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
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.
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.