"Some guys at the local tire center saw me wearing mine, and asked if I could make GreenJeans in blue, to match their uniform..." says Dan Vorhis, the inventor of the chaps. Vorhis lives and works on Whidbey Island, about 30 miles north of Seattle.
"The guys were afraid they might get in trouble if they wore green. So we made up a custom pair. They actually look pretty good in blue. And the guys loved them." says Vorhis.
"Kneeling on concrete all day is absolutely no fun, but our chaps give a real nice cushion. And they provide an extra layer of warmth." That extra layer can be a welcome feature in an open bay in winter.
Word began to get around.
"One of the managers of another tire store actually stopped by my house, wanting GreenJeans for his crew. I had to order more blue fabric."
Vorhis says that chaps with knee pads make sense because his knee pads hang from the waist, and aren't cinched around the knee like other knee pads, so there is no uncomfortable binding. And the 1000 denier nylon fabric is incredibly wear resistant.
"Our fabric is about 50 to 90 times more resistant to abrasion than heavy denim. You get the toughness up front where you need it, and breathability because they are open in back. Pants made entirely of this fabric would be too hot to wear."
But do you still call them "GreenJeans"
"I've toyed with changing the name, to 'Utility Chaps' or some such," says Vorhis,
"...but that might confuse folks. For now we'll keep calling them GreenJeans. After all, it was the landscapers and gardeners who got us started."
GreenJeans chaps come in four sizes and cost $52.00, which includes shipping within the continental U.S. They are available at the Muscle And Arm farm website: http://www.MuscleAndArmFarm.com
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