Staying dry and comfortable is all about choosing the right type of rainwear for the job. The choice depends on several factors, from type of rainfall to how intensely you're working and how many hours you spend outside.
How to dress to stay dry in rain
To give you a quick hint of how to think when dressing for rainy weather you could simplify it like this;
- For 100% waterproofness during active work a whole day in rain – choose a waterproof garment with taped seams for maximum protection and breathability.
- For 100% waterproofness during low-intense work in pouring rain – choose a PU garment with welded seams.
- For a basic protection against water – choose a garment that is water-repellent. The garment will keep you dry during drizzle and still offers breathability.
- Don’t forget that what you wear underneath your outer layer matters. For active work make sure your clothes can transport moisture. For low-intense work or work in lower temperatures you might need to add an extra layer to build warmth.
EN 343 protection against foul weather
Look for the EN 343 mark - this standard covers materials and seams on all our waterproof garments.
The choice of protection is dependent of the situation
Take a few seconds to evaluate the risk for being wet during the workday before deciding what type of rainwear to wear. What does the weather forecast say, is there a risk for pouring rain, showers of rain or drizzle? Will you perform low-intense or active work? Finally, for how long will you expose yourself for rain, is it minutes or hours? Longer shifts demand more of the workwear and the waterproof technology used in the garment. These things matter for you to be as dry and comfortable as possible – even when the sky opens.
Don’t forget about ventilation
Your workwear's breathability is as crucial for your comfort as the protection against water, especially during high-intense work. A garment with good breathability transport the moisture you produce away from the skin. Make it a habit to look for breathability features of the garment. The breathability is determined by two factors; either by the breathability of the fabric or the built-in functions for ventilation such as zippers or areas in mesh.
The comfort of your lower legs matters as well
The water not only comes from the sky, it also splashes up on to your legs when you work outside. That is why the leg ends on our workwear are usually reinforced with a fabric that repels the water. This also improves the durability of the trousers.
How to dress in layers
FIRST LAYER - STAY DRY TO STAY WARM
What you wear next to your skin is the key to staying dry and ventilated. Add a baselayer that helps to transport moisture away from your body and, if needed, to build warmth.
9409 LiteWork, Seamless 37.5® Leggings
9418 LiteWork, Seamless 37.5® LS Shirt
217 LiteWork, 37.5® Mid Socks
SECOND LAYER - KEEP THE WARMTH INSIDE
Airy materials make excellent second layers, designed to insulate by creating a pocket of air around your body – keeping you warm. Our midlayers are made in materials such as micro fleece, fleece, pile and quilt.
9435 Body Mapping ½ Zip Micro Fleece Pullover
9434 Body Mapping Micro Fleece Trousers
9217 LiteWork, 37.5® Mid Socks
THIRD LAYER - FOR WEATHER PROTECTION
The final step to get you properly covered is to add a high-quality outer layer offering reliable wind and water protection. Choose clothing that is adapted for your working day to ensure you stay dry and warm in cold and wet conditions.
6901 AllroundWork, Waterproof Shell Trousers
1303 AllroundWork, Waterproof Shell Jacket
9024 FlexiWork, Stretch Fleece Beanie
9574 Precision Protect Gloves
The difference between waterproof and water-repellent
When it comes to water protected workwear it is important to know about the different concepts. Here you can learn more about how the different protections are achieved and what characteristics to look for.
A waterproof garment is the most secure protection against rainy weather. The waterproof fabrics consist of an outer layer called the “face fabric”, usually made of polyester with a laminated membrane or a coating that prevents water penetrating through the fabric.
A membrane can be laminated against the outer fabric. Laminated fabrics are more durable than coated fabrics as the coating come off gradually, for example when the fabric is washed.
It is by sealing the internal fabrics completely from external conditions that the waterproofness is achieved. This includes that all seams and cut lines are taped or sealed in some way to stop the water coming through the stitched areas of the fabric.
To achieve maximum comfort and protection the garment is also designed and optimized by construction to not take in water. One example of this is the angle of the pockets.
EN 343 marking
Taped or welded seams
Water-repellent garments offer basic protection against water at the same time offering great breathability. The protection against water is achieved by the fabric being hydrophobic, which means the water repels on contact.
The fabric is treated with a DWR (Durable water repellent) finish that cause the water to form drops on the surface of the fabric, instead of soaking into the fabric. A DWR finish do not affect the breathability of the fabric as it does not coat the textile surface. It bonds to the textile's fibres instead of filling in the gaps between the fibres.
A garment can have different levels of water-repellence and some of our water-repellent garments are made of waterproof fabric but does not have taped seams, for example our Softshell products.
If you spill water on the garment the water form drops on the fabric.
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