Staying Dry When the Weather’s Wet

Rain dropletsSpring is nearly upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about putting away the warm winter gear and getting into gear that can keep you dry even during a downpour. When you work outside you need gear that can withstand every type of weather, and in Canada – especially in the spring - that means rain and wind. It’s very hard to be productive when you’re cold and wet, and getting a chill could lead to illness, which can lead to days off of work – so staying dry is very important for any employee who works outside in the elements.

To be effective, rainwear must not only repel water but also wind. The biggest difference between industrial raingear and what most of us think of when we hear raingear is the strength and durability of the industrial rainwear. At Work Authority, our rainwear is designed to be worn while you work – meaning it can stand up to the rigors of the job.

Whether you need high-visibility rain gear for the ultimate in bad weather protection, like the Journeyman 300D Traffic Rain Jacket and 300D Traffic Rain Pant which are designed to keep you warm even in sub-zero temperatures and dry even in the harshest of storms. If high visibility isn’t a feature that’s needed, a three piece rain suit will keep you dry without making you overheat. For the ultimate in water resistance, the Timberland PRO Dry Max jacket has three-layer waterproof construction, is made from heavyweight nylon ripstop, and it is designed with a button closure over the durable YKK zipper to keep you dry and protected from even the strongest gusts of wind.

Rain is unavoidable when working outdoors in Canada during the spring. Fortunately, with Work Authority’s selection of rainwear, getting soaked doesn’t have to be part of the job.

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How do I make sure to get the right size?

To measure your feet:

  1. Get a blank piece of paper, a pencil and a tape measure.
  2. Stand with one foot on the piece of paper, and have most of your weight on your foot to simulate walking.
  3. Holding the pencil perfectly vertical and perpendicular to the paper, mark a line at the back of your heel and at the tip of your longest toe. Also mark a line along each side of the widest part of your foot.
  4. Measure length and width to the nearest 16th inch and subtract .20 to .25 inches, or .50 centimetres, to account for the width of the pencil.
  5. Find your corresponding size in the charts below.

A couple of tips to get the perfect fit:

  • Measure your feet later in the day as feet normally swell and can become up to half a size bigger in the evening.
  • Measure both feet and use the measurements of the biggest foot. Many people have feet that are different sizes.
  • Wear the same type of socks you will generally be wearing on the job when you measure your feet.

Here are some general guidelines to assess fit once you’ve received your new boots:

  • Try on new boots towards the end of the day.
  • Walk around in a clean environment for a couple of hours to make sure the boots are comfortable.
  • Try boots on both feet, as many people have feet that are different sizes.
  • Boots should fit snugly around the heel and ankle when laced.
  • The inner side of the boot should be straight from the heel to the end of the big toe.
  • The boot should grip the heel firmly.

Measuring apparel for proper fit

Size X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large 2X-Large 3X-Large
Neck - Inches 13-13.5 14-14.5 15-15.5 16-16.5 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Neck - Centimetres 33-35 36-37 38-39 41-42 43-44 45-47 48-50
Chest - Inches 30-32 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56
Chest - Centimetres 76-81 86-91 97-102 107-112 117-122 127-132 137-147
Waist - Inches 27-28 29-31 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50
Waist - Centimetres 68-71 73-78 81-83 91-96 101-106 111-116 121-127

Hint: For the most accurate results, measure yourself in your undergarments.

  • Neck: Measure around the base of your neck, inserting your forefinger between the tape and your neck to allow ease in fit.
  • Chest: Measure around the fullest part of your chest, keeping tape firmly under your armpits and around your shoulder blades.
  • Waist: Measure around your waist, slightly below your natural waist, where you normally wear your pants. Insert your forefinger between the tape and your body to allow ease in fit.
  • Sleeve length: Bend your arm slightly. Measure from centre back neck, across your shoulder, down to your elbow, down to your wrist.
  • Hip: Measure around the fullest part of your hips, inserting your forefinger between the tape and your hip to allow ease in fit.
  • Inseam: Measure a similar pant that fits you well. Measure along the inseam, from the crotch seam to the bottom of the hem.

Between sizes?

If your measurements are in between those listed in the size chart, pick the next larger size.