As the nights and mornings get frostier, there’s no doubt that winter is finally here! Working in the colder months means your usual workwear of a shirt and shorts may no longer suffice, and instead it’s time to break out the winter workwear. That means warm jumpers, long pants, gloves and waterproof boots.
In this buyer’s guide, we explain how to choose the workwear which will keep you warm without getting in the way and some of our recommendations from our comprehensive winter collection.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WINTER WORKWEAR
Unlike other jobs, you can’t just throw on a scarf and pump up the heating when you are working in the trades and construction industries. You need workwear which is warm yet breathable, padded but won’t restrict movement, and of course, waterproof and practical. Here is what you need to look for when you are purchasing new winter safety gear and workwear
Not all workwear materials are equal! For winter workwear, it’s best to choose items with material which have a higher GSM rating (this stands for grams per square metre). Materials like wool, fleece and denim have high GSM ratings so are ideal in winter workwear
Agile and flexible layers
In the winter, it’s tempting to put on the biggest and warmest jumper when working outside or in non-heated areas. However, you need workwear which will enable you to perform any physical tasks and won’t hinder movement while you’re on the job. It’s best to opt for warmer and more form fitting items made from high GSM fabric over a larger jumper or puffer jacket. Choosing an insulated jacket which can be worn under a larger hi-vis raincoat is ideal.
Waterproof & water resistant
There’s nothing more miserable than being cold and wet! Your winter workwear should be waterproof or at least, water resistant so you can stay dry when working outdoors. Choose a jacket and pair of pants which are adequately waterproof. Don’t forget about your feet! Look for waterproof work boots or even opt for some boot protectors so you stay dry all-day.
Because of more frequent bad weather and less hours of daylight in winter, ensuring that you are visible when onsite is crucial. You can increase your visibility by choosing winter workwear items which are hi-vis. We recommend having multiple layers of hi-vis clothing such as a hi-vis jacket and long sleeve shirt, so you remain visible even as the temperature changes.
OUR WINTER WORKWEAR RECOMMENDATIONS
So you’ve got a good understanding of what you should look for in winter workwear. At Tuff-As, we’re passionate about helping you find the best clothing and fit for your needs. Here are our winter workwear recommendations!
When it comes to hi-vis long sleeve shirts that are perfectly layered under jumpers, you can’t beat the Ritemate 2 Tone Long Sleeve Shirt. For something a little warmer and thicker, Swanndri Egmont Half Button Shirt is ideal.
Jumpers & jackets
As mentioned above, you want a jumper which is warm without compromising movement or comfort. We recommend the Syzmik Hi-Vis Polar Fleece Jumper or the JBS V Neck Fleecy Sweat for a more casual look. You can stay warm without overheating by opting for a vest over a jacket or jumper. The Rainbird Bevan Mens Softshell Vest maximises warmth and comfort with its 3-layer shell fabric, and looks great both onsite and down at the pub!
For jackets, the Syzmik Mens Hi-Vis Storm Jacket is bound to keep you dry and warm even in the wettest and most unpleasant conditions. The FXD WO-1 Insulated Work Jacket will keep you comfortable and warm, having been made for the harsh Canadian and US winters. For a more everyday jacket, you can’t go past the Rainbird Altair Mens Coat which provides water and wind protection as well as hand warmer pockets, detachable hood and plush fleece lining to boost comfort.
Flannels & hoodies
Flannel workwear is not only warm and hardwearing, but can also be easily dressed up for the office or a more formal event. The Pilbara Flannelette Shirt is 100% cotton flannelette and made with workwear especially in mind, so it’s incredibly comfortable and durable. You’ll be the height of style and practicality with the Hard Yakka Quilted Flannel Jacket, which has inner quilted insulation, a fleece hood and centre zip panel.
The FXD WF-1 Work Fleece Hoodie is no ordinary hoodie! Not only is this hoodie water and wind resistant, but it also protects against ultraviolet rays being UPF50+, high breathable, and meets Australian standards for high visibility
Boots, socks & headwear
Nothing is worse than cold feet! You can help stay toasty during the cold working nights starting with opting for a warm pair of socks like the FXD SK-1 Long Sock and the Bamboo Textiles Extra Thick Socks.
To ensure that you can be cosy and protected during the working day, it’s best to opt for waterproof work boots such as the CAT Device waterproof zip boots. Whether you are working in frigid water, muddy terrain or on a slippery surface, choose shoes which will keep your feet warm, dry and comfortable and you can’t go wrong with the Swanndri Chore Steel Toe Work Gumboot.
It’s no secret that you can lose heat through your head so wearing a beanie can make a significant difference in how warm you feel onsite. The Rainbird Frost Plus Beanie will keep your noggin toasty without getting in the way! If you need to wear protective headgear like a helmet while working, a neckwarmer is an ideal option instead. We recommend the Rainbird Neckwarmer which comes in both blue and black and will keep you warm on even the coldest winter days.