For most of the U.S., spring weather has finally sprung, which is a welcome change of pace for those who spend a lot of their days working outside. With longer, warmer, and probably wetter, days ahead, it’s time to freshen up your work gear to meet the demands of the changing season. The following gear – handpicked by the Dungarees staff – is not only rugged and dependable, but it’s certified for everything spring throws your way.
Hydration is always important for hard workers, but even more so in the spring as temperatures rise and your body releases more sweat to keep you cool. That’s why coolers and drinkware should be a crucial part of your spring toolkit. YETI is known for building the most durable gear on the market, and that’s especially true for their Rambler line. With a host of colors, a spill- and shatter-resistant mag-slider lid, and their famous double wall vacuum insulation, this cup will look right at home in your truck’s cupholder. Best of all, it keeps ice 2 times longer than plastic tumblers.
Looking to keep the entire crew hydrated on the job? YETI’s innovative Silo 6G is a smart choice. Built from YETI’s revolutionary roto-molded material – the same you’ll find on their world-famous coolers – this is unlike any water cooler you’ve used. It features the SurePour™ Spigot, which offers a fast flow rate so workers can fill up quickly and keep the water line moving. Plus, since it’s a YETI, you know it’ll be rugged as hell on the jobsite.
Eye protection is no joke, especially when you’re working around flying debris. Add in a little sun and you have two major obstacles keeping you from getting your job done safely. The solution? How about sunglasses that feature a polycarbonate frame and TAC polarized lenses. The CAT CTS-TRIM sunglasses are not only safe, but with a sports wrap style and integrated noses pads, they’re also comfortable. These protective sunglasses are one of many options in CAT’s eyewear category.
As the weather improves and outdoor construction projects pick up, chances are good that your job will take you out of town. If you’re on the move a lot, no ordinary duffel bag will do. Pack your gear in this 28-inch, heavy-duty bag from Carhartt. With a water-repellent finish, abrasion resistant base, and loads of handles and straps, this duffel is made for getting around.
Spring brings showers and showers make mud. Fun for off-roading, for sure, but not a treat to walk through in your standard work boots. The waterproof products featured here are built specifically for muddy and wet conditions. The 14-inch, Lacrosse Alpha Range Air-Cir features an adjustable gusset for easy on/off and a patented air-circulation system to keep your feet dry as you’re moving around in the mud. For wet, but less muddy terrain, the 3-inch Bogs 72207 features a slip-resistant outsole, a rebound cushioning for comfort and a DuraFresh bio-technology that fights odors.
As you get out and about – and away from the shop – this spring, it’s important to keep your tools close for when you need them. The Carhartt Legacy Tool Roll is a perfect storage solution for the guy on the go. Made from durable materials, this tool holder features 18 pockets of varying sizes and three large side part pockets with hook and loop closures. The durable buckle closures keep things tidy and the haul handle makes it easy for packing around on the farm or job site. Also makes for a good emergency tool holder in cars, boats and other recreational vehicles. (Pictured tools not included).
As it gets warmer, some workers can switch out pants for shorts. A surprising option in the shorts category is Ariat’s Rebar stretch utility short. Known for their popular western wear, Ariat’s Rebar line is designed specifically for long days on the job. These shorts feature a 9-ounce stretch material, with a comfort waist, utility pockets, and hammer loop. The 9-inch inseam is a perfect length for being flexible and mobile on the job.
Show me a Caterpillar fan and I’ll show you a worker who spends a lot of time outside. CAT’s apparel is built with that worker in mind. This lightweight t-shirt not only features a moisture control system, but also a wire management loop on the back neck for job site security. Most importantly, this shirt is rated UPF 50, meaning less than 2% of UV radiation can pass through the fabric. The same great features can also be found on the CAT hooded banner tee.
Carhartt may not have invented the pocket t-shirt, but they’ve cemented its place in job site history. The hi-tech brother of their classic pocket t-shirt, this tee features Carhartt’s Force® technology. Force® products wick away moisture, are made from lighter fabrics and fight stains. This shirt also features raglan sleeves that increase your range of motion. Like the Carhartt K87, this shirt is available in a variety of colors and sizes to fit your style.
Carhartt has also revolutionized how women get work done. Their most recent innovation can be found in their utility knit pants. Oftentimes referred to as “work leggings” these slim-fitting pants offer fast-drying fabrics, abrasion-resistant knee panels, and a wide stretch waistband that prevents gapping and improves fit. Add in utility pockets, and it’s easy to see why these pants are hit with women. They’re available in mid and lightweight options.
Your work schedule doesn’t always end at sundown. That’s why illumination is yet another important part of your spring toolkit. In situations where you need to keep your hands free and your work area lit, the CAT CT4205 rechargeable headlamp is just the ticket. Built from aircraft grade aluminum, this headlamp boasts a CREE® LED bulb with a three-position switch offering high, low, and strobe lighting. This light is perfect for work, but also hiking, fishing, or an evening stroll with the dog.
Need a lighting option that also doubles as a phone charger? Try the CAT CT2405 Rechargeable Tactical LED Flashlight.
Speaking of your furry friends, nothing says spring like a truck ride with your favorite sidekick. For the Carhartt fans, we recommend the rugged journeyman double layer dog leash and collar (sold separately). Made from 500 Denier Cordura® and sturdy aluminum hardware, these rugged accessories will stand up to long, rambunctious days outside.
If you really want to dress your dog for work, check out Carhartt’s Dog Chore coat.