If you’ve tried a range of different waterproofs for your team and still don’t feel that you’re getting enough performance or life out of your wet weather work gear, it could be time to re-think your approach.
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Instead of getting universal or generic wet weather gear, you need to think more specific. Look for waterproofs that have been designed specifically for a particular industry, or for a particular kind of job. This gear will have features which help to overcome the everyday challenges of the job. This is because they’ve been tailor-made for that kind of work.
Here are some crucial things to consider:
• Consider the conditions and your team’s shift patterns. The longer your team are out in wet conditions without breaks, the more durable the kit needs to be. The waterproofs you choose need to withstand being battered by the elements for hours at a time, several days a week. They also need to continue to provide protection for your workers. This is when it is crucial to buy high-spec, extra durable wet weather work gear. At the other end of the scale, you might be looking for waterproofs for those ‘just in case’ moments. Your team may not be outside for very long, or very frequently – but lighter waterproofs are always good to have.
• How physical is the job? The more physical the work, the more crucial breathability becomes. Your crew need to be ventilated as they work, sweat and get hotter, or you could actually be creating a more uncomfortable working environment than before you kitted the team out in waterproofs. Another crucial feature for physically demanding work is how easy they are to move in. You can’t have your team weighed down by overly heavy material. Nor can you have them restricted in their movement in any other way. You need lightweight, flexible gear to keep your crew moving.
• For every industry, only 100% waterproof will do. Forget about wet weather work gear that promises to be rainproof, water-resistant or water-repelling. This isn’t enough of a guarantee when it comes to outdoor jobs completed in all conditions. You need a solid guarantee of 100% waterproof. This means reinforced seams and a strong, durable material. It could even mean extra features such as elastic cuffs to keep the rain out there too.
• If you want specialist gear, shop with a specialist. You wouldn’t buy your commercial equipment from a domestic supplier, so why do the same with your wet weather gear? Choose a company such as Stormline that is known for its expertise in specialist work and foul weather gear for industries such as fishing, construction and agriculture. We even let you filter products by industry, so you know you’re only looking at specialist gear designed for your job.
Take a look here at Stormline’s range of wet weather gear, available for each industry. Our gear is also organised into different weights – light, medium or heavy depending on the weather conditions your team will face.