By Tools of the Trade Editors
Elvex Go-Specs GG-40C-FF protect against dust, sand, cement, and chemical particles, according to the manufacturer. The high-velocity-impact?resistant polycarbonate lenses are 1.8 mm thick with a base 6 curvature and have an anti-fog coating. Go-Specs feature a polyurethane foam seal and angle-adjustable temples and offer 99.9 percent protection from UVA and UVB rays. Tested to ANSI Z87(+). Price: $9.50. 203-743-2488. elvex.com.
BucketBoss's 95000 Kneepads weigh 2.3 pounds a pair and feature Gel-Dome technology. They're made with blown rubber and EVA and TPR for maximum shock resistance. They have a durable rubberized cap to protect surfaces from scratches, and they attach with a patented cross-hatched Velcro strap. Price: $70. 888-797-7855. bucketboss.com.
Howard Leight's Clarity earplugs – with a SoftFlange seal – protect hearing in environments of 95 dB or lower. Designed with multiple materials and a translucent stem, the plugs block low and medium sound frequencies through the earplug and ear canal while allowing voices and alarms to be heard. They're sold in two sizes – regular and small – and include an adjustable cord and reusable storage case. Price: $2. 800-430-5490. howardleight.com.
3M's reusable 2200 Series filters have a three-layer filtration design that enables easier breathing while providing the same level of filtration performance as the traditional five-layer filter, says the maker. Abrasion-resistant netting construction technology enhances durability. The 2296 and 2297 filters contain carbon for nuisance-level acid-gas or organic-vapor relief. Price: $7 to $10 per bag (two filters). 888-364-3577. solutions.3m.com.
The Custom TechnaCurv Harness from MSA North America features a patented curvilinear comfort system that combines curved neck and torso webbing with an adjustable Y Back D-Locator pad, secure-fit buckle, bright orange webbing for visibility, visco-elastic shoulder padding, and Sorbtek fabric for wicking moisture. It has downward adjusting torso straps for easy fitting and is sold with assemble-to-order options. Price: $98. 800-672-2222. msanorthamerica.com.
The Wiley X Jake safety glasses are made with High Velocity Selenite polycarbonate (scratch-resistant) lenses and nearly unbreakable nylon frames, says the maker. They have a removable vented foam gasket that locks securely into the frame, forming a protective seal around the eyes. Frames and lenses meet ANSI Z87.1-2003 impact and optical standards and come in five color combinations. The glasses can incorporate prescription lenses. Price: $84. 800-776-7842. wileyx.com.