Best Welding Pants and Chaps Review in 2019

Working in comfortable and protective clothes couldn’t be more important, especially if you’re spending a lot of time in them. Below we review the best pants for welding, so you don’t have to!


Carhartt Men’s Flame Resistant Signature Denim Jean Relaxed Fit Review

Carhartt Demim Jean Review

These are appealing to all shapes and sizes with their vast range of sizing options. Perfect if you prefer an unusual fit or like the extra room. These denim jeans are also durable, with double stitching and made from 100% cotton to suit any kind of abuse you want to throw at them!

Meeting both the NFPA 2112 and NFPA 70E, with the addition of a HRC 2 label sewn into the back of the jeans means you will have all the necessary safety precautions in place to satisfy your employer. The button on the jeans is also non-conductive which is an important safety feature. I recommend choosing a pair of work pants with a non-conductive fastening system for the peace of mind!

Part 1: Will These Suit my Needs?

If you’re looking for a pair of durable and properly certified pants, Carhartts will suit your needs. Especially when you look at their range of sizes and consider the comfort provided.

Although these jeans are the most expensive of all the reviewed products here, I believe they’re worth the cost. The stitching used is double stitched making it durable and using a fire resistant material, perfect in an environment where sparks fly!


Part 2: Overview of Features

NFPA 2112 and NFPA 70E: The NFPA protect individuals by reducing exposure to electrical hazards. By using compliant equipment you can reduce workplace injuries, these pants meet both NFPA 2112 and NFPA 70E standards. These standards should satisfy any OSHA regulations for you to use these pants within the workplace.

Fire Resistance: These are fire resistant and durable, designed to keep the wearer protected against sparks and heat produced by welding. A certification patch is also sewn on to the back pocket.

5 Belt Loops: A good amount of belt loops that will hold up these pants evenly around the waist, making a comfortable fit. Ideal if you’re working in an environment where you’ll be carrying around extra tools, or wear for long periods of time.

APTV Rating 16: The Arc Thermal Performance Value of these gloves is 16 cal/cm2. The higher the APTV rating, the less chance of receiving a burn through the material when exposed to heat. The rating is used to determine the level at which the user has a 50% chance of a 2nd degree burn. If these pair of pants were exposed to 16 calories of energy per cm2, the wearer has a 50% chance of a 2nd degree burn in that area.


Part 3: Conclusion.

Despite the higher price of these pants, they would be the best choice for any level of welder. Especially if you need your equipment to be durable and comfortable for long periods of time. Be sure to order one size larger, and don’t use a fabric softener when machine washing!




Wrangler RIGGS WORKWEAR Men’s Flame Resistant Relaxed Fit Jean Review

Wrangler Welding Jean Reviews


What I Like What I Don’t Like
Certification: Meets NFPA 70E, ASTM 1506 and OSHA Rule 1910.269 Standards. NFPA 2112 Compliant

Nomex: All the seam stitching uses fire resistant stitching, called Nomex.


Triple Stitching: All seams have been triple stitched.


Jean Cuff: The bottoms of these jeans are large to accommodate big work boots.

Fitting: These jeans appear to fit small as well – I would recommend buying another size bigger.


Belt Loops: There were only 3 belt loops on this pair of jeans which may cause discomfort on larger waist sizes.


Wrangler are a well known and respected make, which means they’re good welding pants you can rely on. Small details like the Nomex stitching make these more durable especially when in a high heat environment. The triple stitching ensures longevity and durability too, which is backed up by the multiple pieces of certification which will satisfy any employer!

Part 1: Will these suit my needs?

If you’re looking for comfort and durability, with the requirements of higher certification then you’ll find these will suit perfectly. They’re fire resistant with added Nomex stitching to increase durability. All of the seams are triple stitched increasing durability. Therefore these are for you if you wish to use these in a harsh environment and need something more durable, or if your employer requires the extra certification this pair provide.


Part 2: Overview of Features

Triple Stitching: All seams are triple stitched, ensuring the joins between material which are typically prone to fraying and tears are strong. The stitching is also made from a material called Nomex, which is a flame resistant material – perfect for use on clothing used when welding.

Bottom Cuff is large: The bottom cuff of the jeans is large, meaning you can wear larger boots without the bottom of the boots being too small to accommodate. You could also wear ankle and shin protection if your environment requires it, due to the fitting.

Certification: This pair meets NFPA 70E, NFPA 2112, ASTM 1506 and OSHA Rule 1910.269. This ensures they’re are safe to use in a commercial workspace, and provides an adequate level of protection. Before wearing on site, ensure they satisfy your employers regulations.


Part 3: Conclusion.

In my experience and many reviews online have said they fit too small, which is something to note before purchasing. If you have a larger waist the three belt loops may be a potential drawback – however I haven’t tested whether larger waists have more loops. The certification level they provide, as well as the durability is a big bonus to these pants and would be a great second choice.




Dickies Men’s Flame-Resistant Duck Carpenter Jean Review

Dickies Welder Pants Review


What I Like What I Don’t Like
Certification: NFPA 70E and UL certified NFPA 2112, with an ARC rating of 13 and is Hazard Rating Category Level 2.


Adequate Room: Enough room to bend and stretch despite being straight legged.


Zipper: Great quality brass zipper, never locked up and is covered.


Pockets: A tool pocket which is perfect for holding your soapstone marker.


Fire Resistance: Made from 100% cotton and is also fire resistant.

Shrinkage: These seem to shrink more than our other reviewed products, initially they were too long for me but shrank down to size.


Color: I prefer blue over brown work trousers, but this doesn’t take anything away from their functionality.


Another great choice of welding pants, with a decent fit and plenty of pockets. These are also flame resistant and meet a range of certification that should satisfy most workplaces (always important to check before buying). A covered brass zipper is an important safety feature, although not as well designed compared to the Carhartts arc resistant button.



Part 1: Will these suit my needs?

If you’re a casual welder looking for affordability and durability, these are for you. The straight cut ensures a comfortable fit, and plenty of pockets to hold smaller tools while you work. These are certified, however have a lower ARC rating than our other reviewed products. I wouldn’t recommend these for someone working in a commercial environment due to the lower level of protection they provide, and typically a commercial setting welds at higher temperatures.


Part 2: Overview of Features

Certification: Like our other compared products, these are also NFPA 70E and NFPA 2112 compliant. Suitable for commercial use and will satisfy and employer, as a FR patch is stitched onto the clothing.

Straight cut: They are the same width down the entire leg to the ankle. This means they fit tighter around the upper leg compared to the lower – depending on your preferred fit this may be perfect for you.

Plenty of room: Due to their straight cut this pair gives plenty of room and can accommodate a large pair of work boots around the ankle.

Pockets: An impressive amount of pockets with a dual tool pocket on the side. This feature I find extremely useful as you can keep small tools with you at all times.

Fire Resistance: This pair is also made from fire resistant material, and is accompanied by a FR patch sewn into the fabric.


Part 3: Conclusion.

A good pair at a good price. Will last a casual welder a long time and are comfortable to wear. As with other fire resistant pants perhaps order a size higher, it should be noted these do shrink as well so don’t be shocked when you try them on for the first time.