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25 Years of Innovation in Chainsaw Protection + 500,000 Products Made

It’s Clogger’s birthday!

25 years ago, the first Clogger chainsaw protection product was produced.

And just to top it off, we recently made our 500,000th product – a pair of Zero chainsaw pants!

Starting with simple products made from basic materials, Clogger has evolved into highly technical apparel platform with one of the largest range of chainsaw protection products globally.

We thought that this was an excellent time for a bit of a review of Clogger including key milestones and a little of the Clogger back story. We’ll also give you a hint as to what the future might hold.

Of course, you are welcome to visit us anytime in Invercargill, New Zealand and see Clogger live in action! Read More

Introducing the 2019 Clogger Catalogue

There’s a lot of technical details in the new Clogger catalogue. It represents an important point in time as we close in on our 25th anniversary and 500,000th Clogger chainsaw garment.

Here’s a summary of our brand and products to get you started.

1. Going beyond the standards

Chainsaw protection must do more than stop a chainsaw. It must be long-lasting. It must be comfortable. It must perform in all conditions. Meeting the standards is just the beginning.
But let’s start at the beginning.

All Clogger chainsaw protective garments are certified by Bureau Veritas NZ Ltd to the Australian and New Zealand standard, AS/NZS 4453.3:1997. What does that mean? Its means a chainsaw dropped onto the garment, with the chain moving at 20 m/s (that’s 72 kph or 45 mph!) will not cut through the fabric. The standard doesn’t allow for any cut-through at all.


Then, there is North America. A whole different set of standards and regulations, but it still involves dropping a running chainsaw into a garment.
The Clogger products in this catalogue are certified by U/L to ASTM F1897-14 for USA and to BNQ 1923-450-1 for Canada. In addition, they meet the Worksafe BC Standard as set out in OHSR Section 8-21 (2).

Furthermore, certification status involves the demonstration of an on-going testing procedure, along with regular audits to check the documentation and other internal processes. We welcome any reason to spend more time in our custom-built laboratory, so this suits us.

2. Designed in New Zealand

New Zealand. Aotearoa is its Maori name. A country where nature and landscapes inspire people daily. Where visitors arrive with the expectation of being awed by the beauty of the scenery. Where they are also surprised by the welcoming and warm culture of New Zealanders.

NZ Made

At Clogger, this is at the core of our identity. We never stop looking at nature and the challenges it presents to the people working outside. We want to protect and support users in their job.

We want to connect the needs of users and our expertise. We want to exceed the expectations of the industry and establish new norms.

We daily combine creativity and technology’s power to offer the best. This is our goal.

3. Advance your guard

You’ll hear Arrestex HP and Arrestex FR if you spend enough time around the Clogger team or use our products. The products are the proprietary chainsaw fabrics that help create the unique Clogger experience.

Arrestex HP

Traditionally chainsaw protective fabric works by clogging the sprocket with hundreds of tough polyester, polypropylene, or nylon fibres.
Clogger R&D team decided to go a step further and developed a high-performance fabric. It incorporates super high strength and cut resistant fibre improving the protective pad’s performance significantly improved. Without adding weight. Or bulk.

Arrestex HP both clogs, and resists cutting.

Arrestex Chainsaw Safety Material

Arrestex FR

Arrestex FR built on Arrestex HP by adding 100% fire and arc resistance. It will not melt or drip. This fabric has been developed for whenever there are an extreme heat and fire hazard, and the regulations require non-melting garments. We urge you to make sure you protect yourself with Arrestex FR. It is the only truly fire-resistant chainsaw protection we know of.

4. Our Brands

Clogger is made up of a group of brands and products designed for very specific people doing challenging work.

If you are working in the heat, Zeros are for you. The first lightweight, cool chainsaw protective line, Zeros prove that you don’t have to be hot to be safe.


If you are working in the mud and the blackberry, DefenderPRO is for you. Engineered for the toughest terrain and conditions. When others turn back and can go no further, you will carry on. You will keep going. And you will be protected.


If you are working where there is an arc or fire hazard; on powerline clearance work or around wildland fires, then you need to make sure that your chainsaw protection will protect you. It has to be fully fire resistant. Look for the Arcmax logo. It’s different. As far as we know, it’s also a world first. The chainsaw protective fabric has been specially developed to be fire resistant. It will not ignite. It will not melt. It will not drip.


If you are going out in cold and wet, Ascends are for you. Forged the deepest and darkest part of the New Zealand winter, Ascends offer a classic design but with a Clogger twist. Distinctive, tough with features like zip vents and a high back for extra warmth.

If you are working hard whether as a Pro or a weekend warrior, Defender is for you. Tried, tested and trusted chainsaw protection built to be safer and easier to work in than other options.


Designed for those that climb without a chainsaw. Spider is a new breed of climbing pants for professional arborists and competitive tree climbers. With 360° stretch, advanced fabric strength, Nilit Breeze cooling capabilities…you can go in any direction and set your own limits. Then go beyond them.

5. Find the right Clogger product for you

Clogger products are the result of 25 years of enhancement based on direct customer feedback, new technologies and continuous improvement throughout the entire production process.
The strength of Clogger products results from the sum of all these details.

The safety strip to reduce the risk of chap rotation injury built into every Chap.

The trouser pattern that is the result of hundreds of iterations

The technical fabric that has just barely been released

It’s the sum of all this that make Clogger different.

See our full catalogue to find how all those details can make your work life better with the Clogger product developed and designed just for you.

For New Zealand and Australia: Catalogue 18-19 – NZ AU
For North America: Catalogue 18-19 – North America

Announcing Limited Edition Pink Zeros (and Something Special!)

A while back, we did some Pink Zeros samples. They caused quite a bit of buzz.

“@Matt Lee if these are released and u don’t buy me them, I quit”

“Are you guys still able to make the Zero’s women in pink? Finally got some pink carabiners and what the pants to match”

“Yes please I stole my wife’s zeros for my worker so I need to replace her zeros. These would be great”

We decided that it was time to do a production run but thought that we should do something special as well.

So, the good news.
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The Clogger Guide to Choosing the Best Chainsaw Safety Gear

Your chainsaw safety gear is important. Really important. Continuing cases of chainsaw injuries show that there is a real need to educate chainsaw operators on the correct selection and use of chainsaw safety gear.

This guide examines the different styles and options of chainsaw PPE available to the user and how to choose the best chainsaw protection for your unique situation.

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How to take care of your chainsaw protective trousers - washing line is the way to go!

How to take care of your chainsaw protective clothing – The Ultimate Guide

For most of our clothes, cleaning it after each use is a common practice (Or maybe two uses. Or maybe three for the most adventurous).

Mum and Dad used to do it, so this is how we do it.

For some clothes, we make an exception such as jeans, coats or the ones made with natural fibers like merino.

But what about your chainsaw protective clothing?

Will washing increase, decrease or have no effect on the protection you will have from your trousers?

How should you wash and dry them?

How to take care of your chainsaw protective clothing?

No worries, we have all your answers here. And if there isn’t, just leave a comment below and we will get back to you!
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The Gen 2 Zero Chainsaw Pants – What’s new?

The Gen 2 Zero Chainsaw Pants are now available for purchase.

And we’re all pretty excited about this launch at Clogger.

We’ve been working on the Zero Gen 2 for months. Getting all the feedback we could on the first generation of the Zero chainsaw pants and thinking how we could improve them. We tested multiple fabrics to make sure this model would be more durable and sent the new Zero to some Arborists to trial.

The main objective was to make them tougher and more durable. We’ve made the changes and to put them to the test under real-life work pressure. The Gen 2 Zeros passed every test that we could think of. And voilà. The Gen 2 Zero is now on the shelf!

But, before getting it, you might wonder: what’s new about the Gen 2 Zero Chainsaw Pants?

Here’s the quick summary.
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Arcmax with powerlines in the background - Queenstwon

5 Unexpected Reasons You Must Wear Fully Fire-Resistant Chainsaw Gear

Safety awareness in the tree industry is increasing. Governments are step by step reinforcing PPE regulations and workshops are being organized all around the world. Yet, not all crew are wearing chainsaw protection adapted to their needs.

But sometimes, we just don’t know what we truly need. With an increasing number of e-commerce websites, the choice is larger than ever and it is easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of information available.

In addition, the knowledge about arc-flash accidents and their impacts on people’s lives aren’t well documented, and there is a high chance that you don’t know how it is vital for you to wear this specific gear.

So how can you be protected from a danger you don’t know? How can you choose fully fire-resistant chainsaw gear that will truly protect you? How can you make sure you are safe when you are doing your job?

Here is an introduction to the risk of arc-flash, arc-blast and fire that you can encounter on the job. And what you need to do and the choices you need to make to be protected.

#1 Luck won’t save you in case of an arc-flash

Arc flash is a powerful and relatively unknown event during which an electric arc produces light and heat of an intense energy during a short duration, with temperatures reaching 1000’s of C⁰. It often occurs at the same time as an arc blast, creating an explosive expansion of gases which causes extremely high pressures that can throw people to the ground, collapse lungs and rupture eardrums. Both arc flash and blast combine to create life-threatening situations.

While an arc blast can sound far more dangerous than an arc flash, the second one is the one you should be the most afraid of. The majority of the hospital admissions from electrical accidents are from the burns, not from the shock.

An arc flash will happen quickly, in few seconds. You won’t be able to get away, you won’t be able to protect yourself, you won’t be able to avoid the shock. But you can avoid the burn – if you have the right gear.

#2 You can’t predict when a fire or an arc-flash will happen

As for a chainsaw incident, as for every accident that happens in your life, you won’t know when it will occur until it does. You can never be 100% sure that today everything will be all right, even when you do your best to make sure to take every precaution. A small job on a tree or on the ground doesn’t mean that there is less of a chance to get injured.

However, you don’t have to play Russian roulette every time you are at work. If your job involves being near power lines or in an environment where fire can start quickly, then you should always (always) wear protective clothing that is fully fire-resistant.

#3 Regulations exist for a reason

Every country has safety regulations. They are there mostly because of significant preventable incidents causing injury.

The same applies with arc-flash and fire hazard regulations. Arc flash accidents involving chainsaw safety gear have happened resulting in horrendous burn injuries.

Some jurisdictions have introduced regulations requiring that clothing used in an environment where there is a risk of arc flash shall be made of fibres that will not melt or drip. These regulations are designed to prevent or minimize injuries to you.

Even if regulations do not exist in your country, you should consider the risk of burns from arc flash causing your chainsaw protection material to ignite.

#4 Fire-resistant protection needs to be fully fire resistant to be effective

What if you had bought a waterproof phone case, dropped your phone in the lake and when you got it out of the water, your phone is dead? Then you will have a deeper look at the conditions of use, and it says “Phone case only waterproof in rain” or “Phone case fully waterproof with the exception of the piece around the screen”. Technically, on paper, it is waterproof. But in reality, it is not.

Now what if I tell you that it is exactly the same for most of the fire-resistant chainsaw gear available on the market today?

The outer fabric may be fire resistant, but not the chainsaw protection material on the inside. In an arc flash, the high temperature will ignite the inner layers of chainsaw protection, and its flammable components will intensify the fire. The whole garment becomes an inferno with part of the fabric burning deep into your skin. You don’t want that to happen to you. You really don’t want that.

Ask questions at the store you are buying your gear from, or contact the company itself. Request more information about the fabrics present in your trousers and what tests have been done. Ensure that what is sold to you as “fire resistant” is in fact fully fire resistant. It is your right to ask for more information on the gear that is designed to protect you.

#5 Protection and comfort don’t necessarily need to be a choice

Often, we think that the heavier the trouser, the better the protection. Our brain associates a heavy item with “plenty of layers” and “more fabrics between the body and the danger”. It might have been the case historically; however, with today’s advances in technology the chainsaw protection clothing industry is changing. And it certainly applies in the area of arc-resistant and fire-resistant chainsaw protection.

Clogger carried out a lot of research not only on the technical fabrics they have used in the Arcmax, but also on its design. The Gen 2 trouser has been made stronger and more durable, yet lighter than the previous model. With its weight of only 1.2kg, this garment has been designed to reduce your physical effort and to make your movements easier. With Arcmax Gen 2, you get the protection you need, plus you get the comfort.

Check out the Arcmax range

We hope that you find this post as valuable and worthy of your time. If you have any questions about the need to wear fully fire-resistant chainsaw gear or the regulations around arc flash protection please contact: +64 3 218 8899, [email protected] or let a comment below.

Clogger Product Directory 2017/18

We’re pleased to launch our new product directory.  It features the results of unwavering passion and relentless innovation – namely, the products.  Each one is special to us.  They are all a ‘work-in-progress’ and we’ll keep making changes and improvements.  That’ll never stop.  So think of this as a snapshot in time.  It’s merely what the products are as of April 2017.  Enjoy.

A talk in the trees with Mike Teti

When stateside at the TCI Expo last year, we got to meet and hang out with an awesome bunch of people.  One of them is Mike Teti.  Hailing from Philadelphia, a region that is still home, Mike has been a tree climber for 25 years.  He says he’s been blessed with all the opportunities life as a climber offers.  It has taken him to the top of the tallest trees, to the most beautiful locations and provided enough happy memories for a lifetime.  Mike says it was also “directly responsible for meeting my beautiful wife and Mother of my two precious boys”.

To the questions…

1. I became an Arborist because…
My passion for the great outdoors and the physicality of the job.  Even after all these years, no two days are the same.

2. My favourite tree is…
Dawn Redwood.

3. I can’t leave home without…
My awareness.

4. The perfect day at work would include…
Mild temps and sunshine.  Large canopies and a fun crew.

5. The worst part of my job is...
Cold rain, Poison Ivy and Bees.

6. The best slice of wisdom I can pass on is...
Be passionate about what you do.  It’s the things you do after dark that will make your a better arborist; reading, rec climbing and tinkering with gear.

7. If I could hang out in a tree with one person (past/present/living/dead), it would be…
My Grandfather.  I believe him to be the one to instill the love of the outdoors in me.

8. The one tree I’d like to climb is…
Eucalyptus Tree.  Not sure why.  It was my first thought and some of the pictures I’ve seen are amazing.

9. If I wasn’t an arborist I’d be a…
Climber of some sort.  Couldn’t imagine life without it.

10.  True Tale or Tall Tall Tale?  Once upon a time I…
…if ya really want to know, catch up with me and buy me a beer.  I’ll tell ya about it!  Hint: It involves alcohol and an alligator.

TO BE CONTINUED…………(after the editor gets the chance to take Mike to the pub.  A story with an alligator and alcohol needs to be told).