My name is Devan, I am 20 years old and a Junior at Colorado Mesa. Last year I applied to the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps through AmeriCorps. Now this was not just a simple trail job… I applied for the Saw Crew. I had never done manual labor in my life and this was a huge step, along with the fact that I had never left California by myself. This job was for 2 and a half months, living in a tent, showering once a week, and working 10 hours a day, 4 times a week, All while taking down 60 to 80ft trees with a 441 (10 horsepower, 20 inch bar, 45-lbs).
Before I headed out there I knew I needed a reliable pair of pants that I could get rough and dirty in, and I actually found it incredibly difficult to find them. I searched everywhere, from Walmart to REI and found nothing in the field of pants targeted towards hardworking women. And to add to this fact, when I asked employees what I was looking for and why, they couldn't believe that me — a 5'8, 120-lb. Woman, with barely any muscle was going to use a chainsaw. But I didn't let them stop me.
After searching around and becoming quite desperate, I hopped on a forum through the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps for help, and one of the wonderful ladies in charge of the whole operation, Jenny, suggested Duluth Trading Fire Hose Work Pants. And so with about 2 days till I flew out to Colorado, I ordered the pants, and oh my goodness, once I tried them on, it was love at first wear. I took these pants through hell, wearing them everyday, out in the woods, using a chainsaw, and washing them once a week. They were always comfortable, fit excellently and I am planning to buy another pair.
I was extremely happy with Duluth and I am now using the pants when I go volunteer with the U.S. Forest Service Timber Crew. This summer with the Saw Crew, taught me what it means to be hardworking, using a 45lb chainsaw to take down 60 to 80-ft. trees will definitely do that, and it re-sparked my need to be outside and to work hard.To me being a real woman is living life and letting nothing stop you, working hard, being stubborn, and using a chainsaw even when everyone else thinks you are out of your element.
I worked this summer on a crew of 8 men and 2 other girls, and sometimes it was difficult because as a girl, the guys pushed us, and even had disbelief that we could even keep up to them. Oh man, did we show them up! By the end of the season anything they did, I could do better, and I am hoping to even go into firefighting(but that is a whole other story).
Even if this does not go up on the newsletter, I just wanted to thank you for an excellent pair of pants! It's pretty much impossible to find pants for women that can be as durable as men's and fit women's curves as well. Attached is my picture of me wearing the pants and hanging out with my chainsaw.
Have a great day and thank you for your time!