Posts tagged hi vis
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.
Working outside on a hot day near oncoming traffic? This vest from Vinatronics might just be the perfect vest for you.
First of all, it’s a bright green/yellow ANSI Class 2 high visibility polyester safety vest with 3M™ Scotchlite™ silver reflective stripes. If you’re working near oncoming traffic, or anywhere that it’s a good idea to be easily seen, any light source (like a car’s headlights, for example) is going to light you up like a Christmas tree. If you’re wearing this hi vis vest, people are going to see you. And you know, if you’re working near traffic, you definitely want the drivers to be able to see you.
Second, it’s a Surveyor’s Vest, so it’s loaded with pockets – seven, to be exact, plenty of places to put your stuff. There’s a pocket for your cell phone, and even a huge zippered pocket across the small of the back where you can stick an entire clipboard.
But here’s where it gets really good. This vest is also Cooling Apparel. To keep you cool and help avoid heat stress, the vest has two large pockets that hold freezer gel packs called Ice Bricks. Put the Ice Bricks in the freezer overnight, then stick them back in their special designated pockets, and they will help to keep you cool all day.
With a Hydration Pack
And last, but certainly not least, this vest has a Camelbak® drinking water reservoir built into the back. Now it’s hot, so you’re going to get thirsty, right? So you carry your own drinking water in the Camelbak reservoir. Just fill up the leakproof 50-oz long neck reservoir and slide it into its pouch on the back of the vest. A long drinking tube runs from the Camelbak reservoir, up over your shoulder and down the front of the vest, where it’s handy to get to. So when you feel thirsty and need some water, just put the end of the drinking tube in your mouth, bite down on the special valve, and rehydrate with a long drink of water. Another good way to help avoid heat stroke.
Four Vests In One
So you can see what a versatile vest this is. It’s high visibility, so oncoming traffic can see you and avoid running you down. It’s loaded with pockets for storing your personal stuff. It’s got the freezer gel packs to help keep you cool on a hot day. And it’s got the drinking water reservoir so you can keep yourself hydrated. Oh, and one more thing. It’s made in the U.S.A. So like I said, if you’re working outside near oncoming traffic on a hot day, this is the vest for you! You can find it at eSafetyStore.com. Click here.
There are plenty of hi vis apparel options out there but the hi vis t-shirt just might be the most comfortable for summer construction jobs. Let’s face it, most of us would be thrilled to wear a t-shirt to work. But hi vis shirts weren’t always the most comfortable.
Reflective t-shirts aren’t just solid polyester anymore (which can get pretty warm on the jobsite). Nope, options like bird’s eye and breathable polyester mesh help make sure that workers aren’t just highly visible, but also comfortable. Hi vis tees that wick moisture help keep moisture away from the body, which is a good thing (you can sweat quite a bit while working a summer gig on blacktop).
And not that long ago a large selection of fluorescent orange or hi vis yellow Class 3 t-shirts weren’t that easy to find. Now, plenty of options exist in both short sleeve and long sleeves styles. There are plenty of worker choices for a Class 2 t-shirt, and even the reflective tape has several variations. One of the best is 3M Comfort Tape. This silver reflective tape is segmented so that it doesn’t restrict the wearer’s motion.
And if you want to look a little dressier than your work cohorts, there’s always the hi vis polo shirt. That’s right, a nice looking, collared reflective polo shirt is ideal for job foremen, or those who just like to dress up a little bit while doing road work.
The options for high visibility clothing continue to increase, and workers are the ones that benefit.
High visibility apparel doesn’t always come in all shapes in sizes, but workers do. That’s why we have plenty of big and tall safety vest and hi vis clothing options at eSafetyStore.
Let’s face it, a few years ago sizing for hi vis clothing sucked (pardon my French). A slew of imports meant that you were rolling the dice when ordering what you thought was your ideal sized safety vest or reflective t shirt. The market has improved, and sizing has gotten better (thankfully, because there’s really nothing quite like a beer gut snugly held in place by a fluorescent yellow t shirt that’s two sizes too small). But one group had to wait a little longer before seeing their sizing needs met…the big and tall workers of America.
A few years ago we started receiving calls from outdoor workers asking for tall sizes in everything from hi vis rain jackets and reflective pants to reflective t shirts and hi vis sweatshirts. It wasn’t always easy to track down the hi vis safety apparel for our larger friends on the road construction crew. Berne apparel managed to recognize the big and tall worker before a lot of other safety clothing manufacturers, and thankfully they’ve been a part of eSafetyStore and Cold Weather Workwear for a long time.
Lately, it seems like it’s been a little easier finding bigger sizes in hi vis gear, and it should be. Workers slaving away on highway construction projects have a lot to worry about–traffic barreling past them at 50 miles per hour, texting teenagers, heavy equipment rumbling by, etc. Big and tall workers shouldn’t also have to worry about a pair of Class E hi vis pants riding up on them or a tiny “one size fits all” traffic safety vest fitting like a bright yellow sausage casing.
It’s clear that worker comfort wasn’t too much of a concern a few years ago. Thankfully, now some manufacturers seem to be adding comfort into the hi vis apparel equation.
We’re not sold on Vinatronics’ products just because they’re made in the USA. We’re sold on Vinatronics because they make high quality safety apparel in the USA.
I don’t have to inform anyone of the rough road the U.S. economy has endured for the past couple of years (my apologies to those who’ve lived off of the grid in a log cabin in a remote portion of Montana and missed that whole recession thing).
At eSafetyStore we’re clearly in favor of economic recovery. One way to help is by buying products that are made in America, keeping U.S. dollars at home. That’s why we’re a big fan of Vinatronics. The Seattle-based company doesn’t just make run-of-the-mill hi vis apparel in the United States, Vinatronics makes high-quality hi vis apparel. The safety apparel made by Vinatronics might have a slightly higher price tag than cheap imports, but you’re paying for quality and durability as well as the peace of mind that comes from buying a “made in the U.S.A.” product. Vinatronics makes hi vis vests made with YKK zippers, name-brand Velcro and high-quality reflective tape, and they’ve crafted styles that are both comfortable and functional.
Case in point, the Vinatronics ANSI Class 2 Cruiser Vest. This surveyors vest is made from breathable but tough micro mesh. It has seven pockets, including a large back survey pocket that holds just about anything. The hi vis safety vest has a snap front and reinforced black webbing. And Vinatronics doesn’t skimp on reflective tape, they use quality 3M Scotchlite reflective tape.
One of the newests vest by Vinatronics is the 99363 FR modacrylic mesh hi vis vest. It is made from soft and comfortable flame resistant modacrylic, and it has an ATPV of 5.5 cal/cm², which means it meets Hazard Risk Category 1 (HRC 1). It has a dielectric zipper front, four pockets, and a mic tab on the shoulder. Many flame resistant and arc rated safety vests are stiff and uncomfortable, but not this one. It is pliable and comfortable, and again, made in America.
Vinatronics also produces a wide range of ANSI Class 3 Bomber Jackets and reflective Parkas, high visibility T shirts, hi vis Sweatshirts, arc-rated clothing, FR clothing, and even Public Service Safety Vests.
We’re not sold on Vinatronics just because they’re made in the USA. We’re sold on Vinatronics because they make quality safety apparel in the USA.
Just last Friday I was writing about ice traction cleats and the snowstorm bearing down on us in Wisconsin. Now, it’s 50 degrees and sunny outside.
Mother Nature’s indecision makes life difficult for those of us in the safety apparel business. We at EsafetyStore have had to shift our focus from ice traction cleats and reflective bomber jackets to hi vis windbreakers and reflective t-shirts in a matter of days. And it may be about time for Cold Weather Workwear to put the hi vis insulated jackets in storage, and bring out our warm weather outdoor work gear, like hard hat sun shades and sunscreen (both of which would be handy today).
We know a lot about the safety industry, but we aren’t meteorologists. We have to keep our eye on the forecast to make sure what’s on our sites is relevant. The strangest winter in recent memory has made it difficult for workers to choose the right outdoor workwear from day to day. I’m guessing that at some point soon hi vis rainwear will be en vogue. But I could be wrong. Mother Nature may have another surprise for us.
Snow in May? Let’s hope not.