Has Teflon fabric protector
Like many contractors, I operate in two hemispheres of the home-improvement world: building and business. I need gear that’s at home in both places, and that’s how I ended up with Arborwear’s Ascender jacket ($200). I’ve worn this jacket as an outer shell on jobs where the high temperature reached only 9°F, on projects that had 40°F temperature swings in the course of a day, and on spring projects where the weather never actually got nice.
Unlike a puffy winter jacket, the Ascender works best when you layer up. For winter work, it breaks the wind, repels snow, and still enables me to move. When I have a lot of back-and-forth work to do—such as on a recent flooring project where the saw was outside—it keeps me warm outdoors without frying me indoors.
The chest pockets are perfect for my cell phone, and the zippered cuffs and sides help bundle the various layers of clothes I’m wearing underneath. But the icing on the cake is that I can go from job site to client meeting. The Teflon fabric protector sheds dirt effectively, so the jacket is almost always clean. In addition, Arborwear can embroider a logo on the jacket, ensuring good brand identity with clients.