1. Winter is Near - Warm Gear for Working in the Cold

    The effects of cold stress can be just as damaging to your body as heat stress. Cold stress occurs when your body can no longer maintain its normal temperature.

    To maintain your vital organs, the body reroutes blood away from your extremities in an effort to keep your core temperature up. This blood flow change can cause serious complications or even death.

    Be sure to keep watch for early symptoms of hypothermia, such as shivering, fatigue, lack of coordination, and confusion.

    Do your best to combat these complications by wearing the proper attire. We have a number of solutions for thermal layers, heated gear, proper boots, and traction devices.

    Layers and Warming Apparel

    Wearing the proper types of layers is an important step for maintaining your body temperature in the cold. The right gear can block those frigid wind gusts while keeping you dry in sleet and snow.

    Start with a base layer that can pull moisture away from your body. We have options like long and short sleeves, all-climate materials, and thermals to cover your legs and torso.

    Next, a good mid-layer selection will hang comfortably and should be easy to clean. It’s preferable that this layer isn’t bulky. You have work to do and your clothes shouldn’t get in the way.

    Now we’re on to the outer layer. As your first line of defense against the cold, you should look for tough and water-resistant materials that offer reinforcement in areas like the knee that are prone to tears.

    For your outer layer, we offer thermal bibs, jackets, balaclavas, gloves, and more. You lose heat from any exposed part of your skin. So, if you’re working in cold, freezing, or below freezing temperatures, be sure to cover it all up.

    If you want to turn it up a notch, we also have heated gear.


    Heated Gear

    If you are looking for more heat or trying to stay warm with a little less bulk, our heated gear options are your next step.

    Battery-operated heated gear has been around for some time. If you tried heated apparel in the past, you may have been less than impressed by the early generations. The battery power was limited, the technology was somewhat expensive, and the durability was often lacking.

    Despite those early setbacks, a few companies have pushed on and advanced the technology.

    Every winter, we offer a selection of heated gear from trusted companies like Milwaukee. We offer a number of Milwaukee heated jackets, heated vests, heated gloves, and heated hand warmers. These are all battery-operated and developed for outdoor work.

    Milwaukee designs their heated gear to use the same type of rechargeable battery that powers an entire line of their battery-operated tools. That way you can charge and swap batteries without hassle. 

    The max operating times vary between devices and settings but most of these items can run continuously for 6-8 hours before you need to recharge the battery.

    Boots and Traction Devices

    If you’ve read this far, you’re probably working in some pretty extreme weather conditions. We salute you. When you’re exposed to freezing conditions, chances are you’re dealing with slippery surfaces, falling objects, climbing hazards, and a whole bunch of other awfulness. 

    Hopefully, you realize how important proper footwear can be under these conditions. If your feet aren’t properly covered, no amount of thermals or heated gear will keep you comfortable. So, let’s talk about boots.

    When choosing a winter workboot, the important things to look for are water-resistance, traction, insulation, and durability. We have work boots from Carolina, Oliver, and more.

    If you like the coverage your work boots offer but could use a little extra traction, you might want to look through our traction devices to help keep you on your feet. We offer models from Ergodyne, YakTrax, ICEtrekkers, Tingley and more.

    Stay covered, stay dry, stay warm, and Climb Higher!

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    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

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  2. Boots and Traction

    Oliver Boots - GME Supply

    On the list of things that need to be protected while you’re working, the foot might be pretty low. Cause really, how often do you think about your feet? Probably only when there’s a problem.

    Workers can be exposed to a lot of different hazards while on the job. Slippery surfaces, falling objects, climbing hazards or even fire and electricity could all be present. And that’s just a few potentials. All of these risks can be reduced if you use the right stuff. That’s where we come in.


    Oliver Boots - GME Supply

    Oliver Safety Footwear makes some beastly boots. They have a selection anywhere from general-purpose leather boots to chemical-resistant boots to metal fabrication and smelter boots. They’ve been in the boot business since the mid-1800’s so they’ve had a lot of time to work out all the kinks.

    Plus, they’ve incorporated a bunch of new technology into their footwear. Poron® XRD™ is a material that’s flexible and comfortable until that sledgehammer you were holding hits it. This stuff actually stiffens during impact to protect your foot. Besides that, they have a natural shaped toe cap so your tootsies don’t get crowded and they’re also known to have some of the most comfortable soles in the game.


    If a wintery, slippery surface is a threat, we have a few options to up your traction factor.


    Ergodyne’s Trex line turns your run-of-the-mill work boots into friction hogs. They come in a variety of styles and if you wear down their heat-treated carbon steel studs, those can be swapped out with new in no time.

    Ergodyne Traction Devices - GME Supply


    Next, YakTrax has a nice collection of different products to keep you safe on snow and ice. Their “Walk” version is an everyday option for walking to and from work or out with the dog. The Pro style will get the job done in more intense situations, like if you have to run or carry heavyweights.


     YakTrax Traction Devices - GME Supply


    Finally, ICEtrekkers. The folks that make them started out making chains for vehicles, but got in the human traction arena a bit later. Their Chain and Diamond products are good enough for a semi-tires, but small enough for your foot-shaped tires (boots).

    IceTrekkers Traction Devices - GME Supply

    Obviously, there may be specific regulations for footwear and what-not that you need to follow for your job. Check with your employer and see, then give us a call or chat us online and we can get you set up.

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