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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.
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.
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.
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.