Tips and Advice 18 February 2020 Whether you’re on a boat, a roof or laying drains on a construction site – being prepared for cold, slippery, gale force conditions can mean the difference between life and death. Or, at the very least, getting the job done without also getting chilblains and blisters. The obvious waterproof trousers and foul weather jackets aside, do you have your wet weather accessories covered? Essentials like hats, belts, boots and gloves can actually be more crucial when it comes to staying comfortable on work sites and out at sea. Let’s take a look at the three accessories you should have in your kit: 1. Boots. It’s raining, which means it’s slippery and you’re at risk of losing your balance. But not if you own a pair of solid commercial boots. As well as keeping your feet warm and dry it’s also crucial for health and safety. When you’re on the hunt for the best pair of boots, keep these things in mind: Reinforced toes to resist crushing Shock absorbing soles Materials such as vulcanised rubber or latex neoprene to keep moisture out Flexibility to allow freedom of movement Breathability to ensure comfort during long shifts Protection against chemicals and other wear and tear. 2. Gloves. You should be looking for something that can provide superior grip even in wet conditions and waterproofing to keep the rain out. Your gloves also need to be incredibly durable to withstand the wear and tear of hard work on site; be that a building site or a boat. 3. Hats. It’s freezing cold and heat is racing out of your extremities – you now have great gloves and solid boots, but what about a hat. An ultra-warm, insulated hat is essential to keep everyone comfortable during cold weather Never underestimate the importance of wet weather accessories. Take a look at Stormline’s range of Trade Gear to get kitted up for Winter.