Progressive Work Wear: Construction Sneakers, Heated Jackets, Comm Sets and More

We talk a lot about equipment on this site. I mean, it is in our name. But every once in a while, we like to look at the operators and other workers on the jobsite and what they may need to keep themselves work ready. Below, check out gear from six companies.

Stylish and Useful Workwear

Helly Hanson workwear

The Oxford Lined Jacket and Vest from Helly Hansen are water-resistant solutions designed for layering in cold conditions, featuring pile fleece for when temperatures drop, an extended back for improved comfort, no shoulder seams and reflective details for added safety. Wear either of these reliable layering pieces in the morning when the temperatures are low or on the drive to and from the jobsite. With the Oxford Lined Construction Pant, you’ll never forget your tool belt. Its incorporated hanging pockets feature double-lined bottoms and nylon webbing, so tools can hang reliably at the hip without the bulk of a traditional work belt. Carrying all the same features as the original Oxford Construction Pant — such as two-way stretch fabric and knee-pad pockets accessible from the inside to keep debris out — these cold-weather pants are insulated with 100 percent recycled polyester, making them the perfect bottoms for even the briskest mornings on the job. For more info, visit

Waterproof Work Boots that Have 100,000 Air Bubbles

Keen Utility work boot

The new Independence Series from Keen Utility introduces a work boot built with quality materials, American ingenuity and get-it-done grit. With an abrasion-resistant, supple leather upper, the Independence Series brings the performance, safety and comfort features Keen Utility is known for. Product highlights of this medium-duty boot include a Keen.Dry waterproof, breathable membrane for dependable dryness, Luftcell midsole infused with nearly 100,000 air bubbles per cubic centimeter for all-day support and asymmetrical carbon fiber toes, which are 15 percent lighter than steel. The Independence Series is also EH rated and features Keen.Toughsole, an oil- and slip-resistant outsole that is lighter weight and more durable than rubber. The Independence is part of the American Built collection, assembled in the Pacific Northwest using carefully-sourced materials from around the world. Designed to perform and built for how you work, the Independence Series will be available in several colorways, safety toe, collar height and insulation options. For more info, visit

Construction-Grade Comm-Sets

Cardo Crew’s Comm-Set

Powered both by Bluetooth and by Cardo’s proprietary Dynamic Mesh Communications (DMC) technologies, Cardo Crew’s Comm-Set is now certified as having the comprehensive hearing protection classification in its class for personal protective equipment (PPE). Comm-Set provides the most advanced wireless communication technology on the market today, says the company. The Comm-Set wireless mesh headset has improved the way teams on the go interact with increased safety, reliability and performance. This PPE headset was designed and developed for professional teams: arborists/tree care, construction, industrial, first responders, commercial or residential landscape teams or any professional teams that require reliable communication in challenging jobsites or environments. Comm-Set’s situational awareness capability, which delivers its unique Level Dependent (a.k.a. “Listen Through”) feature automatically reduces impulse noises while allowing ambient noise, including amplification of the human voice to come through, which is perfect for risky situations. For more info, visit

Cool Steel Toe Work Boots/Sneakers

Ed Hennings steel toe sneakers

Ed Hennings Trucker Wear makes stylish, lightweight and indestructible steel toe work boots that feature puncture resistant material and a thick, durable sole. The boots are available in either brown or black and are available for men and women. The company also makes lightweight and breathable steel toe sneakers (see photo) in a high-top style for extra ankle support as well as normal sporty sneakers. The steel toed sneakers are also available for men and women. The boots and sneakers provide all-day comfort while also protecting feet from workplace injuries. For more info, visit

Warm Weather Hardhat Liners

Milwaukee’s Workskin Warm Weather Hardhat Liner

Milwaukee’s Workskin Warm Weather Hardhat Liner features a custom-built fabric that’s engineered to be breathable and wick moisture away from the body. This unique solution dries quickly and keeps users cool while working in warmer conditions. Constructed with flatlock seams and a four-way stretch fabric, the new hardhat liner is designed for next-to-skin comfort. To prevent odor-causing bacteria, the liner features an anti-microbial technology and moisture-wicking layers. The Workskin Warm Weather Hardhat Liner is optimized for use with hardhats and safety helmets. This addition demonstrates Milwaukee’s continued commitment to delivering user-driven innovation of everyday workware to meet the demands of the jobsite. With Milwaukee designed and developed materials, each innovation within the Workskin category delivers products that are jobsite built to conquer real-world applications. For more info, visit

Heated Jackets

Northern Tool + Equipment heated jacket

National retailer Northern Tool + Equipment provides a deep assortment of winter-ready products, including snowblowers, vehicle-mounted and hand-pushed salt spreaders, powerful heaters, generators, work lights, high-visibility safety gear and more. The family-owned company also offers a collection of heated jackets, including the Sellstrom Heated Softshell Jacket, which is wind-and-water-resistant and made with four-way stretch material for extra comfort and mobility, plus provides multiple heat settings for long-lasting warmth. Another option from Northern Tool + Equipment is Milwaukee’s lightweight and durable M12 Heated Axis Jacket Kit (see photo), which delivers 12 hours of run time on its low setting. The jacket’s hidden battery pass-thru pocket construction allows for front or back battery placement, increasing comfort and versatility. And, with re-engineered Axis Ripstop polyester fabric, this jacket protects from abrasion and prevents tears from spreading in harsh jobsite conditions. Both jackets generate heat to three zones. For more info, visit

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