Milwaukee® Improves Durability, Mobility, and Performance of Work Gear for the Trades with New Jackets, Bibs, and Sweatshirt

MILWAUKEE, WI – In Fall 2017, Milwaukee Tool will launch a full line of Work Gear designed to outperform and outlast traditional workwear in demanding jobsite environments and extreme weather. Utilizing GRIDIRON™ Ripstop Polyester to deliver superior durability without the bulk of cotton duck, the GRIDIRON™ Hooded Jacket, GRIDIRON™ Traditional Jacket, and GRIDIRON™ Zip-to-Thigh Bib Overalls redefine expectations of jobsite tough, insulated work wear. The NO DAYS OFF™ Hooded Sweatshirt combines weather resistance with comfort to improve upon the most common layering piece used by tradesmen.

“At Milwaukee, we always start with extensive jobsite research to become experts on the trades. After years of working with tradesmen in cold weather, we saw multiple reoccurring issues and expanded our research focus to understand dress patterns, layering trends, and the most common pieces of apparel on the jobsite. The insights gathered from this research are the defining factors of the ground-up product designs we’re launching in 2017,” said Patrick Lueck, Senior Product Manager for Milwaukee Tool. “The introduction of our Work Gear lineup reflects Milwaukee’s continued focus on providing trade-focused solutions. For decades, tradesmen have been forced to choose between durability and mobility. Milwaukee® is committed to delivering products that outlast traditional work gear and make it easy for tradesmen to move and stay comfortable while working.”

GRIDIRON™ Hooded Jacket and Traditional Jacket

The Milwaukee® GRIDIRON™ Hooded Jacket and Traditional Jacket are built for tradesmen who need insulated Work Gear that survives the jobsite without adding bulk and restricting their ability to work. GRIDIRON™ Ripstop Polyester reinforces high-wear areas and is 3X more durable than 12oz cotton duck against abrasion and tearing while accounting for 25% less bulk. Large riveted and reinforced utility pockets and a tarnish-resistant metal zipper provide additional durable enhancements to prevent common product failures. Engineered to maximize productivity, the jackets are made to move with FREEFLEX™ Stretch Panels across the back, articulated elbows, and lighter materials in areas that require mobility. NO DAYS OFF™ Weather Protection provides wind and water resistance, and combines with high loft insulation to combat the most extreme weather conditions.

GRIDIRON™ Zip-to-Thigh Bib Overalls

Like the jackets, the new Milwaukee® GRIDIRON™ Zip-to-Thigh Bib Overalls focus on improving durability to extend product life, maximizing mobility, and providing warmth and weather protection without the bulk of cotton duck work wear. GRIDIRON™ Ripstop Polyester reinforces knee panels, cuffs, and pockets to protect the most common places where bibs rip and tear. Additionally, durable metal buckles and zippers stand up to daily abuse in jobsite conditions. A FREEFLEX™ Stretch Zone across the inner legs combined with lighter, more durable materials maximize mobility and reduce bulk to improve comfort and productivity. An adjustable waist provides up to 2” of flexibility for more comfortable layering on cold days. For added utility, a chest pocket gives users quick access to commonly used items and secure zipper storage for electronic devices and valuables.

NO DAYS OFF™ Hooded Sweatshirt

Redefining the most common layering item on the jobsite, the NO DAYS OFF™ Hooded Sweatshirt combines wind and water resistance with a comfortable fleece lining to provide all season versatility. The addition of a fitted hood designed to be worn under a hard hat, extended collar to protect the neck, and interior storm flap provide enhanced protection from the elements. Durable polyester body material and double layer reinforcement of pocket edges and forearms extend product life when used in demanding jobsite environments. Built for all conditions, the NO DAYS OFF™ Hooded Sweatshirt fights the rain when worn as an outer shell, and provides wind protection and warmth when used as a versatile layer in extreme cold. 

In addition to these products, Milwaukee® will also introduce a new line of Fleece-Lined Knit Hats in black, gray and red. These hats feature a fleece band around the ears to block wind and provide extra warmth. Their beanie-style construction allows for easy use under a hard hat and durable 98% polyester and 2% spandex construction resists snagging and manages moisture to help prevent sweating and overheating.

Completing a trade-focused layering system, Milwaukee® will re-launch its WORKSKIN™ Mid-Weight Base Layer to manage body temperature and sweat when worn next-to-skin. Whether on or off the jobsite, Milwaukee’s Work Gear provides users the durability and comfort they need without sacrificing jobsite productivity.


Milwaukee® Work Gear Expansion

  1. Milwaukee® GRIDIRON™ Hooded Jacket (254B): Sizes S-3X
  2. Milwaukee® GRIDIRON™ Traditional Jacket (253B): Sizes S-3X
  3. Milwaukee® GRIDIRON™ Zip-to-Thigh Bib Overalls (261B): Sizes S-3X
  4. Milwaukee® NO DAYS OFF™ Hooded Sweatshirt (311B): Sizes S-3X
  5. WORKSKIN™ Mid-Weight Base Layer (401G): Sizes S-3X
  6. Fleece Lined Knit Hat (502B, 502G, 502R): Available in Black, Gray, and Red 

About Milwaukee Tool

Since the company began in 1924, Milwaukee Tool has led the industry in both durability and performance by providing the best in professional, heavy-duty tools and accessories. With an unwavering commitment to the trades, Milwaukee continues to lead with a focus on providing innovative, trade-specific solutions.  Whether it is through their leadership in LITHIUM-ION technology, as seen in the M12™, M18™ & M28™ Systems, time-saving accessories or innovative hand tool products,  Milwaukee is dedicated to delivering a steady stream of advanced solutions for the trades that offer increased productivity and unmatched durability. Milwaukee Tool is a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based subsidiary of Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. (TTI) (HKEx stock code: 669, ADR symbol: TTNDY). For more information on the full line of Milwaukee® products, please call 1-800-SAWDUST or visit www.milwaukeetool.com