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Cold-Weather Workwear You’ll Appreciate This Winter

Cold-weather workwear that will help staves off the shivers while you work outside in the winter.

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Double-Knee Utility Pant

Synthetics can really bring the warmth, but when they get wet, some of them have a tendency to stay wet. And nothing brings the brrrs like wet fabric that refuses to dry. 1620 Workwear, a new company based in Haverhill, Massachusetts has developed a proprietary fabric that seeks to solve that problem. They call it NYCO Stretch. Their tough-as-nails fabric is woven in the USA and comes coated with a PFC-free water-, stain- and oil-repellent finish. The company claims its unique fabric is 10 times more abrasion resistant than cotton duck, and dries two times faster.

Their double-knee utility pants are sewn in the USA and have an articulated knee and a gusseted crotch, an extra-large angled back pocket for utility knives, generous front pockets for large smartphones, and a double layer of fabric over the knee and thigh. Every pair is custom-hemmed, so you’ll get exactly the right inseam. If you let them know you’re an active union member, they tend to give a discount.

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Via Merchant

Blanket-Lined CPO Shirt Jacket

Owned and run by twin brothers, Faherty is an emerging brand that already has a cult following. One of their most popular items is the Blanket Lined CPO, a transitional shirt-jacket that is exceptional for layering. The interior is lined with extra-soft brushed cotton, for a cozy feeling next to the skin. Want to see even more shirt-jackets? Check out our guide to fall workwear.

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4-Season Give’r Gloves

Give’r is a colloquial phrase in Canada that roughly means ‘get after it.’ That was the sentiment that helped launch this GIVE’R in 2016 when it quickly raised more than $200K on Kickstarter for its extra-tough waterproof all-leather insulated gloves. For cold-weather hardiness, they’re the real deal, with a full 40 grams of Thinsulate lining. Plus, you can even get them hand-branded with your initials. You’ll find more gloves in our guide to essential tools.

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Extreme Cold Weather Sock-and-Liner System

These heavyweight, made-in-the-USA boot socks from Drake Waterfowl are made of 90-percent Merino wool with a reinforced toe and heel and extra arch support. They come with a pair of moisture-wicking liners, to complete the company’s ‘wick-n-warm’ effect. Looking for recommended gear? Try our latest-and-greatest guide for Winter 2019.

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Yukon Extremes ‘Biberall’

This a serious-business Carhartt “biberall” meant for the coldest weather. The zip-to-waist design has snap-close wind flaps and double-pocketed knees to accommodate knee pads. The whole thing is made of tightly woven Cordura nylon with a quilted-nylon lining and coated in Rain Defender, Carhartt’s water repellent.

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Wigwam Sno-Cat Mask

Wigwam’s Sno-Cat Mask is a combination facemask and dickey, an accessory to protect your head, face, neck, chest and back. It’s made of two-ply acrylic-knit by a company that has been manufacturing in the USA since 1905. Learn how to control dust and avoid big messes on the job.

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Arctic Toe Work Boot

These 9-inch boots from Georgia Boot have 1,000 grams of Thinsulate insulation in every boot, including a pile of non-compressed insulation at the toe area. They are “Goodyear Welt constructed,” which means an extra piece of leather is stitched around the base of the shoe and is cemented to the insole. Long story short: these boots stay warm and very hard to destroy.

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Hranner Base Layer

66 Degrees North was founded in 1926 in Iceland with the purpose of making durable clothes for Icelandic fishermen. The name of the business references the latitudinal line of the arctic circle, so this is a company that knows cold. Mountaineers and rescue workers test every new design including the new high-collared “Hranner” base layer. This zip-neck top is made of Polartec Alpha Insulation Fabric, a fast-wicking-yet-breathable fabric designed specifically for the U.S. military.

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Premium Flannel Work Shirt

Big Bill was founded 68 years ago in Coaticook, Quebec, and the clothing company still makes 85 percent of its no-nonsense workwear in Canada. (The other 15 percent is made in the USA.) Its signature flannel shirt is made of double-stitched ring-spun heavyweight flannel cloth. This is the cold-weather work shirt that Canadian loggers swear by. Top it with with one of these best fleece vests to keep warm.

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Alyssa Ford
Alyssa Ford is a long-time freelance journalist in Minneapolis. Her published credits include the Star Tribune, Utne Reader, Crain's,, Minnesota Monthly, Midwest Home, Experience Life, Artful Living, Momentum, Minnesota, and many others. She is a past president of the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists.