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Carhartt Loose Fit Firm Duck Insulated Flannel-Lined Active Jacket Review

This work jacket isn't as warm or comfortable as others in our review, but its durability is impressive
carhartt loose fit firm duck insulated flannel-lined active jacket winter jacket review
Credit: Carharrt
Price:  $110 List
Manufacturer:   Carharrt
By Jeff Dobronyi ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 27, 2022
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RANKED
#16 of 16
  • Warmth - 25% 4.0
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 6.0
  • Comfort - 20% 4.0
  • Style - 20% 5.0
  • Features - 10% 4.0
  • Durability - 5% 8.0

Our Verdict

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.
REASONS TO BUY
Durable
Great for outdoor work and chores
REASONS TO AVOID
Not as warm or comfortable as other models tested
Lacks adjustability features
Limited workwear style

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Pros Durable, great for outdoor work and choresWarm, long hem, comfortable hood, great featuresWarm, lightweight, comfortableWarm, weather resistant, durableInexpensive, warm enough, comfortable, stylish
Cons Not as warm or comfortable as other models tested, lacks adjustability features, limited workwear styleBulky, faux fur hood is polarizingNot that durable, minimal featuresNot very breathable, limited color optionsNot weather resistant, few features
Bottom Line This work jacket isn't as warm or comfortable as others in our review, but its durability is impressiveA warm, stylish, and budget-conscious jacket for those in the coldest regionsA warm, comfortable, and lightweight down parka that is ideal for winter hiking and outdoor activitiesA versatile and high-performance winter jacket with plenty of warmth and weather protection, at a great priceWarm, stylish, and inexpensive, this jacket gets the job done at a low price
Rating Categories Carhartt Loose Fit... The North Face McMu... Rab Neutrino Pro REI Co-op Stormheng... Tommy Hilfiger Men'...
Warmth (25%)
4.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Weather Resistance (20%)
6.0
6.0
6.0
8.0
4.0
Comfort (20%)
4.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Style (20%)
5.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
Features (10%)
4.0
8.0
5.0
7.0
3.0
Durability (5%)
8.0
9.0
5.0
7.0
6.0
Specs Carhartt Loose Fit... The North Face McMu... Rab Neutrino Pro REI Co-op Stormheng... Tommy Hilfiger Men'...
Down Fill Power Flannel 550 800 850 Synthetic
Total Weight 3.44 lbs 3.55 lbs 1.38 lbs 1.94 lbs 1.84 lbs
Baffle Type Quilted Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric Twisted arm baffle Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric Sewn through
Main Fabric 100% ring-spun cotton duck DryVent 2L 100% nylon Pertex Quantum HydroWall 2L 100% Nylon
Hood Yes Yes (removable) Yes Yes Yes
Hood Adjustments 2 side drawcords Rear drawcord 2 side drawcords, rear velcro 3-way adjustable 2 side drawcords
Pockets 2 external hand, 2 internal 2 chest height, zippered handwarmers, 2 exterior top-entry Velcro flap pockets, 1 sleeve, 1 interior media pocket, and 2 side-entry waist handwarmers 2 zippered hand, 1 internal chest 5 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, 2 internal) 2 external hand, 1 zippered interior

Our Analysis and Test Results

A rugged-built work jacket, the Carhartt definitely has its uses but falls behind the other winter jackets that we tested in most performance categories.

Performance Comparison


carhartt loose fit firm duck insulated flannel-lined active jacket winter jacket review - the carhartt firm duck insulated is a great jacket for outdoor...
The Carhartt Firm Duck Insulated is a great jacket for outdoor chores in chilly weather, but it isn't as warm or weather resistance as most other winter jackets.
Credit: Sam Willits

Warmth


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.

carhartt loose fit firm duck insulated flannel-lined active jacket winter jacket review - quilted flannel provides the only insulation, which isn't very warm.
Quilted flannel provides the only insulation, which isn't very warm.
Credit: Sam Willits

Weather Resistance


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.

carhartt loose fit firm duck insulated flannel-lined active jacket winter jacket review - the shell fabric repels light sprinkles, but it won't last long in a...
The shell fabric repels light sprinkles, but it won't last long in a downpour.
Credit: Sam Willits

Comfort


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 loose fit firm duck insulated flannel-lined active jacket winter jacket review - stretchy wrist gauntlets and a similar hem are comfortable against...
Stretchy wrist gauntlets and a similar hem are comfortable against the skin, but the thick canvas-like outer fabric is stiff and restricting.
Credit: Sam Willits

Style


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.

carhartt loose fit firm duck insulated flannel-lined active jacket winter jacket review - this jacket looks good in rural settings, but it doesn't fit in to...
This jacket looks good in rural settings, but it doesn't fit in to life in the city.
Credit: Sam Willits

Features


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.

An internal pocket with a hook-and-loop closure is the perfect size...
An internal pocket with a hook-and-loop closure is the perfect size for a phone, but we want more security for our expensive valuables.
One internal zippered pocket is all you get for securely storing...
One internal zippered pocket is all you get for securely storing important gear.
The large external handwarmer pockets are too insecure for storing...
The large external handwarmer pockets are too insecure for storing important gear.

Durability


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.

carhartt loose fit firm duck insulated flannel-lined active jacket winter jacket review - thick "duck" fabric, or tightly woven cotton, provides good...
Thick "Duck" fabric, or tightly woven cotton, provides good durability.
Credit: Sam Willits

Should You Buy the Carhartt Loose Fit Firm Duck Insulated Flannel-Lined Active Jacket?


This jacket doesn't deliver many of the performance attributes that most people look for in a winter jacket. It won't keep you as warm, dry, or comfortable as other jackets. Therefore, we wouldn't recommend this jacket for most people. However, if you need a durable work jacket for outdoor labor and chores, and know how to layer underneath or keep yourself dry if the weather turns nasty, this could be a good option. For those users, this jacket is a good deal, especially considering its construction quality. But for the vast majority of users, this isn't a good choice for a do-it-all winter jacket.

carhartt loose fit firm duck insulated flannel-lined active jacket winter jacket review - the roomy and durable carhartt firm duck insulated is a good choice...
The roomy and durable Carhartt Firm Duck Insulated is a good choice for outdoor labor and chores.
Credit: Sam Willits

What Other Winter Jackets Should You Consider?


If you are looking for a winter work jacket that can take a beating, this is the best one on the market. If you are looking for a more useful winter for all conditions, the Patagonia Frozen Range is our favorite, though it comes with a hefty price tag. If you want a great all-around winter jacket for a lower price, the REI Co-op Stormhenge Down Hybrid Parka is versatile and affordable. And if you spend a lot of time outside, but your chores and recreation don't require much contact with abrasive materials, the Rab Neutrino Pro is our favorite jacket for active outdoor use.

Jeff Dobronyi
 
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