I talked last week about Mother Nature’s odd winter. Well, it just get weirder. When I stepped outside today it was 60 degrees, and the thermometer isn’t supposed to stop until it hits 75 or so. Has Milwaukee somehow been transplanted a few hundred miles closer to the equator? I’ve forgotten what winter feels like (I realize that statement has jinxed me and that we’ll have a blizzard in mid April).
I’ve mentioned it before, but when the weather changes we here at eSafetyStore immediately shift our focus to the hi vis apparel needed for the climate. And so I bring to you the high visibility sweatshirt! There’s just something cool about a hooded sweatshirt. It’s comfortable. It’s casual. And when it meets ANSI requirements, a reflective sweatshirt is perfect for doing road work in moderate weather conditions.
I wrote about how much the standard safety vest has changed in the last decade. The hi vis sweatshirt is an offshoot of this. Not that long ago, there weren’t a whole lot of options. But now, sweatshirts are available in two-tone styles, zipper front styles, heavy thermal sweatshirt styles, and lightweight sweatshirt designs.
If my days were spent on the job site, and I had to choose my hi vis apparel for a day like today, I’d go with the casual cool of a hi vis hooded sweatshirt. The best reflective apparel is the kind that you forget you’re wearing…like, well, like a sweatshirt.