The Best Welding Jacket

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As you know a decent welding jacket as well as welding gloves can make or break your work day. Nobody enjoys being burnt or having to deal with a crusty welding jacket that won’t flex or move with your body. Below you will find a list of the best welding jackets.

 

The Best Welding Jackets, Coats and Capes

1) Revco – Bsx Welding Jacket (No Leather)

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This is hands down the best welding jacket that I have worn. They do not contain any leather at all and are actually made from cotton and are treated with a flame resistant coating. This welding jacket has two inside pockets, adjustable cuffs and an adjustable collar that can be snapped shut. The snaps are also very sturdy and won’t “tear out” on you like some of the cheaper green welding jackets. The length is just right and will still cover your waist area when stretching and reaching. These types of welding jackets are cooler than full leather jackets.

  • Superior longevity and heat protection than more expensive welding jackets.
  • Suitable for MIG, TIG and Stick welding processes
  • Available in S, M, L, X-L, XX-L and XXX-L
  • Adjustable cuff and waist
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2) Revco – Black Stallion Cowhide Leather Welding Jacket (Full Leather)

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If you are looking for a full leather welding jacket this is your best choice. The jacket is soft, has a very comfortable lining on the inside and moves with your body as you stretch or bend. You will find several pockets on the inside, one large outer pocket with snap and a soapstone holder on the upper arm. The wrists are adjustable as is the collar. All of the stitching is flame resistant Kevlar. This is probably the best welding jacket as far as quality vs cost if you are needing a full leather welding jacket.

  • Excellent quality, will hold up for a long time.
  • Easy to snap jacket closed with gloves on
  • Generously cut, not a snug fit
  • Excellent heat and burn protection
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3) Revco – Black Stallion Hybrid Welding Jacket (Half Leather/Hybrid)

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This is is an excellent welding jacket that gives the best of both worlds. Leather arms give excellent protection especially while welding in the overhead position. The body of the jacket is made from cotton that is treated with a flame resistant coating. This is the best welding jacket for those that are seeking a lighter, cooler jacket that offers excellent protection.

  • Great quality – This is basically a combination of both #1 and #2 jackets.
  • Cool and lightweight when compared to full leathers
  • Flexible and comfortable
  • Flame resistant Kevlar stitching

 

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4) Miller Welding Jacket (No Leather)

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This welding jacket is very similar if not identical to my #1 pick. I wouldn’t be surprised if they weren’t made in the same factory overseas. You will find that it has adjustable wrist cuffs and neck. I would check this price versus the number one pick and save yourself a few bucks since they are nearly the same welding jacket.

  • Superior longevity and heat protection than more expensive welding jackets.
  • Suitable for MIG, TIG and Stick welding processes
  • Available in Medium, Large and  Extra Large
  • Adjustable cuff and waist

 

 

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5) West Chester 7000 – Leather Cape and Detachable Bib (Full Leather)

Picture of the best welding cape.This is an excellent welding cape that offers solid protection from burns while remaining lighter and cooler with an open back. It weighs in at about 2.5 pounds, compared to a full leather jacket at about 5 pounds. A bib can be bought separately and can easily be added via 6 snap type buttons. The bib comes in two sizes, 14 inch and 20 inch.

  • Good quality leather that is soft and pliable
  • All seams are stitched with Kevlar for strength and heat resistant
  • Soapstone/Marker pocket on the upper part of each sleeve
  • Excellent for hot weather
  • Great price point for the quality.

 

 

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Welding Jacket Information and Buying Tips

We are shopping for the best welding jacket it is important to keep in mind the type of work that you do on a daily basis. Are you welding in the overhead position a lot? Or are you doing mostly flat welding and a factory setting? what works for you may not work for everyone else so it is important to keep in mind what you really want and need.

 

Full leather welding jackets and coats

If you work in a cooler environment you may want to consider just wearing a full leather jacket. In addition to being great for welding by giving you the most protection they also break wind (LOL) and keep you warmer in cold weather. The downside to wearing a full leather welding jacket is that they are fairly heavy. You can expect them to weigh in at about 5 to 6 pounds.

 

Cotton welding jackets

The cotton style welding jackets are very lightweight, do not restrict movement when stretching or bending and offer fairly good heat and burn protection. Another plus to these types of welding jackets are that they are very cool to wear during the summer months.

Although they may not be as durable and long-lasting as welding leathers they are considerably cheaper to buy. You will find that the cotton style welding jackets are about 70% cheaper than full leather welding jackets. This allows you to replace them more often for the same price as a leather jacket.

They may not offer as much protection from heat environments as leather does but you may be surprised as to how well they do. If you are in a situation where you will be doing a significant amount of overhead welding this may not be the best choice for you though. When I was working as a welder full time I always carried one cotton style welding jacket and also a leather welding jacket.

 

Hybrid welding jackets

The hybrid welding jacket consists of flame resistant cotton and leather. You’ll often find that the sleeves of the jacket are made with leather well the body of the jacket is made with lighter weight flame resistant cotton.

This allows you to have the best of both worlds in my opinion and was my go to welding jacket for a long time. These jackets are great for all welding processes including overhead welding. They are a fine balance of weight, dexterity and protection in my opinion.

 

Welding capes

So you have a Superman complex do you? Sorry for my attempt at some humor. I personally have never been a huge fan of the welding capes but that is just my opinion. I have also never really given them a chance either. I really don’t have much to say on the subject except I can see how they would be a bit cooler than wearing a full leather jacket. In my opinion if I was going to wear a cape style welding jacket I would rather wear a hybrid welding jacket instead.

 

Welding jacket care

Welders are often tasked with doing many different jobs. This could include threading pipe, installing valves and a host of other different jobs. And may not be a good idea to wear your welding jacket while performing tasks where you may get your jacket oily or covered in grease. This will only cause your jacket to deteriorate faster and drive of your replacement costs.

You should always take care of all of your welding equipment including your jacket, welding gloves and hood. It will keep you safer and more comfortable in the long run.

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