Winter weather brings in cold temperatures and wet conditions. These do not make working any easier or productive, especially for tradies working out in freezing situations.
To maintain the same productivity as before, you require warmth and comfort during the cold weather.
Advanced workwear with inbuilt ventilation can keep you warm by regulating the body heat while keeping you comfortable and also not hindering mobility in any way.
To be comfortable in cold weather requires some strategic planning and wearing layers rather than simply throwing two or more sets of clothes on. The principle of layering is adding different layers that do different jobs.
Here are some of the best winter options that you can layer warmth, comfort, and productivity.
The first layer in winter should be long thick underwear. It should fit snugly on your body and of a non-absorbent material such as fleece. This layer works by wicking away the water and keeping you dry underneath. You need to use this as the primary insulation layer in icy conditions and choose the materials accordingly. Synthetics or merino wool work the best since they wick the moisture to the outer layers keeping your skin dry.
Long Sleeve Shirts
Pack your short sleeve shirts away and add long sleeve shirts to your wardrobe. They provide extra cover down to your hands, blocking the cold winds while keeping you warm. In addition, they can be a great alternative to jackets and hoodies.
Thick Warm Pants
As for pants, wear pants made from thick warm material like lined cotton, duck down or heavyweight synthetic material. Moreover, the pants should not be tight and make the air circulation difficult since that can make you feel colder. You can also wear overalls if that’s your choice. It keeps you warm and covered when bending and stretching.
Hoodies are an easier way of adding that extra layer for warmth. Whatever season it may be, you can find a hoody that suits your needs. For winter, you are better off with fleece hoodies. Ensure that you add hi-vis panels if you’re working outside in low visibility conditions.
Hands have a high surface area compared to volume and are likely to get cold quicker. Without proper gloves, you tend to get very cold, and your agility also suffers. Wear gloves manufactured explicitly for cold weather and make sure they’re also waterproof.
Again make sure they have reflective stripes for low visibility conditions.
Your ankles are thinly insulated and can lose heat quickly. Wearing boots that go above your ankles reduces heat loss and also protect your feet. For more safety, a steel-toed boot will be a perfect solution. You can add a thermal insole for insulation from the cold ground too.
Pad your regular cotton socks with thermal socks for insulation. Woollen socks are the best option; ensure that they are 70%+ wool with some synthetic materials such as nylon or polyester to keep your feet warm and give a snug fit.
Headgear such as beanies pulled over your ears helps keep your head warm without feeling heavy. However, that isn’t as safe if you are in construction. In such a cases, you may want to add a bump cap insert for added protection.
Jackets are a must-have for winters and not just as workwear. They have multiple layers inside, which act as insulation to protect them from cold weather. If you are working outdoors in cold weather, you may want to buy a softshell jacket.
High-Vis Rain Gear
Hi-vis rain gear is a must-have for tradies working outdoors in the cold weather and low visibility conditions. They should be wind and waterproof with fleece-lined collars for comfort.
Suitable winter workwear is crucial for every tradie working out in the cold weather. It can help them keep warm and comfortable while allowing them to move freely. So the tradies can be productive while staying safe and protected.
Also, ensure that the workwear has adjustable cuffs reinforced zippers that can be quickly closed and opened with gloved hands.