When it comes to work clothing, I look for items that are comfortable, perform well and offer good value to boot. When it comes to cold-weather-work, my Dickies model TV239 insulated cotton duck coveralls get the most use. I’ve worn Dickies insulated coveralls for everything from building a mudroom to haying the critters to loading sheep to cutting holes in the pond-ice so the cattle can drink; the coveralls kept me warm and offered protection from close encounters with manure, muck and hog slobber.
Over the years, I’ve worn out coveralls from plenty of different makers. Some sets of coveralls have been heavier-duty than others – some were insulated and some were not. I find that the 10-ounce high-performance 100 percent cotton duck used to create the outer shell on the Dickies insulated coveralls offers excellent abrasion- and snag resistance, while remaining sufficiently flexible to not be cumbersome. The polyester-fill/nylon-taffeta lining keeps me warm and makes the insulated coveralls easy to slide into and out of. This lining is sufficiently well attached to the shell that it tends not to catch the heel of my boots when I put the coveralls on without unzipping the legs. Of course, the entire operation of pulling the coveralls on is made much easier when I stop and open the legs up clear to my waist.
The Dickies insulated coveralls also seem to have a pocket wherever I need one – and they don’t require any sleight of hand to get my hands into even with gloves or mittens on. The coveralls are also available in my tall and rather large size. In fact, I can zip the Dickies coveralls over a sweatshirt or hooded chore jacket when it’s really cold.
At less than $60 for the pair (in my super-sized size – less than $50 in standard sizes), the Dickies insulated coveralls are less than half the price of some brands with similar quality. Do I expect my Dickies coveralls to be the last pair I’ll ever own? No. Do I expect them to last for years – I sure do. Check them out here.
Photos courtesy Karen Keb.
Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on Google+.