Staying Warm with Lined Pants and Coveralls this Winter

Lined Dickies coveralls

One of the worst things about working outside in the winter is when your legs get cold. Often this happens because we aren’t wearing enough layers, but sometimes it is caused by air getting between the layers – such as when a cold wind gets between your snow pants and your work pants. Or when your workpants get wet and you get chilled right to the bone. Sometimes even the best layers create issues of their own – chaffing and bunching uncomfortably at the most inconvenient times. One way to solve these problems is with lined work pants and lined coveralls.

Benefits of Lined Work Pants

Lined work pants give you the warmth of multiple layers but with the built-in durability of good work-specific clothing. For example, the Terra lined cargo work pants have all the benefits of the Terra work pants – multiple pockets, extra durability, and their anti-slip waistband – but with a cozy polar fleece lining that helps keep you warm while also helping to keep moisture away from your skin. Non-cotton linings are perfect for work pants because cotton absorbs moisture, trapping it against your skin and making you feel cold. Synthetic materials such as polyester or polar fleece do not trap the moisture so you stay warmer longer.

Lined Coveralls

Coveralls are a must for many workers – not only do they keep your clothes clean and undamaged, but the bib adds a layer of warmth around your chest. Lined coveralls take this one step further – they’ve got the same cozy linings as the lined work pants but with the added warmth of the bib. There are models with bibs that are insulated and ones such as the Dickies Premium Sanded Duck Insulated Bib that don’t have an insulated bib but have insulation from the waist down, reinforced knees and zip legs up to the knee to make getting into and out of work boots easier.

Insulated work pants and coveralls give you the extra protection of purpose-specific work wear but with the additional bonus of warmth thanks to their insulation. If you’re working outside this winter, make sure to stay warm with products designed for working in Canadian winters.

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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.