Warming Gear

  1. Thermal Gloves 101

    Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean the jobs stop. With low temperatures and frigid wind chills, it's more important than ever to protect yourself. Whether you are climbing towers, framing houses, or shoveling driveways your hands are two of your most important tools. This week our Gear Experts® are going to talk about thermal gloves.

    Thermal Gloves


    Protecting your hands in freezing temperatures isn’t always easy, but it is extremely important. Without proper protection, cold stress can start to set in and cause a whole slew of problems. That’s why we carry dozens of different styles of gloves specifically designed to handle anything winter throws at them all while keeping your hands warm and dry. Here are some of our favorite thermal gloves:

    Ergodyne 818 Pro Flex Performance Thermal Waterproof Utility Gloves


    The name might be a mouthful, but the Ergodyne 818 Pro Flex Gloves are no joke. They are made of dual zone 3M Thinsulate insulation for warmth and they have a waterproof/windproof breathable membrane to keep your hands dry. The weather-resistant ripstop outer shell is layered with a tena-grip palm and the fingers are touch screen compatible. The extended neoprene cuff with hook and loop closures provide added weather resistance and prevent dirt and debris from getting into the glove. This glove is available in both black and hi-vis orange.

    HexArmor Rig Lizard Arctic 2023 Gloves


    The HexArmor Rig Lizard Arctic Gloves feature a combination of H2X and C40 Thinsulate liners which provide excellent waterproofing and cold protection. In fact, the H2X barrier is so strong that it meets ASTM standards for resistance to blood-borne pathogens and fluid-borne viruses which means the chances of them being compromised by water is slim to none. The durability of this glove doesn’t stop there, though. The palm is made of a high strength TPX material that is rated to the highest level of abrasion resistance and oil resistant grip. This glove also features a hi-vis impact resistant exo-skeleton with IRX smash guards that provide greater impact resistance. Last, but not least, these gloves are also cut resistant meeting ANSI Level 3 (A3) cut standards.

    You can find out more about cut resistance in this previous blog post.

    PowerGrab Thermo Acrylic Gloves


    If you’re on a tight budget, but still need to keep your hands warm in the dead of winter, then the PowerGrab Thermo Acrylic Gloves are our go-to choice. These gloves have a seamless construction for comfort and a nearly one size fits all fit. The acrylic construction provides excellent cold weather protection and thermal insulation. The palms have a latex micro finish coating providing superior grip in wet or oily conditions. The inside is extra soft for added comfort and the knit cuff provides a barrier to prevent dirt and debris from entering the glove. Finally, this glove comes in three different colors: black, hi-vis orange, and hi-vis yellow.

    Got questions about our selection of gloves or need more information? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our full selection of Thermal Gloves

    Click here to check out our blog post on cold stress

    Click here to check out our blog post on cut resistance

    **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 PPE is used.

    Thermal Gloves 101: The Video


    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast

    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® will be coming to your ears in early 2019 and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up to get alerted when our first episode drops, head on over to gearexperts.com. There's a trailer there too, so you can get a sneak peek of the show.

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  2. Cold Stress 101

    It seems like just yesterday we were focusing on heat and how to work in it. But, with winter in full swing, it’s time to talk about the cold. This week our Gear Experts® are going to discuss cold stress and how you can combat it while on the job site.

    Cold Stress


    Cold stress isn’t something that people typically talk about. While heat stress is mentioned often and everyone at least knows a little bit about it cold stress doesn’t get nearly as much coverage. But its effects can be just as damaging to your body. So, what is cold stress? Cold stress occurs when your body can no longer maintain its normal temperature. When your skin temperature drops low enough it can begin to lower your internal body temperature.

    To maintain your vital organs, the body reroutes blood away from your external extremities in an effort to keep your core temperature up. This blood flow change can cause serious complications or even death. When gauging whether or not cold stress is a threat keep these 3 things in mind:

    Dampness & Windchill

    → Pre-existing health conditions and poor physical conditioning

    → Improper attire

    Cold Stress Injuries & Illness


    Cold stress, like heat stress, can cause serious illness. Common injuries and illnesses of cold stress include:

    → Hypothermia: A dangerously low body temperature that can result in gangrene or death.

    → Frostbite: The freezing of body tissue (usually skin) that results when the body redirects blood flow away from the outer extremities.

    → Trench Foot: A foot condition caused by overexposure to cold water or mud. Causes the surface tissue of the foot to die and turn black.

    Staying Warm


    While the threat of cold stress is serious, the solution to prevent it is simple: dress properly. Dressing for cold weather is the most important and effective precaution you can take to reduce the chances of cold stress. Here are some of our favorite options when it comes to protecting yourself from the cold:

    Ergodyne 6466 N-Ferno Thermal Jacket


    The Ergodyne 6466 N-Ferno Thermal Jacket is your first line of defense against winter weather. Let’s break down what makes this jacket so effective. On the outside, it features a 500D Nylon body with 1600D Nylon reinforced zones in the upper arm and shoulder section to protect from wear and tear. It also features a waterproof coating to prevent liquid from making contact with your skin (remember that dampness can lead to cold stress). The inside is made of 3M Thinsulate insulation which provides top-notch warmth with a quilted layer for comfort.

    This jacket isn’t short of storage either. Whether you are carrying hand warmers or something like a two way radio this jacket can handle it. It features two exterior pockets on the front and back and it has an interior device pocket. The YK zippers and spandex cuffs on the arms help seal out the cold and keep you nice and warm.

    Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket


    The Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket comes in a variety of colors and styles. It is also available in a “kit” version that includes a battery and charger. This jacket combines toughness and technology to redefine layering on the job site. The key feature of this jacket is the carbon fiber heating element that creates and distributes heat across the chest and back. The jacket is powered by an M12 Red Lithium Battery that provides 8 hours of runtime. It also features a one-touch LED controller that allows you to choose from 3 heat settings per zone. The three zones are chest, back, and front hand pocket (the chest and back zone can be adjusted independently from the front hand pocket zone).

    Now, let’s talk about toughness. This jacket is made out of 900D ripstop polyester with nine riveted reinforced pockets (including battery pocket). It features integrated knit cuffs, an exterior storm flap, and a drop tail extended back for maximum comfort and coverage. And, most importantly, it’s washer and dryer safe so you can get it dirty and throw it in the laundry without having to worry about a thing.

    Cold stress is no joke, but it’s pretty simple to prevent. If you need help finding the perfect winter solution for you and/or your crew or you just have questions about cold stress – click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see the Ergodyne 6466 N-Ferno Thermal Jacket

    Click here to see the Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket

    Click here to see our full selection of winter gear

    Click here to see our full selection of Ergodyne gear

    Click here to see our full selection of Milwaukee gear

    Cold Stress 101: The Video



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