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Krazylegz1485
03-24-2010, 07:10 PM
Howdy. I'm currently preparing to start my second year of chemical applicating. Last season I had an issue with finding a good pair of pants to wear while spraying. I started with plain jeans, like my employer suggested, but quickly found myself soaked with chemicals from around the knees down. Not something I was too fond of. I ended up wearing khaki shorts with rain pants over the top. This resulted in excellent water-proofing but absolutely no breathability, which sucked on hot days. It was really nice for keeping the chemicals off but I don't think I've ever sweat so much. Talk about swass!

I'm wondering if anybody has any suggestions for pants. Ideally it would be waterproof on the front and breathable in the back. I may even have to fashion my own pair if I can't find anything. Thanks for any help you can provide, I appreciate it!

-Cody

phasthound
03-24-2010, 07:32 PM
Buy a pair of Gore-Tex pants and shoes. http://www.gore-tex.com/remote/Satellite/home

Krazylegz1485
03-24-2010, 07:51 PM
Any suggestion for which brand? I know Gore-tex licenses their tech to several brands (80+ according to their site) but I don't want to spend a year trying to weed through them all. Several of them I recognize from snowboarding brands, but I'm not looking for winter outerwear. And the Gore-tex site only features jackets, not pants.

As far as shoes goes, I'm fine with wearing a decent pair of shoes with a cheap rubber over shoe. They're comfy enough and totally waterproof.

Anybody else?

JoJo1990
03-24-2010, 08:35 PM
I've worn these a lot but never for spraying. I'm going to give them a try this year. They do have very good water repellent tendencies for at least the first 8 washings or so. If I wear a pair of 8 or 10" rubber boots, I get no spray drift on my pants. Might be something to try anyway.

http://cgi.ebay.com/PROPPER-KHAKI-LIGHTWEIGHT-TACTICAL-PANTS-cargo-police_W0QQitemZ360222350178QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_CSA_MC_Pants?var=&hash=item92aef86849

Krazylegz1485
03-24-2010, 08:58 PM
Wow, thanks. Not a terrible price. Might be worth a shot, at least. I've seen different spray-on and wash-in waterproofing things at a few of my local "outdoorsy" stores around here. I've used NikWax products on my snowboard outerwear, and that stuff works wonders. I think the shirts that my employer provides also had that DuPont Teflon stuff built in, too. As long as the over spray was a light mist you could see it bead up on the material.

I'm also looking into getting a better pair of overshoes/overboots. The ones they provide for us are only ankle high and basically do nothing to prevent stuff from going in through the tops of your shoes. I found a few 8-12" high pairs online today for right around $20. Not too shabby if it's gonna keep the crap out of my shoes.

DA Quality Lawn & YS
03-24-2010, 09:27 PM
Pants?
Spray in your undies, man!

Krazylegz1485
03-24-2010, 09:31 PM
Pants?
Spray in your undies, man!


Trust me, I would if I could. I'd be a lot more agile and I'd stay a hell of a lot cooler on those awesome summer days where the dewpoint is higher than the temp. Good ole MN summers...

I'd probably get more tips from the old ladies, too.

Young Bros
03-24-2010, 10:20 PM
I laugh when I see blue jean sprayers. Does not look like a pro. We have been using carharts:

http://www.carhartt.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10101&storeId=10051&productId=130311&langId=-1&categoryId=10933

This year trying Dickies:

http://www.dickies.com/product/product_detail.jsp?FOLDER%3A%3Afolder_id=2534374302024404&PRODUCT%3A%3Aprd_parent_id=1408474395181230&PRODUCT%3A%3Aprd_id=845524441761558&ADD_CART_ITEM%3A%3AATR_Sku_Size=_

Those ones on ebay looked good.

SeedPro
03-24-2010, 10:45 PM
You need a pair of plastic Chaps.

They have them at TGCL. I don't know where you get them.

LawnoftheMonth
03-24-2010, 10:51 PM
I've worn these a lot but never for spraying. I'm going to give them a try this year. They do have very good water repellent tendencies for at least the first 8 washings or so. If I wear a pair of 8 or 10" rubber boots, I get no spray drift on my pants. Might be something to try anyway.

http://cgi.ebay.com/PROPPER-KHAKI-LIGHTWEIGHT-TACTICAL-PANTS-cargo-police_W0QQitemZ360222350178QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_CSA_MC_Pants?var=&hash=item92aef86849

just ordered a pair to try out :waving:

I have a pair of Muck boots that I like, but they didnt even last a year, so I ordered a pair of Tingley boots to try out, my estes rep said they were great, we'll see.

Krazylegz1485
03-24-2010, 10:58 PM
Czech these bad boys out:

http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/product_pages/View_Catalog_Page.asp?mi=4508

Cascadia Snow Gaiters™

Comfortable and lightweight, these gaiters offer outstanding moisture resistance while also keeping the inside of your shoes or boots debris-free. The leg section is constructed of two-layer 75D Gore-Tex® PacLite®, and the boot section features coated 8 oz. packcloth. The gaiters feature a strap and cam buckle top closure, a 1" wide hook/loop front closure, and a boot lace hook and snap bottom closure. A nylon-supported rubber instep strap keeps the gaiter in place.

http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/Images/Large/4508_24484_p1.jpg

Only thing I could see possibly being an issue is that they're for winter. Can't tell if they're insulated or not. And just above the knee coverage would be nice, but it's a start. Gore-tex, too!

CHARLES CUE
03-24-2010, 11:08 PM
Never brayed them but how about a pair brush pants for hunting they have the vinyl front that is water repellent but reg pants every where else
Charles Cue

Krazylegz1485
03-24-2010, 11:56 PM
That's worth a shot, too. I thought I'd seen those somewhere at one point. Seems like they'd be fine.

I've spent a while browsing around and looking at various things on that Forestry Suppliers site that I linked to in my last post. They've got a TON of stuff. All sorts of chaps for different applications. A bunch of rattle snake chaps that are waterproof, weed-whacking chaps, and even "chemical spray chaps":

http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/Images/Large/3601_23446_p1.jpg

Pretty much exactly what I'm looking for, really. Could go for some more venting in the back, but I could easily pull off wearing shorts under those.

DA Quality Lawn & YS
03-25-2010, 01:18 AM
When not working in my underwear:) I wear Dickies khaki colored workpants. I really like em, the light color is cool, they wash up nice, and are comfy.

Runner
03-25-2010, 03:51 PM
Yep. Dickies is what I use. Khaki colored. I'd use green, but I don't want to look like the other company that uses green. besides that, Khakis are cooler.

Victor
03-25-2010, 07:53 PM
I spray in calf-high boots. Only under unusual conditions do I have any spray getting on my pants. If I'm spot-treating, the tip of my wand is down, close to the ground. If I'm using my skid sprayer, the shower pattern comimg out of my Chemlawn-style gun is spraying way out ahead of me. If I'm walking into the wind while spraying, I still, very rarely get any on my pants. I don't spray on windy days though and use drift control products too. That definitely helps.

I think you're a pair of tall spray boots away from being good to go.
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KES
03-26-2010, 12:36 AM
I use carharts pants with rubber boots. I have used the spray chaps before and they are very hot. I very rarely get soaked. Usually I have a little dampness on the bottom of my pants leg, but nothing bad.

nicelawns
03-28-2010, 11:06 PM
Krazy dont forget the sunscreen.Remember the important spots