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From denim to duck
When your job is active, messy, or even just outdoors, you need a pair of work pants that are durable, comfortable, and won’t fall apart after a few washes. And that means not any old pair of jeans or khakis will do. Luckily there are plenty of options out there, from Carhartt’s best selling washed duck work pants to our own Work ‘N Gear MP20 work pants.
Are you new on the job? Or just looking to gift a pair of the best work pants to a loved one? Here’s all you need to know about buying quality work pants for yourself or your favorite contractor, welder, carpenter, mechanic or construction worker.
There are three main types of fit when it comes to work pants: classic, relaxed and slim.
Classic fit – This is the average, “middle of the road” fit
Relaxed fit – Offers extra room in the seat and thigh, and is roomier than classic fit work pants.
Slim fit – A more modern fit, slim fit work pants have a slimmer leg than classic fit pants, but are not tight. Even with slim fit work pants, the leg openings are often specially designed to fit over work boots.
Work pants are typically made out of one of two fabrics: Denim or cotton duck. (Just like with work jackets, cotton duck has no relation to ducks themselves). Here’s a quick overview of the pros and cons of each:
There are also special FR fabric blends, like cotton/high-tenacity nylon blend canvas or cotton duck that are inherently flame resistant.
You will often see the weight of the work pants’ fabric listed in the description. Heavier fabric, like 14-ounce, is reserved for heavy duty work clothes. Lighter fabric is less durable but is better for lighter clothes and warmer temperatures. Many times light fabric work pants will come with reinforced seams and double knees to add some durability while maintaining their light weight.
There are a number of features to look out for when purchasing a pair of work pants. Many of these are designed to add utility or durability to the pants so they can last for years on the job.