Winter is coming, and no we’re not talking about the winter on HBO’s Game of Thrones. We’re talking about the months of cold days you and your employees are going to have to face this year. As temperatures drop, sometimes to extreme lows, you want to make sure your home construction employees are warm and safe, even if they have to continue working outside. To do this, they need the right gear and there are a few top-name winter workwear providers that supply what’s needed. Here are some options you should consider this year.
If ever there was a clothing brand that defined workwear for carpenters, plumbers, electricians and roofers, it would be Carhartt. This brand offers the best in winter clothing for your employees, whether they’re working in chilly temps or in downright freezing environments. Here are just a few of the essentials:
• Duck Bib Overall- While unlined, this cotton duck overall provides excellent protection against wind and weather thanks to its 12-ounce heavyweight material. In addition to warmth, it also offers double knees with cleanout bottoms that work well with knee pads, several tool pockets and durable back pockets.
• Quilted-Flannel Lined Active Jacket- Built for warmth and durability, this jacket features 100 percent ring-spun cotton duck material. While the 12-ounce heavyweight fabric is warm enough by itself, it’s also lined with quilted flannel in the body and quilted nylon in the sleeps to help provide extra protection against lower temperatures. A draw-cord hood with quilted lining protects the head and rib-knit waist work and cuffs help keep the jacket snug against the body to keep the cold out. For storage, the jacket boasts two interior pockets. Not warm enough? This brand offers even more insulation protection with their Artic quilt-lined options.
• Thermal-Lined Jackets- Like the Quilted-Flannel version, these jackets boast 12-ounce heavyweight cotton duck fabric, ribbed cuffs and waist work and interior pockets. However, they also have a polyester thermal lining in the body and hood for extra protection against the cold.
• Thinsulate Gloves- Made of 100 percent cotton duck fabric with suede cowhide palms, these gloves offer plenty of warmth thanks to their Thinsulate insulation. This helps keep your hands protected from low temperatures while also providing you with plenty of range of motion so you can get your work done. For safety, they also have an easy-on cuff.
• Safety Toe Wellingtons- Featuring a steel toe, Carhartt Wellingtons have abrasion-resistant oil-tanned leather construction and rugged outsoles for durability. Many boast Storm Defender waterproof protection, which keeps your feet dry in the rain and snow. While some of the waterproof options are not insulated, there are shoes that do feature insulation for extra warmth in the winter.
Another common name in the workwear industry is DRI DUCK, a clothing manufacturer that delivers quality items for outdoor workers all across the country. Their clothing is known for being suitable for rugged, rough conditions. Many of their jackets, like the Endeavor, are ideal for cold weather work. This mid-weight canvas jacket features triple-needle stitching, a heavy-duty zipper, a chest pocket with closure and insulated hand pockets. The Sherpa lining keeps you warm in cooler weather, providing protection against falling temperatures, rain and wind. A lined high collar comes up and protects your neck from the cold as well.
Sometimes insulation just isn’t enough when you’re facing extreme temperatures on a job site. That’s where battery-powered heating systems from Techniche come in. Their IonGear products are used primarily for riding and equine sports, but serve individuals in the industrial, construction and military markets as well. IonGear products use advanced heating elements and batteries to provide flexible, removable and rugged heated clothing items.
• Heating Jackets- While made of softshell barrier fleece, these jackets keep you warm even on the harshest days thanks to their Polymer Li-Ion battery and removable heating elements. They feature a high collar, elastic cord at the bottom, zippered front pockets and a zipper closure. These jackets are resistant against wind and rain as well, making it possible to use them in different types of weather conditions.
• Heating Gloves- What about your hands? Keep them warm with the Techniche battery-powered sports gloves. Heating elements are integrated into the gloves with wiring woven into the fabric. This makes the gloves comfortable; you won’t feel the wiring. The built-in heating elements run along each finger and over the entire hand, providing warmth for the entire extremity. One battery is used per glove, and you control the temperature for each separately with the included controller.
• Heating Vests- If thick sleeves might jeopardize your range of motion or get in the way of your tasks, consider Techniche’s heating vests. These lightweight vests have zippered front pockets, high collars and zippered closures like the jackets, and boast a wind and rain repellent fleece construction. The Polymer Li-Ion battery and controller let you take charge of the vest’s warmth and power the removable heating elements.
Milwaukee offers battery-powered jackets as well that use long-lasting Redlithium rechargeable batteries for cordless convenience. Most jackets feature three heating zones in the right side of the chest, left side of the chest and back that distribute heat to the core areas of the body and stimulate blood circulation. You get to control the heat settings and adjust them to your specific needs. The jackets are lightweight; they are also wind and water resistant, making them useful in different types of weather conditions.
For convenience, most jackets feature a holder pocket for the battery on the backside. The Redlithium Li-Ion batteries operate for up to six hours at a time on a single charge and it only takes 30 minutes to recharge them when you’re done. Most also feature a cell phone pocket, which lets you charge your cell phone while you work using the Redlithium battery’s power.
Looking for the right clothing to protect you and your employees this winter? There are plenty of workwear options available from top brands in the industry.