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I've looked around (though not *that* hard) and haven't seen protective chainsaw chaps in lengths shorter than 32". That's a good length for me at 6'0" but my wife is 5'2".

I can't decide if this is because women don't operate chainsaws or if they're just so much tougher than men that their bare skin is enough to stop a saw ;)

Has anybody seen chainsaw chaps in small sizes? We're about ready to just get the longer size, cut the bottoms off and re-stitch the ends.
 
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i have been using the cordura chaps from the Muscle and Arm farm "Greenjeans".

they are the best gardening chaps i have ever used, and i know the older chainsaw chaps used to use it, but the new ones use an entangling ? cloth.


http://www.muscleandarmfarm.com/new_page_4.htm





 
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Yeah, my understanding is that the new-style chainsaw chaps use some kind of kevlar that shreds up and jams the saw before it can cut you too deeply. Thanks for the link, those look nice for other uses.
 
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Bumping an old thread because I'm in search of chainsaw protective equipment for my wife, who is sub-100 lbs, and about 5 feet tall. We got a saw she can handle but we want her to be safe too! Looking for suggestions for small helmet and chaps or pants.
 
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Oh thanks for bumping! I have nothing important to add but I'm a shorty woman chainsawer so I need to get the protective gear...
 
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Found great chaps for short people. I am 5'2" with a 28" inseam. The 32" work great for me since the measurement is from the waist to the cuff.

http://www.labonville.com/Regular-Chainsaw-Safety-Chaps-Parts-_c_78.html

 
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I had to buy the regular size Husqvarna chaps at Lowes. I'm 4' 11" which makes them a pain to wear because they slide down. I also wear them while weed trimming to cushion the blows of flying twigs and other various shrapnel that comes flying out of high grass. I realized that suspenders would hold them up just fine and since I am in the designing process of making a harness for dragging sleds and carts around I decided to make one that incorporated both suspenders and D rings for the harness as well as hooking my weed trimmer on. It's very early in the design stage but I thought I'd toss it in for those who are quicker on projects than I.
 
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IF the chaps have Kevlar in them, then they are all about the same . In fact though I am not sure, I suspect that just about all chainsaw chaps are made by the same company and they just put different brands on them. In other words Stihl and Husqvarna chainsaw chaps were made by the same maker. If a person is looking for chaps though I recommend Labonville...

Myself, I found the style is more important then the brand. Myself I can not stand chaps because the loops and holes allow sticks to get jammed in them and trip me up. I already trip enough cutting wood thank you, I do not need my safety pants adding to that issue. So I prefer to wear pants instead of chaps. These not only protect better, they don't cause tripping, and they protects against snow in the winter.In the summer however, they are hotter to wear.

As for if women have tougher, unpenetrable skin via chainsaw, yes it is true. Here is my wife getting ready for a day of logging. All joking aside, she wa modeling my new chainsaw I bought last week. It seems a chainsaw cannot withstand Kevlar, but a chainsaw cannot withstand getting run over by a skidder. I guess it is rock, paper, scissors Maine logging style.



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