Those whose jobs involve a lot of walking, lifting and manual labor require the most durable garments to perform their tasks without danger of the clothes ripping or breaking.
Employees who work in the trade or on a factory floor are subjected to demanding positions and the garment that suffers the most is your work pants.
Trusty jeans can be counted upon for some of the less strenuous tasks but where there are harsher conditions there are alternatives. Safety Workwear Guide looks at the Toughest Work Pants for Men.
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Men’s Toughest Work Pant 2021
Our No 1 choice for toughest work pants are Carhartt Men’s Firm Duck Double-Front Work Dungaree Pant B01 based on:>
- High Quality Build Pants
- More than enough Utility Pockets
- Triple stitched seams
- Knee Pad Compatible
We like the quality of the pants and they feel like they will last for a long time even in harsher conditions.
|Work Pants||Materials||Water Resistant|
|Carhatt Men's Work Pants||12-ounce, firm-hand, 100 percent ring-spun cotton duck||No|
|Walls Men's Move It The Original Light Flex Work Pant||59% Cotton, 39% Polyester, 2% Spandex||Yes|
|Wrangler Riggs Workwear Men's Ranger Pant||100% Cotton Ripstop Fabric||No|
|5.11 Men's Taclite Pro Tactical Pants||6.2 oz. poly/cotton TACLITE ripstop fabric||No|
|Tru Spec Men's 24/7 Tactical Pant||65% Polyester, 35% Cotton||No|
|LA Police Gear Men's Teflon Coated STS Atlas Tactical Cargo||65% Polyester / 35% Cotton Rip-Stop||Yes|
|CQR Men's Work Rip Stop Tactical Utility Pants||Duratex||Yes|
|Caterpiller Men's H20 Defender Pant||65% Cotton, 33% Polyester, 2% Elastane||Yes|
|Dickies Mens Regular Straight Fit Double Knee Stretch Pants||Cotton/poly twill||No|
|Carhatt Men's Rugged Flex Rigby Five Pocket Pant||98% Cotton/2% Spandex||No|
Top 10 Men’s Toughest Work Pants
Carhartt Men’s Firm Duck Double Front Work Dungaree Pant B01
The Pants that are built to last, and last. You can feel the quality in the build of the Carhatt Firm Duck pants.
There are more than enough utility pockets with quality stitching and room for holding the essentials like tools and cell phones. Pockets are situated to the side and back.
There is also a handy hammer loop on the left leg. The belt loops have been expertly stitched to ensure there is extra protection from tears. Made from 12-ounce cotton duck.
The main seam has been triple seamed and you can feel that these pants are going to last a long time. The pair that we tried were the loose original fit.
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These are a very well-made product with a reasonable pricing point. If involved in manual labor these should stand the tests that are thrown at them daily. It may be worth buying a size up to allow shrinkage after washing.
Walls Men’s Move It The Original Light Flex Work Pant
For Men who want a lighter pant, these may be the option for you. The work pants are made of 59% Cotton, 39% Polyester, 2% Spandex. Showerproof therefore good for outside working.
The Good Points: Lighter weight. Velcro Pockets, which are deep. Can be worn outside of work setting as they have a smart appearance. Reasonable pricing point
Wrangler Riggs Workwear Men’s Ranger Pant
The Wrangler Men’s Ranger Pants are made of 10 oz 100% Ripstop Fabric, the pants have been reinforced at knee, seams and tape measure clip. The back pockets have been lined. These are built to last.
These pants have
- Hammer Loop
- Side Cargo pockets with deep pockets
- A watch pocket
- Deep Front pockets
- Re-inforced leather tape measure clip
5.11 Men’s Taclite Pro Tactical Pants
The Taclite Pro Tactical Pants are made from a premium polyester and cotton mechanical stretch Taclite ripstop fabric. A Teflon protected fabric resists staining and soil.
- Gusseted Inseam and fitted appearance
- 8 pockets
- Triple stitching
- Reinforced Knee cap section
Tru Spec Men’s 24/7 Tactical Pant
These Pants by Tru Spec offer a tactical specification with flexibility and durability.
- Side pockets
- Thick belt loops
- Large vecro rear pockets
LA Police Gear Men’s Teflon Coated STS Atlas Tactical Cargo
These tactical cargo pants are durable and have a water resistant coating. There is also a handy slider waistband. Double stitched.
- 6.5oz. 65/35 polyester cotton rip-stop fabrics are DWR water repellent coated.
- Reinforced knee section housing built in pads pockets
- Cargo pockets and accessory pockets
CQR Men’s Work Rip Stop Tactical Utility Pants
These Utility Pants are based on law enforcement design made from duratex material and good sizing options.
- Fade, shrink and wrinkle resistant.
- Multiple cargo pockets for equipment
- Standard fit
Caterpiller Men’s H20 Defender Pant
The H20 defender trouser features revolutionary water-resistant stretch fabric, meaning it’s durable and versatile. There are snap off holster pockets. Made from 65% Cotton, 33% Polyester, 2% Elastane
- Reflective piping at the front and back off knees
- Top loading knee pad pocket
- Scuff guarding for extra protection
Dickies Mens Regular Straight Fit Double Knee Stretch Pants
These Dickies Work Pants are made from cotton and poly twill meaning that they are flexible and durable.
- Reinforced Knee section
- Wrinkle resistant
- Multi use pocket on leg
Carhatt Men’s Rugged Flex Rigby Five Pocket Pant
Another entry by Carhatt with a quality pant. They are made of 98% cotton and 2% Spandex a durable stretch technology.
- Cell phone pocket
- Reinforced belt loops
- Relaxed fit allowing more room in the seat and thighs
What to look for in Work Pants
Most of the work pants we have looked at are made from cotton or a mixture blend. The reason cotton duck and canvas material is better suited for work pants is that they are les likely to snag and tear since the surface is smoother.
Have a look at the mention of weight when it comes to this choice. When it comes to durability there are 14 ounce fabrics available that are ideal for heavy duty conditions. Lighter options are best for working in warm temperatures. There are options where lighter pants have reinforced sections on teh knee pads and the seaming is extra stitched.
Heavier duty cotton acts a s good wind blocker but can take time to wear the material in a bit like denim jeans.
Stitching- Have a look at the durability of the stiching. Triple seamed would be the standard for work pants that are undergoing the rigours on a work site. There maybe additional reinforcements on the seam sections like rivets and bartacks.
The zipper section should be heavy duty and offer more protectiona gainst dirt and the rigors of manul labor.
The belt loops should be extra stitched and can have wider loops or more loops than normal pants.
Work Pant Fit
When choosing fit , this is a personal preference to the wearer. There are usually three different fit styles to choose from:
- Classic Fit- These tend to be the middle or average fit.
- Slim Fit- These are more favoured by younger construction workers. The slim fit have a slimmer leg fitting but arent tight against the skin. The leg bottoms normally have enough of a gap to allow the covering of work boots.
- Relaxed Fit- These have more room in the thigh and seat areas and are larger than classic fit.
Knee Pads- some come built in and other have options that allow you to add knee pads, its worth checking this out.
Investing in a quality pair of tough work pants is advised to any man working on a construction site or in a factory environment. It depends on the tasks that are to be undertaken on the style that should be chosen. The durability and toughness should be one of the top factors taken into account. All of the recommendations offer something different depending on the tasks. The next step is to decide on your preferred style of toughest work pants and how much your budget can stretch to.