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Winter Welding Apparel Must-Haves

welder working in the winter

Winter in the United States starts in December and lasts through March between fall and spring. This season, it can be challenging to weld because it really gets cold as temperatures can reach as low as 3 °F. This means, aside from your welding PPE or leather welding clothing in place, you need some other welding apparel to give you that extra warmth to protect you from the harsh weather. Here we give you the winter welding apparel you need during this season. 

 

Winter Welding Apparel: What You Need

1 Beanie 

The first thing you need is a high-quality beanie. This is a must-have to keep your head warm. Get one that covers even your ears and one that does not come off easily. If you aren’t that comfortable with a beanie, you can always go for a welding cap. If you want, you can also wear them both. A beanie over that welding cap. Another option for you to get heat and protection is a leather welding hood. 

 

2 Hoodie

Get yourself a comfortable hoodie. The idea is for you to stay as warm as possible. If you wear a pancake for work, wearing a hoodie over that pancake will give you that coverage you need for your head and neck against the cold temperatures. On top of that, you can wear your leather welding jacket. If temperatures get really low and it gets really cold, you can get a heavyweight hoodie instead or wear a vest over that hoodie for more warmth. 

 

3 Facemask 

Some beanies have a built-in facemask. If yours doesn’t, then get a facemask that is most comfortable for you. It helps keep your face warm most especially when it’s windy. 

 

4 Bandana

Wear a bandana on your neck so you are sure to feel warmer while at work. Use a slipknot when you tie it that way you can easily take it off in case it catches on fire. 

 

welder welding in the winter

5 White Cotton Gloves

Bear in mind that you must have welding gloves while welding. These white cotton gloves are just there to use if you are not welding and maybe while on a break. This will constantly give you that warmth you need so your hands aren’t stiff when you start working. If it’s comfortable for you, you can even wear them under your welding gloves as well. Hand warmers are also great to have in your pocket just in case. 

 

6 Thermal underwear

A great piece of apparel you can have is thermal underwear – top and bottom. This can trap the heat in your body so you feel warmer. 

 

7 Coveralls

If in case it gets extremely cold, get yourself a high-quality coverall. You can wear this over your hoodie and welding jacket. This blocks the wind all the more. 

 

8 Feet Warmers

Get some feet warmers and put them on top of your toes to stay warm for at least half a day.