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FR Novus Welding Shirt Apex Line

USD $195.00

The Apex Predator of welding apparel. The Fr Novus welding shirt has a superior fit and uses the most innovative material for welding durability. With increased protection at every level this shirt is sure to impress. 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 Novus welding 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!

But most importantly, if you want to support welding apparel that uses materials made in the USA, then this product is for you.

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. The Novus welding shirt is designed for welding in warmer temperatures and climates and is a lightweight welding shirt. Trust in the Novus to work with you on the job site, protect you from burns while being a lightweight alternative to leather welding jackets.

6 Reasons To Buy To The FR Novus Apex Welding Shirt:

  • The FR Novus is light; we use lightweight FR twill in the body and use the newest CarbonX Repel in the arms.
  • We think like welders because we are welders; we place protective materials in the best places to help protect you from burns. Placing this material only where you need it cuts down weight and bulkiness while delivering the protection you need.
  • Welding 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 welding shirt that’s designed right; our design includes a natural bend in the elbow for flexibility, dual layer sleeves, and an extended rear tail.
  • A leader in welding 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 a welding hobbyist, or artist, then Up in Smoke Welding Apparel has the best product for your welding job. Buy the FR Novus now, and you’ll be happy you did.

We believe welding 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 welding 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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25 reviews for FR Novus Welding Shirt Apex Line

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  1. keishia loya

    The Novus welding shirt is a GREAT product!!! ordered this shirt for my husband as a gift and he loves it! I was worried that it wasn’t going to be long enough (he is a bit tall) but surprisingly it fit perfect!! when I ask him how it is he says it’s great, he can move comfortably in it, it’s not heavy so he isn’t getting hot wearing it (especially with temps starting to rise) and what’s even better is that he isn’t getting burned!!! yay!! a lot of co-workers took an interest in his shirt and he definitely recommended it to them. I will be for sure ordering more in the future for him!!!

    overall 5 out of 5 stars in EVERY category!

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  2. Ryan Widmer (verified owner)

    I have bought countless carhartt/Wrangler/Ariat FR gear and no other gear compares to UP IN SMOKE. You might think it’s a lot of money, but this one shirt will last at least the life of 2 of those other shirts.

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  3. Chris panayides

    By far the best and most durable welding shirt I’ve ever purchased hands down! Comfortable and stylish all in one highly recommended!!

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  4. John

    Pipelining for 42 years. Bought this shirt and the hood type one. Can’t burn out the sleeves. Make sure you step to the side when grinding as with any shirt you will burn up the lower front lapels. Excellent welding shirt for hot weather, and seems to breathe in the arms when ur soaked…

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  5. Courtney Cowley (verified owner)

    Absolutely the best in the business. I’ve beat the crap out of it and it’s still perfect.

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  6. Abraham H. (verified owner)

    Great workwear, I’m on my second shirt.

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  7. Randy Agustin (verified owner)

    High quality nice looking jacket.

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  8. Scott P. (verified owner)

    Loving this piece. No complaints. Shipped super fast.

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  9. jjrogers9 (verified owner)

    This is hands down the best gear that I have ever used. It is number one in look, comfort, and durability. I absolutely love Up In Smoke welding.

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  10. Joshua Schaffner (verified owner)

    I haven’t fully gotten to experience the jacket for all it’s worth just yet. However, the look and feel of the jacket was very nice and the overall quality seemed great. I had a sizing issue and they where very easy to work with and very professional. I will buy from this company again!

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  13. Jared (verified owner)

    I will be buying more

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  14. Jon R. (verified owner)

    You can’t find a shirt that performs like an UpinSmoke shirt, especially the Novus with dual layer sleeves. I swear by these products to keep me protected from carbon arc gouging, torch cutting, to stick welding and plasma gouging! And you’ll look dapper AF

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  15. Chet R. (verified owner)

    Highest quality shirt I’ve found, a truly protective yet somewhat breathable piece of workwear

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  16. John Lennon (verified owner)

    I got your shirt for my 17 year son. He is doing heavy duty equipment repair welding and pipe welding for a summer job. Your shirt is holding up great and I will be buying more. He is heading to Kentucky Welding Institute after high school next year and I will send a good supply of your shirts with him. Great shirt! John Lennon

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  17. James W. (verified owner)

    Great customer service and a great product, I originally ordered the wrong size as soon as the man dropped it off i tried it on and realized it was too small so i called the number on the website and was greeted by the owner of the company which led to an easy, hassle free return. Got a new jacket back in less than a week, it fits great and no more burns. Best welding jacket i have ever owned by far.

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  18. Gayla Gjertsen (verified owner)

    Great quality, wonderful and quick service!

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  19. Davin (verified owner)

    This is a really nice, high quality shirt. Heavy enough to be jacket, but light enough to not be constricting. I do not like combursome PPE if it doesnt need to be, and this is not. I spoke with Mac about this shirt, and he was extremely helpful in making a decision. I’m 5’11” and got a large. Its roomy enough to wear a light sweatshirt or thermals under if needed. UIS’s customer service is beyond what I’d ever expected! You won’t be disappointed choosing this shirt.

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  20. Rex Maddox (verified owner)

    Been loving the welding jackets these things are a gamechanger I’ll be buying from you guys more often

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  22. Tyler (verified owner)

    The fit was perfect. I knew my sizing from buying a CK worldwide Tig Welding Jacket that’s made by Up In Smoke. I’m 5’10 250lb 2XL is where it’s at I can even wear thicker shirts underneath when weather acts up.

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  23. Tyler T. (verified owner)

    This jacket is nothing short of amazing. I have been welding overhead this past week—I mean, just getting blasted with 6010 weld spatter—and it bounces off this jacket like it was made of concrete. I can weld in any position, focusing on producing sound welds instead of trying not to catch fire. Cheap insurance to avoid second-degree burns. For sizing reference, I’m 5’10, 265 lbs. The XXL fit well, with plenty of room to add layers. I run hot, so normally I just wear t-shirts under them. Not sure if the XL would be too tight, but something to consider. If, for some reason, I shred this one, I’ll definitely buy it again.

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  24. Mike R. (verified owner)

    Best welding shirt out there. Great movement and protection

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