In this guide we’ll look at the best work trousers.
We’ve compared protection, materials, design and cost
to give you our top recommendations.

What Are The Best Work Trousers?

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  • Type C chainsaw trousers
  • Lightweight, breathable materials
  • Fuel, oil and heat resistant
  • Reinforced and hardwearing
  • 14 pockets
  • Integral knee pads
  • Comfortable elasticated waistband
  • Good range of sizes and colours
  • Reinforced knee pad pockets
  • Hardwearing
  • Come with knee pad inserts
  • Adjustable waist for the perfect fit
  • Comfortable bib and brace style
  • Class A protection
  • Adjustable fit

More Detailed Work Trousers Reviews

Oregon Type C Yukon Chainsaw Protective Trousers

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  • Type C chainsaw trousers
  • Lightweight, breathable materials
  • Fuel, oil and heat resistant
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Oregon Type C Yukon Chainsaw Protective Trousers Review

The Oregon 295397 Type C are the one of the best pairs of work trousers available. They are both practical and comfortable.

These Type C heavy duty work trousers offer true all round protection. They are made of a stretch polyester fabric that protects against abrasion and is fuel, oil and heat resistant.

These Oregon work trousers are comfortable to wear and made from modern, lightweight, breathable materials. This means they can be worn alone rather than as over trousers. Of course, because they are so protective, they are heavier than average work trousers, but then they do give you the peace of mind of providing all round protection.

The safety trousers include 2 large front pockets and a velcro closing back pocket.  They also come in a wide range of sizes.

Overall, these heavy duty work trousers are one of the best for all round protection. They should also be considered an essential safety item for tree surgeons or arborists working with a chainsaw at or above ground level or in awkward positions.

Black Hammer Heavy Duty Mens Work Trousers

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  • Reinforced and hardwearing
  • 14 pockets
  • Integral knee pads
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Black Hammer Heavy Duty Mens Work Trousers Review

These Black Hammer Men’s Work Trousers are hard-wearing, comfortable, water-repellent and have plenty of pockets.

These men’s work trousers are reinforced with Cordura materials. Although they are hard-wearing, the cotton and polyester mix is also comfortable, light and breathable. The trousers have integral knee pads and are reinforced at the knee, crotch and pockets for added durability.

These Black Hammer men’s work trousers are machine washable with an attractive design, and they are not too wide at the bottom of the leg. They have a huge range of pockets, 14 in total, including phone and ruler pockets as well as a hammer holder.

All in all these work trousers for men are high quality, durable and comfortable .

TMG Heavy Duty Work Trousers for Men

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  • Comfortable elasticated waistband
  • Good range of sizes and colours
  • Reinforced knee pad pockets
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TMG Heavy Duty Work Trousers for Men Review

The TMG® Work Trousers for Men come in a great range of sizes and colours.

They are comfortable and lightweight with an elasticated waistband and made from a 50/50 cotton polyester mix for durability and comfort. This also means they are machine washable. The knee pad pockets are reinforced with Cordura for added durability.

These men’s work trousers come in a range of sizes and lengths, so it is easy to find the perfect fit. The lightweight work trousers also come in a range of colours so are suitable for a variety of trades from gardeners to decorators.

Scruffs Work Trousers with Knee Pads and Clip Belt

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  • Hardwearing
  • Come with knee pad inserts
  • Adjustable waist for the perfect fit
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Scruffs Work Trousers with Knee Pads and Clip Belt Review

These Scruffs Worker Plus Work Trousers with Knee Pads and Clip Belt are a great choice of work trouser because they are super-durable and come with knee pad inserts and pockets, plus a reinforced cotton belt.

Scruffs workwear offer a bit more style than your average working clothes. However, they do not compromise on durability and comfort. These work trousers are made from a hard-wearing polyester and cotton mix with reinforcement in all the right places. They also feature an adjustable waistband, so it is easy to get the perfect fit.

The heavy duty work trousers also have a wide range of pockets. They also have reinforced knee pockets and come with knee pad inserts and a belt. The high-quality knee inserts make these the perfect carpenters work trousers or plumbers trousers or anyone that has to kneel a lot at work. The knee pads protect the knee joints and reduce the risk of long term damage.

These work trousers with knee pads offer the perfect balance of style and substance making them a great pair of site work trousers.

Rocwood Chainsaw Bib & Brace Type A Class Work Trousers

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  • Comfortable bib and brace style
  • Class A protection
  • Adjustable fit
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Rocwood Chainsaw Bib & Brace Type A Class Work Trousers Review

Rocwood Chainsaw Bib & Brace Type A Class 1 20m/s EN381-5 1995 work trousers provide class A protection. This means they are suitable for working with a chainsaw at ground level and are designed to offer protection for the front of the legs.

The bib-style makes these working trousers a comfortable and practical choice as there is no restriction at the waist. They are also a great choice for women looking for a comfortable heavy duty trouser. Hi-Viz panels ensure that you are easily visible whilst at work.

These bib and brace work trousers come in a range of sizes and can also be used as work over trousers. They are of course heavier than normal work trousers, but it is worth the extra weight for the peace of mind that these well-made protective trousers offer.

Work Trousers Buyer’s Guide

General

We demand a lot from our work trousers. They need to be comfortable and hard-wearing, easy to care for and  offer us the protection we need.

When choosing site work trousers it is important to think about what you need them for. For example, if you are using a chainsaw you would obviously choose appropriate chainsaw trousers for your work. If you are a plumber, then work trousers with knee pads will be an essential feature. And of course, whatever work you are undertaking, you will want your working trousers to have plenty of pockets for your phone, tape measure and other tools you use regularly.

Protection

Work trousers are designed with different levels of protection in mind. Some working trousers just keep you clean while others can potentially save a limb. If you are using a chainsaw you must wear the appropriately regulated safety trousers and gear. For ground work, Type A work trousers like the Rocwood Chainsaw Trousers will protect the front of your legs.  For work in trees, you will need Type C heavy duty work trousers like the Oregon Yukon Protective Trousers as they offer all round protection. Chainsaw trousers should also be fuel, oil and heat resistant so that the protective materials inside are not compromised.

For general trade work you will not need so much protection. However if you kneel a lot in your area of work then work trousers with knee pads like the Black Hammer Workwear or TMG Heavy Duty Work Trousers will offer your knee joints protection and reduce the risk of long term damage.

Materials

Most work trousers are made from a combination of cotton and polyester. This makes for a breathable, comfortable and lightweight work trouser.

In addition, many work trousers, like the Scruffs Work Trousers , have reinforced protective areas and a cotton belt. Reinforcement, often with super hard-wearing Cordura material,  is often placed in the pockets, knee pockets and crotch area.

Another thing to look out for when choosing your site work trousers are Hi-Viz panels or piping, essential if you are working near roads.

What environments are work trousers most suited to

Work trousers are by their nature heavier than ordinary trousers. However, their fabric technology keeps them warmer in winter and cooler in summer. If you are wearing Type C chainsaw trousers, they will be warm and heavy, but this is inevitable when such high protection is required.

If you are working outside, you might want to choose water repellent trousers to keep you drier and more comfortable. If you are only working indoors a lighter weight safety trouser is fine.

Design

There are many varieties of work trousers on the UK market and they come in a wide range of designs. For example they may come as elasticated waist work trousers or have adjustable waists or come in bib and brace styles. They also come in a range of colours and styles such as loose fit, straight cut or cargo style.

Pockets

Work trousers generally come with many pockets. These many include pockets with Velcro fastening to keep items such as a wallet or phone safe. In addition, they may include a range of pockets for small tools such as tapes measures or rulers and holsters or loops for items such as hammers. Key loops are another handy addition that will save you time hunting for the keys to the van.

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