We’ve written before about ways to stay warm when working outside in winter , and about the importance of good winter work boots and gloves . Now it’s time to add the next piece of the winter work wear puzzle – outerwear. While waterproof and insulated coveralls are the best option to keep your legs warm, there’s no question that a good work coat will help keep you warm and dry on even the coldest day.
Just as you don’t wear your everyday snow boots to work outside in, you shouldn’t wear your everyday winter jacket as a work jacket. The main reasoning behind this is that winter work outerwear is designed to take a lot of abuse and most casual winter jackets are not. There are also extra features on winter work outerwear that aren’t necessarily needed on everyday winter coats, but come in very handy on the jobsite.
What’s The Difference?
The main difference between winter work outerwear and winter leisure outwear is the emphasis on function over form. While winter work jackets look good, they’re not necessarily trendy – so they can be worn season after season. Winter work jackets are also built with a purpose in mind – keeping you warm while still allowing you the maneuverability to do your job. They have reinforced seams, pockets big enough to actually put stuff in, are generally waterproof and can be reflective / high visibility if needed.
If you work outside, even just part of the day, it’s well worth it to invest in winter outerwear that is specifically designed to stand up to the abuse that comes with working in a Canadian winter. By buying work specific outerwear, you know you’ll get the best materials and that the jacket will keep you warm and allow you to move easily on even the coldest day.