The best hi-vis jackets guide 2021

The temperature of your work environment should influence the type of hi-vis clothing you wear. If you work outdoors, it’s best to have two sets one for the summer and one for the winter months, with a variety of vests and shorts available as well as thick overalls, jackets and trousers to keep warm when the weather becomes cold.

Below is a breakdown of some of the most commonly used types of hi-vis jacket. Each is introduced with a description of who it is perfect for, when it should be worn and where. Followed by the EN standards from our top quality Portwest hi-vis range, almost all of which come in both yellow and orange to suit all your hi-vis jacket needs.

Of course, our hi-vis jackets each offer a level of versatility and personal choice can affect which jacket is best for you.

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2-in-1 and 3-in-1 hi-vis jackets

A 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 hi-vis jacket is a great hi-vis jacket choice for those looking for a jacket that is budget friendly that needs to last all year long. With two options offering different features it is possible to choose the best hi-vis jacket for your job role.

The Essential 2-in-1 jacket is an adaptable, functional style offering excellent value for money. This jacket contains two spacious side pockets, one internal chest pocket with hook and loop closure, concealed adjustable hood and detachable zip-off sleeves.

  • EN 343:2019
  • Class 3:1 X
  • WP 5,000mm

The 3-in-1 PW3 jacket has quality fabric, superb workmanship and unrivalled function. The zip-out sleeves and removable fleece bodywarmer ensures this is an extremely adaptable garment.

For help understanding the standards visit our hi-vis jackets safety standards section.

Hi-vis rain jacket

Hi-vis rain jackets are the perfect option for construction workers who are outside in mild to mid weather conditions such as during April showers and those classically wet British summers.

It has a smart PVC coating inside which makes the fabric waterproof the water-resistant fabric wicks away water beads from this high-quality water-resistant jacket and works to help keep the hi-vis jacket clean. This fabric is lightweight and has superb abrasion and tear resistance.

  • EN 343:2019
  • Class 3:1 X
  • WP 5,000mm

Casual and light these jackets can be easily rolled up for easy on-the-go storage.

These hi-vis jackets are also a great option for factory workers to slip on and off whilst walking through high-risk areas as they are simple to transport and quickly pull on and off.

For even better protection our Portwest hi-vis rain jacket matches perfectly with the H44 hi-vis rain trouser providing you with full hi-vis rain protection whilst being breathable.

Women’s breathable hi-vis jacket

Not dissimilar to the breathable hi-vis jacket the women’s breathable hi-vis jacket is packed full of equally impressive features appropriate for the same workers but tailored for the female figure.

The women’s breathable hi-vis jacket offers women the option to have a more comfortable and flattering fitting hi-vis jacket. Angled reflective strips, a curved hem and cuffed sleeves are responsible for making this garment the top choice for many industry women across the UK. It is available in yellow and orange to suit a variety of industries.

Even better this hi-vis jacket offers the wearer more protection from the rain and added hi-vis levels, keeping women workers safe and comfortable always.

  • EN 343:2019
  • Class 4:3 X
  • WP 10,000mm

Women’s winter hi-vis jacket  

Some weather calls for higher levels of protection from your safety garments. We all need to wrap up that extra bit during the winter months, especially those who are working outdoors in manual labour based jobs. A hi-vis winter jacket is an essential swap for when it gets colder to enable workers to continue to carry out their work whilst comfortable and warm.

Women in the workforce should opt for a jacket such as the Portwest women’s winter hi-vis jacket. Designed after extensive research this hi-vis jacket is proven to have a tailored fit suitable for women workers. Say goodbye to sleeves that are too long and too much material that makes your jacket uncomfortable and bulky and say hello to the women hi-vis jackets contemporary fit, fresh, dynamic design and premium fabrics that are made to last.

The winter hi-vis jacket’s quilted inner lining assures added comfort and warmth, and a detachable hood gives a detachable hood gives versatility.

  • EN 343:2019
  • Class 3:1 X

WP 15,000mm

Hi-vis Bomber jacket

A hi-vis bomber jacket is the best choice for those working outside varying conditions such as security guards who need to be outside all year long especially in the winter. It can also be a great pick for people working in warehouses that are refrigerated due to the maximum warmth levels that this hi-vis jacket offers.

The bomber jacket is a much-loved design that has been a high street staple for years. A fur lining and collar will keep in the warmth throughout the winter months, when the weather changes these are detachable along with the sleeves making the jacket adaptable to the elements.

With a WP15,000 rating the rain and other wet weather, such as snow, will be no match for this modern hi-vis jacket. The easy close storm flaps keep the cold air out and hold in the warmth for maximum comfort.

Our Portwest hi-vis bomber jacket also features an ID display pocket so that the wearer can be easily and safely identified by all staff and visitors to the venue. There are another eight pockets in this premium hi-vis jacket for the wearers use including zipped, hidden and phone pockets.

  • EN 343:2019
  • Class 3:1 X
  • WP 15,000mm

Breathable hi-vis jacket

A breathable hi-vis jacket is for people who need a hi-vis jacket with added warmth, most suitable for construction workers and those working outside in transport such as the rail industry – when purchasing the orange option. Autumn and mild winters should be no match against this jacket (however as it gets even cooler the hi-vis bomber jacket may be more appropriate for you).

It is hardwearing, functional and packed full of smart features including a detachable concealed hood for easy storing, multiple pockets for ample storage, radio loop and mesh lined for optimum warmth and comfort.

  • N 343:2019
  • Class 3:1 X
  • WP 5,000mm

Mesh lined fleece hi-vis jacket

Cold windy days can lead to a loss of mobility in the hands and result in workers becoming tired more easily. It is also a great option for organised walkers and for dog walkers at night. Keep toasty with the mesh lined hi-vis jacket. Perfect for those cold, windy, but dry days this hi-vis jacket keeps you nice and warm.

A drawcord waist toggle ensures that it will fit, and elasticated cuffs help to keep in the heat in.

  • EN ISO 20471 Class 3 

Hi-vis Essential Fleece

For those working inside factories and warehouses or who make infrequent site visits, a hi-vis essential fleece is the best pick for you. It is also a great option for people who love organised walks to keep them safe whilst walking near roadsides or for dog walkers at night.

Anti-pill durable fleece fabric in a bird-eye knit covers the garment and is made to last multiple washes. Again, fitted with elasticated cuffs and drawstring waist toggle for maximum comfort this hi-vis fleece ensures that you don’t need to compromise your safety for style, comfort, protection, or performance.

  • EN ISO 20471 Class 3 

Hi-vis traffic jacket  

The hi-vis traffic jacket is specifically made for those working near roads from traffic marshals in car parks and people conducting traffic at road work sites to lolly pop men and women. The long line style of this hi-vis jacket keeps the wearer warm, protecting the body and tops of the legs from splashes that may be caused by cars and other vehicles driving past.

It includes additional features such as a zipped front with Hook & Loop storm flap, jetted hip pockets and stud adjustable cuffs.

  • EN 343:2019
  • Class 3:1 X

WP 5,000mm

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