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Neil Rhoades

  • NRCS
  • Earth Team Volunteer
  • Geologist
  • A typical day can include many different parts. Depending on the time of year I may be in the field conducting inspections which could be walking long distances in the elements. Other days I may find myself along the side of a roadway conducting a survey.

  • 4 Years

  • Challenges of the job include staying hydrated, visible, organized and maintaining comfort all day to keep going.

  • Recently I took hold of a project where I was able to go to the field by myself without a supervisor.

  • Staying hydrated is a big concern during the hot summer days. Many times I find myself along the sides of major roadways where visibility is necessary. Also in some cases we may be required to go out in cold weather where we need to say warm. Organization is also a keep part of being efficient on the job.

  • I stay tenacious by always wanting to do more. I am never happy with settling for what the average person does. I love being a geologist so I take every moment on the job with concentration and determination.

MY GEAR IN ACTION

My Gear Reviews

  1. GloWear® 8289 Type R Class 2 T-Shirt

    Your Review
    High performance, great value. This shirt exceeded my expectations. After wearing it for over six months in the summer sun, this shirt has barely faded and the reflective material is still in near new condition. This shirt rivals or out performs other brands that cost nearly 2x as much.

    Ergoman Says

    This shirt exceeded my expectations. After wearing it for over six months in the summer sun, this shirt has barely faded and the reflective material is still in near new condition. This shirt rivals or out performs other brands that cost nearly 2x as much.

    Your Review Status: Approved
    This shirt exceeded my expectations. After wearing it for over six months in the summer sun, this shirt has barely faded and the reflective material is still in near new condition. This shirt rivals or out performs other brands that cost nearly 2x as much.

    Ergoman Says

    This shirt exceeded my expectations. After wearing it for over six months in the summer sun, this shirt has barely faded and the reflective material is still in near new condition. This shirt rivals or out performs other brands that cost nearly 2x as much.

  2. N-Ferno® 6471 Thermal Bibs/Overalls

    Your Review
    New Design, Good Design These bibs were incredibly lightweight but still very functional. The elastic ribs insert made for a comfortable fit while still retaining heat within the bibs. The zippered breast pocket is functional for items such as a phone, wallet, or ID badge. I think these bibs would benefit from rear pockets that you could use for a pair of gloves or wallet. Overall, I really liked these bibs as an alternative, lightweight option to traditional duck canvas type bibs.

    Ergoman Says

    These bibs were incredibly lightweight but still very functional. The elastic ribs insert made for a comfortable fit while still retaining heat within the bibs. The zippered breast pocket is functional for items such as a phone, wallet, or ID badge. I think these bibs would benefit from rear pockets that you could use for a pair of gloves or wallet. Overall, I really liked these bibs as an alternative, lightweight option to traditional duck canvas type bibs.

    Your Review Status: Approved
    These bibs were incredibly lightweight but still very functional. The elastic ribs insert made for a comfortable fit while still retaining heat within the bibs. The zippered breast pocket is functional for items such as a phone, wallet, or ID badge. I think these bibs would benefit from rear pockets that you could use for a pair of gloves or wallet. Overall, I really liked these bibs as an alternative, lightweight option to traditional duck canvas type bibs.

    Ergoman Says

    These bibs were incredibly lightweight but still very functional. The elastic ribs insert made for a comfortable fit while still retaining heat within the bibs. The zippered breast pocket is functional for items such as a phone, wallet, or ID badge. I think these bibs would benefit from rear pockets that you could use for a pair of gloves or wallet. Overall, I really liked these bibs as an alternative, lightweight option to traditional duck canvas type bibs.

  3. GloWear® 8380 Type R Class 3 Bomber Jacket

    Your Review
    Be Seen. Be Safe I’ve worked with this jacket for over a year to test its functionality and durability. The Hi-Viz orange color and reflective strips have not faded and are still effective. The material seems to be durable for my working conditions and hasn’t ripped or torn. This jacket runs true to size but I would like to see a little extra shoulder room. I think the major downfall to this jacket are the sleeve cuffs. These cuffs like to wick up water in adverse conditions and do not dry out quickly, leaving you uncomfortable for the remainder of the day. Aside from this design, the jacket is very functional and durable. I’m happy to have it in my arsenal of tenacious gear.

    Ergoman Says

    I’ve worked with this jacket for over a year to test its functionality and durability. The Hi-Viz orange color and reflective strips have not faded and are still effective. The material seems to be durable for my working conditions and hasn’t ripped or torn. This jacket runs true to size but I would like to see a little extra shoulder room. I think the major downfall to this jacket are the sleeve cuffs. These cuffs like to wick up water in adverse conditions and do not dry out quickly, leaving you uncomfortable for the remainder of the day. Aside from this design, the jacket is very functional and durable. I’m happy to have it in my arsenal of tenacious gear.

    Your Review Status: Approved
    I’ve worked with this jacket for over a year to test its functionality and durability. The Hi-Viz orange color and reflective strips have not faded and are still effective. The material seems to be durable for my working conditions and hasn’t ripped or torn. This jacket runs true to size but I would like to see a little extra shoulder room. I think the major downfall to this jacket are the sleeve cuffs. These cuffs like to wick up water in adverse conditions and do not dry out quickly, leaving you uncomfortable for the remainder of the day. Aside from this design, the jacket is very functional and durable. I’m happy to have it in my arsenal of tenacious gear.

    Ergoman Says

    I’ve worked with this jacket for over a year to test its functionality and durability. The Hi-Viz orange color and reflective strips have not faded and are still effective. The material seems to be durable for my working conditions and hasn’t ripped or torn. This jacket runs true to size but I would like to see a little extra shoulder room. I think the major downfall to this jacket are the sleeve cuffs. These cuffs like to wick up water in adverse conditions and do not dry out quickly, leaving you uncomfortable for the remainder of the day. Aside from this design, the jacket is very functional and durable. I’m happy to have it in my arsenal of tenacious gear.

  4. GloWear® 8230Z Type R Class 2 Two-Tone Vest

    Your Review
    Great Visibility, Great Fit! This vest provides a great way to be visible without compromising fit and comfort! Equipped with Scotchlite reflective tape and a great fit, this vest blows all other vests I’ve worn out of the water. The only suggestion I could offer would be the addition of an exterior pocket that could be used for a pair of gloves. I would also suggest the integration of a tab into the neckline that would allow for the wearer to hang it in a vehicle or office. Otherwise a great vest! Good job again Ergodyne.

    Ergoman Says

    This vest provides a great way to be visible without compromising fit and comfort! Equipped with Scotchlite reflective tape and a great fit, this vest blows all other vests I’ve worn out of the water. The only suggestion I could offer would be the addition of an exterior pocket that could be used for a pair of gloves. I would also suggest the integration of a tab into the neckline that would allow for the wearer to hang it in a vehicle or office. Otherwise a great vest! Good job again Ergodyne.

    Your Review Status: Approved
    This vest provides a great way to be visible without compromising fit and comfort! Equipped with Scotchlite reflective tape and a great fit, this vest blows all other vests I’ve worn out of the water. The only suggestion I could offer would be the addition of an exterior pocket that could be used for a pair of gloves. I would also suggest the integration of a tab into the neckline that would allow for the wearer to hang it in a vehicle or office. Otherwise a great vest! Good job again Ergodyne.

    Ergoman Says

    This vest provides a great way to be visible without compromising fit and comfort! Equipped with Scotchlite reflective tape and a great fit, this vest blows all other vests I’ve worn out of the water. The only suggestion I could offer would be the addition of an exterior pocket that could be used for a pair of gloves. I would also suggest the integration of a tab into the neckline that would allow for the wearer to hang it in a vehicle or office. Otherwise a great vest! Good job again Ergodyne.

  5. Chill-Its® 5157 Premium Cargo Hydration Pack

    Your Review
    After testing this pack for a few months, it is easy to see why Ergodyne is one of my favorite brands. This pack provides plenty of room for extra gear even with a full hydration bladder. As always Ergodyne has provided me with an extremely useful and durable product. While the pack is fully loaded it remains stable and is still very comfortable to wear. The bright yellow provides additional safety when I am in the field. For both work and play, this pack will be with you every step of the way!

    Ergoman Says

    After testing this pack for a few months, it is easy to see why Ergodyne is one of my favorite brands. This pack provides plenty of room for extra gear even with a full hydration bladder. As always Ergodyne has provided me with an extremely useful and durable product. While the pack is fully loaded it remains stable and is still very comfortable to wear. The bright yellow provides additional safety when I am in the field. For both work and play, this pack will be with you every step of the way!

    Your Review Status: Approved
    After testing this pack for a few months, it is easy to see why Ergodyne is one of my favorite brands. This pack provides plenty of room for extra gear even with a full hydration bladder. As always Ergodyne has provided me with an extremely useful and durable product. While the pack is fully loaded it remains stable and is still very comfortable to wear. The bright yellow provides additional safety when I am in the field. For both work and play, this pack will be with you every step of the way!

    Ergoman Says

    After testing this pack for a few months, it is easy to see why Ergodyne is one of my favorite brands. This pack provides plenty of room for extra gear even with a full hydration bladder. As always Ergodyne has provided me with an extremely useful and durable product. While the pack is fully loaded it remains stable and is still very comfortable to wear. The bright yellow provides additional safety when I am in the field. For both work and play, this pack will be with you every step of the way!

  6. Skullerz® Odin Safety Glasses // Sunglasses

    Your Review
    When seeing that Ergodyne was launching a new line of safety eyewear I was excited to get my hands on a pair. Wearing sunglasses every day for all my life, I have had my share of good and bad pairs of glasses. These glasses are made of high quality materials as well as offer excellent visibility and lens clarity. Some suggestions I have for future models would be to make the temples more streamlined and fit closer to the face. Also on a hot day, the bridge tends to hold heat and moisture, making them slightly uncomfortable if wearing the glasses for an extended period of time. Bottom line is I would defiantly recommend these glasses to anyone wanting a stylish look without sacrificing protection or visibility.

    Ergoman Says

    When seeing that Ergodyne was launching a new line of safety eyewear I was excited to get my hands on a pair. Wearing sunglasses every day for all my life, I have had my share of good and bad pairs of glasses. These glasses are made of high quality materials as well as offer excellent visibility and lens clarity. Some suggestions I have for future models would be to make the temples more streamlined and fit closer to the face. Also on a hot day, the bridge tends to hold heat and moisture, making them slightly uncomfortable if wearing the glasses for an extended period of time. Bottom line is I would defiantly recommend these glasses to anyone wanting a stylish look without sacrificing protection or visibility.

    Your Review Status: Approved
    When seeing that Ergodyne was launching a new line of safety eyewear I was excited to get my hands on a pair. Wearing sunglasses every day for all my life, I have had my share of good and bad pairs of glasses. These glasses are made of high quality materials as well as offer excellent visibility and lens clarity. Some suggestions I have for future models would be to make the temples more streamlined and fit closer to the face. Also on a hot day, the bridge tends to hold heat and moisture, making them slightly uncomfortable if wearing the glasses for an extended period of time. Bottom line is I would defiantly recommend these glasses to anyone wanting a stylish look without sacrificing protection or visibility.

    Ergoman Says

    When seeing that Ergodyne was launching a new line of safety eyewear I was excited to get my hands on a pair. Wearing sunglasses every day for all my life, I have had my share of good and bad pairs of glasses. These glasses are made of high quality materials as well as offer excellent visibility and lens clarity. Some suggestions I have for future models would be to make the temples more streamlined and fit closer to the face. Also on a hot day, the bridge tends to hold heat and moisture, making them slightly uncomfortable if wearing the glasses for an extended period of time. Bottom line is I would defiantly recommend these glasses to anyone wanting a stylish look without sacrificing protection or visibility.

  7. GloWear® 8254HDZ Type R Class 2 Heavy-Duty Surveyors Vest

    Your Review
    This vest has no complaints from me. With high visibility and durable construction, this makes a great investment for any working person. This vest is made of high quality materials that give it a very rugged and reliable feel. Visibility is key for many professions and this vest will not disappoint. Visible in all weather conditions, you will feel safe while wearing this Glo-Wear Vest. The only suggestion I have is to add a loop near the neck line that could be used to hang the vest when not in use. Otherwise, another great product to come from Ergodyne.

    Ergoman Says

    This vest has no complaints from me. With high visibility and durable construction, this makes a great investment for any working person. This vest is made of high quality materials that give it a very rugged and reliable feel. Visibility is key for many professions and this vest will not disappoint. Visible in all weather conditions, you will feel safe while wearing this Glo-Wear Vest. The only suggestion I have is to add a loop near the neck line that could be used to hang the vest when not in use. Otherwise, another great product to come from Ergodyne.

    Your Review Status: Approved
    This vest has no complaints from me. With high visibility and durable construction, this makes a great investment for any working person. This vest is made of high quality materials that give it a very rugged and reliable feel. Visibility is key for many professions and this vest will not disappoint. Visible in all weather conditions, you will feel safe while wearing this Glo-Wear Vest. The only suggestion I have is to add a loop near the neck line that could be used to hang the vest when not in use. Otherwise, another great product to come from Ergodyne.

    Ergoman Says

    This vest has no complaints from me. With high visibility and durable construction, this makes a great investment for any working person. This vest is made of high quality materials that give it a very rugged and reliable feel. Visibility is key for many professions and this vest will not disappoint. Visible in all weather conditions, you will feel safe while wearing this Glo-Wear Vest. The only suggestion I have is to add a loop near the neck line that could be used to hang the vest when not in use. Otherwise, another great product to come from Ergodyne.

  8. TREX 6386 High-Performance Insoles

    Your Review
    After testing these insoles for over three months I can say I am satisfied with the product. When I first put them in my work boots I was pleasantly surprised with the amount arch support they had. For my job I often walk many miles a day on a variety of different surfaces and terrain. At the end of the day my feet would not feel as fatigued as other insoles. Overall, nice job Ergodyne!

    Ergoman Says

    After testing these insoles for over three months I can say I am satisfied with the product. When I first put them in my work boots I was pleasantly surprised with the amount arch support they had. For my job I often walk many miles a day on a variety of different surfaces and terrain. At the end of the day my feet would not feel as fatigued as other insoles. Overall, nice job Ergodyne!

    Your Review Status: Approved
    After testing these insoles for over three months I can say I am satisfied with the product. When I first put them in my work boots I was pleasantly surprised with the amount arch support they had. For my job I often walk many miles a day on a variety of different surfaces and terrain. At the end of the day my feet would not feel as fatigued as other insoles. Overall, nice job Ergodyne!

    Ergoman Says

    After testing these insoles for over three months I can say I am satisfied with the product. When I first put them in my work boots I was pleasantly surprised with the amount arch support they had. For my job I often walk many miles a day on a variety of different surfaces and terrain. At the end of the day my feet would not feel as fatigued as other insoles. Overall, nice job Ergodyne!