Best Waterproof Workwear 2021

Wednesday, 17 March 2021  |  Admin

Inclement weather can make working outdoors tough, unproductive and dispiriting. Getting soaked during power-washing or cold store tasks isn't much better! Our selection of Waterproof Workwear will shield you from the rain while you do your job, so you can perform at your best. 

What to Look For? 

All of these clothes are waterproof, but there are other factors you may wish to consider. Not simply a garment's level of comfort or functionality, but any additional hazards you might require protection against. Following is a short list of potential considerations when selecting waterproof workwear. 

  • Breathable: Waterproof clothes can often prove hot sweaty so look for ventilated options
  • Freedom of Movement: It's important to find a garment that lets you move freely while working
  • High-Vis: In low lighting conditions it's essential to your safety to maintain visibility to both vehicles and other people 
  • Other Protections: If your work requires protection against flames, cold or arc flashes then look for additional safety certifications
  • Durability: Tough, sturdily made garments will survive intact for a far longer period of time 
  • Storage: Pockets are highly useful for carrying tools, cell phones and other equipment
  • Coverage: Some garments will offer coverage of a larger area of the body than others

Looking for Something Particular?

If you're looking for a particular please feature browse our list below: 

Best Waterproof Jacket 

Portwest S553 Radial 3 in 1 Stormproof Jacket

Portwest S553 Radial 3 in 1 Stormproof Jacket

Why We Love It...

  • Resistant to wind as well as rain
  • Removable internal fleece for additional warmth
  • Front zip for easy access in fast-paced work environment
  • Functional storm flap, hood and pack away design for additional protection

Best For... 

  • Outdoor winter work, lorry driving, transportation, construction

Not the Best For... 

Editor's Verdict:  The Portwest S553 Radial 3 in 1 Stormproof Jacket is extremely versatile, with a removable fleece interior that allows you to use the jacket as a jacket on its own, as a jacket with a fleece and as just a fleece without the jacket. It's a fantastic  waterproof jacket for general outdoors work.

Best Waterproof Trousers 

Portwest F441 Iona Rain Trousers

Portwest F441 Iona Rain Trousers

Why We Love Them...

  • Taped seams and waterproof fabric for protection against rain and moisture
  • Increased visibility thanks to stripes of reflective tape
  • Side access pockets for maximum functionality
  • Elasticated waistband for a secure  fit and improved comfort

Best For... 

  • Outdoor work, construction, transportation, warehouse work

Not the Best For... 

Editor's Verdict: The Portwest F441 Iona Rain Trousers will protect you from the rain with their waterproof fabric finish and taped seams. Their fully elasticated waistband provides a high level of comfort so you can perform at your best while working outdoors. 

Best High-Vis Waterproof Jacket 

Supertouch Hi-Vis Two Tone Parka

Supertouch Hi-Vis Two Tone Parka

Why We Love It..

  • Both water resistant and highly breathable, ideal for outdoor work
  • Certified as highly visible thanks to bright colouring and reflective taping
  • Durable, two-way zip fastening for longevity
  • Tough 300D Oxford fabric with waterproof polyurethane coating

Best For...

  • Construction, driving, event marshalling, road works, traffic

Not the Best For...

Editors Verdict: The Orange Supertouch Hi-Vis Two Tone Parka is sufficiently visible that it's certified for use in the rail industry, one of the most dangerous low-light workplaces there are. The durable 300D Oxford fabric ensures the longevity of the jacket, while the polyurethane coating is resistant to water.

Best High-Vis Waterproof Trousers 

ProGARM 9880 Waterproof Arc Flash Hi Vis FR Salopettes

ProGARM 9880 Waterproof Arc Flash Hi Vis FR Salopettes

Why We Love It...

  • Features reflective, high visibility tape for dark weather conditions
  • Classified as waterproof under EN 343
  • Protects against flames, arc flashes and static electricity
  • Features plenty of pockets for practical storage
  • Removable suspenders for additional functionality

Best For...

  • Welding applications, work in low light conditions, construction, warehouse work

Not the Best For... 

Editors Verdict: The ProGARM 9880 Waterproof Arc Flash Hi Vis FR Salopettes include a high visibility lining for visibility in dark working conditions, as well as plenty of pockets for functional storage. They are certified to protect against many threats, including arc flash, flames and heat. Their thermal and water resistance also makes them well suited for use outdoors.   

Best Flame Resistant Waterproof Jacket 

ProGARM 9422 Lightweight Arc Flash FR Hi-Vis Orange Jacket

ProGARM 9422 Lightweight Arc Flash FR Hi-Vis Orange Jacket

Why We Love It...

  • VXS Pique fabric protects against flames, arc flash and static discharge 
  • Certified under EN 343 as offering protection against rain for use outdoors
  • Hi-vis orange for increased visibility in dark conditions
  • Double stitched tape and triple stitched side seams for durability
  • VXS+ fabric to ensure comfort during extended use

Best For... 

  • Construction, factories, petrochemical warehouses

Not the Best For... 

Editor's Verdict: The ProGARM 9422 Lightweight Arc Flash FR Hi-Vis Orange Jacket is one of the more versatile jackets that is available, offering superb resistance against flames and water as well as many other hazards. This durable jacket features double stitched tape and triple stitched side seams for longevity and VXS+ fabric to ensure comfort during extended use.

Best Flame Resistant Waterproof Trousers 

Portwest S780 Orange Bizflame Rain Unlined High-Vis Flame Resistant Trousers

Portwest S780 Orange Bizflame Rain Unlined High-Vis Flame Resistant Trousers

Why We Love It...

  • Flame resistant fabric and reflective tape for ample protection against fire
  • Certified under EN ISO 14116 as protecting against igniting flames
  • Highest possible rating for both waterproofing and breathability under EN343
  • Unlined for breathability and freedom of movement
  • Fabric draws moisture away from the skin
  • Fully elasticated waistband for wearer comfort

Best For...

  • Road work, maintenance, utilities, construction, surveying

Not the Best For... 

Editors Verdict: The flame-resistant and anti-static properties of the Portwest S780 Orange Bizflame Rain Unlined High-Vis Flame Resistant Trousers make them ideal for industrial work, while their waterproof properties suits them for work outdoors. The unlined design of the trousers suits them to strenuous work requiring a full range of motion. 

Best Cold Resistant Waterproof Jacket 

Portwest PW369 Hi-Vis Winter Parka Jacket

Portwest PW369 Hi-Vis Winter Parka Jacket

Why We Love It...

  • Protects the wearer from cold temperatures with heavyweight Insulatex lining
  • Certified under EN 343 as totally waterproof
  • The detachable hood features an optional fur lining for all weather conditions
  • Constructed from 300D Oxford polyester fabric for longevity

Best For... 

  • Industrial work, outdoor work, work on the docks, work at sea

Not the Best For... 

Editor's Verdict:  Stay toasty and warm in the worst of conditions with the Portwest PW369 Hi-Vis Winter ParkaThe jacket features both Insulatex lining to reflect heat back into the body and a detachable fur lined hood to prepare you for the harshest possible weather.

Best Arc Flash Resistant Jacket 

ProGARM 9440 Waterproof Hi-Vis Orange Arc Flash Jacket

ProGARM 9440 Waterproof Hi-Vis Orange Arc Flash Jacket

Why We Love It...

  • VXS Pique fabric protects against flames, arc flash and static discharge
  • Jacket certified as resistant to rain, with hood for additional protection
  • Double stitched tape and triple stitched side seams for durability
  • Uses mandarin collar for extra neck protection

Best For... 

  • Welding, maintenance, utilities, cold store work

Not the Best For... 

Editor's Verdict: Designed to offer outstanding durability thanks to the VXS+ material, the ProGARM 9440 Waterproof Hi-Vis Orange Arc Flash Jacket supplies resistance against arc flash risks, heat, flames, rain, static and more. The VXS+ fabric ensures comfort during periods of extended use, improving your performance over the work day.

Best Waterproof Coat 

Portwest S438 Classic Rain Coat

Portwest S438 Classic Rain Coat

Why We Love It...

  • Water-resistant fabric finish and taped seams to further prevent water penetration
  • Long length gives almost full body protection
  • Two pockets, front zip opening and pack away hood for maximum functionality
  • Elasticated inner cuff and lightweight fabric for a comfortable and secure fit
  • Vented back yoke for ventilation

Best For... 

  •  Power washing, work at sea, dock work, traffic management

Not the Best For... 

Editor's Verdict: Certain weather or work conditions requires the maximum coverage possible for adequate protection against water. The Portwest S438 Classic Rain Coat is a waterproof coat long enough to offer full protection, whilst remaining comfortable thanks to the lightweight fabric and ventilated back.

Best Waterproof Overalls 

Supertouch Polyester/PVC Hi-Vis Rainwear 

Portwest S438 Classic Rain Coat

Why We Love It...

  • Two-piece rainwear made from lightweight water-resistant fabric
  • Reflective bands for improved visibility
  • Elasticated waist on trousers ensures a good fit
  • Concealed hood for complete protection from weather
  • Constructed from durable polyester and PVC fabric

Best For... 

  • Power washing, factory work, traffic management, construction

Not the Best For... 

Editor's Verdict: The Supertouch Polyester/PVC Hi-Vis Rainwear includes a two-piece combination of a hooded jacket and elasticated trousers, which are made of lightweight, water-resistant fabric. The two-piece offers all-over protection from water, ideal for tasks such as power washing.

For further information and to see our full range of waterproof workwear have a look through our Waterproof Workwear Category for the full range! 

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