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Best Hi-Vis Railway Clothing for Rail Workers 2024

27 October 2023

In the world of railway work, safety, durability and functionality are paramount. Work days can be long and tiring, so choosing workwear that is comfortable as well as protective is important to make sure you're fully prepared for the job. In our latest article on the Best Hi-Vis Railway Clothing for Rail Workers 2024, we're diving into the fluorescent realm of workwear tailored specifically for railway workers. From high-visibility vests to protective headgear, we'll explore the essential attire that keeps these dedicated professionals protected as they journey through the unique challenges of the industry.

What Will This Guide Cover?

Best Hi-Vis Railway Jacket

Our Favourite: Leo Workwear J01 Chivenor Hi-Vis Orange Bomber Jacket

Leo Workwear J01 Chivenor JacketWhy We Love It...

 Thermal lining for cold weather
✔ Lycra storm cuff for extra weather protection
 Full-length hook and loop fastened storm flap

Meets The Following Standards...

 RIS-3279-TOM for railways
 EN 20471 (Class 3) for hi-vis

Not the Best For...

Warmer weather (see our summer solution)

Editor's Verdict: Offering excellent protection against cold and wet weather, the Leo Workwear Chivenor Bomber Jacket features an internal quilt manufactured from three-layer micro-fleece for superb warmth and insulation.

Best Hi-Vis Railway Trousers

Our Favourite: Portwest EC40 Hi-Vis Trousers with Knee Pad Pockets 

Portwest EC40 Hi-Vis TrousersWhy We Love Them...

 Sustainably manufactured and environmentally friendly
✔ Adjustable hem to fit all leg lengths
 Knee pad pockets included

Perfect For...

 Tool storage (they have nine multi-functional pockets)
 Work that requires kneeling

Not the Best For...

✘ Keeping clean (see our solution with contrast knees)

Editor's Verdict: These eco-friendly trousers from Portwest's Planet range are made from recycled and bio-based materials that don't compromise on quality. With an elastic waist for a great fit, the Portwest EC40 Hi-Vis Trousers are perfect for poorly-lit conditions and comfortable enough for all-day wear.


Best Hi-Vis Railway T-Shirt

Our Favourite: Portwest RT22 Polo Shirt

Portwest RT22 Polo Shirt

Why We Love It...

 Moisture-wicking to keep you cool and dry
 50+ UPF-rated fabric blocks UV rays
 Contrast collar for cleaner appearance

Perfect For...

 Working outdoors in hot, sunny weather
 A loose, comfortable fit for all-day wear

Not the Best For...

Those who prefer long sleeves (see our solution)

Editor's Verdict: Rail work is tough as you're exposed to the elements, and the summer heat can certainly make a physically demanding job even harder. This polo shirt comes with built-in UV protection, keeping you safe and cool whilst you get down to work.


Best Hi-Vis Railway Safety Vest

Our Favourite: Leo Workwear W14 Lapford Hi-Vis Vest

Leo Workwear W15 Lapford Vest

Why We Love It...

 Quick-release Velcro for safety
 Lightweight and comfortable
Fits over t-shirts and bulkier clothing

Perfect For...

 Summer or winter wear
 Road traffic management

Not the Best For...

 Storage and ID cards (see our solution)

Editor's Verdict: The Lapford Railway Vest goes a step further when it comes to safety as it features a quick-release Velcro fastening. The quick pull-apart design helps to protect the wearer against moving machinery.

Best Hi-Vis Railway Hoodie

Our Favourite: Portwest DX477 Funnel Neck Hooded Sweatshirt

Portwest DX477 Funnel Neck Hoodie

Why We Love It...

 Fleece lined for added comfort
 Made from mechanical stretch material
Slim, form-fitting design

Perfect For...

 The transition from work to leisure
 Excellent freedom of movement

Not the Best For...

✘ A women's fit - try this one instead.

Editor's Verdict: Workwear doesn't have to be drab and unstylish, and Portwest demonstrates this with aptitude with the DX447 Funnel Neck Hoodie. Part of the innovative DX4 line, this garment offers maximum function and style for a full crossover from work to leisure.

Best Hi-Vis Railway Coveralls

Our Favourite: Portwest PW355 Hi-Vis Coveralls

Portwest PW355 Coveralls

Why We Love It...

 Features a detachable hood for extra protection
 Under-arm zips for excellent ventilation
✔ Has an eco-friendly stain-resistant finish

Perfect For...

 Use with knee pads
 Use in inclement weather

Not the Best For...

✘ Multi-hazard protection: try this one instead.

Editor's Verdict: With the highest water-penetration resistance, the Portwest PW355 Coveralls offer maximum protection from the elements whilst you work. This garment retains its high-visibility performance for up to twice as long as similar products.

Which Standard Do I Need for UK Rail Wear?

High visibility alone is not enough; clothing for UK rail workers must meet additional requirements. Only clothing that confirms to RIS-3279-TOM (formerly GO/RT 3279) is acceptable for use on UK railways. Not all orange clothing meets this standard, so be sure to double check before you buy, or give us a call and we'll check for you. 

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