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Helly Hansen Manchester construction pants

Comfortable, durable, well priced work pants for shop or job site.


Comfortable, durable, well priced work pants for shop or job site.

Author: Carl Duguay

Trousers, joggers, jeans, and cargo pants aren’t designed for daily wear in the workshop or on a job site. Work-specific pants are. They’re typically made of thicker more durable material with double stitching (especially at the stress points), ample leg and crotch room that make it easy to kneel and bend, strong zippers made to last and reinforced pockets designed to hold heavy items witout tearing. Any carpenter worth their salt knows that work pants last a lot longer than non-work pants, which makes them a more economical investment.

Manufacturer: Helly Hansen
Price: $105.00
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Key Features:

  • Material: 8-ounce, 98% cotton / 2% spandex canvas
  • Available lengths: 16 sizes 30″/30″ to 44″/32″
  • Available waist sizes: 30″ to 50″
  • Available colours: Black
  • Warranty: 90-day free return policy
  • Key features:
  • 2-way mechanical stretch fabric
  • Hanging pockets on each side with double lined bottom
  • Gusset in crotch for freedom of movement
  • 7 large pockets and 10 slot pockets
  • Articulated knees for optimal mobility
  • Knee Pad pockets accessible from the inside
  • Knee Pad position and leg length can be adjusted by 5cm/1.98″ for optimal mobility
  • Free shipping on orders over $50.

Manchester Construction pants from Helly Hansen have all the essential features you’d want in a top-quality work pants. They’re made of 8-ounce cotton, with some spandex added to prevent sagging and allow the material to retain its original length and shape. The crotch gusset is something you’ll really appreciate if you do a lot of crouching in the shop or on the job. I find these pants more comfortable to wear than the 11-1/2 ounce pants I normally wear in the shop.

A nice feature is that there is extra material at the leg cuff, which means you can lengthen the pant legs by up to 5cm/1.98″. Similarly, you can adjust the knee pad pockets. Unlike a lot of work pants the knee pad pockets are located on the inside of the pants. You can add extra knee protection if you need it, without taking away the good looks of the pants.

The articulated knees make it a lot more comfortable when you kneel or squat. They provide optimal freedom of movement compared to standard, straight design pant legs.

When you don’t need to tote a tool belt around, having a lot of pockets comes in super handy. And these pants have pockets galore – 7 large pockets and 10 smaller slot pockets. I find the hanging front pockets super useful. You get two deep pockets on each side plus three slot pockets, making it convenient to store a range of accessories – ruler, tape measure, pencils, markers, notepad, multitool, utility knife, pliers, and the like. The pockets are built to last and double stitched on the waist band so they won’t fall off.

helly hansen double stitching
Double stitching on all the stress points for enhanced durability.


helly hansen pockets
1 large pocket flap (about 6″ wide and 6-3/4″ deep) and 3 pocket slots on the right side hanging pocket.


Under the right hanging pocket there is a side hip pocket plus two narrow pockets and and an ID card loop. 


helly hansen work pants
On the left side is also a hanging pocket flap – 1 large pocket (about 6″ wide and 6-3/4″ deep) and 3 pocket slots.


helly hansen pleated knee
Pleating at the knee prevents material from stretching when you’re kneeling and increases comfort.


helly hansen pants
Knee pad pockets on the inside enable you to add extra knee comfort and protection without making you look too dorky.


helly hansen pant cuff
Remove the stitching if you need to lower the bottom leg cuff by 5cm/1.98″.


helly hansen crotch
A gusset in the crotch area allows greater freedom of movement.

After some 145 years of making work wear, Helly Hansen has learned a thing or two about work clothing, and it shows with these Manchester Construction pants. They deliver extra quality, excellent durability and all the functionality that you need in work pants, at a price that’s easy to live with.

Last modified: September 29, 2023

Carl Duguay - [email protected]

Carl is a Victoria-based furniture maker and the web editor at Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement.

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