A pocket, a pocket – my kingdom for a pocket

I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to photograph some of the gear from Skillers / Proskill, and I came to the conclusion that rather than how sorrowful my efforts would be, especially both trying to wear and photograph at the same time, that I’d just use some of the photos from their advert campaign, at least where there are models involved.

In saying that, the next video (next day or so) has me in some of the gear, and this will be a regular occurrence!  I’ll also take some specific photos for a more detailed article shortly.

Choosing workgear tends to be making a decision based on three variables: cost, comfort, toughness. Of course there is also one more – guys tend not to constantly change their purchasing practices  – once you choose a product, it is significantly unlikely that a guy would change for no good reason.

I’ve been using the gear in a few sessions now, and already it is ticking a couple of the boxes – comfort, toughness.  Throw in another variable: functionality.  Not something you’d normally associate with clothing, but this is not just a pair of work pants, tool belt and a jacket – it is an integrated system, and all the items work together, and complement each other with significant amounts of interchangeability that you can choose combinations of pockets, holders and pouches you can carry those tools that prove essential to have with you, not stuck back in the van, or in the workshop.

In sizing the workpants, you not only choose your waist size, but also a leg length so there is no need to run off to a tailor (or the stapler) to get that right.  With the combinations of the sizes, there are over 40 combinations available, and they will fit straight off the rack.  They claim a durability of 2-3 times the standard gear, but I’m not in a position to judge that yet.  There is no question they feel tough.

There is another aspect of the workpants of interest – there is a pocket at the front of each knee made of a much tougher material that is for knee pads.  You don’t have to strap them on – the pads slip straight in (and can be left in even when you throw the pants in the wash).  That makes a lot of difference to the comfort – the pads are just there whenever you kneel down, and are in the right place every time.  Even if you don’t need kneepads, you still benefit from the extra tough material used at the knees.

Depending on how you work, either a tool vest, or the tool belt system will have you carrying the tools you need and having the weight redistributed from the waist to the shoulders makes for a far more ergonomic solution than the classic leather tool belt.  One of the tool vest models even has a secondary zip position for those days that start out cold so you can wear it over bulky clothing.

Being a system, the same fastening method for the pouches is used throughout, so you can choose to hang a particular pouch on the jacket (a built-in waist belt helps support the load), the tool belt, the work pants, or your pants belt – the choice is yours depending on what is best for your particular working needs.  There are a whole range of different pouches for different purposes, so you choose those which fit the sort of work you do/the tools you want to carry.

The only problem you may experience is justifying to your partner why you are wearing such good clothes to the worksite (or out in the shed). (damhikt)

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