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Moisture Wicking FR Apparel: Improving Lineman Safety, Maintaining Body Temperature

lineman fr knit moisutre wicking high vis vestFocus on the job is critical for any line mechanic. Mind on task. Be here now. Both mantas of a highly dangerous, volatile line of work.

Just as lineman use precision and deliberate movements to maintain control over thousands of volts of electricity, FR apparel made with precision and deliberate design details can help maintain body temperature and ultimately, safety.


The use of advanced moisture wicking technology can help industrial workers stay more comfortable and drier, which in turn, keeps their minds focused, reducing the risk of accidents.

Learn more about why you should choose moisture wicking FR apparel.

What Is Moisture Wicking?

High performance moisture wicking fabrics were originally created to boost athletic performance in extreme outdoor situations by maintaining consistency in core temperature. Athletes found that their performance improved if they were able to stay drier and cooler in hot conditions and warmer and more insulated in the cold.

Moisture wicking technology is now available for line mechanics and industrial workers and here’s how it works.

Superior moisture wicking fabrics combine two types of fibers together: hydrophobic (water hating) fibers and hydrophilic (water loving) fibers. A superior moisture wicking garment will:

  • Absorb moisture and sweat with hydrophilic fibers
  • Push moisture and sweat away from the body with hydrophobic fibers
  • Pull moisture and sweat through the garment to the outside
  • Spread moisture on the outside of the garment quickly, so it can dry fast
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The combination of fibers, spun together with precision, result in a garment with permanent moisture wicking technology. It won’t wash away like other 100% non-blended fabrics that are finished in a chemical that eventually washes away. With permanent wicking capabilities, lineman can focus their attention on the job, instead of worrying about moisture soaked, uncomfortable clothes.

Download eBook with more information now: Lineman Safety & Performance Guide.

Look at the tag: Data has proven that the optimal blend for moisture wicking is a shirt with a 60/40 fiber blend.

As you select your next FR garment, consider how well it wicks away moisture. What is the fiber blend on the tag? You might be surprised to learn that the fiber blend can affect your job performance and safety.

Download our eBook now: Lineman Safety & Performance Guide.

How Does Moisture Wicking Apparel Improve Job Safety?

It is hard to concentrate on your job if you are constantly feeling uncomfortable. That’s where moisture wicking comes into play. A garment that allows you to better control your body temperature means you can focus on the job you are doing.

  • If you can improve your ability to maintain body temperature, you will be more comfortable
  • With improved body temperature regulation, you can remain focused on what’s in front of you
  • Apparel specifically designed for linemen means you can maintain optimal protection and concentration
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FR performance apparel that wicks better has the ability to stay drier and keep you more comfortable on the job.

This improvement in comfort means you can keep your mind on task all day, even with changing weather.

By removing the inconsistency of clothing performance from the equation by choosing Lakeland FR Performance apparel, you and your team of linemen should see a boost in overall job performance, safety and comfort. In fact, choosing an FR garment that lets you stay focused on the job is critical in an environment where every detail matters.

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Interested in learning more lineman training and fitness tips, the science of protective clothing and how to layer FR clothing to optimize on-the-job performance? Download our eBook now: Lineman Safety & Performance Guide. Learn how you can climb stronger, work safer and prevent accidents.

Lakeland set out to create an FR performance line that could exceed FR safety requirements, outlast the elements, maintain lineman body temperature and still be comfortable enough for everyday wear. Lakeland FR performance apparel offers dual-certified protective apparel with advanced moisture wicking technology and a lightweight design with maneuverability and comfort in mind. Learn more by following Lakeland on Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to #AskForLakeland.

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