A terrific easy on and easy off sweatshirt. I use it for all my Ohio winter needs to and from the hospital, dog walking, and any short time outside uses. You don't need your parka unless you are going to be outside for longer periods. A great car driving coat because the fit is loose and gives great mobility. When it is cold in northern Ohio this ismy first go to coat
A good warm and comfortable sweatshirt. The big zipper pull is nice to grab with gloves on but gets easily caught in dryer vents and breaks off easily. Carhart has sent replacement zippers to my coworkers in the past but that is no longer the case. Instead of buying a new one. Based on cost, I will buy a second Jerzees and double up. My Jerzees is just as old and the zipper is still attached and works fine. Plus a fraction of the cost. The Carharts I have looked at are made in Mexico so it not like they are hiring USA workers.
Fit is great, fits like all other Carhartt gear. Layers well for winter. It does have a scratchy lining, I prefer my quilted lined hoodie from Carhartt to this one, over all a nice purchase. I am 5'5 and 175 lbs and a Medium is perfect. Zippered inside pocket is nice for a wallet or phone.
I bought this to, in a way, replace a heavier coat I would wear a thin sweater under - now with this sweatshirt, I can wear it under a larger old Dickie's Eisenhower coat to keep it protected from damage. Super thick, super comfortable, and very warm. Fits great in the car, not too bulky to wear around the house, either, although I will say it's not a slimming look. I wear a medium shirt, sometimes a large, but only a small Carhartt sweatshirt is a decent fit - the medium makes me look like I borrowed my dad's clothes.
The water-resistance is unmatched, though - I wore this for hours over a tee-shirt up Mt. Rose yesterday boarding/tubing/sledding, and even though I was COVERED in snow, this jacket kept everything under it bone dry and warm in below freezing weather - I'm not sure what they do to water-proof it, but it manages to keep the wind out better than any other sweatshirt I've ever used, too.
I plan to buy another - one for working, and another to just wear out when it's cold. A+++
I'm 57 years old and have had more of these than I can count. Usually comfortable but thin cotton and great for a quick run or to keep you warm from the car to the restaurant but that's about it. This is very comfortable but heavy material. I've not worn it in the rain yet though it is supposed to repel water. Much warmer than products like this I've had in the past and a nice inside zipper pocket comes in handy for small items. More expensive than most hoodies but I bet I'll have this one longer than my last 4 combined. Good purchase.
This hoodie is really nice! I have it paired with the Carhartt sandstone traditional coat and between the two of these items, I'm nice and toasty on the coldest nights so far here in Chicago. The water repellency is fantastic as it hasn't soaked up water from the snow and has kept me dry in the rain. It also looks great and I wear it outside of work as well.
Pros: warm, water repellency works, durable, great quality Cons: None
Love everything about it, but the zippers. Zipper broke on the first 1. Bought a second and the zipper broke on that 1 also. Sister in-law replaced the zipper on the first 1, so I gave the other to my son in-law. Otherwise, I love everything about it!
I bought this to replace an older Carhartt model. I noticed a few differences that I do not like.
1) The old white insulation is softer. The new black insulation is rough and catches dry elbow skin all the time. I don't like the new texture. Any working man worth his salt has dry skin all the time, especially on the elbows.
2) The old hood is a double layer of sweatshirt material. The new hood has the black insulation continued up from inside the coat. I wear a baseball cap with a velcro adjuster and the velcro keeps grabbing the insulation, getting very annoying, and it is wearing away the insulation by fraying it every time it pulls.
3) Since the insulation is not as soft as it used to be, the whole sweatshirt is a little more stiff than it used to be and the hood doesn't like to fold up as nicely on my back since the insulation is acting almost like a sort-of internal structure for the hood to keep it's shape. Recommend removing insulation from the hood and going back to the old double material design. The whole point of a hood anyway in to keep the wind off your neck - not to insulate for heat retention.
Other than that, the shirt is built solid and tough. I have no doubt it will last for years, like my old one. Appreciate the metal zipper that won't break like plastic. And it is indeed water repellent for light drizzle and haze. As long as you know Carhartt sizing, order according. In every other instance, with other companies, I order XL. With Carhartt, I order a Large. Reason is because other companies don't build for the working man, so an XL would normally fit this 180-lb 6-ft guy fine. Carhartt has real men in mind. My frame does not constitute being called an EXTRA large. However, the 250 pounder next to me on the job site.......yup, he's an extra large. Nice job Carhartt. Built for the American man's stature, not some frail foreign-man standard. Anyone complaining about Carhartt's sizing is probably a desk jockey. Buy more Carhartt, learn their sizing, appreciate it, and move on.
when I ordered this sweatshirt. It read "thermal lined". So I automatically thought it was a soft cotton lining similar or identical to a cotton thermal t-shirt.. You'd figure it would be super comfortable, right?
When it was delivered to my house, I pulled it out of the box and put it on and immediately felt that the "thermal" fabric wasn't my idea of what "thermal" was. The best material I can compare it to is a type of Textile material #similar to motorcycle jackets# It feels very rough and is itchy at times, and it just doesn't feel good against the skin at all.
Besides the lining being uncomfortable.. You can tell the sweatshirt is very tough and durable. It is nice and thick, has a durable zipper that will last the life of the sweatshirt. My advise to you is to stick to the non thermal lined hoodies
Runs a little large.. I am 6'2 250 lbs and have room to go down to a large/tall
This jacket is great, I originally purchased it because of the warmth and general all over quality feeling. I noticed right away when I stepped outside that this jacket is really good at deflecting wind! Even though this is not the intended purpose. It is a little itchy right out, but once it's on and worn for a little bit, the itch and ruffness disappears. It is not a cotton lined thermal, it is synthetic, so don't buy this for cotton comfort. The jacket also runs huge. I am a 5' 10" 230lb male that usually wears an XL. However a medium fits great! It's perfect in length and fit!
I liked this sweatshirt so much I bought a second one! I've worn these while riding my motorcycle IN THE RAIN and they do a great job of keeping warm and DRY! Would definitely recommend these to anyone.
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September 9, 2016
4 / 5
5 / 5
Design needs some work.
Overall this is a good sweatshirt - warm, comfortable, repels water. Only issue is the hood is far too small. I have a relatively small head, and the hood only covers the back 2/3 of it. When I purchase a hooded sweatshirt, I prefer the hood to be large enough to come over my entire head and hang over a bit in the front to keep rain off my face, but this doesn't come close.