Number of Pockets
The number of pockets the vest has is the most important aspect you should look into when choosing the right workwear. If you’re the type of person who wants to keep every important tool on hand at all times, then it’s best to get a work vest with plenty of pockets. But if you’re going to do some light carpentry jobs and you don’t need a lot of tools with you all the time, then a vest with fewer pockets is ideal for you.
Keep in mind, however, that a work vest with plenty of pockets can be heavier than a light-duty one, and its overall weight (with the tools included) can be uncomfortable in the long run. But don’t settle for a flimsy tool vest that would tear or unravel easily after a few uses. Find the right balance between weight and durability when choosing the right work vest.
The vest you’re eyeing might have plenty of pockets, but you might end up hating it if it’s too hot and uncomfortable. One of the first things you have to consider comfort-wise is the type of fabric the vest is made of. Most tool vests are made of 100% polyester, a fabric that is soft, lightweight, and moisture-wicking. This fabric is also wear- and tear-resistant, and doesn’t wrinkle easily.
Keep in mind that polyester is a synthetic fabric, so it is not as breathable as natural fabrics, such as cotton or even canvas. If the vest you want is made of polyester, then make sure that it has large armholes and come with mesh panels at the chest and back areas for improved moisture management.
Choose a vest made of canvas cotton-polyester blend for the right balance between breathability and durability. Leather vests are long-lasting and striking, but they can be hot as hell and pricey, too.
Many work vests are available in a variety of sizes to cater to different body types. Others are available in one size only, and they tend to run large so you can adjust them to fit your body perfectly. In general, it is best to choose a work vest that is one size larger as the extra space it offers can accommodate the thick sweaters and jackets that you need to wear during winter. But always check the manufacturer’s garment specification sheet to make sure that you’re getting the right size.
When choosing a tool vest, make sure that the shoulder straps are padded so they won’t dig into and chafe your skin. Look for a vest with adjustable straps, so it fits snugly around your body.