Helly Hansen isn’t just an apparel brand – it’s an institution. For 140 years, the company has been designing and manufacturing high quality performance apparel and is amazingly popular within the skiing and sailing industry. We all actually have Helly Hansen to thank for the world’s first supple waterproof fabrics and the world’s first fleece. If anyone could possibly know how to keep people warm and dry, it’s them. Fortunately for all of us in the construction industry, they also put their knowledge and unparalleled style into designs worthy of the jobsite as Helly Hansen Workwear (HHWW). Their goal? To create workwear that not only performs on the toughest jobsite, but also looks like something you’d wear out after work.
Helly’s signature workwear line is the Chelsea Collection, which is designed with tradesmen specifically in mind. The Chelsea Construction Pant is their bestselling pair of construction pants and, after spending the last few months in them, I now understand why. HHWW has loaded this pant with tons of small details that I am still finding, all with a reason and purpose. When you look through the features list of this pant, it’s almost like you are buying a tool chest or work-bench. There’s a pocket for almost everything a tradesman carries.
Chelsea Construction Pant
When I first received the Chelsea Construction pant, I couldn’t help but notice its style. It’s not common to be impressed by the look of construction pants – not much has changed for the past couple decades. I’ve been wearing the black/charcoal pant (link to Amazon), but now, with the newly released Timber color, I want two pairs. The material is durable, yet lightweight and breathable for hot weather. All of the stitching is double or triple. Trust me, you will not be busting your seams. After a few months of use there are still no signs of wear, unlike the jeans I have used in the past that faded within the first few weeks.
The Chelsea pant has your standard reinforced knee and cuff like most construction pants, but HHWW has added features to stand out from the rest of the pack. The reinforced knee has an opening for knee pad inserts directly sewn into the pant. The knee pad slot is adjustable for a perfect fit no matter what your line of work is, and the leg length is extendable in order to get a perfect fit. The pant also comes with reflective elements for added visibility without looking obnoxious.
The real star of this pant is the hanging front pockets. They are not a gimmick and you’ll find yourself using them regularly. Guys that are hard on their pants will instantly think that the hanging pockets will fall off within the first couple of weeks. These won’t; they are built strong and are made for carrying nails, screws, and any item you may have in your tool pouch. I work on a large job where we carry 2-way radios and the pockets are perfect place to carry my radio where it won’t fall out or get in the way. If you want to use your tool belt, simply tuck the hanging pouch into your front pockets.
Below, you can also check out a video review of the new Timber color Chelsea Construction Pant by Helly Hansen's Ambassador Matt Elliott:
Chelsea Shell Jacket
Another star in the Chelsea lineup is the Chelsea Shell Jacket. It may be the hottest time of the year right now, but we’re only a couple months away from firing the heaters up. The jacket is made with the same focus on comfort, style, and performance as the pants are. Throughout the spring, I was repping my Racer Blue Chelsea jacket and I don’t think I’ve worn a different jacket since I received it. As a testament to Helly Hansen apparel being just as functional off the job site as it is on the job site, not only did I wear it during an early morning 5K, when it was 40 degrees and raining, but I also wore it during a golf outing. I shot a -12 that day. OK, fine, it was during a 4-man scramble and some mulligans were used, but the jacket kept me completely dry and warm throughout, so it had to help. I only wish that I wore the construction pants, as well, since my lower body was completely soaked and freezing.
One of the other great things about this jacket is that it incorporates reflective tape strategically throughout. I’ve been on tons of jobsites where workers will wear a sweat shirt over their hi-vis shirt to stay warm, but they sacrifice their safety by doing that. If your job site requires an ID card, Helly’s also got you covered with a loop at the bottom hem. With this jacket you don’t have to choose between being dry, warm, or comfortable – you’re covered in every circumstance.
We’ve put our Helly Hansen work wear to the test and it has met and exceeded our expectations. We can’t wait to see what they release next.
The earth can be a sort of an unmarked time capsule in many areas. It holds secrets of the past, some of which were hoped to never be found, but others that people dream of finding. Almost every project requires excavation or demolition in some way, so keep your eyes peeled for the next great discovery!
Jobsite pressures, such as time crunches and monetary issues can quickly tempt otherwise good people into making some pretty poor decisions. There are also others who use their construction business as a front for other illegal activities. Many people were arrested for a variety of reasons in 2016 and the list below should serve as both a reminder and a warning for those considering making bad decisions.
Every day, construction workers from around the world are doing amazing things on their specific job sites. In our minds, the coolest projects are any project that a construction worker is proud to have built, one made with care and quality. There are other factors that we consider to be cool, as well, including those that break down barriers and allow other companies to realize something they previously thought may not have been possible are actually possible. Many of the projects we chose for this year’s list highlight workers acting as pioneers for a specific type of construction and allowing the construction industry to grow by trying new things.
In general, we don’t celebrate the good deeds and accomplishments of our friends, family, and co-workers enough. The fact is, there are plenty of people in this world who spend plenty of their hard earned time, money, blood, sweat, and tears making a difference in peoples’ lives. Many of those people happen to be construction workers and this 2016 countdown will hopefully serve as inspiration to our reader’s to go above and beyond and use your skills to enrich someone else’s life.
Many construction projects involve clearing heavily wooded and untouched areas, which can cause many complications, including interaction with unknown wildlife. It’s important for all companies to understand the impact their construction work can have on wildlife, not only to avoid costly issues with government regulations, but also be good stewards of the environment. Below are 12 stories from 2016 where construction projects interacted with wildlife and how each situation was handled.
Construction sites can be a difficult place to work, for more than one reason. There are plenty of job site hazards to avoid on a normal project, but those issues are compounded when your co-workers are acting recklessly. As smartphones have become commonplace on site and in public, job site videos have also become increasingly available. Many of these videos below can raise awareness for how not to act, especially when heavy equipment is involved.
No matter how much your clients wish they could, construction projects take a considerable amount of time to complete. After working on a project for months, even years, sometimes it’s hard to look back and realize the magnitude of the work that’s been done. That’s one of the beauties of timelapse videos. Where a single picture tells the story of a particular moment, a timelapse video condenses thousands and thousands of man hours down to a few minutes or seconds. Not only does it help you appreciate the hard work that you and your co-workers put forward, but it can also be a great marketing tool for your company.
Throughout 2016, we’ve shared many newsworthy construction related timelapse videos and, with the new year upon us, it’s time to reflect on our favorite videos.
For decades and decades, construction and technology didn’t mix. In recent years, companies have been flocking to the underutilized construction industry to try and offer the newest solutions. When we talk about technology, we’re not just talking about computer work, there are tons of new products out there that are challenging the way our industry thinks and acts.
Many of the items on our 2016 technology list are still very much conceptual and will undergo plenty of testing over the next few years, but that’s one of the beauties of technological advances: many are extremely forward thinking.
Green building is no longer something that can be ignored. According to the USGBC, green building will account for ⅓ of all construction projects by the year 2018, which is now only 1 short year away. Construction is one of the leading industries in regards to the production of greenhouse gases, most notably due to the production of cement, which produces an estimated 5% of all carbon dioxide emissions alone. There are many companies throughout developing new techniques and building products to help reduce the industry’s impact, so here’s a list of 6 products that caught our eye in 2016.
Whether you're feeling sad, mad, happy, or indifferent, there are few things more satisfying to watch than a good demolition video. It's destruction for a purpose and the result is a blank slate for the next construction project. There were plenty of good demolition videos in 2016, but we narrowed the list down to our 11 favorite and we hope you enjoy