2010
    Messages:
    2,188
    Likes Received:
    357
    Loc:
    Richmond, VA
    Be sure to tell her what kind of chaps you want...
     

    Attached Files:

    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
    zap likes this.
  9. WoodMann

    WoodMann
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Messages:
    662
    Likes Received:
    2
    Loc:
    New Mexico
    Ya gonna wear yer chaps to the tavern..............
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  10. Bubbavh

    Bubbavh
    Expand Collapse
    Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2008
    Messages:
    475
    Likes Received:
    0
    Loc:
    NJ Piney
    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!
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  11. Shari

    Shari
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Messages:
    2,325
    Likes Received:
    291
    Loc:
    Wisconsin
    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 :)
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  12. smokinj

    smokinj
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    15,981
    Likes Received:
    1,412
    Loc:
    Anderson, Indiana
    6 ply will stop a saw dead in it tracks.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  13. punchy

    punchy
    Expand Collapse
    Burning Hunk

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2011
    Messages:
    164
    Likes Received:
    45
    Loc:
    mid mo
    +1 laboville, very comfortable.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  14. muncybob

    muncybob
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2008
    Messages:
    2,097
    Likes Received:
    276
    Loc:
    Near Williamsport, PA
    So why would you want wrap around chaps versus regular?
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  15. oilstinks

    oilstinks
    Expand Collapse
    Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2008
    Messages:
    457
    Likes Received:
    1
    Loc:
    western NC
    Just got my new ones. Labonville 6ply. Comfortable calf wrap. 73 bucks from baileys.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  16. DanCorcoran

    DanCorcoran
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2010
    Messages:
    2,188
    Likes Received:
    357
    Loc:
    Richmond, VA
    Because I like my calves the way they are.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  17. smokinj

    smokinj
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    15,981
    Likes Received:
    1,412
    Loc:
    Anderson, Indiana
    Kinda impossible to get that bar back there, but I cant juggle 3 saw either.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  18. DanCorcoran

    DanCorcoran
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2010
    Messages:
    2,188
    Likes Received:
    357
    Loc:
    Richmond, VA
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  19. Hass

    Hass
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2011
    Messages:
    529
    Likes Received:
    11
    Loc:
    Alabama, NY
    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
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
    zap likes this.
  20. ms440

    ms440
    Expand Collapse
    Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2006
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    1
    Loc:
    Maine
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  21. smokinj

    smokinj
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    15,981
    Likes Received:
    1,412
    Loc:
    Anderson, Indiana
    I got to know how one would cut the back of there leg?
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  22. JotulOslo

    JotulOslo
    Expand Collapse
    Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2006
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    0
    Labonville has a 20% off sale going on that ends tomorrow. Just bought a pair of full wrap chaps to replace my Husquvarna's
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  23. TreePointer

    TreePointer
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2010
    Messages:
    2,663
    Likes Received:
    1,073
    Loc:
    Western PA
    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.
     
  24. TreePointer

    TreePointer
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2010
    Messages:
    2,663
    Likes Received:
    1,073
    Loc:
    Western PA
    Good deal!

    I've tried a half dozen different chap models and I prefer those Labonville Full-Wraps.
     
  25. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2008
    Messages:
    4,153
    Likes Received:
    993
    Loc:
    Shelton, WA
    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.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page