The climate of New Zealand is a very volatile one, due to the country’s varied and diverse landscape, which can mean that farming in New Zealand, while rewarding, isn’t always easy. Some NZ farmers consider themselves the luckiest people in the world that they get to enjoy such magnificent landscapes, although you may find that those are the ones who keep themselves warm and dry in the correct wet weather gear!
Farmers carry out a really wide variety of tasks in a typical working year, so finding the right NZ farming gear is absolutely essential. Jobs can range from soil testing to operating machinery, from milking cows and shearing sheep to intensive cleaning work. On top of this ever-changing, strenuous list of daily tasks comes the challenges of dealing with the New Zealand weather, so we can see farmers really do have a lot to cope with. Depending on where you are, the climate in NZ is pretty temperate, however, the experienced farmers will know that the weather can sometimes change unexpectedly. Between the mountain ranges and the long coastline, a cold front can blow in very quickly in New Zealand, so it’s really important to always be prepared.
The best way for farmers to prepare for the conditions is with the right wet weather gear for NZ agriculture. Here are the essential features to look out for:
Wet weather gear that promises to be ‘90% waterproof’ or ‘nearly completely water-resistant’ simply isn’t good enough for a New Zealand farmer. You need 100% guaranteed waterproof oilskins. These keep all moisture out while still offering a good degree of breathability and ventilation. Waterproofing is one of those areas where it is worth spending a little extra to get gear that keeps you dry all year round. Just as importantly, it ensures that your gear won’t need replacing within a few months. When working in all kinds of weather conditions, it’s important to have reliable gear that is designed with purpose and engineered to last, in order to protect you from all types of weather without sacrificing comfort or mobility. Our gear is designed to easily and effectively repel water, all while distributing its own weight, eliminating wearer fatigue. The material of the garments needs to be completely impervious to water, and weaker spots such as seams should be sealed (our products have double-welded seams for this very reason!) and pockets should be angled to ensure rain cannot gather. Look for velcro cuffs on legs and arms as these allow a snug fit and will keep out any unwanted moisture.
RESISTANCE TO CHEMICALS AND DAIRY FATS
If you encounter chemicals and dairy fats on a daily basis, they are bound to have contact with your clothing which will inevitably have an effect on it. It’s at times like this when it really does pay to buy specialist wet weather gear for NZ agriculture. We combine technical design, cutting edge manufacturing techniques and premium PVC to deliver a formidable product that’s built to last. All-in-one items like bib and brace overalls are popular to wear for this kind of work as they can be slipped on easily over other clothing.It’s also as easy to add a foul weather jacket over the top for further protection from the elements.
The last thing you need when hopping over fences or crossing fields is to be weighed down by unnecessarily heavy material. It may keep you warm, but it’s no use at all when it comes to hard physical labour. You need every bit of energy for the day ahead and burning calories due to the burden of your clothing is certainly not ideal. Stormline understands that as well as staying dry, you’re climbing, carrying and driving throughout your days and so our gear is engineered to aid you to do all of that in comfort. Finding clothing which gives you the freedom to move can be quite challenging when you consider all the different tasks that are carried out through the day. Having waterproof clothing is all well and good but if it’s not breathable then it can become very uncomfortable. By combining PVCand PU with cotton and polyester linings, we’ve created agricultural clothing that is not only breathable, but also designed to distribute its own weight, giving you the freedom to move. When the balance is right, you end up with lightweight gear that is weatherproof and doesn’t cause fatigue. Our oilskins are functional, safety-conscious and benefit from years of input from farming professionals.
Stormline is proud to be a trusted supplier of wet weather gear to New Zealand farmers. Our company started life in New Zealand, so we really understand the climate. We know just how important it is to keep the lifeblood of NZ’s economy – its thousands of farmers – warm, dry and protected from the elements. Take a look here at our exceptional quality New Zealand farming clothing to find the gear that makes a real difference to your every day.