Perfect Jacket for Outside Winter Work
I am an mechanic, and I often do road side service in the winter. I wear this jacket over my insulated bib overalls. I also wear it when riding my quad. This is my second one, only because my first one became too big after I lost a lot of weight. My current one is about 2 years old now. The one previous to that was probably close to 6 years old, but didn't look like it.
When you first buy the jacket, it's very stiff. But, if you wash it once, maybe twice, and actually wear it, it breaks in perfectly, and is well worth the break in period.
It's fully insulated, but the sleeves are nylon inside, which I actually prefer (Doesn't stick to my shirt sleeves). It's extremely warm, under all winter conditions. I've worn it in below 0 weather with just a t-shirt underneath, and I'm never cold.
The pockets on the front are great. Perfect position for warming cold hands, and I've never had anything fall out of them, even though they don't zipper or button close. The inner pockets are great for anything that needs to stay dry and secure.
Water resistance is second to none for not being water proof. Light rain beads off, light snow beads of. Heavy rain and snow will soak through the duck material, but it's never made the jacket less warm. What's surprising is after a rough night of heavy snow fall, when I came home and took off the jacket, I didn't even realize just how wet the outside was. It never reached my t-shirt under it, and I never even knew.
My jacket did have one hole apear, which I promptly repaired with a heavy duty canvas. I don't know how it tore and I don't know when. The hole was about the size of the tip of my pinky, but after repairing with the canvas, I've never had another hole. I've actually never seen any of my buddies Carhartt jackets tear either. None of them could believe mine even had a hole!
Would also like to add, My German Shepard and I have played tug of war with the arm of my jacket while I'm wearing it, and it doesn't even look like a big boy like him ever chewed on it.
I'm a firm believer in Carhartt and I'll never buy any other jacket. There's just nothing out there that even compares. Spend the money once and never spend it again.