Waterproof work jackets
One of, if not the most, desired characteristics for a work jacket or overcoat to have is waterproofing. Raincoats are specifically designed to keep the wearer dry, whether that be as a light outer layer over an insulating middle layer, such as a fleece, for when it's cold outside, or perhaps as the sole layer over the base layer for when it’s raining but still warm.
Especially important for outdoor work, a waterproof work jacket will usually become so thanks to its usage of water-resistant materials in the build and having taped seams. By taping the seams of the jacket closed, you are preventing rain, and also wind, from getting through the jacket and to the wearer. Furthermore, the water-repellant materials used in our workwear waterproof jackets tend to work by having tiny holes in them that are too small to allow water droplets in, but since they still exist, they are still large enough to allow hot air and moisture from within the jacket, that has been generated by the user, to escape and evaporate. This keeps the wearer cool and is the factor that makes these rain jackets breathable.
The majority of our outer shell jackets are more than just waterproof; they are usually also breathable and windproof as well. Meeting these criteria means the jacket in question can earn official certification as a waterproof and breathable piece of workwear under the EN 343 safety standards. Depending on how well it accomplishes protecting the wearer from water and keeping them ventilated, the classification of the garment will vary.
Types of rain jackets - Waterproof bomber jacket, waterproof softshell jacket, and more
Not all our waterproof jackets are made the same way, for the same purpose. There are different materials, types, and styles across the range to accomplish different tasks. For example, if you need a warmer waterproof jacket, why not take a look at a waterproof softshell jacket? Softshell jackets are made from woven fabrics, which give them a warm and stretchy feeling, affording the wearer greater freedom of movement that wouldn’t be possible with more heavy-duty work coats, yet you still get the warmth of such jackets thanks to the softshell nature of these work jackets.
If the style of your waterproof work coat is important to you, you might be looking for a specific style of coat, such as a waterproof bomber jacket. Popularised by the US air force before later being adopted into workwear, the pilot jacket is a reliable style of coat that still maintains the workwear features of other jackets, but keeps a casual appearance. As such, a waterproof bomber jacket would be ideal for those who want a stylish waterproof coat that’s ready for work.
3 in 1 waterproof jackets are an excellent choice of workwear jacket if you need to ada[t to ever-changing conditions. A 3 in 1 jacket will come with a shell outer layer that has the characteristics to protect the wearer from the weather and environment as well as a fleece-like inner layer that serves to add warmth. This type of jacket gets its name from the three possible combinations this jacket can be worn; the respective fleece or shell on their own, or both layers together for extreme environments. The shell layer alone, or the 2 layer combination both are waterproof configurations.
Materials and characteristics of waterproof work jackets
The last key way to vary different work rain jackets is by the materials they incorporate. An excellent example is gore-tex waterproof jackets. Goretex fabric membrane is capable of making a jacket waterproof, breathable and windproof all on its own, and is one of the most popular materials to make workwear out of. It makes a sturdy foundation for all types of garments but lends its properties particularly well towards jackets.
High visibility waterproof jackets are also highly sort after, as not only are they successfully protected from weather, but they also help the wearer stay visible in said weather. Dark skies and rain? A hi vis jacket will both protect you and highlight you, keeping you safe as well as comfortable.
Speaking of comfort, lightweight waterproof work jackets are a great all-round choice for all kinds of weather, offering a bunch of characteristics like waterproofing and breathability, but you can still move around easily as you are not weighed down as much as more heavy-duty coats would weigh you down. This comfort and freedom of movement are further enhanced by the stretch material used in our work jackets range.
Rain jackets delivered worldwide
At Workwear Gurus, we deliver the best rain jackets and waterproof coats to a wide variety of locations across the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, Singapore, India, and the UAE. In fact, we send them Europe-wide and across most of the globe.
We also stock Hi Vis waterproof jackets, and flame retardant waterproof jackets plus much, much more from other industry veterans.
If you would like to see our entire range of Work Jackets, you can visit our general jackets collection.