Butt crack and plumbers crack may be a running joke with comedians, but for men and women in the labor force, it’s not necessarily a laughing matter. No, plumbers and contractors aren’t trying to flash people or enjoy being on the receiving end of people’s jokes. It’s an on-the-job annoyance that plagues many people employed in industrial jobs. Tool belts and work belts weigh pants down. It’s gravity people. Remember Newton and the apple. If it’s heavy it’s coming down.
OK, so how can this age-old problem be avoided so everyone feels a little more comfortable? The solution is actually pretty simple: work suspenders. Yes, suspenders. They’re fun, fashionable and functional too!
Just the basics please
If you are a traditionalist and don’t do particularly strenuous work or wear a tool belt, you may want to opt for a solid color two-inch wide elastic suspender in a variety of colors from neutral black, navy or tan to bolder reds and oranges. Just be sure you to purchase them from a source that uses both high quality elastic and top-of-the-line “alligator” style clips to maximize their life span.
Want a basic elastic suspender with slightly greater security? Check out suspenders with pin-clip or trigger snap attachments. Pin clip suspenders feature a sharp pin that pierces the fabric of the pants, thereby ensuring the clip will not budge once it is secured. Trigger snap suspenders feature snaps that attach to belt-loops on pants – similar to the clips found on dog leashes. Trigger snap attachments are available both on standard elastic suspenders, as well as heavy duty, low stretch elastic suspenders called Rugged Comfort suspenders which are hand crafted in a saddlery the northwest and were originally designed with ranchers in mind.
If you need to hold your pants up, are fun-loving and don’t wear a heavy tool belt, novelty suspenders might be the right choice for you. Available in a wide variety of trade/hobby specific patterns – including electrician suspenders, painter suspenders, mechanic suspenders, carpenter suspenders, and tape measure suspenders – these suspenders are generally made from elastic.
Be sure to choose a 2-inch wide suspender (rather than a thinner width) with sturdy construction clips for maximum functionality. SuspenderStore.com even carries a one-of-a-kind “Say No to Crack!” novelty suspender for those with a sense of humor!
If you wear a tool belt, work in an industrial job or wear heavy pants, non-stretch heavy-duty work suspenders are a good choice. The front straps of these suspenders are made of a non-stretch, polypropylene material (like found on duffle bag straps) that won’t stretch. However, the elastic material on the back of the suspenders increases the comfort factor and allows for ease of movement. When you’re on the job, you need to bend and move quickly. These suspenders will allow you to that easily while securely keeping your pants in place.
Specialty Suspenders: Logger, reflective, side-clip, firemen, belt-clip and more!
Some types of jobs require suspenders that are modified to accommodate the unique requirements of a specific type of job. Logger suspenders are made from low-stretch, thick elastic and are available with both construction clip and industrial button-on attachments.
Reflective suspenders feature reflective material that will help keep you safe while also keeping your pants securely in place.
Side-Clip suspenders have two clips that attach to the side of your pants rather than 4 clips that attach to both the front and the sides. Side clip suspenders are perfect for those who spend a lot of time driving or sitting since the placement of the clips ensures that they won’t dig into your back.
Fireman suspenders feature non-stretch material and extra industrial button-on tabs to attach to heavy firefighter pants.
Belt-clip suspenders feature unique, sturdy plastic clips that attach to belts up to 1 1/2 inches wide thereby giving the wearer the extra protection of wearing both a belt and suspenders at the same time.
And finally, support suspenders feature low stretch elastic straps and shoulder pads to prevent the discomfort of the straps cutting into your shoulders, particularly when wearing heavy pants or a tool belt.
As you can see, with all these work suspender choices, there is no reason to be the subject of a joke or to feel uncomfortable when you’re on the job. Who wants to be constantly pulling up their pants? Get a wonderful, affordable gift for yourself or someone in a similar line of work that will keep on giving every day. Heavy duty work suspenders are more comfortable than a belt and will do a better job of keeping your pants where they should be. You will also feel and look fabulous and who doesn’t love that?