Better Bibs for Cold-Weather Work
Made of ripstop polyester, these lightweight overalls are built to last.
This year when I dug out my insulated cotton duck overalls, I realized they were too ragged to offer much protection. While shopping for a replacement, I found several new options. I settled on the Milwaukee Gridiron zip-to-thigh bib overalls. Milwaukee claims that the fabric, made from ripstop polyester, is three times more durable and 25% lighter than duck canvas. Stretch panels make crouching and other movements more comfortable without a break-in period.
I ordered a set for $149, and the fit was great—consistent with a chart on Milwaukee’s website. They were surprisingly comfortable right away and, as advertised, felt much lighter compared to traditional cotton bibs. I like how they zip to the thigh so that you can put them on or take them off while wearing boots. There are plenty of chest pockets and a dedicated tape loop, which I love, but my favorite feature is the integrated kneepad pockets. These overalls are as warm as my cotton bibs but without the bulk, and the ripstop fabric also sheds light rain better.
Andrew Grace, a remodeler in Ligonier, Pa.
Photos: courtesy of Milwaukee
From Fine Homebuilding #281