Truewerk vs. Carhartt Pants: Which One is Right for You?


When it comes to choosing workwear pants, two brands that offer a variety of choices include Carhartt and Truewerk. How do these brands differ when it comes to work pants for construction projects? Read on to learn more about the products offered by the two brands.

Carhartt Work Pants

Carhartt’s site for work pants enables those seeking the right choice to do so based on several factors: gender, fit, leg and boot opening, pant rise, weather, size, technology, product benefits and color.

Other factors include subcategories such as shorts, big and tall, work pants, cargo work pants, lined, plus, double-front pants and insulated/lined. Carhartt field tests its pants, especially those designed to be flame-resistant.

Pants and work shorts for men are designed with tough fabrics combined with technologies such as Force and Force Extremes moisture-wicking clothing, Rugged Flex, and Full Swing.

Carhartt offers fits including relaxed, loose, straight, slim, fitted and tapered. Those workers focused on leg and boot openings will find choices for straight, tapered and skinny. Workers for whom pant rise is important will find high, low and mid-rise options. 

Most of Carthartt’s pants are designed for everyday weather, while there are other choices for heat, cold and freezing temperatures.

Those choosing Carhartt pants will find two types of technologies: rugged flex range of motion and force sweat wicking.

Product benefits depending on pant choice include utility pockets, stretch, cell phone pocket, hammer loop, double-front knee/knee pad compatible, cargo pockets, flexible waist, odor-fighting technology, wrinkle resistance and insulation.

Other product benefits include stain resistance, CORDURA reinforcement, fast drying, gusseted crotch, double front knee/knee pad, ankle to thigh leg zippers with storm flaps, kick panel, drop tail hem, and double front/knee.

A variety of size choices are available, including XS to 4XL in short, regular and tall options. Color choices include blue, brown, green and gray.

Carhartt Custom Built allows those seeking the ideal work pant to build their own pant with features suiting their needs, choosing from one-inch increment sizing, reinforced pockets, hammer loops, double fronts, kick panels, and optional rugged CORDURA fabric reinforcements.

The pants sit at the waist and offer a comfortable fit through the seat and thigh with room to move; heavy-hauling reinforced back pockets for hand tools and more, and strong sewn-on-seam belt loops.

Those building their own work pant can choose from two weights of durable Rugged Flex canvas with enough stretch for ease in kneeling or squatting.

Truewerk Work Pants: T Series

Truewerk offers a line of workpants in three categories: T1, T2, and T3.

T1 WerkPants are made of a lighter material that is ideal for warmer climates. The T1 fabric uses specially designed ‘float yarns’ for skin comfort. The wicking finish on the interior of the T1 WerkPants transports sweat away from the body four times faster than untreated fabric.

The T2 WerkPant is the flagship of Truewerk’s T-line work pant series. As one of the brand’s bestselling apparel items, it is available for both men and women. It is designed to offer comfort, durability, plenty of stretch, and three-season warmth.

The T2 WerkPant is constructed with modern, double-woven, poly-blend synthetic fabric to achieve a level of technical performance considered an improvement over other workwear choices. It has shown to outlast jeans and canvas and be more water resistant. It also features high-tech resistance to tearing and abrasion.

Mobility is achieved through a four-way stretch and softshell design for optimal reaching and bending tasks. The pant also is water-resistant.

The T3 WerkPant are a pair of T2s that are fleece lined and constructed for winter conditions. They are designed to offer maximum protection from cold, wind, and precipitation without sacrificing the freedom of movement needed for job tasks. The outside 3L stretch fabric is designed to provide a new standard of flexibility for thermal work pants. On the inside, the channeled, hex fleece liner keeps warm air close in the most extreme conditions.

In addition to the T1, T2 and T3 choices, Truewerk also offers other pant options, including shorts and overalls. 

Work Pants for Women

Both brands offer pants designed for women. Truewerk has ensured women’s pants have the pockets necessary to carry a phone and other items. The brand’s workwear for women features four-way stretch, water resistance, and abrasion resistance features.

Carhartt work pants for women are built with stretch, contoured waistbands to prevent gapping, and FastDry technology for quick wicking. 

Check out our top selection of Truewerk workwear products in this IRONPROS article!

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