As you’ve seen in some of our how-to and hands-on posts, we’re probably the kings of welding in improper gear. It’s not that we’re not aware of that fact — or that we don’t have the scars to show for it — it’s just that here in Texas it gets so incredibly damn hot in the summertime that we often just wuss out and pass on the heavy leathers. That’s why we were thrilled when we came across these lightweight flame-retardant treated cotton options from Airgas.
Any ex-disco-dancer or aged 70s hipster can tell you that cotton is a lot cooler and breathes a lot better than pure leather. The body of Airgas’ 9 oz. royal blue jacket is flame retardant 100% cotton while the sleeves are made of premium quality side split cowhide, specially tanned for heat resistance. Sleeve seams are double lock-stitched with Kevlar thread, and its wrist snaps are double leather reinforced. The idea is that you get strong protection where you need it, but trade a little bit of that protection for comfort where you’re less likely to get burned.
That sounds like a good trade to us.
Airgas also offers options for sleeves only and full cotton work shirts for brave souls who don’t want any leather at all. This looks like sturdy stuff on the whole, and just the thing for summer welding. Maybe these guys are from Texas, too.
Street Pricing starts at $35.