2021’s best work jeans for all your farm chores


With so many brands and styles to pick from, it’s easy to get lost in all of the blue jeans that are available out there. Actually, let us clarify — we mean work jeans. You won’t be seeing the latest styles from The Gap on this list. We live and breathe work clothes, and want you to find the best work jeans that are right for what you do.

Some jeans are most durable in the knee, others in the crotch, while others offer particularly good flexibility. All of these are pairs we’ve tried ourselves at one point or another. To weigh what to look for in great jeans, check out this list from Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Things such as the anticipated weather, the amount of mobility needed, and the fabric weight are all major factors to consider. Knowing these kinds of things will help you in deciding what you need — which isn’t limited to the basics of leg style, material, pockets, and how they sit on your hips.

Here’s to finding the best work jeans (men’s edition) for your toughest jobs. Our list has been updated for 2021:

LEE Men’s Regular Fit Straight Leg Jean

This has been our go-to farm jean for the past several years. While there are other brands and styles that we swap out on a day-to-day basis, the fact is that these are the jeans we wear every morning at 5:30 a.m. when we go out to feed the animals. They’re durable, affordable, and we have zero complaints.

  • 99% Cotton, 1% Spandex
  • Zipper closure
  • Sits at the waist and is straight through the seat, thigh, and leg
  • Five-pocket styling and logo patch at back waistband
  • Plain back pocket styling

Carhartt Men’s Relaxed Fit Denim Carpenter Jean

We, admittedly, balk at the idea of having too much loose fabric around our legs, no matter how much added flexibility it offers, so we’re not ready to go all-in with Carhartt’s Work Dungarees. The brand’s relaxed fit, however, give the best of both worlds in terms of roominess and safety. Plus you still get the hammer loops and all the other features you’ve come to expect from one of the most recognizable carpenter jeans on the planet.

  • 100% Cotton
  • Carpenter jean in dark wash with hammer loop at each hip and relaxed-fit seat and thigh
  • 15-ounce heavyweight denim
  • Sits above the waist

Wrangler Riggs Workwear Relaxed Fit Jean

If you’re zeroing in on Wranglers and know you have some hard chores ahead of you, definitely make sure you get the Riggs version. We’ve only purchased one pair of traditional Wrangler jeans, and long story short, one wash later, let’s say we’re happy the company has a really good replacement policy. But we’ve had a pair of Riggs work pants that have lasted years and years, making them well worth the money!

  • Relaxed-fit jean featuring contrast stitching and logo-accented patch at right hand pocket
  • Stitched back pockets with logo patch
  • Gusset at crotch for ease of movement (as we’ve all heard Brett Favre tell us on the commercials)

And while we had a very bad experience with the one set of classic Wranglers that we purchased, we also understand that this is a go-to brand for many folks out there. So many people swear by the Wrangler Classic 5-Pocket Jean that it’s worth including here.

Ariat M5 REBAR Stretch Slim Fit Straight Leg Jean

Ariat is one of our go-to brands, and we’ve tried several of their jeans thanks to the recommendations of friends and neighbors. The REBARs stand out. The M5 REBAR offers double the durability as your average jeans. This denim also offers extra comfort with extra deep front pockets, integrated knife pocket, and great styling.

  • 69% Cotton, 30% Polyester, 1% Spandex
  • Zipper closure
  • Two times more durable
  • Extra comfort and mobility
  • Knife pocket

Cinch Men’s Carter Relaxed-Fit Jean

Cinch jeans are tough and durable for the rodeo arena or life on the ranch, yet fashionable enough for a night on the town alongside a pair of cowboy boots and western shirt.

  • 100% Cotton
  • Mid Rise
  • Relaxed Waist, Hip, and Thigh
  • Boot Cut

Levi’s Men’s 505 Regular Fit Jean

It’s hard to go wrong strapping on a quality pair of Levi’s and heading out on the tractor. Interestingly, too, that because of the way the denim is made, these jeans have nice moveability to them and are our go-to jeans for trail rides.

  • 100% Cotton
  • Button closure
  • Regular-fit jean featuring five-pocket styling and signature logo label at back waist;Extra room in thigh
  • Stretch Denim

Dickies Men’s Relaxed Fit Carpenter Jean

If Carhartt has competition in the blue-collar carpenter jean market, it’s from Dickies. Dickies prides itself on its versatile lines of occupational workwear, and its carpenter jean is no exception.

  • 100% Cotton
  • Hook and Eye closure
  • Relaxed work jean with traditional carpenter-style pockets and logo patch at back pockets
  • Triple stitched seams
  • Heavy-duty brass zipper

There’s one more!

And, finally, it’s worth mentioning Duluth Trading Co.’s fleece-lined firehose jeans, which were featured in this Farm Babe article in 2017. They are absolutely the best for cold nights!

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