Truewerk S4 Haun vest review | Core warmth inspired by carpentry

20% of Truewerk Haun Vest sales to support the Keep Craft Alive Scholarship for Giving Tuesday

Just in time for Giving Tuesday 2021, the Truewerk S4 Haun Vest will take the stage to support your work and the work of the next generation.

Truewerk S4 Haun Vest Inspiration

Before we dive into the actual vest, there is a story behind this garment that is worth telling. “Haun” is for Larry Haun, a carpenter who has inspired people to become professionally involved in carpentry and house building.

His way of thinking about work clothes, especially in the carpenter’s trade, was the need for core insulation in combination with the freedom of movement of the arms, so that a vest definitely makes sense.

Wearing the Truewerk S4 Haun vest


Truewerk’s fit isn’t as generous as some brands. They are known for providing the “industrial athlete” with a more athletic fit and style in their clothing.

I ordered a big one, the same size I get my t-shirts and button downs, and it fitted perfectly. There is a little more space in the chest and I could have gotten through with a medium, but then the length would have been too short. For reference, my chest size is 42 inches.

Where there isn’t much space is around my stomach. I have a little more puppy there than I would like and the fit of the vest is very comfortable in my middle.

Conclusion: Order your normal t-shirt size and you’re good to go.


Most of the cooler days, I prefer to wear a vest than a jacket every time. Like Mr. Haun, I like to have lots of free arm movements.

The choice of materials from Truewerk consists of 92% polyester and 8% elastane for the shell. The lining is made of 100% polyester.

The vest is very comfortable to wear. I was initially concerned about the collar slipping against my neck, but the material is soft and didn’t cause irritation.

As for the warmth factor, the Truewerk Haun vest uses 180 gram insulation (like the S4 Tower Parka). I’ve worn this vest on days that start in the mid 40’s (we’re in Florida, that’s cold for us!) And goes on.

Once the temps get near 70, I put the vest off, especially if I’m working at a pace that keeps my blood flowing. On the flip side, with temperatures dropping into the low 40’s, I’m ready for a full jacket.


Aside from keeping me warm in the medium temperature range, there are four pockets to add some functionality to the vest. There are two kangaroo pockets on the right and left, which can be stowed in the middle with a press stud. They’re great for a glove or hat, but smaller items can fall out.


On the left side there is a breast pocket with a zipper. This is where I like to store my cell phone or documents that I need to have close by.

Finally, there is also an inside mesh pocket on the left. It’s another good place to store your gloves or hat.

Truewerk S4 Haun vest lining

You get the vest in black / gray or black / brown. These colors are not naturally visible in poor or lightless environments, so Truewerk has added some reflective piping on the back.

Additional highlights

  • Four-way stretch fabric
  • Shoulder patches offer additional protection when carrying wood
  • Tear-resistant materials
  • DWR (durable water repellent) coating keeps you dry
  • Thermoregulating materials

Truewerk Haun vest price

You can pick up your Haun Vest direct from Truewerk for $ 99. In recognition of Larry’s contribution, Truewerk will donate 20% of the Haun vest sales to the Keep Craft Alive Scholarship Fund on Giving Tuesday, 2021.

The bottom line

As a slim type, the fit and comfort of the Haun Vest by Truewerk are excellent and I like the look very much. As warm as it is, it is light and your arms have plenty of freedom of movement in every direction. Overall, it’s another standout piece of workwear, and Truewerk’s donation to the Keep Craft Alive Scholarship Fund is the icing on the cake.

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