Warmest Carhartt Women’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 Women’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 Women’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: 1.32
Price $60.00
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10oz cotton denim with 2% spandex, this is a great top layer when it gets chilly.

Clo: 1.39
Price $70.00
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Bomber jacket style with rib-knit hem and cuffs made up in a lighter 8oz cotton canvas.

Clo: 1.43
Price $100.00
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With a nylon Cordura shell, this jacket makes a great outer layer or midlayer beneath a heavier shell.

Clo: 1.49
Price $120.00
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Sherpa lining, and a really cool name, this is where we get into traditional workwear territory.

Clo: 1.51
Price $90.00
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8.5oz Sherpa fleece makes this another jacket which could function well as an outer or mid layer.

Clo: 1.52
Price $70.00
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Rain Defender for when the skies turn grey, this is a perfect option for those rainy transitional months.

Clo: 1.52
Price $130.00
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10oz washed canvas shell in a few great colors I wish they’d offer in men’s, this is a step up in warmth from the Wildwood Jacket.

Clo: 1.57
Price $90.00
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A big front pocket and snap placket, this is a supremely useful fleece jacket.

Clo: 1.58
Price $130.00
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I wish they made this jacket in a men’s version. It looks fantastic with those lower pockets and washed duck shell.

Clo: 1.59
Price $130.00
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The Yukon line is no joke, and the fleece active jac is by far the burliest fleece I’ve ever felt. This thing is ready to work!

Clo: 1.64 (tie)
Price $110.00
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4.5oz Carstrong nylon with a Sherpa fleece lining make up a jacket that’s user friendly while being thoughtfully designed too.

Clo: 1.64 (tie)
Price $160.00
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Super Dux is Carhartt’s outdoor line and uses a brand new shell material that feels like a sweatshirt on steroids. This is the Active Jac for people who don’t like the usual Carhartt rigidity.

Clo: 1.67
Price $110.00
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If you want the classic Active Jac that’s found around the world, the WJ130 is it. Washed duck, tried and true no-nonsense design make this one a classic.

Clo: 1.69
Price $130.00
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With a bit more length, you get additional coverage and warmth with the fleece coat.

Clo: 1.70
Price $280.00
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FR Gear is expensive, but required in some trades. If you need an FR jacket that will keep you warm AND safe, this is it.

Clo: 1.71
Price $120.00
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The Carhartt Sherpa lining is undeniably cozy, and it’s my personal favorite insulation. You’ll find it inside the softer washed duck shell of this jacket.

Clo: 1.77
Price $130.00
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Remember the utility jacket? Well the coat version is a bit longer and warmer.

Clo: 1.79
Price $180.00
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The warmest in the Super Dux line, the Traditional Coat is wonderfully useful, flexible, and warm.

Clo: 1.86
Price $300.00
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The queen of the hill! This is the warmest jacket Carhartt offers, and it’s packed with features of parkas twice its price.