When should you replace your foul weather gear? 5 signs it’s time for an upgrade

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When buying foul weather gear, it’s so important to prioritise quality above everything else. Good quality PVC, welded seems, weight distribution features and high quality technical specifications can all help to make an item durable, rugged and long-lasting.

However, even the highest quality, most durable foul weather gear will eventually reach the end of its usable life. An organised team or site manager needs to be able to spot the signs of wear and tear before worn-out gear becomes a real problem. Here are the 5 telltale signs that it’s time for an upgrade:

  1. Rips and tears

These are the most obvious signs that your foul weather gear needs replacing. A rip or tear renders the garment practically useless, as it weakens otherwise strong material and can also let the rain in. Ripped wet weather gear doesn’t offer workers the protection they need, and tears will usually worsen the longer you leave it. Your gear may have lasted for years, but rips are a normal sign of wear and tear after extended, heavy duty use.


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  1. Broken zips and fastenings

There’s nothing more irritating when you’re hard at work than a jacket that keeps falling open or flapping in the wind. This can happen once a zip or fastening – which may be used thousands of times during its lifespan – wears out or becomes damaged. Some fastenings can be replaced, but this could also be a sign that it’s time to shop for new foul weather gear.

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  1. Water leakage

Have you started to notice mysterious wet patches on clothing underneath your wet weather gear? This could be a sign of a rip or tear, or it could mean that the seams have become damaged through extended use. Even high quality, welded seams will eventually go, even after serving you well for years. Once this happens, you may notice water leakage around the shoulders in particular.

  1. Loose elastic

Elastic not only ensures that foul weather gear fits properly and stays put when you’re working or moving, but it also serves another important purpose. Elastic cuffs help to keep the rain out during bad weather. If this starts to weaken or loosen, you’ll soon find that your foul weather gear starts to let water in. This can be particularly unpleasant for construction crews whose work involves a lot of reaching up, as rain can enter at the wrist and run down the arms.

  1. Loss of high-vis qualities

When you first buy your high-visibility gear and for many months and years afterwards, you’ll enjoy a bright, hi-vis gleam that helps to keep everyone safe and visible on site. However, over time this can start to fade. Scuffs and ingrained dirt can start to dull the brightness of high-visibility vests, jackets and reflective strips. If you don’t replace these items, you could be risking the safety of your team.

Buying wholesale: a money-saving solution for replacing foul weather gear

Stormline prides itself on the exceptional quality of its foul weather gear. When you buy from us, you can be confident that your durable, high quality foul weather gear will last.

When eventually it’s time to replace an item, it could be worth taking a closer look at the rest of your gear – especially if it was bought at the same time and so could also be nearing the end of its usable life.

Stormline can offer wholesale discounts of up to 15% if you want to replace your whole inventory, which can help you make savings on replacement gear as well as preparing for any new starters in the coming months.  Take a look here at our full range of wholesale foul weather gear.

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