TSC stores carr Tough Duck "Work wear" it's what I'll be wearing for the
enxt few years or until soemthing better comes along. I have a set of
insulated and uninsalted and I rarely get the chance to wear the insulated
ones since they are to warm. Worth every penny I spent.
As another posted suggested
carhartt, sturdy work clothes
They make lots of different styles because it depends on the person,
what you're doing; how much mobility you want & the weather conditions
You can keep yourself warm with enough layers of any clothing but if
you're wrapped up like the Michelin tire man...it's gonna be hard to
YEARS ago I had occasion to work outside in Ohio near the lake (luckily
I was younger then) I used insulated overalls (bib style) with long
underwear (uppers only) & a lighter jacket to mantain upper body
I doubt I could stand that setup now but it worked great for me, back
Full insulated overalls can be a good choice but if you've got to
integrate fall protection into the setup....it leads back to bib
overalls w/ long jonhn shirt & another outer shirt. JMHO
In mountain areas (fall/ early winter) of California the guys seem to
settle on bib overalls & long sleeve pullover shirts (& of course, hard
hats & harness)
The concept is...keep the legs & trunk warm (feet too with insulated
boots or regular boots oversized for thick socks.)
.......the arms will get warmed by circulation
If the weather gets colder or windy they add some sort of knit ski type
"helmet" under their hard hats
I use a........
keeps the bald spot on the top of my head from shedding all my heat
you low level activity standing, walking, sitting outdoors
a Polarwarp heat exchange mask
has some value but if you're really exerting yourself..IMO it's too
restrictive for adequate breathing
here are some "test drive" reports
I live in the north country and always buy Carhardtt brand. there are
many imitators that do a good job, however. I have a lot of carhardtt
stuff and swear by it. They offer pants, overalls, coveralls, and
shirts in both unlined and quilted versions. they are not cheap but
are the best. They are the most rugged work clothes ever. It is
possible to wear out a pair of Carhartts, but not easy. Most of
their work clothes are union made in the USA. I buy mine online at:
They have the complete line and have been reliable for me. Don't know
about where you live but around here Fleet Farm is the local source for
Carhardtt. Other outdoor stores like Cabelas and Gander Mountain also
Carhardtt makes jeans that are very durable, available at Sears and
Roebuck, Tractor Supply and a lot of other places.
I live in Florida now, but back in the "cold days," as a construction
electrician, working right beside steel workers in the Midwest, here's
what I used to wear:
Regular underwear ^ long johns ^ heavy socks ^ Uninsulated Carhardtt
jeans, or regular jeans ^ heavy flannel shirt ^ zippered, lined,
sweatshirt with hood ^ Insulated Carhardtt bib overalls (for better
movement) ^ Carhardt insulated jacket with hood ^ sock hat ^ work boots
^ slip over rubber boots ^ cotton gloves under deerskin gloves.
Everything slightly loose. In my case, doing electrical work,
everything needed to be 100% cotton and Carhardtt wool linings, no
plastic....something that is hard to find these days.
All that, and the coldest I've ever been, including living in Norway
for 3 years, was right here in Florida....doing some wiring inside of a
minus 40 degree F cold storage facility. Just had a winter jacket too.
The trick to staying warm is wearing slightly loose, layered clothing
and don't get wet.....even from sweating. If you start to sweat,
unzip, unbutton, or take off some clothing and go back to work until
you start to feel cold again, then put cloths back on as needed. On
sunny days sometimes I could strip down to just the flannel shirt and
bibs for 10 minutes or so. The rubber boots go a long way to keeping
your feet warm and dry. Once your feet get wet, you're screwed.
I wear arctic wt. carhart bibs when it is below zero. otherwise I wear
a pair of oversized jeans or light wool pants over fleece sweat pants.
I can't imagine wearing all cotton. I go to secondhand stores and buy
wool sweaters and coats which I wear in layers depending on the temp.
I did go out and spent 60 bucks on a merino wool underwear shirt which
was worth every penny. sweating or a little rain or snow is no problem
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