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.
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.
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...
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?
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.
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.
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.