Product Name & Award
Top Pick: Revco BX9C-2XL
Runner Up: Black Stallion BSX FR
Cotton & Nylon
One of the most important pieces of personal protection equipment for a welder is a welding jacket. If you plan on doing some welding, these nifty jackets will protect your arms and body from sparks and tiny spouts of fire that arise during welding occasionally.
Welding jackets need to be made of sturdy materials and must be fireproof, to ensure maximum protection.
If you’re in need of a welding jacket, you’ve come to the right place. Read on, and you will find a short guide on what’s important to have in a welding jacket, along with a list of six excellent products.
Last Updated: January 3, 2019
By Gregory Sanders: This article has been updated to reflect the most accurate information regarding welding jackets available for those who are interested in welding. The best 6 available have changed, and information has been added to assist individuals in finding the best jackets for welding currently available on the market. The FAQ has also been updated.
We've looked over a number of welding jackets and reviewed a few of the best. Many aspects may vary by personal taste, the climate or weather you're working in and the type of job you're doing, but we hope this information will be useful to you!
We scoured through most of the welding jacket choices on the market and picked six products we believe are the best.
First up, we have the Revco DSX Welding Jacket. One of the better and thicker welding coats on the market, Revco is excellent at protecting your arms from getting singed and your clothes from getting burned.
The thick coating makes it also very warm, which is excellent if you’re planning to work in colder weather. The coat also has an adjustable cuff and wrist straps for a better fit.
The coat is thick – but it is too thick on occasion. The added layers that offer such excellent protection make the coat very hot, and you won’t be able to wear it long in warm weather without it stretching.
Not only that, but the jacket, being made of cotton, suffers from what all cotton welding coats suffer – they can burn through at a quicker rate than most.
Overall, this is a good welding jacket. It might not last as long if you’re an ardent welder, but for light welding during winter months, it might be just what you need.
Our next item comes also from Revco. Their Black Stallion coat is one of the best welding jackets on the market, and it’s not hard to tell why.
The thick cotton build protects you from sparks, and it also keeps you warm during colder days.
One thing we especially like about this coat is that it not only has an adjustable waist and cuffs, but also a tight collar, so the sparks won’t fall into the suit if you do some overhead welding.
Being similar to the previous jacket, the Black Stallion suffers from the same defects. The double cotton layer is very warm, but cotton isn’t the most fireproof material, resulting in reduced overall durability.
In the end, you can always count on Revco to deliver a great jacket. Black Stallion is durable enough and quite warm, but avoid using it during warmer months.
Our first leather jacket for consideration is the Lincoln Electric Brown Flame-Resistant Jacket.
This is our first leather jacket. It is very sturdy, weather- and flame-resistant. It has a front closure linen flap with a zipper and snaps for even better protection.
It also comes with pretty big pockets too.
While leather is very fire-resistant, it is also very heavy. This jacket can be quite restricting of your movements, but not overly so.
One of the problems with this jacket is that the leather is dyed and the dye will often come off, especially due to heat, and the sparks will leave burn marks on it.
If you can get past the dyed leather (and we are sure you aren’t that picky) this is an awesome welding jacket.
It is heavy duty, and it will definitely protect you from everything both the weather and the welding torch can throw at you.
One of the less expensive jackets, the Miller Electric Welding Jacket combines a good level of protection with a fine price.
Made of 88% cotton and 12% nylon, the jacket is light and understandably durable.
It is also much more yielding for warm weather use, and you won’t retch so much in it.
Just like all cotton jackets, Miller Electric suffers from reduced durability. The sparks can sometimes burn through the fabric if there are plenty of them.
However, the cotton and nylon make this jacket more akin to regular clothes, making it lighter and more acceptable in warm weather.
Overall, the jacket is good for lighter welding jobs. We wouldn’t recommend it for heavy-duty jobs, but during the summer if it’s a smaller job, Miller Electric is a prudent choice.
This Lincoln Electric Welding Jacket, unlike the one we reviewed above, is made of 9-ounce flame-resistant cotton.
The jacket is a tight fit around the wrists and the neck, thus protecting you from flying sparks, and preventing them from entering inside the suit.
If you want a quality jacket you shouldn't look any further, Lincoln electric black flamer will meet your expectations.
Naturally, the cotton is not as flame resistant as leather, making this Lincoln Electric less heavy-duty than the previous one.
In essence, this is an excellent jacket. It may not provide as much protection as the Lincoln Brown, but the 9-ounce flame-resistant cotton will not fail you. In addition, the tight fit of the cuffs and the collar will make sure you don’t get singed at all.
Last, but not least, is the Steiner 1260-L. This is one of the best welding jackets, mostly because of its flexibility. The body is made of flame-resistant cotton, while the sleeves are made of durable cowhide.
This way, not only are your arms (which are always the ones most exposed) protected, but you will also not be weighed down, thanks to the light body.
It’s really hard to find something wrong with the jacket. We like its flexibility, its sturdiness, and light weight. The only thing we found wrong with this jacket is that there is no lining on the sleeves, so the seams make it a little uncomfortable to wear.
Truly, Steiner 1260-L is one of the best jackets we’ve seen. Leather sleeves and cotton body give it excellent flame resistance and good durability while making it relatively light. This is a jacket we are very much happy with, and we warmly recommend it.
Welding jackets need to be fireproof. Since welding creates a lot of sparks, all it takes is one spark to land on the street clothes you are wearing to ignite into flames leaving you with severe burns. We certainly don’t want that, do we?
That’s where a good welding jacket come in handy. Their main purpose is protection against sparks and fire. They also keep you warm if you’re working in colder weather, which makes them doubly useful.
But, what makes a welding jacket a good jacket? The answer is – material. The better the quality of the material used for a welding jacket, the warmer and more resistant to fire it will be.
Naturally, some materials are better at this task than others, which is why welding jackets are usually made of several materials that offer the perfect balance of these two qualities.
Usually, a jacket will be made of cotton, wool, leather or denim. Cotton jackets are the lightest and the least warm, making them excellent for work during summer months. They are also the least fire resistant, but smart layering can stop the fire, and cotton is easily snuffed out. It will, however, leave burn marks on your jacket.
The most heavy-duty jackets are leather jackets. Leather jackets offer the most protection and are the second warmest (next to wool). Leather burns at very high temperatures; temperatures much higher than a mere spark can generate. Therefore, if you want to be sure you will not get scorched, go for a leather jacket.
The last thing to consider is the brand of the product. Naturally, trusted brands will make better products, but that does not mean that only the name brands produce something worth your consideration.
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