Here’s the best gear to keep you safe, no matter what’s on your to-do list.
Hands, eyes, toes, ears, lungs—if you care about a body part, you’ll want to protect it while you’re working.
Carhartt’s double-front work pants are sewn out of 12-ounce cotton duck and riveted together. You’ll never need to replace them.
Your shirt should be almost as tough as your pants—and a little easier to move in. Dickies 6-ounce cotton wrinkle-resistant twill is tear-resistant and actually comfortable.
Elvex Go-Specs fill the void between big clumsy goggles and sleek safety glasses. The foam padding keeps out dust particles and the pivoting temples let you customize fit.
3M particulate respirators are lung savers, with a vent to decrease heat buildup and humidity.
Mechanix Wear Utility work gloves are thick enough to protect your hands, but not so thick as to cost you dexterity. The mesh back provides much needed ventilation.
You never know what’s going to fall on your foot in a demo job, and if it doesn’t hit the box of your steel-toe boots, you’re going to be in some pain. Keen’s Mt. Vernon Met 6-inch boots have steel toes and leather-covered metatarsal guards, too.
Crawling on your belly through a gravel-covered crawl space can leave your elbows raw. Allegro 7104 deluxe elbow pads fit tight and comfortable, and won’t chafe your skin.
Same goes for your knees if you’re doing work like laying stone. Don’t skimp on knee protection. The cheap stuff has very little padding, won’t hold in place, and can cut into your skin. Ridgid’s Pro Hinge knee pads are plush. Using them is almost more comfortable than being on your feet.
Not only do 3M’s WorkTunes wireless hearing protectors block out 24 dB, they let you tune into digital AM/FM radio or listen to music on your phone via Bluetooth.