(Photo: Inga Hendrickson and Kevin Zansler)
2022 Winter Buyer’s Guide

The Best Winter Workwear of 2022

Stellar gear for hard chores


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When you’re working in chilly weather, you need gear that’s insulated and durable. Our testers put these clothes through the wringer, from northern Wisconsin and the southwestern desert to the frozen Alaskan interior.

Kühl Hot Rydr Pants ($109)

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With minimal pockets and stitching, the Hot Rydr has a clean, no-frills look. The heavy twill veils oil spots, so the pants can pull double duty in the field and in town. Meanwhile, the flannel lining and gusseted crotch add welcome comfort during outdoor chores. (men’s 28–42)

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Dovetail Freshley Thermal Overalls ($149)

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Dovetail brought its cult-classic thermal overalls to the next level with a new poly-denim made partially from recycled plastic bottles. They’re thin but warm, with a fleecy inside and plenty of stretch without a sacrifice in structure. Double fronts offer protection, while elastic straps mean you can bend and crouch comfortably without readjusting. (women’s 000–18)

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Patagonia Hemp Denim Chore Coat ($179)

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When you want protection without bulk, reach for Patagonia’s Chore coat. It’s made from hemp-blend denim that’s tough but flexible, with a cut roomy enough to throw over a sweatshirt and a long hem that covers the hips. Eco-friendly indigo dye, generous pockets, and an adjustable waist are icing. (women’s XS–XL / men’s XS–3XL)

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Skullcandy Push Ultra True Wireless Earphones ($100)

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Cordless earphones keep your movements unrestricted and hands free, so you can focus on the task at hand. With the Push Ultra true, you can leave your phone in a safe place up to 30 feet away, crank tunes, and work. The battery lasts 40 hours.

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Silky PocketBoy Outback Edition Saw ($47)

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Silky is known for consistently putting out the best folding saws on the market, and the Pocket­Boy showcases why: it’s light, very sharp, and holds an edge through continued use. Plus, the thick, tacky handle won’t let your hand slip. When the job’s done, it folds down to the size of a pair of craft scissors.

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Mountain Hardwear Granite Peak Flannel Shirt ($110)

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This top feels practically pillowy, thanks to 100 percent cotton yarn Jacquard flannel. It’ll add sleek warmth under your favorite hoodie, while the dense weave makes it a durable outer layer for when you’re working up a sweat. (women’s XS–XL / men’s S–XXL)

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Muck Boot Chore Max Comp Toe Boots ($185)

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You can count on the Chore Max to see you through the longest winters. These Muck boots kept us surefooted even on glare ice, and the waterproof rubber upper kept our feet dry in six inches of road slush. Testers liked the composite toe for protection, and the brand offers a plain-toe version, too. (unisex 5–15)

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From Winter 2022 Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson and Kevin Zansler

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