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Re: Chainsaw boots
« Reply #20 on: April 27, 2012, 03:37:43 AM »
I wear normal steelcap work boots myself, but I'm not going to give anyone a hard time for buying better protection.

That gap between the cap and the bottom of the chaps is a chink in the armour as the saying goes.

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« Reply #21 on: April 27, 2012, 10:42:32 PM »
Now, if they made a comforatble, effective "boot chap" that could wrap around your regular work boots and offer the chainsaw protection of regular leg chaps; I think you'd have a winner!

I've never seen a "boot chap", but Labonville does sell 4-layer kevlar socks.
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« Reply #22 on: April 28, 2012, 05:54:15 AM »
I wear the rubber boot type of chainsaw boots that have chaulk bottoms while thinning. Kevlar from the steel toe, up the shin. It's a lot easier on the legs and more sure footed especially around cut stems and slimy rotten limbs on the ground from past harvests. They are a lot easier to wear than any steel toed leather work boot when you have to walk in slash and thickets and good ankle support. They do sometimes give you a little shin burn from the lining rubbing you. But, I wear tall wool socks I bring up, over, and out the boot and wear my pant leg down over the boot to keep sawdust and dirt out. But I guess you chainsaw guys would be more comfortable with tie up because you bend down, while we thinners are upright. Unless you're on your own land doing your own thing you are required to wear safety gear when working for someone or on public land. If people don't wear it, I guess big brother has to beat you with a stick to keep you in line for your own safety. ;D Seeing people cutting with big saws in shorts and sneakers and ball caps, no plugs, no eyewear makes me nervous. I'd rather be someplace else. ;D Sure dad and grampy done it, don't mean I am. My dad is about stone deaf to. Last fall one of his neighbors cut his face up with a chainsaw. Nice pretty scar. ;)
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« Reply #23 on: April 28, 2012, 08:22:44 AM »
Swampdockey,Viking boots? I bought a pair last August and have them on if I'm outside.I even use them cutting down trees too. I'm building a veggie shark and have them on. I really like them. They are real nice in the grass first thing in the morning with a dew.
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« Reply #24 on: April 28, 2012, 08:26:16 AM »
I have a pair of the Jonsered rubber chainsaw boots - a lot like what SD described, but without the caulked soles... mine are just the rubber lugs on the sole.

Unfortunately, I bought them before I knew what I was doing, and didn't size them up enough to fit a pair of liners inside them. I have the same problem SD does with it rubbing my shins, only in my case it's the upper edge of the rubber boot, rather than the liners. If I'm doing a lot of walking around, my shins take a beating. I do like them other than that, especially if I'll be moving through wetter areas. Long heavy socks help, but the liners and socks would probably be even better. One of these days, I'll sell them and buy the right size...
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« Reply #25 on: April 28, 2012, 08:33:55 AM »
No problem with mine at all. I was concerned about the shins part too. But I always wear 2 pair of stockings. One kinda light and than a heavy winter sock. Been doing this for over 20 years and have no more trouble with my feet. I went the powder route and nothing worked. I just hope my next pair will be as good.
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« Reply #26 on: April 28, 2012, 08:39:26 AM »
Thecfram - do you have the liners in yours?
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« Reply #27 on: April 28, 2012, 08:46:58 AM »
Nope. But I wore them all winter cutting wood, 4-6 hours a day,with just my 2 pair of stockings and my feet were nice and warm. I do have another pair of boots that my wife bought me made out of man made material that also keep my feet nice and warm. I really only brought the Vikings for warm weather,that's why no linings. I wanted to see how warm they was in snow. 
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« Reply #28 on: April 28, 2012, 10:51:21 AM »
Yes, mine are Viking. By lining I mean the cotton backing of the rubber (or what ever it is they use to bond it) And I only use socks as well. I have worn them in -20F when we had an icy winter in 2009. The caulks kept me upright and I was not cold. It was like walking on glacier, no need for snowshoes or skis. ;D Anyway, it's all I can wear in the woods or I would be twice as tired by days end. Plus when thinning some spots can be wet or mossy. ;)
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« Reply #29 on: April 29, 2012, 06:26:21 PM »
Markd,  Please don't be upset or disillusioned by chainsaw boots.  Yes we have been bombarded by a lot of "new stuff" in our life time.  I am going on 69 and never "heard" of ear plugs or muffs in the late 50's Huh?  Huh? I can't hear you now.  My 82 year old buddy can't and refuses to believe all the new safety stuff is good.  He chooses to deny that people have developed important safety tools.  Getting cut was just one of those things that eventually happens to all of us using a chain saw.  He was only cut 3 times himself.  Still laughs when he sees me in my safety garb.  My father and grand father were wrong.  My friend is wrong.  In the "good old days"  they just did not know any better and did not have the technology.  THE SAFETY EQUIPMENT WORKS!  How's your hearing?  Mine is shot.  No protection first five-six years I started cutting.  Tell your children and grand children to wear it.  I cut about three hours a day about 15 days a year now and I get it all on and wear it.  I am in the barn so to speak but I still do not want to get seriously injured or lose any more hearing.  It does not replace carelessness but it sure as hell lessens injuries and sometimes totally prevents them. 

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« Reply #30 on: April 29, 2012, 08:00:16 PM »
I have been considering the Labonville leather, waterproof, kevlar chainsaw boots for some time.
They are spendy but seem to be worth it if they stop me from cutting my foot while I'm clearing brush around the acreage.
Have any of you used these boots?
Were they comfortable and or easy to break in?
These boots come in high heel and low heel models. What are the pros and cons of each??
Thanks for your insight and opinions!

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« Reply #31 on: April 29, 2012, 09:12:49 PM »
Hey Bob,  I will be buying a pair within the next month.  Probably in June.  I take a EE boot size so the 13EE should fit me fine.  I cannot wear any of the high heel loggng style boots so I am ordering the lower heel.  Just my body build I guess.

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« Reply #32 on: April 30, 2012, 12:16:46 AM »
Thanks for the quick reply.
I also went back and reread the posts and see that there is one person who owns and rates the Labonvilles highly.
I still wonder about the heels - I'm guessing the high heels are for those who wear the spikes for tree climbing - that's not me.
All my other boots are low heeled and work fine, so I think I'll order a pair of those.
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« Reply #33 on: April 30, 2012, 06:17:57 PM »
My labonville s are low healed but I only did that because im 6'4"and it may have been all they had in the store in my size that day. I got lucky as they had a sale going and the water proof ones were the same as what I was planning on spending on the regular model.
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« Reply #34 on: April 30, 2012, 07:12:16 PM »
I wear haix extreme pro boots .i like the way they fit . I also wear swedepro full wraps ,hearing protection ,and safety glasses when I cut .
Thats my choice . If for whatever reason you don't want to wear any of that gear , it's your choice .
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« Reply #35 on: May 01, 2012, 11:21:14 AM »
I've worked in the woods since I was 18 and I've always worn ear muffs,safety glasses and cork boots and that makes me feel safe and  I feel like I can function well the way I dress. I think everybody has their own level of feeling safe and I don't push my ways on anybody, My neighbor buys every piece of safety equipment on the market and I always chuckle to myself when I see him tossin firewood in the pickup in his full monkey suit  but that makes him feel safe and that's what counts and "that's all I have to say about that"
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« Reply #36 on: May 02, 2012, 01:18:58 PM »
I have the Matterhorn boots they are lace up boots like you are looking for. Kind of warm in July but I would rather be protected.

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« Reply #37 on: May 02, 2012, 01:43:49 PM »
I have a pair of the older Labonville boot model (they now offer a new sole and waterproof version for more money).    They have been good fitting and comfortable for me.  Luckily I've not had to test their performance with my saw.     Originally I wanted to get a pair of the viking or similar rubber boots but couldnt get the right fit.  They were cheaper and more waterproof although are quite hot from my in-law's experience.

I do wish I had a more waterproof version,  as even treated they are't as good a something with made to be waterproof.  I have the low heel, which has been fine for me.   

In terms of durability,  I would say they are ok.  I am starting to have seams come apart where the leather is stitched together around the eyelets.  I am not a professional,  only wear when using saw and have had for 3 seasons. 

 Version I have is now priced at 195$,  the newer waterproof with better sole is up at $250.  If I were to do it again I'd like the waterproof but have a hard time with the $250 price.  Gempler has the viking for 119$

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« Reply #38 on: May 03, 2012, 05:46:36 PM »
I wear haix extreme pro boots .i like the way they fit . I also wear swedepro full wraps ,hearing protection ,and safety glasses when I cut .
Thats my choice . If for whatever reason you don't want to wear any of that gear , it's your choice .

Markd , this wasn't aimed at you . Apologies if you took it that way.
I'm all for personal choice . PPE is a personal choice ,and should be kept that way .
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« Reply #39 on: February 05, 2017, 11:55:29 PM »
It doesn't upset me, it just seems like we get bombarded with advertisements for everything one can imagine and some things one can't imagine. I don't see how one could function with all the gear they say we need.

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