Winter is coming which means its time to pull out your winter construction workwear! Winter workwear is not something you want to cheap out on. Your winter gear is worth every penny you spend on it. With that being said though, if you’re new to construction and this is your first winter, I HIGHLY advise you to rough it out a bit until the sales come out in January/February.
I live in Canada so it gets a bit chilly here in the winter. Below is the items I recommend for surviving the winter as an outdoor worker:
You will need a good jacket! I’m not a fan of the the jackets that have a heater thing in. They don’t really work where I live as the battery drains super quick and it’s just a constant charging of the battery.
I have this jacket that I purchased a couple of years ago.
My husband has this one.
My husband keeps his usual pants (Carhartt),
but I have these amazing fleece lined pants (also Carhartt). I can wear these without long johns up to -15 degrees. I strongly recommend them.
Long Johns and Thermal Tops
These are an absolute must. Everyone has their own preference. My husband prefers the t-max heat materials while I prefer the waffle material.
You need to double up on your socks and I strongly recommend buying heat thermal work socks. The metal in your steel toes will hold the cold of the outside temps. You do not want to risk frost bite. I purchase a second pair of steel toe boots for the winter to accommodate the bulk of my winter socks.
Keeping your head warm is an absolute must. I prefer Carhartt toques but honestly, I don’t think it matters what brand you use.
We provide winter safety gloves to your employees. Not everyone does though and it is a game changer. The ones we buy are similar to these ones.
In the winter I wear 2 pairs of socks, long johns, fleece lined pants, tank top, long-sleeved thermal undershirt, t-shirt, hoodie, winter jacket, toque, and gloves. That is a lot of clothes to wear all at once, but it’s honestly worth it.
To tie it all in, You absolutely need a boot and glove dryer. Your boots and gloves unfortunately won’t dry overnight. You need a bit of help. There is nothing worse than starting your day off in wet boots. We originally purchased them for the kid’s winter gear but then realized how much better our lives became. We have 3 of these in our house, and I strongly recommend you get one.
What are your absolute must-haves for construction workwear in the winter? I would love to hear about them in the comment section.