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The Awesome Carhartt Active Jacket Is The #1 Winter Companion
- 100% Cotton
- Machine Wash
- Carhartt Company Gear Collection
- Front-zip jacket with drawstring hood and split kangaroo pocket at front
- Rib-knit cuffs and waistband
- Quilted lining in body
The Carhartt Firm Duck Insulated is a purpose-built work jacket with a thick cotton exterior shell fabric and quilted flannel underneath to provide some warmth. While this jacket isn’t warm or weather resistant on its own, it is loose enough to layer underneath, and the exterior shell fabric is one of the most durable on the market. Still, this jacket is heavy and uncomfortable to wear, and the shell fabric limits mobility. There are two outer hand pockets, neither with zippers, and two internal pockets for small valuables. The style is decidedly rugged, and while you may see this jacket worn on social occasions in more rural or agricultural regions, the workwear style might not fit in most urban settings.
The Carhartt Loose Fit Firm Duck Insulated uses quilted wool flannel to provide warmth in cold temperatures. Unfortunately, this jacket can’t compete with the warmth provided by other jackets on the market. Our users consistently felt cold in this jacket when temperatures dipped toward the freezing line. The upshot is that the jacket is roomy enough to layer underneath without compromising the fit, and the hood is big enough to allow any kind of winter hat to be worn underneath.
The exterior “Duck” shell fabric is tightly woven cotton, similar to canvas. The tight weave of the fibers prevents the occasional drip of water from penetrating, and the jacket is treated with a DWR coating to help bead water off the surface. Over time, as the DWR wears off, and the cotton fibers abraid, the jacket absorbs more water. If you wear this jacket in a downpour, it will get soaked, but it can withstand the occasional sprinkle or snow flurry. This is not a good choice for a shell jacket in wet winter climates.
The Carhartt Duck Flannel-Lined had a very stiff external canvas fabric that gives the jacket an inflexible feel. Also, at 3.44 pounds for a size large, it is also very heavy and cumbersome to wear. The fit is loose and roomy, but our testers still felt limited and restricted while wearing this jacket. It’s not a good choice if you will be walking around town, and is best suited to rugged chores. We do, however, like the stretchy wrist gaiters that bathe our wrists in comfort.
Carhartt makes some of the most rugged and durable work wear on the planet, and this jacket shares the blue-collar style of most of their gear. This jacket feels right at home during hard manual labor on the farm or ranch, and can look good in social situations in rural, agricultural areas, but it looks out of place in the city. Most users won’t be buying this jacket for its style.
The Carhartt Duck Flannel-Lined has two external handwarmer pockets, neither of which are lined or zippered. This makes them somewhat useful for warming the hands on chilly days or storing tools while on the job site, but they aren’t useful for storing hats, gloves, or scarves. On the inside, there is one zippered pocket than can hold a phone, wallet, or keychain, and one pocket with a hook-and-loop closure that is the perfect shape for holding a phone, but after losing our phones many times in the field while testing gear, we prefer zippered pockets for this critical gear.
The upshot of this jacket is its incredible durability. All of the seams are tightly sewn and we didn’t notice any weakness in the construction of the jacket. The external shell fabric is rugged and won’t snag on sharp edges or corners. It brushes off sharp bushes and sticks with ease. The stretchy hem and wrist gaiters are weak points and can snag or tear, but we didn’t find this to be an issue during our testing. The front zipper is high-friction and won’t slide around without your control. The wool flannel insulation doesn’t add much warmth, but it will last a long time. Overall, this jacket is well-built.