Best Pants for Welding 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

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Welding PantsAre you sick of discovering little burn holes in your jeans after welding? Those sparks and bits of splatter may not seem like a big deal, but they’re extremely hot and have no problem burning small holes into your clothing. Luckily, there are some pants available that excel at protecting you from exactly the type of sparks that welding creates. These flame-resistant pants will keep you safe during your welding, but they’re not all very comfortable. We wanted to find the pants that offered protection without sacrificing comfortability, and if they still looked good, well, that’s a plus too. The following eight pants were some of our favorites, so we’ve written up short reviews comparing them. Only three were worth recommending, and they’re positioned right at the top of the list so you won’t miss them.

A Glance at the Winners of 2020:

ModelPriceSizes AvailableEditor Rating
Magid SparkGuard
small Magid SparkGuard(Best Value)

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17 Sizes4.80/5
Lapcofr Cargo Pants
small Lapcofr Cargo Pants(Premium Choice)

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17 Sizes4.70/5
Bulwark Twill Cotton
small Bulwark Twill Cotton

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78 Sizes4.45/5
Carhart Denim Dungaree
small Carhart Denim Dungaree

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4 Sizes4.40/5

The 8 Best Pants for Welding:

1. Magid SparkGuard FR Cotton Pants – Best Value

Magid

The SparkGuard cotton pants from Magid Glove & Safety are one of the most affordable options when it comes to pants for welding. The most important thing to keep in mind with welding pants is fire resistance, and to that end, the Magid pants offer SparkGuard flame resistance to keep you safe from splatter and sparks. These pants are also anti-static, so you won’t buildup electricity that could result in a poorly timed spark. Moreover, they’re rot and mildew resistant, so your pants are protected from pretty much everything. No matter what conditions you’re working in, these pants have you covered.

Truthfully, we weren’t wild about the teal green color of these pants. It’s not terribly attractive, but for welding, that doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that they’re comfortable and breathable, and luckily, they are. What’s even better though, is the affordable price. Most of the pants we tried out for this list were very expensive and not too comfortable. The Magid SparkGuard, on the other hand, was affordable and comfortable, which is why we think they’re the best pants for welding for the money.

Pros
  • SparkGuard flame resistance
  • Rot and mildew resistant
  • Comfortable and breathable
  • Affordable protection
Cons
  • Color doesn’t look great

2. Lapcofr Flame-Resistant Cotton Cargo Pant – Premium Choice

Lapco FR P-INCKHT9

Comfortable, convenient, and durable, these flame-resistant cargo pants from LAPCOFR check off all the boxes. No one wants to be hot and uncomfortable while they’re working, and welding is already a process that’s going to add a lot of heat and likely keep you in less than comfortable positions. But with these pants, you’ll get much better circulation, keeping you cool while you work. Moreover, their relaxed fit is very comfortable and gives you room to move around freely. Granted, you’re going to spend a little bit more for the comfort and protection, but we think it’s definitely worth it with these pants.

Despite the comfort and breathability, the material they’re made from is thick enough to offer sufficient protection, especially since it’s flame-resistant cotton. We couldn’t even feel the sparks hit our legs in these pants. And when we finished the day’s work, we had no problems wearing these pants out in public because they look just as good as they feel. The added cargo pockets on the sides are just an extra benefit and one more reason why these pants earned our premium choice recommendation.

Pros
  • Side cargo pockets for extra storage
  • Comfortable relaxed fit
  • Thick material offers great protection
  • Better air circulation than other FR pants
Cons
  • A bit pricey

3. Bulwark Flame Resistant Twill Cotton Work Pant

Bulwark Twill

At first glance, the Bulwark flame-resistant twill work pants don’t even appear to be work pants. They’re very classy and almost look like relaxed slacks. If you often spend time in the office or you just want to look presentable when you go on lunch break, then these may be a good option for you. As work pants, they’re very comfortable and breathable, but they lack extra pockets that we like to have to hold onto pencils, tape measures, and whatever other tools we’re currently using. It’s a minor gripe, but worth noting.

These pants do a great job of protecting you while welding. We never even noticed when sparks hit us, and even a fair bit of splatter goes unnoticed. We were also quite comfortable while working in them since they’re more breathable than other flame-resistant pants we tried out. We were quite thankful for this in the hot workshop while running our welders! But they did fade after several washes and lost some of the classy looks they had when fresh.

Pros
  • Very comfortable to wear
  • Pockets are large
  • Looks classy for work pants
Cons
  • Lacks extra pockets
  • Fades after several washes

4. Carhartt Flame Resistant Signature Denim Dungaree

Carthart

Carhartt is known for their work clothes, so it’s not surprising that their signature denim dungarees made it onto our list of best pants for welding. But we expected a bit more from them, which is why they didn’t make it into our top three. These pants are flame-resistant, a crucial feature for any welder. To that end, an arc-resistant button was used for the closure. You also get small side pockets for holding pencils or rulers. This is convenient, but they’re too small to be used for much else.

These are some of the more expensive pants we tried out, so we were surprised to see them starting to fall apart after a few months of light use. The stitching started to come undone, and we even wore some holes in the knees. The denim on these pants is thinner than we’d prefer, which very likely contributes to the poor lifespan. But they were comfortable to wear thanks to the relaxed fit. Overall, they’re a decent work pant that offers flame resistance, but we’d like to see some improved durability before we recommend them.

Pros
  • Relaxed fit wears well
  • Side pockets for convenience
  • Arc-resistant button closure
Cons
  • More expensive than other options
  • Don’t hold up as well as hoped

5. Titicaca Flame Resistant Low Rise Jeans

Titicaca

One of the biggest problems we’ve found with flame-resistant work pants is that they’re just too overpriced for what they are. Luckily, the Titicaca flame-resistant jeans are much more affordable. They’re also low-rise for a more comfortable fit and better look. The seat and thighs have a relaxed fit, allowing you to move freely in them. They also fit over boots, which we always prefer for work pants.

Though they are flame-resistant, they’re not very durable. The denim used is much too thin for our liking, and it rips quite easily. Not the tough denim work jeans we’re used to. We also noticed that the fit wasn’t quite right. They seemed to be larger than the size marked on the tag, and we had to order a size or two down to get a proper fit. Overall, they don’t offer as good of protection as we had hoped. It’s a bit disappointing, but they’re still decent welding pants thanks to the flame resistance. But if you want a cheap flame-resistant pant for welding, we suggest the Magid SparkGuard pants instead.

Pros
  • Affordable flame-resistant protection
  • Low-rise for a comfortable fit
  • Relaxed seat and thigh so you can move
  • Fits over boots
Cons
  • Too large fit
  • Thin material rips easily
  • Doesn’t offer the best protection

6. Caterpillar Flame Resistant Cargo Pant

Caterpillar

Caterpillar is a well-known construction brand, but we usually know them for their large equipment. At first glance, these work pants appear to be very robust and durable. The material definitely is, and it’s quite thick, offering excellent protection. Unfortunately, they’re also quite stiff, even after several washes, which makes them rather uncomfortable to wear. But since they’re flame-resistant, you won’t have to worry about any sparks or even small bits of slag hitting your legs. The waistline button doesn’t last very long though. It fell off on our first pair pretty quickly, and on the second pair, we had a repeat of the same problem. For pants this expensive, this was a very disappointing occurrence.

Work pants can never have too many pockets, and we were thankful for the additional side pockets on these pants. But that’s not enough to redeem these pants and justify the high price tag. If they were more comfortable or the buttons didn’t keep falling off, they may have fared better. As it is, we weren’t impressed with them.

Pros
  • Extra pockets
  • Thick and durable material
Cons
  • Very expensive
  • Stiff and uncomfortable
  • Waistline buckle doesn’t last

7. Bulwark Flame Resistant Classic Fit Jean

Bulwark

We liked the flame-resistant twill pants from Bulwark, but their classic fit jean pants didn’t do as much to satisfy us. The classic jean look is nice, and you won’t feel amiss wearing them in public after your work shift is over. They cover over your boots, which we always like to see with work pants. With a relaxed fit and wide legs, you should be comfortable. That wasn’t our experience, but it is what we expected. They’re very stiff and inflexible, making them hard to move around in. Worse, they have terrible ventilation which leaves you overheating and dying for some circulation. Welding is already hot, so we don’t need to make the situation worse with unbreathable clothing. Especially with pants that cost as much as these! They’re not cheap, and for the price, we’d rather get two pairs of the Magid SparkGuard pants instead.

Pros
  • Classic jean look
  • Legs fit over work boots
Cons
  • Very hot inside
  • Not comfortable to wear
  • Expensive

Buyer’s Guide

Lots of work pants could be worn for welding, but will they offer the protection you need? Often, the answer is no. So, what should you be looking for in pants for welding? Well, in this short buyer’s guide, we’re going to answer that question so you know exactly which pants are going to hold up to the abuse. Moreover, you’ll know which traits to prioritize to make sure you’re not only safe but comfortable as well.

Flame Resistance

Flame resistance is the most important trait to look for in a pair of pants for welding. Sparks and splatter can easily burn holes in normal fabric, but flame-resistant fabric won’t fall prey to the errant sparks that hit them. All of the pants presented on this list are flame-resistant, but most work pants are not. If you want to stray from our suggestions, at least make sure that the pants you choose offer protection from flame and heat.

Comfort

Naturally, you’re not going to want to wear your welding pants very often if they’re uncomfortable. The fabric used in flame-resistant pants is often very thick and stiff, so it’s easy to see how they would be uncomfortable. But not all flame-resistant pants are like this. In fact, some of them are nearly as comfortable as the regular pants you’re probably wearing right now. We prefer to be as comfortable as possible while welding. Uncomfortable pants can pose a distraction that we’d rather not deal with when fingers could possibly be at stake.

Breathability

It goes hand in hand with comfort, but the thick fabric used in fire-resistant pants often offers very little airflow. Especially when welding, it can get stiflingly hot in these pants. Welding generates plenty of heat on its own, so you don’t want pants that are going to trap the heat inside. Luckily, some of the pants we tested were breathable and offered great ventilation. After using so many pairs of flame-resistant pants, we recommend trying them on to see which ones offer enough airflow to satisfy. We wouldn’t want to be stuck in a hot pair of pants in a hot workshop doing hot welding. It’s just too hot.

Looks

Obviously, welding isn’t a fashion show. We don’t care so much how we look while we’re actually welding. But it’s pretty common to run out in the middle of the workday to get lunch or supplies. When you do, it’s unlikely that you want to look like a buffoon. Some pants for welding are far less than attractive, and we’d prefer to still look decent on our midday lunch run. This is all preference for certain, but our preference is to look presentable at any time of day.

Conclusion

When welding, you need pants that will protect you from the sparks and spatter that are constantly a byproduct of the process. Hopefully, they’re also comfortable so you don’t hate wearing them. We’ve searched all over and tried many pairs of pants to find the best ones for welding. After reading our reviews, you probably know which pants are your style. For us, the Wrangler Riggs relaxed fit jeans were a clear winner. They’re made from thick, durable, flame-resistant denim that did an excellent job of deterring sparks and keeping us safe while still looking presentable with the classic Wrangler jean style.

The Magid SparkGuard pants were our pick for best value. They’re much more affordable than most of the competition, but they still offered excellent protection thanks to their SparkGuard flame resistance. They were also comfortable and breathable, and we never hated wearing them. For a premium pant at a premium price, we think the LAPCOFR flame-resistant cargo pants are a great option. They were comfortable enough to move around freely in them, and the extra pockets were an added bonus. They offered great protection and still looked good enough to wear in public when the workday is done.


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Jacob Mills
 

Jacob's an experienced fitter and tuner/welder who's passionate about helping others develop in life through new skills and opportunities. He's found writing on numerous sites like weldingchamps.com about his passions including his website tinyhomeskingdom.com

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