Protective clothing: High-visibility workwear is durable, functional

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Safety clothing: A new line of highly durable, functional, high-visibility (hi-vis) workwear is hitting the market. Workwear manufacturer Blaklader has made its name using quality fabrics and skilled craftsmanship to produce long-lasting efficient workwear for all types of tradesmen. Now, they’re stepping into the realm of hi-vis clothing with shorts, pants, jackets and vests that meet American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 107 requirements for mining, airlines, government construction, road construction and more.

Because ANSI 107 approved workwear is such a common requirement, purchasing officers commonly buy cheaper clothing items to cut the expense. But Blaklader is shedding new light on the workwear budget: Higher quality fabrics and reflective tape last longer and look better than discount alternatives. Blaklader garments are designed to last longer and withstand more washes than the average hi-vis garment. Toward the end the lifecycle, other garments look faded and dark, leading to safety concerns and an unprofessional appearance. Blaklader’s workwear features high-quality fabrics and 3M® reflective tape that stand out in a crowd and keep crews safe for the long haul.

The hi-vis line consists of workpants, shorts, vests and jackets that all meet various ANSI 107 classes. Even the industry-leading X1600 workpants are available in hi-vis. The ANSI 107 Class 1 compliant pants use CORDURA® leg shields that extend up to the thigh and down to the shin for added jobsite protection. CORDURA is a highly durable fabric made by Invista and commonly used in tactical gear and outdoor sports clothing.

In all Blaklader pants, kneepad inserts fit under CORDUA on the leg. Other jobsite functionality includes exterior utility pockets for carrying fasteners and tools without a tool belt and triple-stitched seams that are guaranteed for the life of the garment. If seams tear, Blaklader will replace the garment free of charge.

Jackets are ANSI Class 3 and wind and waterproof, built with multiple layers for warmth, breathability and protection. Both the winter jacket and the shell jacket include chest pockets with waterproof zippers and convenient arm pockets.

Blaklader also offers shorts and vests that meet ANSI class 2 with durable fabric blends that stand up to the toughest conditions.

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