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FR Zestos Welding Shirt Apex Line

USD $140.00

The Apex Predator of welding apparel. The FR Zestos work shirt is redefining what you wear to the job site. With superior fit, innovative material, and a traditional look this new addition to our product line is hands down one of the best thing’s you’ll wear. Scroll down to read all about the Apex advantage.

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The Apex Advantage

The Apex line was created because we knew that we could build on the already strong foundation of our welding gear. Now that we have done that, we have created the Apex Predator of welding apparel. What sets this newest model of the FR Zestos work shirt apart from its predecessor is the new material application called EPIC Technology from Nextec. Nextec places a silicone barrier inside the fabric at the final stage of fabric finishing. The silicone polymers saturate the fabric, and from there the silicone only sticks to silicone. In doing so, each individual fiber bundle is encapsulated. The silicone also fills and sets within the spaces of warp and fill yarns (see a 2000 time zoomed photo in the gallery above).

Why is this so important

  • EPIC is key in shedding sparks and molten metals
  • Maintains a high percentage of breathability
  • Higher abrasion resistance
  • Longer color retention
  • Improved after-wash appearance
  • Not as easily soiled
  • Wind resistant
  • Water resistant
  • Fast drying
  • EPIC will always pack dry!

The FR Zestos is so well made you can wear it working, or at the pub with friends. Versatility and performance go hand-in-hand with our welding apparel especially with our FR Zestos work shirt.

But most importantly, if you want to support welding apparel that’s made in the USA, then this product is for you. In fact, all Up in Smoke Welding Apparel is made using materials sourced right here in North America. We are deeply committed to ensuring that North American hands touch our products at every step along the way, from when we design our products to when we fulfill your order.

We know that once you try our products, you’ll never buy anything else. Why are we so confident? Because we test, test, test to ensure our products and the materials we use are the best for the jobs we know you do. In fact, the FR Zestos work shirt is one of our core products in the Up In Smoke Welding Apparel line and is designed specifically to keep you cool, protected, and looking good.

5 Reasons To Buy To The FR Zestos Apex Shirt:

  • The FR Zestos is ultralight; we use state of the art FR twill for breathability and comfort.
  • A work shirt designed right; our design includes extra space in the elbow for flexibility, tall collars, front pockets that can fit an iPhone 10 and an extended rear tail.
  • We think like tradespeople because we are tradespeople; this design is for light to medium duty welding like TIG. It’s also a great FR shirt for all trades.
  • Work apparel that’s stronger than steel; we use heavy Kevlar and Nomex stitching to ensure our products can tolerate almost anything your job throws at it.
  • A leader in work wear; Up in Smoke Welding Apparel performs better than anything on the market, however, our garments are not indestructible. Our goal is to keep you protected and depending on the welding job that can be weeks, months or years.

Whether you’re pipelining in Texas, California or overseas, burning rod in a fab shop in Canada or Minnesota, or if you’re an electrician, plumber, or a sweet jack-of-all-trades, then Up in Smoke Welding Apparel has the best product for your job. Buy the FR Zestos work shirt now, and you’ll be happy you did.

We believe being in the trades isn’t just a job or a career. It’s a brother and sisterhood, a family, a community of people who get it done. It’s our job to ensure you have the best work apparel on the market so that you look good, stay protected and get home to what matters most.


Size Before You Buy:

  • Please remember to use our size chart.
  • If in doubt about sizing, feel free to give our team a call at 1 (832) 497-3254

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50 reviews for FR Zestos Welding Shirt Apex Line

Based on 50 reviews
  1. dave spennachio (verified owner)

    Fits nice and looks great. In fact now I cant get gas without hotties coming up and asking “is it true welders have bigger rods”?

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  2. Devin Ramos (verified owner)

    Highly recommend to get. Worth the money for sure

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  3. Jack G. (verified owner)

    I bought this shirt last month, and I really like it. Ran some 5p and it was holding up to the sparks way better than any other shirt I have had. This thing is killer. The stitching and seams on this thing are built to take a beating and it fits great, except for the sleeves are a bit short for me and my arms get bound up in the forearm and elbow. I have the Thorax hoodie, which is awesome, but I have the same issue with it, they just need longer sleeves. Other than that, your gear is badass and I love it!

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  4. Jesse Johnson III (verified owner)

    Best welding shirt ever ….. very durable, comfortable, and very swagish as well .. keep up the amazing products.
    Very affordable

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  5. Josh Smith (verified owner)

    This is seriously my favorite shirt ever. It does an amazing job at resisting welding sparks and has a great fit and style. It’s nice to have something last and protect all my under shirts. No more holes in everything.

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  6. Leonardo (verified owner)

    It’s a good shirt for welding school I use it in precision welding Academy just keep away from the sparks & it should last a while

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  7. Mitch Lecapoy (verified owner)

    By far the best shirts hands down! Quality and comfort all in one. You will not find a better shirt out there then these, I guarantee it!

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  8. Kyle M. (verified owner)

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  9. Callen (verified owner)

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  10. Josh Borkowski (verified owner)

    Love this shirt and all the others I have purchased no other brands can come close to the quality and durability

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  11. BRENDAN FAIR (verified owner)

    Mac went over and above to try and save shipping costs and was good at communicating the whole way. Thanks

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  12. Alexis Balanzar-mariche (verified owner)

    10 out of 10 product

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  13. Ramon salazar (verified owner)

    Best welding shirt hands down. Definitely saves you from burns and holds up really well. Very comfortable too

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  14. William (verified owner)

    Ran a little large, the shoulders felt a little awkward

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  15. Randy Agustin (verified owner)

    Fr Zestos. It’s a cool light weight jacket while staying heavily protected with that apex technology. It feels good and it looks good on me!

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  16. Joey (verified owner)

    Best weld garment I have owned to date.

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  17. patrick (verified owner)

    Best products ever!!!!

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  18. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Very good!

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  19. Evan M. (verified owner)

    Great shirt, fits amazing and is very comfortable. As it is a heavier shirt it’s still fairly breathable and I don’t have any problems wearing it for 12 plus hours in 30°c above.
    The material itself is tough as hell, for example I’ve had a few run ins with a stray buffer and it’s pretty well just bounced off the shirt. My only nit pick is the stitching. Like any work wear mixed with welding the stitching always seems to go first. Maybe a few more passes with the sewing machine would give these shirts a few more hard days in the feild before they’re ready for some repairs. Been wearing your jackets and shirts for a while and I’ve always been impressed with the quality and price points. Can’t wait to see more great welding gear from you guys!

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  20. Scott P. (verified owner)

    Great shirt. Definitely can tell it was designed by someone in the trade

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  21. Scott P. (verified owner)

    My go to for welding shirts

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  22. Daniel S. (verified owner)

    Really high Quality, and I am planning on buying some more.

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  23. Marco B. (verified owner)

    These shirts AND jacket are tuff as nails. Love’em. Gonna get the entire line. Added bonus…stylish AF so you even look good.

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  24. Sonja Jones (verified owner)

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  25. Jesse Johnson III (verified owner)

    Great product to have in your arsenal…. Excellent quality, fashionable design …. All around great pick up

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  26. Jordan Thadan (verified owner)

    Looks nice, feels nice, protects you great

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  27. Brennon Nicholson (verified owner)

    Got this shirt a couple months ago, and right away you can tell the quality is great. Already tested out on some overhead and held up really well. Definitely will be returning when it’s time for a new one! Highly recommend!

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  28. Dustin Graham (verified owner)

    Deadly welding shirts, look good, feel good, weld good. Get an Up In Smoke shirt and you’ll run beads with the best of them, hot pass the fastest, and cap the tightest.

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  29. Andrew R. (verified owner)

    Outstanding workmanship, fit perfect and didn’t shrink after washing

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  30. Anonymous (verified owner)

    It’s an amazing product that they have! I highly recommend getting one of these. It’s super comfortable

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  31. Greg Koodrin (verified owner)

    You guys are making some really good gear here, i kick the shit out of this stuff and it lasts, good stuff isnt cheap🤘🤘

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  32. Ivan Mendez (verified owner)

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  33. Adrian M

    Absolutely love the shirt, it out preforms all FR’s on the market. You can run some nasty hippie rod in it, then run some clean sch 10 stainless in it. You stay nice and cool, but protected. I have had mine since may, and have worked in it every week since then. The buttons hold up, pockets are just the right depth, and it holds starch very well. Worth every penny

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  34. Gayla Gjertsen (verified owner)

    It is a Christmas present, but I am happy with the order

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  35. DUSTIN B. (verified owner)

    Excellent products! Mac was very helpful!

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  36. Ian (verified owner)

    Great shirt! The fit is true. The fabric and feel is outstanding and holding up! Dig it. Probably buy another one, different color.

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  37. Shawna B. (verified owner)

    Looks great and is functional! Welding Dept is looking great!

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  38. jesse white (verified owner)

    Awesome product. The company is great to do business with as well. So glad I found them

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  40. Josh H. (verified owner)

    This is a well made product and it fits exactly to the measurements provided on the website. I would recommend this to anyone.

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  41. Dino (verified owner)

    same here: swiss guy here, 182cm/81kg: ordered size “M”(equal to an “L” in europe), not too loose, not too tight and sleeves with a good length (i have long arms). Would order same size again. Quality is AAA, the red colour is burning!

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  42. Edward B. (verified owner)

    Worth every penny! Keeps me protected even when making position welds as a union pipefitter. Plus being made in the US is the cherry on top

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  43. Phillip Boudreaux (verified owner)

    It is an excellent product and the service and delivery was completely up to par. I am very impressed with the product as well as the service I received.
    Thank you, very well done.

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  44. Julio Lopez (verified owner)

    Es calidad de producto lo recomiendo 100% completamente satisfecho

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  45. Charles L. (verified owner)

    This shirt is amazing!

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  46. Eric Buchanan (verified owner)

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  47. SHANNA ONEAL (verified owner)

    Fits great nice shirt!

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  48. Jason W. (verified owner)

    Amazing welding jacket!! Light, durable, comfortable. Very happy with the purchase.

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  49. Pedro Rocha (verified owner)

    Very good amigos, thanks.

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  50. CHRIS STRUTH (verified owner)

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