Best Hi-Vis Work Jackets 2024

23 August 2023  |  Sharman

Whether you're working through the dead of night or it's just a grey winter afternoon, staying visible can be difficult. The later you're seen by cars, members of the public or heavy machine operators, the higher the likelihood of injury or worse, particularly when doing roadside work. 

Featuring bright colours, reflective taping and more, our Best Hi-Vis Jackets 2024 will help you stay seen and stay safe!

What Will This Guide Cover?

Best Overall Hi-Vis Jacket

Our Favourite: Portwest C465 Hi-Vis Contrast Bomber Jacket

Portwest C465 Hi-Vis Contrast Bomber Jacket

Why We Love It...

 Can be worn as a bomber, fur-lined winter coat, or as a vest
 Eight pockets for wide variety of storage options
✔ Robust material is waterproof and taped for extra protection

Perfect For...

 Roadside work all-year round
 Changing weather and temperature throughout the day

Not the Best For...

✘ Extreme cold (See our solution)
More casual hi-vis use (See our solution)

Editor's Verdict: It doesn't get more versatile than the Portwest C465 Hi-Vis Jacket! The hood folds away, while the fur lining, fur collar and the sleeves themselves are all completely removable. This means that it can be worn as a bomber jacket, winter coat, body warmer/gilet or just as a simple vest – all with reliable hi-vis!

Best Hi-Vis Waterproof Jacket 

Our Favourite: Portwest PW3 Hi-Vis Winter Jacket T400

Portwest PW3 Hi-Vis Winter Jacket T400

Why We Love It...

 Certified to EN standards for maximum rain protection
 Texpel Splash finish wicks water and dirt away from jacket surface
✔ Quilt-lined for warmth but ventilated to prevent you getting too hot

Perfect For...

 Working in heavy rain, storms and cold weather
 Muddy, dusty and messy work environments

Not the Best For...

Summer work (See our solution)
Extremely cold conditions (See our solution)

Editor's Verdict: The Portwest PW3 Raincoat is a highly protective jacket to help you stay comfortable and dry, even in heavy rain. It's quilt lined for comprehensive insulation, but ventilated at the sides to stop you overheating. Along with a bright orange or yellow colour and reflective strips, the surface is treated with Texpel for robust resistance to water, dirt and stains, making it perfect for staying seen, even during the dirtiest jobs.

Best Lightweight Hi-Vis Jacket

Our Favourite: Blaklader Workwear Hi-Vis Level 1 Rain Jacket (Hi-Vis Yellow/Black)

Blaklader Workwear Hi-Vis Level 1 Rain Jacket (Hi-Vis Yellow/Black)Why We Love It...

 Light and flexible fabric maintains full range of movement
✔ Removable hood with adjustable sleeves and waist for best fit
 Durable polyester for waterproofing and wind resistance

Perfect For...

 Staying dry and visible without overheating
 Wearing as a shell layer in cold weather or by itself in summer

Not the Best For...

Durability (See our solution)
Cold temperatures (See our solution)

Editor's Verdict: Perfect as a shell layer over thicker clothing or as a lightweight single layer, the Blaklader Hi-Vis Jacket is really versatile. It's also adjustable at the sleeves and hem, while featuring a removable hood to offer a comfortable and customised fit, however you want to wear it. On top of all that and it's high-visibility design, it's graded against EN standards as waterproof and windproof. 


Best Winter Hi-Vis Jacket

Our Favourite: Portwest PW369 Hi-Vis Winter Parka Jacket

Portwest PW369 Hi-Vis Winter Parka Jacket

Why We Love It...

 Insulatex lining for comprehensive warmth retention
 Adjustable waist, hem and hood for most comfortable fit
✔ Extremely hi-vis with yellow design and multiple reflective strips

Perfect For...

 Working in extremely cold and wet weather 
 Roadside and night-time work in winter

Not the Best For...

Summer work (See our solution)
Flexibility and movement (See our solution)

Editor's Verdict: Working outdoors in the winter can be brutal; it's cold and even during the day light can be low. Lined with heavyweight Insulatex and certified against EN standards for maximum waterproofing, the Portwest Waterproof Parka will have you welcoming winter. It's incredibly comfortable too with knitted cuffs and adjustment points at the waist, hem and hood. Made with 300D Oxford polyester for extreme durability and supplied in a yellow hi-vis design with reflective strips along the arms, torso and shoulders, it's perfect for tough jobs in low light conditions. 

Best Hi-Vis Vest

Our Favourite: Portwest S476 Berlin Executive Orange Hi-Vis Vest

Portwest FR75 Orange High-Vis Flame Resistant Vest

Why We Love It...

 Two lower pockets, chest pocket and a D-ring for plenty of storage
 Transparent card display on chest is ideal for secure work sites
✔ Resistant to water and wind for versatile weather protection

Perfect For...

 Wearing on top of other safety clothing and workwear
 Construction, landscaping and other outdoor work in summer

Not the Best For...

Winter work and cold weather (See our solution)
Maximum visibility, as arms are uncovered (See our solution)

Editor's Verdict: Unlike a lot of hi-vis vests, the Portwest S476 Orange High Visibility Vest has pockets, 7 to be precise! This ranges from larger front pockets to smaller slots for pens and IDs. The lightweight vest design is great for keeping cool while maintaining safety during the summer months. Alternatively it's great for adding visibility to standard workwear or more protective clothing. Plus – if you love all the features but not the colour, it's also available in Yellow or Red.

Staying Seen is Staying Safe!

In this guide we've highlighted some of our favourite hi-vis work jackets, sure to help you stay seen on the job. But if you still haven't found what you're looking for, why not have a look at our full range of Hi Vis Jackets!

Do you have any questions about high visibility workwear? Why not let us know in the comments below!