6. West Chester Iron Cat 7010
The West Chester Iron Cat 7010 (around $34) can stand up to the sparks that come from grinding, and has cotton straps that are soft on the shoulders and easy to adjust. It features two chest pockets for small tools or accessories and is 42 inches long.
- Fits tall people well
- Good all-purpose shop model
- Waist strap too short for some
5. Lincoln Electric KH804
The heavy split cowhide on the Lincoln Electric KH804 (around $32) makes it suitable for light welding, while its patchwork design allows for uninhibited movement. An adjustable harness allows it to fit on just about any body shape and size.
- Protects clothing from spatter
- Can withstand a molten glass spill
- Doesn’t have any pockets
4. Outset F240
With the words “Grab life by the grills” sewn into the patch, the Outset F240 (about $40) makes a good gift for a barbecue lover. Its deep pockets can hold seasoning, tongs and other things you need to keep on hand when you’re flipping burgers and steaks.
- Soft-to-the-touch suede
- High-quality stitching
- A touch heavy on the neck
3. West Chester Ironcat 7012
If you just need to protect the lower half of your body the West Chester Ironcat 7012 (about $39) is a good choice. It’s sewn with Kevlar thread, which is incredibly tough and can withstand temperatures of up to 800 degrees without melting.
- Affordable and built to last
- Feels lightweight and soft
- Protects pants from being shredded
2. Steiner Weld-Rite 92166
The design of the Steiner Weld-Rite 92166 (about $38) eschews neck straps and the chafing that can come with them. With rivet-reinforced stress points, it can handle plenty of movement without the leather wearing out and, at 42 inches long, it provides a lot of protection.
- Convenient bib pocket
- Few seams for comfort
- Easy to take off quickly