Best winter work clothes


Brett Plaisted, Photography

    Soon approaching are the cold winter months of New England where all get to admire the snow, but also have to deal with the cold. The last thing one would want is to bundle up with terrible quality clothing; clothing that won’t keep them warm while they’re out clearing the snow from their driveway.

One must first have a look at keeping their head warm while in the snow. By far the most popular hat among the people are Carhartt Watch hats because they are very comfortable, very warm, and incredibly durable.

Next comes jackets—probably the most important piece of clothing to grab when leaving home. Talking with Anthony Palmisano, he said the puffer style winter coats are fairly warm, but are not durable at all and will rip once one really puts them to work. Palmisano’s favorite coat is his Carhartt, insulated, shoreline jacket; it keeps him very warm and dry, but is also extremely durable when abused while working.

Then comes the gloves. From personal experience I’ve found thin wool gloves by themselves to not really work at all; they keep your hands warm for roughly five minutes before becoming useless. The best gloves I’ve found for keeping hands warm are Carhartt waterproof, insulated gloves. Although, those are only good until dexterity is needed. An equipment mechanic recommends wool gloves with nitrile mechanic’s gloves slipped over. I’ve personally tried this method of wearing wool gloves under my standard work gloves and have found it to be quite effective and durable.

Next, depending on the application, one may need a pair of snow pants. After talking with Iain Kantorski, he said the worst snow pants are the normal pants style which are not water repellent. His favorite pair are the snowboarder style suspenders because they do a good job at shedding water and they are comfortable.

Probably one of the most important things to have in the snow are a good pair of boots. After talking to Kantorski, his least favorite boots were the Timberland Pro work boots because he said they aren’t very durable and after a little real work, they don’t hold up. They even leak when you use them in the snow. His favorite go to boots are his Chippewa’s because they are very durable when put to work and keep the water out while in the slush and snow. Palmisano also shared his thoughts on boots. He was in agreement that the Timberland Pros are built cheaply as they became more for fashion than for work. Palmisano’s favorite boots are his Carolina’s because they hold up when abused and stay waterproof around the soles.