JCB Cagelow Safety Trainers

Why Buy..?

These JCB Cagelow B safety trainers from Progressive Safety felt comfy after about half an hour, and by the end of the day I wouldn’t have been able to tell that they were new shoes. This is because the fit is wide and the toes rounded without looking clumsy.  I found myself adopting them for everyday use even when I wasn’t working in the workshop or on site because they looked fine with their black uppers and flexible grey mesh covering that provides comfort and ventilation. The dual density heels and soles cushioned the feet nicely.

The trainers are easy to put on and take off and the padded tongue and ankle pieces make feet feel comfortable and secure. A loop on the heel can be used to pull the trainers on to avoid muddy hands in the case of dirty shoes.

Since my work is mainly indoors or in my workshop, I prefer the flat soles whose ridged patterns don’t collect as much mud as cleats, and are easier to wipe off on a mat. The grippy pattern of ridges and bumps on the soles provide a secure feeling when walking, but won’t leave a trail of gunk behind you.

The soles are also antistatic rated for reducing, removing or preventing static build up. They are also tested to the highest levels of slip resistance (EN ISO13287 (2011) so should give you a firm footing. But they are also flexible so that when I was kneeling down and my feet were bent, the soles were able to accommodate the movement.

The Cagelow Trainer’s non-metallic sole offers protection from penetration from a force up to 1100 Newtons.

Without giving you a ‘lumpy-toe’ look, the toe protection provides protection up to 200 Joules and an energy absorbing heel.

I found that the comfort and protection offered by these JCB Cagelow Trainers suited me very well and I am happy to recommend them. 

WhyBuy..?

  • Comfortable
  • Meets safety specs
  • Sole doesn’t gather mud etc
  • Mesh makes for flexibility
  • Good ventilation

JCB Cagelow Safety Trainers

The Comfort of Trainers with safety Built-in

“Fussy about footwear” describes me perfectly and I have a cupboard full of failed purchases to prove it. My feet have to feel comfortable very quickly in a new pair of shoes or boots because they get very sore if they don’t.

No problem with the JCB Cagelow B safety trainers from Progressive Safety because I felt completely at home in them after about half an hour, and by the end of the day I wouldn’t have been able to tell that they were new shoes. This is largely because the fit is wide and the toes rounded – but without looking like clumsy clown shoes. I found myself adopting them for everyday use even when I wasn’t in the workshop or on site, because they looked fine with their black uppers and flexible grey mesh covering that provides comfort and ventilation. Perhaps it also had something to do with the dual density heels and soles that cushion the feet and helped them to feel as good at the end of the day as at the beginning.

The strong nylon laces fit through large eyelets, thus making the trainers easy to put on and take off, and the padded tongue and ankle pieces ensure that feet feel comfortable and secure. A loop on the heel can be used to pull the trainers on to avoid muddy hands in the case of dirty shoes.

Big-cleated soles are great in muddy conditions, but since my work is mainly indoors or in my workshop I prefer the flat soles whose ridged patterns don’t collect as much mud as cleats and are easier to wipe off on a mat. There is certainly a grippy pattern of ridges and bumps on the bottom of these trainers, so they do provide a secure feeling when walking, but you won’t leave a trail of gunk behind you.

The soles of work shoes are also important for other safety reasons – these ones are antistatic rated for reducing, removing or preventing static build up, which is important for shoes worn in environments where there is a danger from combustive materials. They are also tested to the highest levels of slip resistance, namely EN ISO13287 (2011) so should give you a firm footing. But another thing that I liked on these trainers was that the soles were so flexible that when I was kneeling down and my feet were bent, the soles were able to accommodate the movement and not squeeze my toes. 

Another key element of safety footwear is resistance to penetration through the sole – and the Cagelow Trainer’s non-metallic sole offers protection from penetration from a force up to 1100 Newtons. Without giving you a 'lumpy-toe' look, the toe protection will withstand up to 200 Joules, and the shoes have an energy absorbing heel, too.

Since safety shoes and other safety gear is a requirement on most worksites these days, it does mean that workers have to choose carefully when purchasing - it might be hard to return a mud encrusted pair of work shoes and demand your money back! I found that the comfort and protection offered by these JCB Cagelow Trainers suited me very well and I am happy to recommend them.

JCB 2CX /G Suede and mesh Boots from Progressive Safety Perfect for Winter?

WhyBuy? the JCB Grey Suede Workboots

  • Comfortable
  • Water resistant
  • Safety tested
  • Good sole
  • Leather
  • Insoles and padded lining for warmth
  • Well priced

Fortuitously these grey suede boots arrived at exactly the same time as the wet and wintry weather down here in Sussex. The timing couldn’t have been better. I hate having cold and/or wet feet while working.

The boots are modern looking and as stylish as work footwear can get without being impractical. Loosening them up and tightening again is made easier by not having lace holes but metal lace loops. The strong nylon woven laces can slide through these without catching, so getting in or out is quite easy. If I have one small thing I would change it would be to have the last few metal loops replaced with hooks like hiking boots have – thus making it even easier to get in or out.

My foot comfort in work boots relies heavily on having the boots lined with a sympathetic but insulating material – and in this case the box is more than adequately ticked because from heel to toe the lining is thick enough for warmth and good padding.

Secondly, despite my small stature, I have quite wide feet, so I need to have enough room around my toes. These boots took about half an hour to go from “new boots” to feeling like I had been wearing them for months. I had even taken the precaution of packing a second pair of boots in case I needed to change but that clearly wasn’t necessary.

Some site workers need a highly cleated sole to get grip on very muddy work sites. I mostly don’t have this problem and tend to prefer work boots to have a slightly smoother sole that doesn’t accumulate loads of mud. This is because I am often working inside and out in equal measure. Last week was a case in point. Having lifted an old, rotten floor, I had to lay a new one with a laminate topping. With not enough space to accommodate the mitre saw inside, I had to have it on the stand outside – on a muddy grass patch. The constant popping in and out on relatively smooth soles meant that I could keep the floor clean by simply wiping the boots on a waste piece of chipboard flooring before I laid the next piece of laminate.

When it comes to protections though, the boots are made to satisfy the relevant EN ISO 20345:3011 standards so you will be protected against slipping, penetration by sharp objects, electrical currents, water absorption and warmth, amongst others. 

When I question tradespeople about work wear they often tell me that they want to take all the safety stuff for granted because that is what they are paying for. But they do all tell me that they want a boot that is very comfortable, hardwearing, water resistant (nothing quite as nasty as cold, wet feet on a building site in late November!)  and reasonably stylish.

I am happy to report that I found these grey suede boots all of those and they will therefore be joining my small collection of work shoes that I definitely will use again and again – especially in winter. 

 

JCB WORKWEAR - THE NEW GENERATION

Progressive Safety, who hold the sole distribution rights for the manufacture of safety footwear and workwear under the world famous JCB brand, are pleased to introduce new and improved lines to the range.

RE-ENGINEERED FOR A CHANGING MARKET

Continuing with the success of the very popular JCB workwear range of Footwear & Clothing we have re-engineered some of the styles to reflect a changing market place and customer demands. The stylish JCB workwear range transfers easily from the traditional workplace to the world outside and has proven to be a popular leisure wear choice of our customers.

All the popular safety footwear styles have been retained with the introduction of two new Hiker boots, the 2CX in black and grey with contrast stitching and dual density PU/PU soles available in sizes 3 - 12 and the stylish Cagelow Trainer, graduated grey mesh with black TPU finished with a black sneaker style sole for a very modern look.

Garments in the new workwear range are manufactured from the highest quality fabrics, with the emphasis on comfort and style combined with durability in wear.

JCB 1945 Work Jeans

 

New additions to the clothing range include the 1945 Work Jeans, made from Cordura denim, with top loading kneepad pockets, deep thigh cargo pockets and the Camo Trousers, also with top loading kneepad pockets and multi-pockets - both available in sizes 30” - 40” with a 32” inside leg with stylish JCB leather branding. Also new to the collection is the Elmhurst 1/4 zip jumper & Essington full zip jumper made from comfortable knitted fabric with soft shell detail for extra durability and fleece lined funnel collars. These both come in sizes S to XXL.

For more information on any of these products, find your nearest retailer and to see the complete range of JCB Workwear, please visit http://jcbworkwear.com/uk/

Progressive Safety Footwear & Clothing Ltd
101 Worthing Road, Sheffield, S9 3JN
Tel: 0114 273 8349   Fax: 0114 275 2452
www.psf.co.uk

 

Work trousers from JCB Cotton Comfort from Progressive Safety

Aimed at: Regular users, pro or otherwise who need solid workwear in cotton for a change.

Pros: Comfy and practical with pockets galore.

Workwear of various kinds is now a requirement in my life and I am lucky enough to have had a good choice of various kinds to try out.

While I can see the practicality of synthetic materials for making work clothes because of ease of washing and drying and even a measure of light water resistance, I actually like the comfort of cotton – so I was pleased when the postman delivered a couple of pairs of cotton work trousers from the latest collection by JCB Workwear.

The first pair I opened was a standard camouflage colour and I sort of wondered - Why camouflage? The answer, in part, seems to be that often agricultural workers like to wear camouflage colours in the country, but I have seen it on work sites too.

What struck me the very first time I tried them on is that the cut is comfortable but possibly a bit unfashionably baggy for younger, slimmer figures. But I was able to bend and stretch easily and they were comfortable around the waist. No danger of builder’s b*m if you had a decent belt because there are six belt loops – the back one is about 50mm wide – so they hold up very well.

 

Whatever trousers I wear I always manage to end up with a pile of stuff in my pockets. With ten pockets altogether there was enough space for smaller stuff like pencils and my utility knife. The main pockets are like jeans pockets and are quite deep, so will not spill stuff out if you bend over. On the left leg just underneath the main pocket is a deep (20 cm) gusseted pocket that would easily hold all manner of items and with the buttoned flap, the items are quite secure too. Also on the front pocket is a smallish zipped pocket that is big enough for the inevitable smartphone.

In the right hand pocket is a riveted small change pocket and on the back of the right leg above the knee, is a collection of three pockets – one of which would hold a rule and the others, things like a screwdriver etc.  

Placed comfortably high up on the back are a pair of seventeen cm deep patch pockets with hook and loop flap closures. I always have a wallet with me (lunch money) so I like having the security of a flapped pocket but pliers and screwdrivers tend to end up in the left hand one because they don’t stab you in the leg when you bend down.

The kneepad pockets are top loading for ease, adjustable, and with a secure hook and loop fastening so that the kneepads – your favourite ones will fit – will not fall out.

Pretty well all the seams on these trousers are double stitched for strength and durability, so should last the course

Next in the parcel was a pair of 1945 Work Jeans. Jeans are the fashion statement of the moment, so I guess it is no surprise that there is a demand from work people for denim work trousers. These trousers are in fact not 100% cotton – they are made of 85% Cordura cotton with 15% nylon. The material is also four times more abrasion resistant than comparable cotton denim so is ideal for heavy use.

The pockets and other features of these 1945 Work Jeans are exactly the same as the camouflage ones mentioned above so will suit general site workers. If anything, I found these work jeans even more comfortable than the camouflage ones!

 

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