Roger Bisby: Snickers Workwear Round-Up

Roger Bisby: Snickers Workwear Round-Up

Roger Bisby warms to Snickers 37.5 technology

It seems that Snickers keep coming up with better and better solutions, not only to the practical demands of the working environment, but also the more fickle demands of fashion.

But before I get stuck into their latest offerings I must just recap on the 37.5 technology jacket that I looked at back in December.

We hadn’t had any really cold weather at that point so I was taking quite a lot of the claims about this technology on trust.

Having now had a full winter in that jacket, with lots of days around minus 7, I can tell you there is something very remarkable going on. In January I was working high up on a windswept site near the QE2 Olympic Park and it was brass monkeys.

There were a lot of miserable faces on that site – people probably reflecting on the wicked twist of fate that had delivered them into hell rather than one of the nice warm buildings across the way.

But as tough as it was I could feel that the core of my body under that strange looking Kingfisher blue padding was perfectly warm. I tried not to look too smug. I have worn electric heated jackets and it felt just like that – as warm but more regulated.

As we know, if the body core is kept at the optimum temperature more of your blood is freed up to circulate to the limbs, so even your hands and feet are warmer. So what I am saying here is that with a more prolonged test I can testify that it really does work.

Ruffwork 6295 Trousers

These denim trousers have a comfort fit which means they are generously cut. They are even more generous on me because they sent a pair that are two sizes too big. It may be that I will grow into them but on my record so far I would say that it is unlikely.

So disregard the fashion side of things for a moment and look at the holster pockets, which can be tucked in if you don’t need them.

The chunky zip on the thigh pocket has already proven a real winner because it seems to work where lighter zips often clog up and all your valuables stay safe.

There is also a hook and loop tagged cargo pocket in the leg for safe storage of your phone. I would like to see them include a ballistic D30 impact panel in this pocket to better protect your phone screen because I seem to break mine on a monthly basis.

As with all Snickers trousers the Knee Guard Pro pockets have two position adjustability, so they are where you need them rather than missing. There is also knee ventilation for the back of the knee, which is a place where I often sweat, but perhaps you didn’t need to know that.

The stretch gusset on the crotch allows you to kneel down with your legs wide apart with no risk of losing your crown jewels so that is a weight off your mind.

The final feature I should mention is the anti-wicking leg cuff and panel. This stops moisture drawing up your leg like rising damp, so with any luck your legs won’t get dry rot or fungus in your old age.

9191XTR Craftsman D30 Kneepads

If you are looking for a really good set of knee pads which stand up to the impact of you (not so gently) dropping to your knees then the D30 pads are the way to go. If you have damaged knees these will help protect them from further bashing, and if you haven’t these are the best pads out there for helping to prevent problems later in life.

8014 Body warmer

I have already spoken about the effectiveness of the 37.5 technology, which has molecular adjustment to regulate heat but if you want to hang the jacket up and work in something lighter this body warmer is ideal. It is part of their Active Insulation System which is all about the layers.

AllroundWork Polo Shirt 2715

Some people will tell you that Snickers workwear is expensive, and I would say that it certainly isn’t cheap, but most of the company’s customers accept that you get what you pay for.

That said, the manufacturer’s All Roundwork Polo Shirts are surprisingly good value and you can tell they are a cut above ordinary polo shirts.

The 35 per cent cotton gives them a nicer feel than cheaper polo shirts which are often all polyester . If you are in a Snickers’ dealer just check out the inside of the collar on their shirts and you will see the sewn in sweat band. They are nice looking shirts but they are all about the work.

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