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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.
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.