UV radiation, weld spatters (small splashes of molten metal), fire, heat and sparks can harm you during your weld job. Top leather welding jackets protect your skin from getting hurt and are comfortable to wear at the same time. Besides jackets, aprons, coats, bibs, overalls and even coveralls or knee pads are also pretty common to wear for welding.
How to choose a good leather welding jacket?
You should neither sweat nor freeze and the welding jacket needs to be lightweight.
The right welding jacket for stick or MIG welding can be worn all day long and must meet all safety requirements.
Well known brands like Steiner, Hobart, Black Stallion, Miller and Lincoln design professional welding clothing for men and women.back to menu ↑
How to clean a leather welding jacket?
First, brush off biggest dirt. Then use a damp cloth with saddle soap to clean up the rest that goes off easily. If it smells awful you can try to wash it with water and soap.
Can you wash a leather welding jacket?
Best method to wash a leather welding jacket is handwashing it with liquid soap or saddle soap.
Although not recommended by everybody, some people put their leather jacket in the washing machine on the cold water setting. Some even add fabric softener to make the leather smooth again.
Make sure not to tumble dry it, just hang it for drying.
After drying you should remoisture the leather with a leather conditioner in order to avoid cracks in the leather. Make sure the conditioner you use is not flammable.back to menu ↑
The material – what are welding jackets made out of?
Jackets specially designed for welding applications are usually made out of leather or special fire retardant cotton and nylon. The leather can be boarhide, cowhide or pigskin. More expensive equipment also has flame resistant carbonized fiber fabric. In addition, some welding jackets are sewn with Kevlar thread to make it more durable.
Typical welding jacket materials
- Leather (boar, cow, pig)
- Carbonized fiber
- Sometimes denim & rubber
Welding jacket – leather or cotton?
Leather is usually more durable thus suited for heavy duty jobs. On the downside, leather is also heavier, while cotton is more comfortable to wear.
Additionally, cotton and other soft fabric materials are more breathable wich means you won’t sweat so fast. There are also hybrid material welding jackets on the market that provide a cotton torso with leather sleeves to create a lightweight leather welding jacket.
Of course, clothing for welding is safety critical. Thus there are several standards like e.g. the ISO 11611, ASTM D6413/D6413M or ISO 9150 specifying the minimum requirements for welding clothes to protect the welder. [Source]
Before buying you should check if your new overall really complies with those important safety standards.
Read also: How to treat and avoid welding sunburn.back to menu ↑
Top leather welding jackets
Miller – pigskin leather jacket
- Closure Type: Snap Button
- Cuff Style: Fold-In Snaps
- Material: 88% Cotton, 12% Nylon
- Fits Chest Size: 50"
Hobart – brown leather welding jacket
- 9 oz. flame-resistant treated cotton
- Standup Welder's collar
- Extended length front
- Adjustable waist straps
- Convenient snap front and wrists
Lincoln – heavy duty leather welding jacket
- Jacket for protecting the arms and torso from welding spatter and heat
- Made of cotton for breathability
- Made of 9 ounce flame-resistant material
- Inside left pocket for protected storage
- Snap sleeves for form fitting cuffs
Black Stallion – cowhide welding cape
Steiner – cotton jacket with cowhide sleeves
- Weldlite 9.5 ounce navy cotton plus rust split cowhide sleeves
- Non-reflective snap front and wrist closure
- Relaxed full cut fit
- Large inside pocket
- Leather reinforced snaps
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