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We’ve mentioned before that Richlu makes some good hi vis winter jackets and reflective bib overalls. But they also make one of the most unique hi vis jackets we’ve ever seen. Check out the S432 Quilted Safety Jacket if you want something a little different to wear on the jobsite. It’s kind of a like a Member’s Only jacket for the jobsite (only a whole lot cooler).
The Richlu S432 is a medium weight reflective jacket, which means it’s perfect for this weird time of year when it can turn from summer to chilly winter in a matter of days. The funky jacket has a quilted polyester exterior and interior for warmth in moderate temperatures. Black rib knit collar and cuffs help hide grime, and rib knit back armhole gussets enhance freedom of movement. Quality 2″ silver reflective 3M Scotchlite tape on a contrasting orange background provides excellent visibility, and it has an X pattern back for railroad hi vis.
We haven’t seen any ANSI Class 2 jackets quite like this one by Richlu. Hi vis reflective jackets aren’t generally very cool, but the S432 certainly is.
When I started in the safety business more than a decade ago, there weren’t nearly as many options for high visibility clothing as there are today.
Not that long ago, low cost safety vests were the norm… standard traffic vests that all looked pretty much the same. Sure, you could choose DOT reflective tape on occasion, or between a zipper or hook-and-loop front closure, but if you wanted to look good and feel comfortable in your traffic vest, you were out of luck.
Fast forward to 2012. That stiff polyester mesh piece of safety gear that was the norm years ago has been replaced by a whole lot of options when it comes to reflective clothing, and the options abound in both ANSI Class 2 and ANSI Class 3 safety wear.
We’ve seen the production of surveyors vests with more pockets than a pool hall. Safety vests with storage backpacks built right in. Breathable micromesh can be used instead of that stiff old polyester, which means that the safety vest no longer has to be the hi vis clothing equivalent of a medieval torture device.
Outdoor workers have also benefited greatly from the increase of the safety shirt. Why would you wear a hi vis vest, if a a reflective T shirt is an option? You wouldn’t. Myriad styles of ANSI shirts have been developed with the sole purpose of keeping workers visible and comfortable. Micromesh or bird’s eye polyester material is extremely breathable, and when combined with 3M Scotchlite segmented Comfort Tape, it’s one comfortable hi vis work shirt.
We’ve seen amazing progress in the reflective clothing market. What’ll happen in the next 10 years? Maybe they’ll find a way for cotton to hold its fluorescent color. Or maybe robots will be doing all of the road work.
A long length ensures ample coverage, and a combination of fleece and quilt-lining keeps the wearer warm in moderately cold temperatures. A comfortable medium weight water- and weather-resistant coat for uncomfortable work conditions.
Available at eSafetyStore.com
- 2” silver reflective stripes on the arms and torso.
- Upper half of the lining is comfortable black polyester fleece, while the lower half is quilted black nylon. Arms are quilted, which allows for easy arm entry and removal.
- Zipper front closure with snap storm flap, elastic wrists with hook-and-loop adjustments, and a stand-up collar with stowaway hood all help keep out the cold.
- Features two outside slash pockets (one of which is a through-pocket for easy access to an inside pocket), two inside chest pockets, and one inside lower pocket with a hook-and-loop closure.
- Glove/utility rings above each slash pocket allow for convenient personal storage.
- Machine washable (maintains its level of visibility for up to 25 washings).
- Downloadable spec sheet.
- Meets ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 Class 3 standards.