Our Favorite Workwear and Gear That Actually Holds Up
Most regular clothing and gear can’t stand up to the abuse of the jobsite. If the DIYer in your life has all the tools he or she needs, think about giving the gift of some new workwear or safety equipment. Check out these suggestions from our editors!
No More Need for a Tool Belt
It makes pants from tough to nearly indestructible, as well as shirts, hats, vests, jackets and even a work kilt! The clothing is available online and at some stores. Get these pants on Amazon now.
No More Knots
A Backpack for Job Sites
The solution, of course, is to use both hands for scampering. Milwaukee’s Jobsite Backpack makes that possible. It has tons of tool storage space, a laptop compartment, a molded base to keep it upright on the ground and a handle on top to make it easy to move short distances. This is the perfect solution for you folks who regularly work on roofs, off scaffolds, or at any job where climbing is part of the daily routine. It could also come in handy for maintenance workers who have to lug their tools around huge facilities. Pick up the Milwaukee Jobsite Backpack wherever Milwaukee tools are sold. Get it now on Amazon. Or buy it from The Home Depot.
A Safety Two-in-One
Milwaukee Hoodie M12 12V Lithium-Ion Heated Jacket Kit
Instead of bulking up with many layers, stay warm with this battery-operated heated jacket by Milwaukee. It warms you up with heat zones in the front and back and uses the smaller 12-volt battery in Milwaukee’s line so you’re not hauling around a big battery. Get the kit for the cost of a nice winter jacket ($185) on Amazon.
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The Mitt That Can Conquer the Cold
These gloves for auto repair will help protect you from working with hazardous materials.
High-Tech Work Boots
CarbonMAX boots have a protective cap composed of millions of tiny carbon nanotubes that are combined in a honeycomb pattern. The result is steel-like impact protection with much less weight and thickness. A lighter and thinner cap translates to a more comfortable boot. Get Wolverine CarbonMAX boots on Amazon now. Next, check out more work wear for DIYers here.
Next Generation High-Tech Work Shirt
Dickies has introduced a shirt that can help. It’s called the Next Generation Work Shirt, and it’s made from a newly engineered fabric that wicks moisture away from your body. It also stretches more and has soil-releasing properties. Maybe best of all, it’s still durable like other Dickies work shirts. Buy a Dickies Next Generation work shirt here or pick one up at work wear retailers nationwide. Next, take a look at some of the other stuff we’re buying on Amazon this month.
Better Ear Plugs
One favorite that fits many people is 3M’s Tekk Disposable Ear Plugs. They’re made from a stiffer type of foam, can handle a little sweat and comfortably mold to the inside of your ears. Get 3M Tekk Disposable Ear Plugs on Amazon today. Check out the other safety gear every DIYer should own here.
Smartphone Life Preserver
The touch screen works through the clear plastic, and there’s enough room inside for credit cards, cash and a key fob. Other phone cases can withstand water, but this baby may be the only one that floats, making it a heck of a lot easier to retrieve. You can check out the different colors and configurations and buy an Ugo pack at ugowear.com. Plus: Check out these amazing apps for your DIY projects.
Faster Ratcheting Tie-Downs
Instead of pulling the entire length of strap in and out of the ratchet, the side of the ratchet housing swings away so you can load the strap into the ratchet at any point along the length of the strap. Pick up Gear Armour Ratcheting Straps at home centers and online in various lengths and load capabilities. Buy ratcheting straps on Amazon now.
Action Work Jacket
Disposable Floor Protector Booties
100% Merino Wool Thermal Base Layer Top and Bottom
Wool is great as a base layer because it wicks away moisture to keep you dry, and it’s odor resistant so you can wear it a few times without sending it through the wash. For about $75, you can get this LAPASA base layer top and bottom set. It comes in Men’s or Women’s c
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Slip-In Knee Pads
One, when the top layer of fabric gets a hole in it, debris collects inside, and the opening lets you clean it out. And two, you can slide knee pads, like these Soft Knees from Working Concepts Inc., into that space. So, as long as you’re wearing my bibs, you don’t have to mess with my uncomfortable strap-on knee pads. The foam pads are easy to install, and if you don’t wash your overalls in hot water, you don’t have to remove the pads until it’s time for a new pair of bibs. Get these knee pads now.
Dewalt DPG15 Digital AM/FM Hearing Protector
You have to wear hearing protection much of the time in the shop. Why not make it entertaining by listening to music instead of the drone of power tools in the background? Especially when you’re sanding or planing wood for an hour or two. It even makes other tedious tasks like mowing or leaf blowing less painful. Learn everything you need to know about hearing protection here.
GVS Elipse P100 Half Mask Respirator
There are lots of stinky, hazardous stuff in the shop that you shouldn’t be inhaling. Contact cement, polyurethane, lacquer, etc. Dust masks will do absolutely nothing to keep that stuff from your lungs. A charcoal filter respirator will. In fact you won’t even detect these odors when you’re wearing one. Here’s another tip. If you have pet messes to clean up, you can skip the “gag” factor by wearing your respirator!
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