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5 best Carhartt hoodies for use around farms, job sites

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Few garments keep us cozy quite the way a great hoodie does. Whether you’re a fan of the full-zip, half-zip, or pullover style, there’s something about a hoodie that engulfs you in comfort. But, like anything around a farm or job site, we want clothes that are more than comfortable — we need them to be functional and durable. And that’s where the best Carhartt hoodies come into play.

Carhartt is well-known for its value to working men and women, and whether you’re looking for pants, jackets, shirts, or hoodies, Carhartt’s gear should be able to deliver day after day and season after season. 

Carhartt has more than a dozen sweatshirt-style hoodies for men and about half a dozen for women. We’re going to highlight our two favorite Carhartt women’s hoodies and our three favorite Carhartt men’s hoodies. Flip the hood up and pair these with a great jacket to help block the wind, and you’re sure to stay warm even on your coldest adventures feeding livestock, fixing a fence rail, or firing up the portable generator during the coldest months of the year!

FOR WOMEN

Relaxed Fit Midweight Sweatshirt

Relaxed-Fit Midweight Sweatshirt Hoodie

A true classic in every sense of the word, this is the kind of hoodie that Carhartt is known to do oh-so well. Because it’s a midweight, it works great in the shoulder seasons when the morning and evenings are chilly but it can still get relatively warm midday. There aren’t a lot of frills on this sweatshirt hoodie — only basic and bold functionality to carry you through the workday. Available in six colors, this midweight is great for layering.

Other features to note:

  • 5% cotton/45% polyester
  • Three-piece hood with drawcord
  • Rib-knit cuffs and waist help keep out the cold
  • Front pouch pocket with hidden media pocket inside


Clarksburg Sherpa-Lined Hoodie

Clarksburg Sherpa-Lined Hoodie

There’s a whole lot of coziness wrapped into this Sherpa-lined hoodie! Outfitted with a heavyweight fleece, the hoodie has a relaxed fit that allows for easy layering and a kangaroo pocket where you can warm your hands. It’s a full-zip garment, and comes in three colors. More than a few women call this their absolute favorite hoodie ever!

Other features to note:

  • 55% cotton/45% polyester
  • 7.4-ounce 100% polyester sherpa lining for warmth
  • Rib-knit cuffs and waist help keep out the cold
  • Handwarmer pockets with hidden media pocket inside


FOR MEN

Rain Defender® Loose Fit Heavyweight Sweatshirt

Rain Defender Loose-Fit Heavyweight Sweatshirt Hoodie

We have a lot of love for Carhartt’s Rain Defender line of clothing because, in our experiences, the protective technology really does work, without adding lot of things to the garments than can hinder breathability or make it break down faster over time. This is perfect for a light rain to keep you dry and comfortable for hours on end. Think of it as the hoodie you’ll reach for time and time again. It’s available in six colors, as well as in regular and tall sizes.

Other features to note:

  • 75% cotton/25% polyester
  • Rain Defender durable water repellent (DWR) keeps you dry and moving in light rain
  • Carhartt-strong, triple-stitched main seams
  • Three-piece jersey-lined hood with drawcord
  • Rib-knit cuffs and waist help keep weather out
  • Front handwarmer pocket with a hidden security pocket inside


Force Relaxed Fit Midweight Full-Zip Sweatshirt

Force Relaxed-Fit Midweight Full-Zip Sweatshirt Hoodie

Carhartt’s Force material is a great sweat-wicking technology that’s perfect if you need warmth and comfort but you’re also active throughout the day. You may get it damp, but it dries fast and keeps the chill off of you. Plus, it is good against farmsite or jobsite stains, so it can last through several seasons of hard work and not look like you’ve been through the ringer. It’s available in four colors, as well as in regular and tall sizes.

Other features to note:

  • 58% cotton/42% polyester fleece
  • Stain Breaker technology releases stains
  • Full-zip front with 3-piece pullover hood and drawcord closure
  • Raglan sleeves and underarm gussets increase range of motion for less restriction
  • Rib-knit cuffs and waist help keep out the cold
  • Front handwarmer pocket with hidden media pocket


Rain Defender Loose Fit Midweight Thermal-Lined Full-Zip Sweatshirt

Rain Defender Loose-Fit Midweight Thermal-Lined Full-Zip Hoodie

You know that hoodie that always hangs in your mud room, just waiting to be picked up for the midnight call that a calf is being born or your gelding just got out of the fence? This is that hoodie. It’s easy on and off, with a loose fit that can be worn over another long-sleeve shirt or underneath a durable jacket. It’s got great range of motion, like a sweatshirt, with the insulated feel of a jacket — not to mention the Rain Defender tech that we’ve already said we love from Carhartt. It’s available in four colors, as well as in regular and tall sizes.

Other features to note:

  • 50% cotton/50% polyester fleece
  • Polyester fleece lining for warmth
  • Rain Defender durable water repellent (DWR)
  • Attached, thermal-lined three-piece hood with drawcord closure
  • Spandex-reinforced rib-knit cuffs and waist help keep out the cold
  • Two front handwarmer pockets with flaps for added security
  • Inside pocket with zipper closure


What is a hoodie?

Yeah, it seems like a simple question, but the reality is that some people think anything with a hood is a hoodie. Maybe in the most technical sense that’s true, but when most people casually talk about hoodies, they’re talking about hooded-style sweatshirts and other softshell layers. For example, a hoodie could be a heavy cotton-based garment with a lot of thickness but little waterproofing, or it can be a wool-and/or-synthetic blend that may be thinner than cotton but still keeps you comfortable. These non-cotton fabrics also tend to have more performance capabilities to them, meaning that they may wick moisture away from your body or, in the case of wool, will keep you insulated even if they’re wet. Of course, the more performance features they have, the more you’re going to pay for the hoodie.

 

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