Rated 3 out of 5Â by JoeThePlumber Great overalls but flawed
As a plumber, I've worn conventional boiler suits with separate strap-on kneepads for many years, but I've always wished I could get some with kneepad pockets like the workmen's trousers that are commonplace.
Having found these new boiler suits in the latest Screwfix catalogue, I wasted no time in going to my local branch to buy some.
The sizing shown for all the different sizes on here and in the catalogue is miles out. I usually have them with a 42" chest but tried the 'Medium - 49" chest /31" leg' variety and they fitted perfectly.
I tried them on at the trade counter and didn't take them off until I got home six hours later, also buying and fitting the separate kneepad inserts to go with them. They fitted very well and were comfortable. The material looks to be of decent thickness and suggests good durability.
As I drove away, I noticed that the kneepads weren't sitting exactly central on my legs, and having worn them all day, the marks on the knees show what I feared, which is that the pad pockets are not positioned correctly.
For my legs, the pocket on the left leg needs to be moved anti-clockwise about 3 inches, and vice-versa for the right leg. They'll probably do, but half the time today I seemed to be kneeling on the floor with the pads at the inside of my legs rather than under my knees.
And of course (as a physiotherapist told me), the pads need to be below the kneecap to avoid putting undue pressure on the knees. I think I could cut the tops off the inserts to achieve this, if the pads were actually in line with my knees in the first place of course.
The zip on the top left hand pocket doesn't feel particularly robust, although time will tell, and the pocket is a bit narrow, but that's something I may get used to.
So will I buy them again? It's tricky to know, as notwithstanding the apparent faults they seem like good overalls, but if I find I'm constantly having to try to reposition the pad pockets as I'm working, I may stick with my old separate strap on pads and revert to my original (and cheaper) standard boiler suits.
To sum up:
1. The pad pockets are not correctly positioned. This is the main fault with the overalls.
2. The material and workmanship looks and feels good.
3. They fit well, but the sizes given in the catalogue and on here are miles out. Go and try them before you buy any would be my advice.