In this guide we’ll look at the best chainsaw safety trousers.
I’ve compared build quality, safety, comfort and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Are The Best Chainsaw Safety Trousers?
More Detailed Chainsaw Safety Trousers Reviews
These OREGON Medium Type C Yukon Chainsaw Protective Trousers are the best type C chainsaw trousers as they offer all-round protection when using a chainsaw and are reasonably lightweight and comfortable to wear.
These chainsaw trousers offer the protection you need when using a chainsaw. As chainsaw trousers go, they are reasonably light as they are made using modern, lightweight materials. However, they are of course still heavy, thick trousers as they need to be for full protection. They weigh 1.7 Kg. The trousers are worn alone without ordinary trousers underneath. They are comfortable to wear as the fabric is quite stretchy and also breathable. The trousers are also fuel, oil and heat resistant which is essential as spills of oil and grease can compromise the protective layers beneath the outer fabric.
The trousers feature two large front pockets and 1 back pocket with a Velcro closure.
If you are using chainsaw while climbing, then you will need this category of chainsaw trousers and this product offers a good choice and excellent value for money.
OREGON 295435 Medium Type A Yukon Protective Trousers are the best Type A chainsaw trousers as they offer good protection for the front of the legs and are lightweight and comfortable to wear.
The two-way stretch abrasion resistant fabric makes these trouser quite stretchy, so it is easy to move around while wearing them. They are also reasonably lightweight coming in at 1.02 Kg. They are also fuel, oil and heat resistant for added protection.
The trousers have two front pockets and a back pocket with Velcro closure. The trousers are comfortable to wear and allow good freedom of movement. They feel comfortable and quite cool to wear. They are lighter to wear than Type C trousers.
These chainsaw trousers are ideal for working with a chainsaw on the ground where you don’t need the all-round protection. They also offer excellent value for money.
These KWF certified cut-resistant dungarees have been tested to EN 381-5 are comfortable to wear, adjustable and have a zipped pocket in the bib.
The dungarees are resistant to mechanical damage and water and the fronts feel thickly padded. They weigh 1.36 Kg. The dungarees feature bright orange flashes and braces for visibility and extra safety. The dungarees are comfortable to wear as they have adjustable suspenders and an elasticated waistband. They have two slanted pockets and a zipped bib pocket.
These dungarees offer protection and comfort at a reasonable price.
These Oregon 575780 Universal Type A Chainsaw Safety Leggings offer good protection to the front of the legs and are comfortable and adjustable.
These chainsaw safety leggings fit over your ordinary trousers to provide protection for the front of your legs. They are easy to put on and are designed to fit anyone due to the 4 adjustable straps on each leg. They pack up nice and neatly in an included drawstring bag for protection.
These chainsaw chaps are made from a 6-layer protective material. They are lightweight and breathable and don’t restrict your movement too much. In fact, they only weigh 680 g.
If you only require front protection these make a great choice as they are not as heavy or warm to wear as full Type C chainsaw trousers.
These chainsaw trousers are a great choice if you prefer to wear protective chaps/leggings over your ordinary trousers.
These Cut protection trousers Class 1 type A chainsaw trousers are KWF tested and comfortable to wear.
These trousers have a cut protection class 1 rating meaning they are suitable for use with chain speeds up to 20m/2. The trousers feature two side pockets, a reinforced ruler pocket and back pocket with Velcro closure. The trousers are made from a stretchy fabric, have an elasticated waistband and are lined with cotton which makes them comfortable to wear. They are also very lightweight.
These are a great quality type A chainsaw trouser that offer a good value option.
Type A vs Type C
There are two standard types of protective chainsaw trousers: Type A and Type C.
Type A chainsaw trousers protect only the front of the legs. They can often be worn over ordinary trousers. Some styles are like chaps that just cover the front of your legs and are buckled on over trousers with an integrated belt. These chainsaw trousers are worn by chainsaw users working on the ground.
Type C chainsaw trousers give protection around the whole of the legs. They are usually worn alone without ordinary trousers underneath. Type C chainsaw trousers provide you with maximum all-round chainsaw protection when climbing trees and operating the saw in awkward positions.
If you are planning on taking a chainsaw course, you should check what type of trousers they require you to wear. Some are happy with Type A trousers while others may insist on Type C protection.
Chainsaw trousers can, of course, be quite rigid and heavy. Obviously, you need them to protect you so something lightweight would not be suitable. However, the best chainsaw trousers are made from modern, lightweight materials which means they are relatively comfortable to wear. Many also have features such as an elasticated waistband and two-way stretch fabric that make them more comfortable and allow you to move more easily while wearing them.
Chainsaw trousers are by their nature heavy. However, some are more lightweight. It will depend on the type of trousers you need as if you require full protection you will have to accept that they will be heavier.
Many chainsaw trousers are made from a two-way stretch fabric which makes them comfortable to wear and also allow greater freedom of movement.
Most chainsaw trousers have two side pockets and a back pocket. Extra pockets with zipped or Velcro closures are handy to keep your valuables safe.
Working in chainsaw trousers is hot work, so choose a breathable fabric where possible for comfort.
What are chainsaw trousers made of?
Chainsaw trousers are made of a range of fabrics that work together to protect you. The trousers features a tough but slippery outer layer. Beneath this are layers of long, loose fibres of polyester, Avertic, ballistic nylon or Kevlar.
How do chainsaw trousers help protect you?
When a chainsaw chain makes contact with protective chainsaw trousers, the outer layer is cut through, but the nylon or Kevlar inner padding wraps around the chainsaw’s drive sprocket, locking it solid and halting the chain, limiting damage to the operator’s leg.
If your chainsaw trousers receive any damage they should be thrown away and replaced. The includes burns or heat damage as well as oil spills or similar that have soaked into the fabric. Any damage can compromise the inner protection and it is not worth risking wearing trousers that are not up to the job.
Protective chainsaw trousers sold in the EU must comply with EN381-5.
How do you wash chainsaw trousers?
You should check the washing label on your chainsaw trousers and follow the instructions carefully. In general, most chainsaw trousers can be washed on a cool cycle. Never put them in the dryer as this can compromise them and make them less effective.
If you are working with a chainsaw then protective chainsaw trousers can protect you from serious harm. This is not a purchase where you want to cut corners so I would highly recommend buying Type C Chainsaw trousers such as the OREGON Type C Yukon Chainsaw Protective Trouser.