INSTALLER BEN CLEWS PUTS SCRUFFS WORKWEAR THROUGH ITS PACES
We asked installer Ben Clews to put some of the latest workwear from Scruffs through its paces. HVP Editor Joe Dart finds out how he got on.
Ben Clews is a plumbing and heating installer based in Stoke-on-Trent. Owner of his own business, BP Clews Energy Services, we asked him to trial a range of workwear from Scruffs for several weeks and talk to us about his experience with the products.
He tested the outfit in a number of different everyday situations, including a couple of boiler services, a boiler install, and a new bathroom install, and he got plenty of use of the products in both inside and outside working environments. Hear how he got on below.
Scruffs Worker Softshell Jacket
- Water-resistant fabric provides protection from light rain
- Fleece lining to help retain body heat and provide added comfort
- Secure zipped pockets for the safe storage of accessories
- Adjustable hood for secure protection from the elements
- Elasticated cuffs and hem for a secure and comfortable fit
- Suitable for layering in cold conditions
- Fabric: 100% polyester.
- “The jacket’s quite lightweight, it’s nice and warm, and quite waterproof. I was wearing it over a jumper, it’s quite a good fit really.”
- “Good quality.”
- “Good for working outside.”
Scruffs Pro Flex Plus Holster Trousers
- Flexible slim fit with four-way stretch fabric throughout for comfort and freedom of movement
- Abrasion resistant top-loading stretch CORDURA knee pockets for enhanced durability
- Two kneepad positions for comfort
- Easy access holster pockets
- Cargo pocket, rule pocket, mobile phone pocket, and secure zipped pocket
- Hammer loop, tool loops, and D-ring for tool and accessory storage
- Adjustable hem with hard-wearing canvas fabric reinforcement for enhanced durability
- Triple-stitched seams for long lasting durability
- YKK zipped fly
- Fabric: 92% nylon, 8% elastane, 200gsm.
- “[They weren’t able to provide my exact leg length so I found them] long along the leg, meaning your kneepads are in the wrong place. So when you’re kneeling about, you’re continually having to rearrange them. That’s not a trouser fault, that’s a size/length fault.”
- “They’re incredibly lightweight. Even though they’re stretchy, they could have done with being a bit heavier weight material.”
- “I can see the advantages of them being stretchy because, when you’re up and down steps and things, they are moving with you, that’s a bonus.”
- “The pockets were fine, but I felt again that if you put anything too heavy in the side pockets, it’d be a bit too stretchy. It just wasn’t comfortable putting a heavier weight in there.”
Scruffs Rapid Safety Boots
- Fully waterproof for all-day comfort
- Lightweight, flexible protection from sole penetration
- Poron sock provides extra cushioning for added underfoot comfort
- Padded tongue and collar for extra comfort
- Slip-resistant for safe working
- Under foot shock absorption to reduce stress on the foot and ankle
- Anti-static footwear prevents electrostatic build up, to eliminate the risk of electric shock
- Heat-resistant sole provides extra comfort and protection in hot working environments
- Safety rating: S3.
- “They’re nice and lightweight and they took a good week to break in. My normal boots that I wear at the moment are Scruffs, but as soon as you put these on you go out and they’re immediately comfy. They’re nice and sturdy, and there’s a good sole on them.”
- “I didn’t sweat too much in them, I know it sounds daft but your feet can overheat in certain boots.”
- “A good recommendation, they are. They’re waterproof too, which was helpful for how wet I got.”
- “They were nice and stiff around the ankle, so I felt as though I could get a good ankle support.”