Truewerk Workwear Review: T2 Werkfleece and T2 Werkpant
Truewerk Workwear Ready for Spring
When my phone rings and I see Brian’s number light up, I get pretty excited. No, he’s not my best friend or my brother (although he’s quickly rising up the ranks). He’s the guy behind Truewerk workwear. When he calls, it usually means there’s something new for me to check out. If you read our review of the winter lineup, you’ll recall there’s a difference between regular workwear and what Truewerk offers.
Truewerk workwear goes against the grain of the stereotypical construction worker and designs clothes for the industrial athlete. It’s designed for a person that’s more fit than most – wrapping around your body in a way that’s comfortable, stylish, and shows off that you take care of yourself.
Brian also takes the material to a different level. It’s technical gear inspired by military and professional mountain guide clothing. It’s durable, lightweight, and moves with you like no other workwear you’ve ever worn. As an Ironman triathlete that’s used to spending hours in running and cycling gear, this is my kind jobsite clothing.
As the country turns to spring and the temperatures begin to creep up, it’s time to start shedding layers and enjoy the season. Mornings are still cool across much of the country with comfortable afternoons. A pair of new products are available to keep us industrial athletes comfortable.
Truewerk Black Tie Werkfleece
The Truewerk Black Tie Werkfleece features a stretch grid fleece that is relatively lightweight and breathable. The polyester material and breathable design help to wick moisture away from your body and dries much faster than cotton.
For style, the Black Tie is is designed to be more than just jobsite workwear. It’s a pullover design with snaps halfway down the front. There’s nothing like stretching out the neck of your pullover, so the snaps are a plus. Style is always subjective, but I’d rather have a half zipper here than snaps. The snaps give the impression of buttons and the illusion that it’s more of a sweater. A single chest pocket on the left side features a vertically aligned zipper. I love chest pockets, so if I can only have one, that’s exactly where I’d put it.
Like all the Truewerk workwear I’ve tried, durability is outstanding. Triple stitching and reinforcement are found all around the Werkfleece. The grid pattern in the material design helps stop rips where they start and make it very difficult to pull apart from snags.
The Truewerk Black Tie Werkfleece is comfortable. It’s one of those outerwear pieces that you’ll wear around the house in cooler months and your wife might steal from you. The pullover is warm enough to wear on those mornings that start in the 50’s, though its breathable nature does let a breeze through. You’ll want to use it as a base layer with a windbreaker if the winds are going to be up there for the start of the day.
Truewerk Black Tie Werkfleece at a Glance
- Sizes: Small – XXLarge
- Color: Black
- Material: Polyester
- Style: Pullover with upper half snaps
- Pockets: 1 chest
- Price: $69
- Fit: 5.0
- Design: 4.0
- Comfort: 4.5
- Durability: 5.0
- Value: 4.2
- Overall: 4.5
Truewerk Double-Stitch T2 Werkpant
The Turewerk Double-Stitch T2 Werkpant is the unlined twin of the T3 from the fall/winter line. It features a combination of polyester, nylon, and spandex to produce 4-way stretch and is treated with a durable waterproof coating for days when the weather is less than ideal. Double stitching is in the name and it’s everywhere along with reinforcement in areas that are prone to higher stress from stretching.
Functional pockets are in most of the traditional places with a couple of bonuses. You have your traditional right and left deep pockets. On the upper right side, you’ll find a shallow zippered pocket. I like to keep my keys safely stored here since I have a key fob for my vehicle that I don’t want getting wet. Moving down, there is a knife and pen pocket on the lower right. While I use these to hold my Leatherman Signal most of the time, you’ll find that a double stack pistol magazine fits pretty well for those days at the range.
On the lower left, you have a cargo pocket. This has a hooded, solid-holding Velcro closure that protects the contents from falling water. It also has a loop if you need to clip anything below your waistline. There’s just one rear pocket on the right side that zippers closed. It’s slightly offset toward your hip which, though a little awkward at first, actually makes it easier to get into.
There’s even a couple of bonus loops around the belt loops, making an excellent point to clip a variety of objects.
These pants will be comfortable during most of the year. You may want to go with shorts during the hottest part of the year or lined pants during the coldest. Here in central Florida, there won’t be an off-season for these.
Truewerk Double-Stitch T2 Werkpant At a Glance
- Sizes: Small – XLarge
- Color Wolf Grey
- Material: 50% polyester, 40% nylon, 10% spandex
- Style: Long pant, unlined
- Pockets: traditional front (left and right), cargo (lower left), zippered (above right pocket), knife/pen (lower right), zippered rear (right)
- Price: $109
- Fit: 5.0
- Design: 4.8
- Comfort: 4.8
- Durability: 5.0
- Value: 4.2
- Overall: 4.8
Truewerk workwear is still pushing the comfort level of those stuck in their traditional clothing. Once you try it, you may never want to go back to jeans and cotton t-shirts ever again. It’s the most comfortable gear I own thanks to the lightweight, breathable design that stretches to move with me no matter what I’m working on.
Truewerk’s gear does come at a premium price point. If you’re a professional, you really need to take a look at their Pro Purchase Program. This offers significant discounts to tradesmen, first responders, government field agents, military, educators in those fields, and a lot more. If your work lends itself to technical gear, it’s worth your time to apply.
Truewerk workwear is still pushing the comfort level of those stuck in their traditional clothing. Once you try it, you may never want to go back to jeans and cotton t-shirts ever again.