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5 highest-rated Carhartt work jackets of 2021


Other than taking an IV and mainlining hot coffee directly into your system, there’s nothing that can have a bigger impact on keeping you warm than a good, quality jacket. Whether you’re working in the cold, or the rain, or a combination of the two, there’s something in this list of the highest-rated and best Carhartt work jackets that will keep your core temperature up and make your outdoor work go a little more smoothly.

Plus, if you need a coat zipper strong enough to keep you from falling off a ladder, there might be an option in here for you.

Why choose Carhartt’s work jackets. Simple: The brand is synonymous with rural life, and for good reason. Not only are their coveralls, jackets, pants, and other clothing items well recognized as durable staples of farm life, but the company often takes the time to show its love for us in rural areas.

“Carhartt’s mission is to build product to serve and protect hardworking people; and it’s those very people we want to partner with,” the company says. “We don’t use models for any of our campaigns — in any of our content, you will find real people, fans of the brand. We strive to forge relationships with people who are authentic to Carhartt and have an interesting story to tell.”

We’ve worn lots and lots of different Carhartt items over the years (and we’ve written about many of them), so we know the brand inside and out.

Here are our picks for the five highest-rated and best Carhartt work jackets for 2021:

Carhartt Sherpa Lined Sandstone Sierra Jacket

It’s 100 percent cotton, machine-washable with a full-length zipper and comes in eight colors. Other features include:

  • Sherpa-lined front-zip jacket with zippered pocket at chest
  • Drawstring hood
  • Jetted slant pockets on front
  • Rib-knit storm cuffs inside sleeves, to help keep weather out

What people have to say:

  • “Really good pockets; the main outer ones are at the right height for your hands, and the angle ensures stuff won’t fall out.”
  • “Jacket is pretty warm during 10 degree weather, and is wind proof, 40 mph winds and 60 mph gusts, you’re warm.”
  • “Warmth and durability is what you get with this jacket. Best jacket I have owned by far.”

Carhartt Quilted Flannel Lined Sandstone Active Jacket

Like the Sierra jacket, the Active jacket is 100% cotton, machine-washable with a full-length zipper. It comes in 10 colors . In addition, it features:

  • Split kangaroo pocket at front
  • Rib-knit cuffs and waistband.
  • Attached quilted, flannel-lined hood with drawcord closure
  • Quilted lining in body. Two large lower-front pockets

What people have to say:

  • “Even with 30-degree days just wearing this and a normal T-shirt I stay warm.”
  • “It is a heavy, stiff jacket but I’ve washed it a few times and it’s becoming less stiff.”
  • “This coat is very warm, and while not waterproof it manages to keep moisture to the outside of the coat. There was a cold but torrential rain yesterday and I remained warm and dry.”

Carhartt Quilted Flannel Lined Duck Active Jacket

As promised in the name, the Duck Active Jacket is lined with quilted flannel, and like the others listed, it’s 100 percent cotton and machine washable. It comes in seven colors. It’s a front-zip jacket with a hood and drawstring with a split kangaroo pocket in front.

What people have to say:

  • “A real quality product. Heavy canvas, with a brass zipper that lasts and lasts. This is a ‘work’ jacket, built to take a beating.”
  • “I’ve been out in the snow, rain, wind and the occasional hail storm and have been comfortable in most situations.”
  • “The zipper may have saved my husband’s life. Fell off a ladder, zipper caught a nail and was strong enough to hold my 170-pound husband in the air and kept him from falling to the ground.”

Carhartt Shoreline Jacket Waterproof Breathable Nylon

This is a 100 percent nylon jacket suitable for working in the rain, as it keeps the water from coming in but still allows the sweat to escape. Waterproof seams are fully taped to keep you dry, including the map pocket top left. Shoreline pants and bib overall are available to use as full rain gear.

  • Polyester mesh lining in body, nylon taffeta lining in sleeves and hood
  • Snap-on/detachable visored hood with draw cord adjuster
  • Heavy-duty front zipper with outer and inner storm flaps

What people have to say:

  • “I am a 6-2 slim fella and was looking for a somewhat rainproof and somewhat warm coat to take to Alaska with me. This coat is exactly what I was looking for, it is rainproof and provides some warmth as well.”
  • “One particularly nice touch is the way that the sleeves extend longer over the top of your hand than the palm-side, which makes it ideal for things like photography, biking, or working with tools where you need your fingers to be unencumbered.”
  • “The fabric is very similar to cordura, and having a German shepherd who likes to jump with long nails, this jacket has withstood many scratches.”

Carhartt Bartlett Jacket

This jacket features a Sherpa lining and quilted-nylon sleeves. It also has plenty of pockets, with two on the inside and two chest pockets on the outside for a total of six. It’s machine washable and available in five colors. In addition:

  • Polyester twill-trimmed cuffs
  • Attached hood with adjustable draw cord closure
  • Center front zipper with inner and outer storm flap and snap closure

What people have to say:

  • “When I put it on it fits as expected and it keeps me warm even when riding my motorcycle on the freeway during a cold morning.”
  • “Always happy with these jackets. Very happy with this one: color is great and the new sleeve guards are awesome.”
  • “Nearly as warm as the Arctic Extreme lining and the Sherpa is super comfortable. Makes a great Motorcycle jacket too!”


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