Warmest Carhartt Men’s Jackets Ranked!

 

Which Carhartt jacket is the warmest? It can be a difficult question to answer with such a large selection of jackets, and even with the new Carhartt temperature rating how do you know which insulation is warmer: sherpa or quilted?


We’ll be ranking each Carhartt jacket from lightest to warmest to help you make the most informed choice, with the definitive Men’s Carhartt jacket warmth guide. We’ll be working our way from the lightest Carhartt jacket for those mild spring days to the warmest Carhartt coat for the deep freeze of January. Choosing the right outerwear is essential for working in the cold, and along with your boots, socks, and base layer, the right coat will make a huge difference.


The raw data was provided to me from Carhartt and was gathered at the Central Michigan University Center for
Merchandising and Design Technology where they tested 56 different Carhartt items. A high-tech mannequin with
thermal sensors was equipped with each garment. This adult sized mannequin is the stuff of nightmares, but it can
accurately measure the insulating properties of clothing and can even sweat to simulate exertion. It was equipped with a typical base layer consisting of a cotton mock turtleneck, 5 pocket jeans, cotton briefs, cotton/poly mid-calf socks, fleece mittens, hat, and leather work boots for the jacket and coverall tests. The bib tests added an insulated nylon shell jacket to this ensemble. The mannequin was then placed inside of a temperature-controlled chamber where the results were recorded and repeated at least three times. A male mannequin was used for the men’s clothing, and a female mannequin for women’s clothing. The base ensemble equated to .8Clo in the jackets/bibs, and 1.35 in the coverall tests, so they tested each garment very much in the way you’d actually wear them in the field.


For this article we’ll be focusing on the Men’s Carhartt Jackets.


The results of the standardized total thermal resistance of the clothing and surface air layer around the mannequin or “Clo” were given a numerical value and then put into four categories based on these findings. That’s where you’ll find the four level: Warm, Warmer, Warmest, and Extreme ratings on Carhartt gear.


It needs to be stated that everyone is different, with some people running hot and others always being cold. Additionally, the amount of heat your body generates depends on your unique output. My goal with this video is to help you determine the right (jacket or bibs/coveralls) for your specific needs.

We’ll start with the lightest and work our way to warmest Carhartt jacket, and all these models are linked below for your convenience.

Clo: 1.41
Price $100.00
Details:
This was previously known as the Rough Cut Jacket, and it’s a fleece-lined 9.4oz softshell with a mock neck collar and a fair amount of stretch. It’s perfect for those chilly mornings or nights in transitional months, or even as a layer beneath a heavier jacket.
Clo: 1.42
Price $130.00
Details:
Super Dux is Carhartt’s outdoor line, meant to offer more flexibility and softness with a new shell material. The Detroit Jacket is one of their coolest designs, so when you add the two together it’s a winning combo for a light jacket.
Clo: 1.47
Price $110.00
Details:
Essentially this is just a Rough Cut with a hood for extra protection and warmth.
Clo: 1.49 (tie)
Price $100.00
Details:
The jacket formerly known as the Crowley is a heavyweight softshell, similar to the Rough Cut but burlier at 13.9oz.
Clo: 1.49 (tie)
Price $200.00
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FR Gear isn’t cheap, but Carhartt offers quite a few options. The lightest of the flame resistant men’s jackets, the Quick Duck material is softer and more flexible than traditional Carhartt duck.
Clo: 1.50
Price $90.00
Details:
I did an entire video on this iconic jacket, and the new model has added several new features. If you want a Carhartt jacket that looks just as good as it performs, the Detroit Jacket is the one you want.
Clo: 1.53
Price $60.00
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The Rain Defender line is perfect for the occasional shower or inclement weather, and this is a great jacket to tackle those rainy spring days.
Clo: 1.54
Price $90.00
Details:
In the Active Jac line, this is the lightest model with a simple thermal lining. There’s a reason you see this model reimagined in different lines: it just works. I dare you to find a more popular work jacket.
Clo: 1.57 (tie)
Price $150.00
Details:
The Traditional Coat is another model which has several versions, and I’ve always seen it as the upgrade to the Active Jac. More pockets, more features, and the Full Swing gussets to boot. This is also the washed Duck version so it’s a bit softer and looks broken-in from the start.
Clo: 1.57 (tie)
Price $140.00
Details:
Somewhere between the Traditional Coat and the Active Jac is the Full Swing Jacket, formerly known as the Armstrong. It loses the hood and has one vertical chest pocket for a simpler design. This is lined in fleece as well, so it maintains a nice bit of warmth as well.
Clo: 1.57 (tie)
Price $90.00
Details:
This is a newer model, and one which could work just as well as a midlayer as standalone piece. You get a big front pocket and the capability to open up the placket if you want.
Clo: 1.58
Price $140.00
Details:
The next warmest Active Jac is the fleece lined model, being a 1.58 Clo versus the 1.54 of the thermal lined version.
Clo: 1.61
Price $90.00
Details:
Is there any more classic design than the chore coat? This is one of the earliest Carhartt designs, dating back well over 100 years. It’s just as useful today however with its huge pockets and straightforward layout.
Clo: 1.62
Price $130.00
Details:
The Sherpa lining is one of my favorites, offering a nice loft and texture but not overwhelming with its warmth. Being a coat it’s a little longer than its cousin the Armstrong jacket.
Clo: 1.63 (tie)
Price $150.00
Details:
Quick Duck material and 3M Thinsulate insulation makes up a fantastic work jacket. Warm, easy to move in thanks to the Full Swing gussets, and a slight departure from the usual Carhartt look and feel.
Clo: 1.63 (tie)
Price $130.00
Details:
The Yukon series is the warmest line Carhartt offers, and the fleece active jac is incredible. I’ve worn mine as a stand alone layer on all but the coldest days. There are nylon duck reinforcements where you need them, and the fleece itself feels tougher than any other I’ve tried.
Clo: 1.64 (tie)
Price $100.00
Details:
Previously known as the Gilliam Jacket, this is a surprisingly durable jacket with its Cordura shell which makes it great on its own. I’ve used mine as a midlayer as well to really bump up the warmth factor.
Clo: 1.64 (tie)
Price $130.00
Details:
I’ve always felt that the utility jacket doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It’s always seemed like a great all-around work jacket with a few trick features like that chest pocket, but all the usual stuff you need on the job too.
Clo: 1.64 (tie)
Price $160.00
Details:
Super Dux is Carhartt’s outdoor line, and the line features an entirely new shell material which feels like a sweatshirt on steroids. With flexibility, softness, and a DWR finish, this Active Jac has a similar insulation to the Sherpa lining and is the most comfortable Carhartt jacket I’ve ever worn.
Clo: 1.68
Price $260.00
Details:
This is where we break into the next warmth level with an FR jacket in Quick Duck material with 150 gram 3M Thinsulate. If you’re looking at FR options, this model is quite a bit warmer than the previous model, but not the warmest in Carhartt’s FR offering.
Clo: 1.70 (tie)
Price $160.00
Details:
10oz Cordura ripstop nylon shell, and 80 gram 3M Thinsulate make up this jacket for a more tactical looking work jacket with significant warmth. This is also where you begin to see elements of the Yukon line with features like the hood closure.
Clo: 1.70 (tie)
Price $120.00
Details:
If you need to batten down the hatches and prefer a jacket length, the Traditional Jacket is for you. Made of the legendary firm duck material, this jacket will wear like iron while keeping you warm.
Clo: 1.70 (tie)
Price $110.00
Details:
Softer washed cotton duck shell, 80 gram Thinsulate insulation, and the most well thought out design in Active Jac history, I did an entire video on this bad boy. It’s truly the best of Carhartt toughness combined with usability based on feedback they’ve gotten.
Clo: 1.71 (tie)
Price $120.00
Details:
This is basically a warmer, hooded version of the Detroit Jacket. Simple, effective, and warm. for bad weather, and you have a true 2-in-1 jacket for transitional seasons.
Clo: 1.71 (tie)
Price $120.00
Details:
This is a trick little jacket being reversible, and surprisingly warm at 1.71 Clo. Turn it inside out for bad weather, and you have a true 2-in-1 jacket for transitional seasons.
Clo: 1.72
Price $230.00
Details:
Fire Resistant in a classic design, this is essentially the Duck Traditional Jacket in FR.
Clo: 1.74
Price $160.00
Details:
I love the Carhartt Quick Duck fabric, its softer and more flexible with a DWR finish. This jacket feels like workwear of the future with its unique features and adjustments. In fact, this is the jacket you need if you find most Carhartt gear too stiff for your liking.
Clo: 1.75 (tie)
Price $100.00
Details:
The second warmest Active Jac, this is the firm duck version and it’s a beast.
Clo: 1.75 (tie)
Price $240.00
Details:
The warmest of the FR line, this carries Yukon-level warmth with flame resistance.
Clo: 1.75 (tie)
Price $190.00
Details:
The Yukon series dominates most of the top spots as Carhartt’s warmest gear. The Nice thing about the Yukon line is that the models don’t change much from their cotton duck counterparts. So if you like the Carhartt jacket you currently own but want the warmth turned up a notch, then this is your answer.
Clo: 1.75 (tie)
Price $170.00
Details:
The tried and true Active Jac formula in a 500 Denier nylon duck makeup with quilt-lined 3M insulation. This is the Active Jac you need if the weather is never in your favor.
Clo: 1.79
Price $180.00
Details:
Super Dux exterior material, which is soft and flexible in cool colors, with quilted 100g 3M Thinsulate insulation equals the third warmest Carhartt jacket in the Traditional Insulated Coat and the warmest of the Super Dux line. The DWR finish means this jacket will keep you warm, keep the weather out, and look good doing it.
Clo: 1.83
Price $160.00
Details:
The fact that Carhartt makes a high visibility jacket with this level of warmth speaks to their knowledge of working conditions. High visibility clothing is required on almost every jobsite now, which often necessitates fitting a high vis vest over a jacket. This is not an ideal situation. Luckily you can keep warm and be safe with the Sherwood Jacket.
Clo: 2.0
Price $300.00
Details:
This is it. The ultimate in cold weather workwear with synthetic down insulation and enough pockets to hold anything you may need to carry. When it comes to the warmest jacket Carhartt makes, the Yukon Extremes Parka is truly next-level. I’ve worn this on the coldest days with significant wind chill, and it’s like a brick house. Keep in mind that we’ve jumped up in small increments to this point, but the Yukon Parka is a significant jump from 1.83 Clo to a solid 2.0 which means this a difference you’ll notice.