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A guide to heavy duty waterproof workwear – foul weather gear for outdoor work

Stormline 807 heavy duty fishing oilskin smock

The toughest jobs require super tough workwear that won’t let you down. It needs to keep working, keeping you protected, dry and comfortable, for as long as you do. Heavy duty waterproof workwear is specialist kit and quality is important, but it isn’t always easy to find.

Who needs heavy duty waterproof workwear?

If you work in a job that brings you into contact with chemicals, abrasives or that is extremely physical, you absolutely must have specialist clothing.  For example, construction workers and people working within agriculture industries. Ordinary waterproof jackets, trousers and overalls will tear easily when faced with the demands of your role, or they’ll almost instantly start leaking water.

How strong is our PVC?

Heavy duty workwear

The material is crucial

Most heavy duty workwear is made from PVC, or a material that contains PVC. This material is such a popular choice as it offers a huge range of benefits for this kind of workwear. It is flexible, so it can stretch for extra comfort, but it is also extremely durable, strong and can withstand everything from chemicals to abrasion. Look for items that have a good grams per square metre (gsm) ratio for the very best quality, and perhaps even items that have double layers of PVC/PU.

Must-have features for heavy duty waterproof workwear

Now that you know what material to look for – anything which uses good quality PVC – you now need to think about extra features. It is the features below that help to make workwear ‘heavy duty’ and you’ll find that they make a big difference to the wearability and the lifespan of the item.

  •       Heavy duty, reinforced ‘glove friendly’ zips
  •       Adjustable cuffs and longer backs for extra water protection
  •       In certain items such as the Stormtex-Air 652, knee pads and elbow protection
  •       Reinforced seams to prevent water entry and ensure the workwear lasts as long as possible.

Half sleeve wet weather jacket

Does heavy duty workwear have to be heavy?

Technology is a wonderful thing, and it has enabled the designers of modern heavy-duty waterproof workwear to make it lightweight. There is no compromise to the waterproofing or extreme toughness of the material of items like the Stormtex 203 wet weather jacket, but it is much easier to wear. Lightweight items permit full freedom of movement and you don’t need to burn extra energy when wearing them.

If you need specialist gear, buy from a specialist

Heavy duty waterproof workwear is available from a variety of retailers and online stores. However, not all of these are specialist suppliers for industries that really need heavy duty gear, such as farming, fishing, construction and agriculture. Stormline is, and we regularly listen to the feedback of our trusted partners and customers to find out what workers in these industries really need. Our expertise enables us to supply thousands of businesses with exceptional quality workwear that really does deserve the label ‘heavy duty’

Take a look here at the range of wholesale heavy duty waterproof workwear from Stormline, with discounts of up to 15% when you buy in bulk.