Best suits for mechanics in 2021




If you’re the type who likes to get your hands dirty while working on your car or bike, you’ve probably managed to get a lot of your clothes dirty too. Sure, you can pull out that sad pair of stained and faded jeans buried in your bottom drawer, but trust me when I say it’s a lot easier to just put on work clothes like a jumpsuit before going out for the make.

When it comes to wetsuits, there are tons to choose from, but after testing a bunch of them these are by far my favorites. I will update this list periodically.

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Duluth Trade

At $ 130, the DuluthFlex long sleeve wetsuits are way more expensive than my upcoming more affordable wetsuit pick, but too bad if they’re not worth it. It starts with the hardware. The company calls it DuluthFlex Fire Hose and it manages to be a lot more comfortable than a real fire hose, yet stretchy enough that the suit doesn’t bind together when you crouch to grab that puck that keeps popping at you. hands.

The generously sized chest pocket and thigh pockets are large enough to swallow your new Galaxy S20 Plus and close with Velcro to prevent it from falling into the drip tray. Plus, the zippers allow you to fit into the pockets of the work shirt you’re wearing underneath, assuming you choose to wear clothing underneath. The zippered legs let you slip them on over work boots, and overall there just isn’t much to dislike. This workwear is rather heavy, so it is not ideal for sticky days, and the lack of support for the knee pads is unfortunate. Finally, while the metal rivets on the pockets give me reassurance that you won’t have to worry about seams popping out, you’ll want to be a little careful when looking into this new cherry pearl paint job that you got last summer in this costume.

Red kap

If the Duluth jumpsuit option is a bit too rich, fear not, Red Kap has a range of basic but excellent cotton workwear that will keep you clean while you get dirty. This is certainly a no-frills sleeved jumpsuit, but for $ 31 you get a durable, well-made cotton jumpsuit with generous chest and waist pockets, plus vents. No zippers here, just a few quick snaps to keep you inside, but since all are snaps tucked away behind the fabric, don’t worry about damaging your paintwork with these clothes.

Red kap

If you regularly find yourself dealing with sweat running down your back after an hour or two of ripping off, you might want to think about opting for this ventilated work uniform from Red Kap, which starts at $ 47. You forgo some durability with this garment – the fabric here is significantly thinner than Red Kap’s other suits – but that sheer and generous airy panels on the back make it remarkably comfortable in warmer weather.

The closure here is via a zipper and snaps, but they’re hidden behind the fabric, and you have the same additional waist and chest pockets as on Red Kap’s other mechanical suits.

Carhartt

If your problem is more about keeping your vital parts from numbing in cold weather, Carhartt has a work suit for you. The Yukon Extremes long sleeve wetsuit is the most expensive on our list at $ 250, but it would work just as well for a day on the trails as it is for a morning spent changing wheels and wintering. This is a heavy insulated work suit that will keep you toasty warm, even more so if you snap on the optional hood. The pant leg zipper goes all the way to the top, so it’s quick and easy to jump, while the huge zippered chest pockets do a great job of doubling as a hand warmer. This Carhartt luxury insulated coverall is a premium coverall that is tough from top to bottom, but it comes at a steep price.

Red kap

Are you looking for a more vintage look to accompany your vintage ride? There are plenty of vintage work clothes in store if you want to shell out the cash, but the herringbone weave of this Red Kap cotton jumpsuit gives it a simple, classic look that would suit the Goodwood Revival perfectly, all without a high price. This sleeved jumpsuit is available for as low as $ 41. The cotton fabric here looks and feels more appropriate than the polyester synthetics used elsewhere, while the weight gives this suit great durability – if you don’t mind a little extra warmth.

Comparison of the best suits for mechanics

Mark Last name Price
Best suits for mechanics in general

Duluth Trade

DuluthFlex Fire Hose Combinations

$ 130

Best combinations on a budget

Red kap

Cotton jumpsuit with snap buttons

$ 31

Best combinations of light mechanics

Red kap

Lightweight Performance Plus Suit

$ 47

Best mechanic suits for extreme cold

Carhartt

Yukon Extremes Insulated Suit

$ 250

Best combinations of mechanics with a vintage look

Red kap

Herringbone cotton jumpsuit with button front

$ 41

A few notes on the best suits for mechanics

  • Wetsuits vs bibs or overalls: Jumpsuits do exactly what their name says – they cover everything. Suits, on the other hand, usually only cover your chest and lower body, leaving your shoulders and arms exposed. Bibs and bib overalls can be faster and easier to put on, and they also tend to be lighter, but if you want to keep your upper body clean as well as your pants, you’ll need a set. full of combinations. Models of short-sleeved coveralls are available, but if you ever find yourself rolling around on the garage floor – as I often do – go for the extra protection offered by long-sleeved work clothes.
  • Durability vs weight: Thicker work clothes will withstand anything you throw at them, meaning you can crawl on asphalt all day without tearing. In my experience, they also tend to be a bit easier to clean. But, with that extra durability comes extra weight and warmth. If it’s often hot while you rip, you might want to go for a lighter wetsuit.
  • Materials matter: Synthetic materials like polyester generally stretch more and are easier to clean, but natural fabrics, like cotton, can provide some benefits in terms of breathability and overall feel. If you can, see if you can try a synthetic polyester option and a cotton option. Most of those stores that sell work clothes have generous return policies, so take advantage!
  • Not for stylish people: I’m sorry to report that not a single jumpsuit I’ve tried had anything approaching a cut that I would call flattering. Even models with an elastic waist insert make you feel like you’re in a slightly cinched burlap bag. This bulk makes these coveralls easier to put on and take off, and more comfortable too, but you’ll look a little shabby when you walk around the store in these clothes.

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