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I know that a lot of you northeastern Toolmongers are already freezing your asses off, but it’s finally starting to get a little cold here in North Texas. And I’m facing some pretty major automotive projects over the winter. Sans shop heater, my only means of staying warm is clothing. Last year I did the whole stuff-sweat-pants-under-your-jeans-and-wear-two-jackets route, but this winter I’m looking for something better.

In fact, we’re looking to schedule some of the best solutions in for testing. So which do you recommend?

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As it starts to turn cold here in Texas — and already IS cold in the great white North — our thoughts turn to how to keep shop nights from turning into cold misery. So when TM reader Dana tipped us off to this unusual Milwaukee product, it got our attention. Behold the M12 Cordless Heated Jacket.

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We’ve gone round and round about this in the Toolmonger office, and there’s no clear consensus: When does it make sense to wear steel toe work boots, and when does it make sense to wear lighter, more comfortable standard boots?

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Let’s pretend for a minute that you are Hobart. You make fine welding equipment as well as some great safety gear-like gloves. For years you’ve watched other companies take multi-purpose gloves and make a killing. What do you do? Well, Hobart decided to enter the ring themselves with the mantra “more is more.” They’re now rocking three new sets of gloves including multi-use (Mechanics gloves). This is the newest multi-pack of Hobart gloves for around $23.

The pack contains two pairs of Welding Gloves and one pair of the Work/Multi-Use gloves. We don’t know much about them yet, but as soon as we can get a set in the shop we’ll start the torture testing all gloves seem to get around here. We’re excited to see how they hold up against other work gloves like Mechanix.

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Often I spend the time before my morning coffee kicks in browsing the Harbor Freight website. (Think of it as a shorter, more-virtual version of the classic Saturday morning Harbor Freight trip, but with less danger of returning home with a $35 trunk-full of cheap tools.) This morning I came across the above pictured item: a set of mittens.

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Kidding aside, if you’re one of those folks that likes your toes to fly free in your boots, you probably hate most steel-toes — and not just because they’re heavy. Most steel toe boots reign in toe room because they need the extra room to cram in the steel box that gives ’em their name. Red Wing feels your constriction, though: Their King Toe models offer 44% more toe room.

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Well, they’re not laser-guided, but they do have LEDs (specifically “two Memphis logo LED lights with each pair”). And there are four attachment points per glove for the LEDs. These mechanics-type gloves have Spandex® backs, synthetic leather palms with foam padding, adjustable neoprene cuffs, and PVC on the palm and fingertips for gripping. A pair can be yours for around $12.50 (size large; shipping not included).

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Are your customers tired of seeing more of you then they paid for? Duluth Trading Company thinks they have the answer — their Tongtail T. The extra three inches at the bottom of the shirt should cover your butt whether you leave your shirt tails hanging out or tuck ’em in.

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Ever since we spent some time in a pair of 8″ Wolverines, I’ve become a fan. I’ve generally worn only really cheap boots because hey — they all seem the same, right? Maybe not. While I won’t argue that there’s nothing wrong with a $25 pair of work boots, the $170 Wolverines kicked some serious ass in the shop and around town.

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And I’m not talking about the ones you scored at the bar last night. I’m talking about the ones on your hands — the ones that do all your favorite things. Long a staple of the lab-safety community, Kevlar gloves work just as well in the kitchen (or shop) to keep (some) sharp objects where they belong: outside your skin.

The pair pictured above come from Cabela’s and feature blue, rubber-dipped palms to improve your grip. They’re designed for meat cutting (as you can see from their inclusion of an expensive boning knife in the picture), but they’d work well for other similar tasks in the shop.

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