Essentials: Callused

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Next to the satisfaction earned from the feeling of a job well done, the only way it gets better is if you built it yourself. For the most part, everyone’s a handyman in one way or another. But it’s those who make a living with callused hands that appreciate it most. This is true from the industrial worksite to the rural ranch where the day-to-day requires a hands-on mentality and lifestyle.

It’s here where the principles of quality workwear run deep. For it’s not just form that gets the job done, it’s function through and through. This is outerwear done right — built to handle the struggle and strife that comes with any labor-intensive task. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered with key essential items for keeping warm, at the ready, and looking sharp on site.

Carhartt Duck Quilted Flannel Lined Jacket

When the job takes you outside, be it a lineman or a rancher, this USA-made hooded jacket is built from 12-ounce cotton duck canvas and crafted appropriately with a water-resistant and wind-repellent exterior. To top it all off, the warmth of a quilted flannel hood and body make the Carhartt Duck Quilted Jacket a must-have.

Purchase: $100

Carhartt Acrylic Watch Hat

For those painfully cold mornings when a standard hoodie just won’t cut it, Carhartt’s Acrylic Watch Hat is just the accessory to keep your head warm throughout the day. Each beanie is also built right here in the USA, hosts the iconic branding patch, and functions fully as a workwear essential.

Purchase: $13

Carhartt Workwear Pocket Tee

Purposed as a heavyweight tee providing ample room to move, this rib-knit crewneck is made from 100 percent cotton and houses a combination of a side-seam construction, durable left side pocket, and a tagless neck label for reliability, longevity, and comfort.

Purchase: $17

Carhartt Safety Cuff Work Glove

Even the most weathered set of hands requires some protection. Thankfully, these rugged work gloves are the ideal companions for stacking wood or clearing brush around the homestead. Each pair is made from sturdy cotton duck canvas and cowhide leather, hosts embedded knuckle protection, and a C100 3M Thinsulate insulation for guaranteed warmth.

Purchase: $24

Opinel No. 09 DIY Knife

Not just a pocket knife but a handy bit driver, this 12C27 Sandvik steel bladed pocket knife hosts a magnetized bit driver built right into the fiberglass-reinforced polyamide handle. Additional features include built-in bit storage, a nail nick for manual deployment, and a Virobloc Safety Ring locking device.

Purchase: $30

Trayvax Ascent Wallet

Combining the timeless look of leather with the construction of a multi-tool, the USA-made Ascent Wallet is one fine way to keep up your cards and cash on hand. Each wallet hosts a slim stainless steel frame, a hand-stitched top-grain leather exterior, brass rivets, RFID-blocking technology, and a lanyard attachment point.

Purchase: $55

Bradley Mountain Tool Roll

While on the go in and around the worksite, keeping a tool belt or tool roll handy is imperative to maintaining efficiency throughout the day. Cue Bradley Mountain’s Tool Roll, a Martexin heavy waxed canvas workwear accessory made right here in the USA that comes complete with four eight-inch-deep pockets and two six-inch-deep pen pockets along with an oiled leather strap.

Purchase: $59

3M Worktunes Wireless Hearing Protector

Day in and day out, high-decibel happenings around the worksite can have a devastating toll on your hearing. That’s why no workwear getup is complete without some hearing protection. This pair, complete with both protection technology and a built-in AM/FM digital radio, ensures the eardrums remain intact while adding a little entertainment to the day.

Purchase: $63

Red Wing Classic Moc

Modeled after Red Wing’s original work boot, the Classic Moc is a no-brainer addition to the work wardrobe. That’s because each boot is made from Copper Rough & Tough Leather, hosts a Tractor Tred outsole, dark gunmetal eyelets, a Goodyear Welt construction, and houses key water, stain, and perspiration resistance.

Purchase: $290

RRL Slim Fit Jean

Built right here in the USA from 14-ounce American right-hand twill, this pair of slim fit selvedge denim jeans are sure to stand up to the tough stuff at the job site. Each pair also hosts American-made copper tone shanks, rivets and washer burrs, five pocket styling, a selvedge coin pocket, a slim yet comfortable fit, and a hand-set chain-stitched waistband.

Purchase: $340