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A Buyer’s Guide to Purchasing Insulated Bibs Overalls

When it comes to cold weather workwear, nothing provides better coverage and protection than insulated bib overalls. But with so much riding on the performance of your workwear, it’s important that you find the best insulated bib overalls for the job. There are several things to consider when finding a pair of high-quality insulated bibs that works as tough as you do.

Consider the Application

It’s really important that you think about what you’ll be using your workwear for when choosing bib overalls. This will help you decide which features are most important. 

If you need a lot of freedom of movement, like on a farm/ranch, mechanics shop or any warehouse job, choose softshell insulated bib overalls because the material is flexible, water-resistant and breathable. For construction applications, workers may need high-visibility apparel to keep them safe while working in low-light conditions. Find reflective and insulated bib overalls that meet specific ANSI standards if it is a high priority on your job site.

Temperature and Activity Level

You’ll also want to consider the weather conditions and how long you’ll be on your feet. A road worker holding a sign all day in -10°F with strong winds will need different insulated bib overalls than someone doing manual labor in temps hovering just below freezing. If you’re going to be active for most of the day, you’ll need less insulation than someone who is less active.

Also, keep in mind that sweat can cool the body if it’s trapped next to your skin. Look for bib overall features such as front and side zippers which provide extra ventilation. Finally, pay attention to the insulating power of your bib overalls. Insulating power can range from 200g to over 1000g (measured in gram weights). In general, the higher the number, the more insulation your clothing will provide.

Choosing the Right Size

What can be annoying about purchasing a pair of insulated bib overalls is figuring out sizing. Sizing can be different by brand, so If you’re purchasing insulated bib overalls from RefrigiWear, be sure to check out our size chart to get the perfect fit. Remember, bib overalls should fit comfortably without being too tight. A general rule of thumb is to purchase one size larger than your regular waist measurement if your sizing is borderline. Can’t seem to find the right size or have additional questions? Talk with our Customer Service for custom sizing and alterations.

Additional Tips and Considerations

With insulated bib overalls, features can make or break your comfort and performance on the job. Here are a few additional features and upgrades that you should consider when purchasing insulated bib overalls:

  • Flexibility—Performance stretch fabrics located at key flex points (knees, back, waist, etc.) can add mobility to your insulated bib without sacrificing warmth. Another consideration is adjustable straps, which allow you to customize the fit.
  • Pockets—Quickly store tools and all of your job essentials with the right number and placement of pockets.You can even get waterproof zippers to protect electronics. 
  • Knee Pads—If you regularly work on your knees, insulated bib overalls with knee pads is a must. Check out our ErgoForce bib overalls, which have reinforced knee patches and 240g insulation.
  • Quality and Price—Insulated bib overalls can vary wildly on price, but don't overspend on "snow suits" if you need apparel that stands up to hard work. Bib overalls should be durable, warm and affordable, and RefrigiWear has just this in our entire bib overalls lineup

Beat the Cold with an Insulated Bib by RefrigiWear

When working in freezing temperatures, you need good insulation to keep you warm and protected as you get the job done. Whether you’re searching for an insulated softshell or heavy-duty, industrial strength bib overalls with unbeatable warmth, RefrigiWear has the workwear you need to stay warm and dry—day in and day out.