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Work Jacket Size and Protection Guide

When purchasing a new work jacket, there are several different factors to consider. Our simple how to guide on selecting the right work jacket for the right job should help you to make the correct decision.

Sizing And Fitting

When picking a new work jacket, ensure you have the right fit. Each manufacturers’ sizing guides vary, so always make a note of your measurements. Even if you regularly wear a medium, that doesn’t mean every medium will fit.

In order to get the perfect size for you, measure horizontally across the widest part of your chest; as illustrated by the image on the right. When doing this, ensure that you keep the tape measure totally straight across your back.

Doing this not only gives you a great fit, but will ensure that you don’t have a jacket which is either restrictive to your movement, or too loose that it could get caught on machinery.

Safety Specifications

Although most jackets provide basic protection, you’ll find there are more in depth products designed to protect against not only the elements, but also against occupational hazards.

For example – if you work on a building site, roadside or at the side of tracks then ideally products which conform to EN ISO 20471, the standard for work clothing for low light conditions. Welders and engineers would greatly benefit from EN ISO 11611  jackets, designed to protect them against molten splash, arc flash and radiant heat amongst other hazards.

For more information on EN ISO specifications, you can find out more at our EN SPEC page.

Assess your environment and weather conditions

Picking a work jacket on function alone isn’t enough to offer complete protection, especially when it comes down to the unpredictability of the elements. So it is always worth taking a look at the kind of environment you will be working in.

Looking at things such as the fabric weight of a product, the lining and the presence of padding are a good initial indicator as to what kind of environment each jacket will be perfect for.

It’s also worth looking at the particular fabric of a jacket, as products which are waterproof for example, can come in lightweight styles, although thermally they can be ineffective – so even though they’re lightweight in appearance you may end up sweating in them.

Selecting the right jacket for the right environment

So how do you know what sort of jacket is perfect for your job role? As previously mentioned there are many factors to this. Below you will find the best types of jacket for each season.

Spring

We’ve not quite hit summer yet, and on the tail end of the winter you might find the weather swings from one extreme to the next. Something to wear which will offer you warmth and protection from the wind, but keep you cool when conditions are optimal is the preferred choice.

Our picks:


Cofra
Sweden
Softshell

Cofra
Malaga
Hi-Vis Softshell

Fristads
4500 SSM
Softshell

Helly Hansen
Chelsea
Softshell

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer

For the warmer months, a jacket may not even be necessary in the daytime, but later in the afternoons and the evenings you may want something which offers some limited protection from the weather – lightweight and breathable.

Our picks:

Fristads
A CODE
Reflective Jacket
Blaklader
3160
Waistcoat
Dassy
Avila
Summer Body Warmer
Castle
Wroxham
Bodywarmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Autumn

Autumn can be a wet, dreary time of the year, so the focus here should be on buying something which gives you adequate cover against rain.

Our picks:

Regatta
Repeller
Softshell Jacket
Snickers
Softshell
Hooded Jacket
Portwest
Classic
Rain Jacket
Snickers
Xtr
Gore-Tex Jacket

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winter

Winter styles lend themselves to keeping you warm when the temperature plummets, whether this is outdoors braving the elements themselves or inside braving the cold store – you’re going to want a jacket which offers excellent thermal properties.

Our picks:

Snickers
Quilted
FR Jacket
Portwest
Aviemore
3in-1 Jacket
Blaklader
Multinorm
Winter Jacket
Fristads
4916 GTT Airtech
Winter Jacket

 

 

 

 

 

 

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These are just a few of our personal favourites, for more excellent styles for all year round, visit our online store.

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