Here’s a great high-visibility sweatshirt from Polar WorkTuff. It’s made of 100% polyester in a bright green/yellow color (some call it lime), with 2″ silver reflective stripes around the torso, up over the shoulders and two around each sleeve. It meets the ANSI Class 3 standard, so it’s among the most visible of all the high-visibility garments you can buy.
I like it because it’s a heavier-weight sweatshirt than most I’ve seen. This gives it a feeling of higher quality, and it’s sure to be one of the warmest sweatshirts out there.
It comes with a drawstring hood, but the hood is attached with snaps, so you can remove it if you want. You can have the “hoodie” look, or you can wear it just as a sweatshirt with no hood. I like having choices.
It’s also got a high-quality zipper down the front and two front slash pockets for keeping your hands warm. Knit ribbed cuffs on the sleeves and a knit ribbed waistband further reinforce the feeling of quality.
It’s machine washable, and it will remain ANSI compliant for up to 25 washings if you follow the care instructions on the label.
Check it out at eSafetyStore.com.
I have a warehouse full of high visibility sweatshirts. That’s a good thing, because it can get cold in my office at the worldwide headquarters of eSafetyStore. For some reason, it’s the chilliest at this time of year when the temperature hovers in the 50s (perhaps it’s the fact that our back warehouse door is always open… and my office is in the back of the building).
In my vast experience with hi vis safety clothing, I’ve discovered that the reflective sweatshirt is the most comfortable piece of reflective apparel out there. A hooded sweatshirt on the jobsite offers comfort, warmth, visibility, and usually a couple of nice big hand warmer pockets.
Pullover sweatshirt and zipper front sweatshirt styles give workers some options when choosing their hi vis work gear. And while several manufacturers exist, two of our favorites right now are M.L. Kishigo and Lacrosse (both of which are incidentally 30% OFF until it gets warm). The two-tone zipper front reflective sweatshirts by M.L. Kishigo have black on the lower torso to hide dirt and grime (unfortunate side effects of road work or construction jobs). The Lacrosse pullover hooded sweatshirt is one of the most well-made that we’ve seen. It’s 300g knit polyester with a fleece lining and it’s so comfortable you’d almost consider wearing it out when you don’t need high visibility apparel (or maybe just want to make sure that people can see you). It also has nifty thumb holes in the knit wrists and make the sleeves easy to slide under gloves.
Pretty soon, summer will be here and hi vis safety vests and reflective t shirts will be the rage. For now, it’s all about hi vis sweatshirts. I know that my hoodie keeps me warm in my 55 degree office…I think it’s time to put it on.
I talked last week about Mother Nature’s odd winter. Well, it just get weirder. When I stepped outside today it was 60 degrees, and the thermometer isn’t supposed to stop until it hits 75 or so. Has Milwaukee somehow been transplanted a few hundred miles closer to the equator? I’ve forgotten what winter feels like (I realize that statement has jinxed me and that we’ll have a blizzard in mid April).
I’ve mentioned it before, but when the weather changes we here at eSafetyStore immediately shift our focus to the hi vis apparel needed for the climate. And so I bring to you the high visibility sweatshirt! There’s just something cool about a hooded sweatshirt. It’s comfortable. It’s casual. And when it meets ANSI requirements, a reflective sweatshirt is perfect for doing road work in moderate weather conditions.
I wrote about how much the standard safety vest has changed in the last decade. The hi vis sweatshirt is an offshoot of this. Not that long ago, there weren’t a whole lot of options. But now, sweatshirts are available in two-tone styles, zipper front styles, heavy thermal sweatshirt styles, and lightweight sweatshirt designs.
If my days were spent on the job site, and I had to choose my hi vis apparel for a day like today, I’d go with the casual cool of a hi vis hooded sweatshirt. The best reflective apparel is the kind that you forget you’re wearing…like, well, like a sweatshirt.