Reviewed by Paul Magnan
Everybody knows B&Q and have probably visited their shops when doing DIY projects at home. They also offer some great workwear options. Here is a small selection of their products:
JCB Cheadle Pro Black Work Trousers (RRP: £34) – These black & grey work trousers from JCB are made from polyester & cotton canvas, and feature 6 pockets and reinforced kneepad pockets.
Rigour Black Action Leather Steel Toe Cap Rigger Boots (RRP: £25) – Action leather upper with fur lining, Dual density polyurethane outsole, steel midsole protection and energy absorbing heel, Steel toe cap, Fuel oil resistant sole, S1P – 200 Joule toe protection, midsole penetration protection, anti-static, oil resistant and energy absorbing heel, Fur lined for all day wearer comfort, Heel kick boot remover on heel and Dual density outsole, comfort against the foot and hardwearing against the ground.
Diall Work Gloves (RRP: £9) – For indoor and outdoor use, Material – 70% Polyester & 30% elastane, 1 year Guarantee, Close fitting for extra comfort and Suitable for general handling.
JSP Black Slimline Safety Goggles (RRP: £5.73) – Suitable for use with hand and power tools, Anti-mist, Anti-scratch, Grade B frame impact level, Grade B lens impact level, Meets EN166 EN170 2C-1.2 1B 34N Optical class 1B, 99.9% UV protection, Lens and frame offer protection against medium energy high-speed particles at 120 m/s (270 mph), Soft comfortable goggle housing, Wide vision and Wrap around lens.
We tried and tested one of their products for ourselves. For review we tried the Rigour Wheat Full Grain Leather Steel Toe Cap Safety Work Boots (RRP: £34).
I work as a builder so my work boots really do go through it. My last pair got so uncomfortable that I could not bear to wear them anymore. We went into the Luton B&Q store to buy a new pair. A helpful member of staff directed us to the workwear aisle. There was a good selection of workboots on display and more stock then stacked on high shelving.
I opted for a pair of Rigour ones. They are wheat full grain in colour and have a mesh lining. The outsole is made of dual density polyurethane. Even the midsole is protected by steel and the boots have steel toe caps.
So, what about the most important test? I put them on and they are so comfortable. They are bliss to wear for my whole work day and also easy to drive home in. I assume this has something to do with their energy absorbing heel. Both the tongue and collar are padded adding to their comfort. I also like the fact that they are oil resistant.
They are reasonably priced and I can see them being long lasting. So if you are in need of good quality workwear at reasonable prices then why not have a look at the B&Q website or visit one of their stores.
For more information on B&Q’s workwear range visit www.diy.com or pop into your nearest B&Q store.