It’s Official – Winter has Landed!

This week, the SMI team has been hit by all the signals that winter is finally here. Our breath formed clouds as we made our way to work. Pathways which were easy to navigate yesterday have become suddenly hazardous, with only the most durable boots keeping the team steady as they slipped and tripped into the office. Where it feels as if only a few weeks ago, we were sweltering under summer sunshine, today the National Distribution Centre and SMI offices are full of hats, gloves, scarves and thermos flasks.

So, we can’t avoid the subject any longer. Winter is officially here, and we need to ensure that our customers stay safe and warm on the job, through the ideal suite of Workwear and PPE that is designed to do exactly that!

Whether you are out in the cold undertaking Traffic Management, Grounds Maintenance or Handling, Facilities Management or other outside tasks, SMI has exactly the right suite of PPE and Workwear to make things a little more bearable on the job. We’ve made things easy for you, by picking out just three of our most popular products for winter weather – all three of which are compliant, durable and ideal for outside working.

Cold snap? No problem!
As the approved UK provider for the Fortdress range of cold storage Workwear, we really are ideally positioned to keep our customers warm on even the most frosty of days. Fortdress operate across Europe, Ireland, USA, and New Zealand, supplying many of the world’s largest blue-chip brands in the Food Transportation industry.

Fortdress is a German company that first began trading in 1948; at SMI we’re very proud to partner with such a well-established supplier. The Fortdress global brand represents robust, durable and excellently warming clothing and accessories. Lightness and flexibility distinguish Fortdress products and makes working in cold environments possible, safe, and comfortable. When the great outdoors hits freezing temperature, Fortdress Workwear is the number one range for keeping warm. You can check out the great Fortdress range, here.

When things start to snowball…
If you find yourself stranded in snow, we have the ideal product to protect you from the freezing temperatures. Our Thermal Gripflex Glove (Product Code: OGL.2067, £2.35) affords unparalleled protection, at a superb price. The gloves feature seven-gauge thermal knitted liner, with a premium-quality latex coating. It provides excellent warmth, and a great grip in both wet and dry conditions. A perfect choice for warmth when you’re on the job, and at risk of cold hands!

Bring a splash of colour to dreary days
If you’re working in low-visibility conditions on dreary winter evenings, we’ve got the perfect product to provide warmth and protection on the job. Our Hi-Vis Fleece Lined Bomber Jacket (product Code: OHV.3002 and OHV.3059, £31.50) is lined with warm fleece, features a lycra storm cuff, integral hood and external phone pocket – perfect for staying dry, warm and highly visible.

Standing your ground in slippery conditions
There’s no doubt that winter can create hazardous conditions when walking, or navigating uneven terrain. To stand your ground no matter how icy things get, we’d recommend our Rokwear Vitric Waterproof Boot (product code: OFW.1057, £52.50). It’s durable, smart, and extremely tough – all the qualities which you have come to expect from our range. With an SRC-rated slip-resistant sole, you can walk tall regardless of the ice, snow and slush which winter may bring.

Do you have a tried and tested product from our range, which is your ‘go-to’ item for winter weather? Let us know, and we’ll feature it in a future blog post!