When working outdoors in the heat, it is important to have clothing to match the conditions. Many workers do not realize the dangers of not wearing proper clothes. Heat stress is one common danger almost all outdoor workers face when not wearing adequate summer workwear designed for working in the heat.
If you wear overalls or coveralls in the summer heat you are putting yourself at an even greater risk. This is why it is important to have a lightweight overall or lightweight coverall when on the job. Let’s look at some of the best warm-weather coveralls that will help you beat the summer heat.
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Category: Non-insulated work bibs / coveralls
Fabric: 100% heavy weight cotton
Weight: 12 ounces
Special Feature: Double-reinforced knees and multiple tool pockets
I hate to say it, but I am a sucker for Carhartt as they surpass the wear and tear of almost any other coverall. The comfort level is pretty high on most Carhartt products and the Carhartt Duck Bib Coverall is no exception.
For the hot weather and in the summer, I prefer these bib style overalls rather than the long sleeve or even short sleeve coveralls. The climate change can vary and I like to be able to change up what I wear with the bibs to accommodate the weather, rather than change into completely different coveralls.
With these coveralls, I can easily throw on a sweatshirt, long sleeve or short sleeve shirt. I am able to wear these for a variety of work conditions and climates. If it is 80 degrees out, I can throw on a short sleeve t-shirt and work. If it’s 50 degrees out, I can throw on a long sleeve shirt like a Henley or a sweatshirt and be just as good.
The adjustable suspender type straps are nice to be able to get a better fit. They are a heavier material, but without the sleeves you can use them in almost any weather.
The knees are reinforced with openings for knee pads if you would like to add them. The back pockets are made with reinforcement so you can carry heavy items without worrying about tearing the pockets. The side utility pockets are very convenient for working and storing any tools you may need.
There is a wide range of sizes as well as lengths, so you can normally find your perfect fit. Highly recommend these guys, they are my go-to coveralls.
Category: Long sleeve warm weather coverall
Fabric: 100% cotton FR twill
Weight: 7 ounces
Special Features: Flame-resistant, ankle-to-knee side zipper
Another Carhartt? Absolutely. I love the flame-resistant material in the Deluxe Coverall. You just never know what might end up burning yourself when you are in the zone and working hard. When welding, working on hot engines, fixing hot pipes, whatever, if I did not have these coveralls it would have been a mistake.
Durability is always a concern when I buy stuff. If I am spending money, I want the product to last. These coveralls were money well spent. Also, with Carhartt products in general, I have never felt like I have gone wrong.
Carhartt added triple-stitching to these coveralls on all the main seams, which actually holds up really well. There are two chest pockets with a flap and two pass-through pockets for easy access to your under layers.The snaps are nice to keep your belongings secure. And the utility pocket comes in handy so that you can have your hands free and carry your tools.
The ankle-to-knee side zipper is one of the best features on these coveralls. If you have trouble covering your work boots, this zipper makes it simple. It’s also much easier to take your work boots off at the end of the day.
The lightweight material is breathable and keeps you from overheating. The material also excels at protecting you and meets the NFPA 70E and NFPA 2112 standards. These coveralls are not too baggy nor do they hang off your shoulders, so if you have more of a narrow chest they should fit you well.
Solid all-around coverall.
Category: Short sleeve warm weather coverall
Fabric: 65%polyester / 35% cotton (poplin blend)
Weight: 5 ounces
Special Feature: Bi-swing back
We all know that on the hottest days of the year the job site can be miserable, but these short sleeve coveralls by Dickies can help ease your pain. Frankly, if you want to keep cool these lightweight coveralls are the best choice. They are also easy to slip on and have an extremely comfortable fit.
As one of the most affordable pairs of overalls, the Dickies hold up very well. They even retain their color after numerous washings. One benefit is that they have a stain release technology, so if you like to look clean in your coveralls then give these a try.
The best feature of these coveralls is the bi-swing back which allows for extra movement while working. This is helpful if you have a job where you are bending, twisting, or using your arms a lot. Also helpful if you usually find coveralls a bit too tight.
The snaps and zippers are constructed out of high-quality materials and hold up well after washing. The pockets are deep enough to hold your wallet and phone. They’re also reinforced. However, there is no pocket access to your clothing underneath the coveralls and no side pocket on the leg.
The fit is not too baggy. The middle is not too loose like some coveralls either. Also, the crotch does not sag. It’s a great pair of coveralls to wear for jobs that require frequent moment.
Finally, you cannot beat the price on these coveralls. They’re pretty cheap as far as coveralls go. They also come in a wide variety of colors (over a dozen).
Category: Long sleeve warm weather coverall
Fabric: 65% polyester / 35% cotton
Weight: 7.25 ounces
Special Feature: Side rule pocket for tool storage
Red Kap’s long sleeve coveralls have long been a favorite of automotive mechanics, but they are also great for the job site. If you are not familiar with Red Cap, they have been in business since 1923 and are known for delivering workwear of the highest quality. In fact, Red Kap is tested in-house and must meet high levels of engineering, design, and quality standards.
And, if you are looking for Made in the USA coveralls, Red Kap’s got you covered, literally. Rugged and durable, with excellent construction, these coveralls will last you a long time. The best part is, they will not shrink on you, even after multiple washings.
A bit stiff right out of the package, these coveralls will eventually soften up a bit after a few days of wearing and washing. The back pleats allow for ample room to move if you need to bend or twist as well.
There are five pockets in total including two front pockets, two hip pockets, and one rule pocket on the side. The side pocket really comes in handy if you are always carrying around your tools.
One potential problem with these coveralls is that they may not fit over the top of all boots. Also, they are made to be worn over the top of clothes, so keep this in mind when choosing your size. These coveralls come in nine different colors.
Although these coveralls are designed more for mechanics, they do a good job and hold up just fine under most conditions on the job site.
Roundhouse has been making bib overalls in the United States for over 112 years. But don’t take it from us, let’s hear what Roundhouse has to say:
Round House Overalls conquered the West in the early 1900s, clothed our homefront in World War I, beat the Great Depression, outfitted our military in World War II, equipped the Baby Boomers and continue to tackle every generation of Americans’ needs with quality American Made overalls and jeans Made in USA since 1903.–Roundhouse
The company itself is not very well-known even with all this history. Roundhouse doesn’t advertise the traditional way. They advertise by making quality clothing and word of mouth. This is how we heard of them, other workers were talking about how great these overalls were.
These overalls fit as if they were made by a tailor. The quality is on-par with any of the other leading brands (including Carhartt) at a much lower price point too. The knees are also double-reinforced so they’ll last much longer than most other leading brands. In fact, many Carhartt users switched over to these because their knees were wearing out too fast.
The fly is a button fly but these also come in a denim zipper fly for those that prefer a zipper and/or denim. The seams are double-stitched for extra reinforcement and durability. There’s also an adjustable suspender to ensure the fit is just right.
These come with a 5-in-1 pocket right on the chest for holding nearly anything you’d want to carry onto the job site. There’s also a nice hammer loop on the left side, something many companies overlook when making bibs. On the right side is a rule, pliers or cell phone pocket. There’s also two standard front pockets.
These are great warm weather overalls because they are not lined. However, they are made of a heavier material for increased durability so there is somewhat of a tradeoff here. If need be, they could be worn into the colder months, some workers even wear them in the winter with a heavy coat and long johns.
A solid overall by a great company with a great reputation. If you’ve never worn Roundhouse before, give them a shot. Most guys never switch back.
Looking for cold weather coveralls? Check out our list of the Best Cold Weather Coveralls.