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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2011
I'm a gardener in Vancouver, where it never stops raining. I wanted a coat that would last and be comfortable in rainy weather. Unfortunately this coat's waterproofing doesn't seem to last very long in rain. The first few days it's totally dry, but after that it allows water to slowly seep through. Frequent washing helps a bit but spinning the coat at high RPM as in a front loader seems to break up the material a bit.

Despite allowing water through, working in temperatures between 3°C and 15°C are comfortable provided that you are wearing enough layers to keep warm and you keep moving. Two or three layers is enough to keep the water from seeping through to your skin, and I stay warm, though slightly damp. However, stopping for lunch and putting the coat back on after 1/2 hr is a chilling experience! I haven't used it in the summer yet, and I may modify this review depending on how it works out long term. It is more comfortable than PVC as it's more flexible and provides more insulation, as well as deteriorating less rapidly (i.e. slow seep vs tear--you can wear it after it starts wearing out).

For the price in Canada, I'd never buy this coat. For the price here, I'd consider buying it again because it's a lot more comfortable than PVC, despite not being waterproof.

Edit: 1 year later
It's not up to the Carhartt name brand and price.
I've been using it for year, and re-waterproofed it several times with TX Direct Spray On by Nikwax but that doesn't seem to be quite as good as the original waterproofing, and wears off after two hours of working in steady rain. I still think it's better than a PVC jacket but it's overpriced. In warmer weather it's too warm. In my case, my shoulders and armpits are moderately damp after 8 hours of use.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2011
I've owned and worn out a lot of Carhartt stuff in the last 15 years (many pairs of logger jeans and double knee pants, one arctic coat, one barn coat, enough pocket T-shirts to make rags for oil changes through the next century). If you're reading this, you probably already know Carhartt makes great stuff that's reasonably priced for those of us who work for a living. After all, we need clothes to keep us alive while working outside in the winter in Wyoming, not clothes that make us look like the cast of "Jersey Shore."

That said, this is one of the best clothing items I've ever bought, Carthartt or not. It's reasonably priced and performs very well. I wanted a wind and water shell and shopped all over, looking at the stuff from all the big name outdoor gear makers. Money was no object. Problem is those coats and jackets, even in XL and XXL sizes, are made for skinny metrosexual climber guys and they don't offer tall sizes for those of us with sleeve lengths longer than our inseams. It'd be great if we were all built like Matt Damon but that's just not the case. Don't get me wrong, the big names make great quality stuff that's very techy and sexy but they just don't get it done for this 6'2" 260-lb aging middle linebacker who likes to eat and needs to conceal a holstered pistol and spare mags.

I randomly found this coat and figured, hey, it's Carhartt, I've had a lot of Carhartt stuff over the years and it's survived working outside year round on drill rigs in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana, why not? The price is right (it's China made, sadly) and it does what I need it to do. I called Carhartt and they said it's not windproof, but in my experience so far it's been just dandy for cutting winter winds out here on the high plains. With only a T-shirt and this coat I'm good to go until about freezing (even with the wind, see above) and a fleece jacket or hooded sweatshirt underneath gets it done until about 0. Any colder than that, I'm getting out my other Carhartt arctic coat. I can't speak for the waterproof qualities yet (this is a high desert, technically) but based on the other reviews I'm sure it'll hang.

This coat also looks a lot better than the usual Carhartt stuff, which is important since I have to dress up for work now. I like it so much I'm thinking of getting another one to replace my beater get-around Carhartt coat that gets me eyeballed by security guards at Whole Foods (they think I'm a homeless guy looking to do some dishes in the can I guess) and keeping this one as my good coat for dressing up at work.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2011
The jacket seems to be a fine jacket, though I'm not certain because I can't really wear it. I wear a medium in normal people clothes (including in other Carhartt jackets), a large in metrosexual people clothes, and a size 40-42 jacket. So I figured that a medium would fit, especially considering that the product's sizing chart says a 40 is medium.

It doesn't fit, not even close. With my arms at my sides, my fingertips are just barely visible beneath the cuffs, and the velcro adjustment doesn't help much. I look like I'm 12 years old wearing my dad's clothes. These cuffs will end up in my soup, to be sure. I tried typing this review while wearing the jacket and had to stop to hike up the sleeves. No joke.

I haven't worn a small in anything for about 30 years. Maybe I'm shrinking. I'm going to try to exchange this for a small. I read the seller reviews and saw several complaints about the arduous and lengthy return process. I'm not looking forward to this. That said, if the seller actually turns this around quickly, I will edit this review to reflect the service.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2010
this is excatly what I wanted.
Lightweight, but very strong and durable
and warmer than it looks. i wear it shoveling snow
and on very cold days. i wear it over my suit to work
and it has a middle of the road look between a topcoat and a parka. not too dressy but not to bulky and casual.
i'm very happy with it and recommend it to others.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2011
I am generally always happy with anything Carhartt. I did a lot of searching before i found this coat, i followed the sizing chart, but when it arrived i found the sleeves to be much too long, the small amount of velcro around the wrist was not up to carhartt's standards, it was somewhat of a let down after so much time spent looking for just the right coat. I didn't send it back because i needed a rain jacket at that time, so just rolled the sleeves back, (doesn't look good) and wear it in spite of the bad fit. I will also need to figure out a way to make the cuff's right. Sizing chart is a bit off.
Would probably not recommend this coat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2013
This jacket is well worth the price. Is a size bigger that I wear but I wouldn't send it back, and I didn't. Its a great fit and if I were to need to add extra clothes to be a little warmer, I would still have plenty of room to be able to move freely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2013
looks nice. I normally wear a large, but went to a medium. It is still a little large. I think i should have gone to a small. Hey, but that would just build my confidence that i really don't need to work out. I see that as a plus!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2014
First, I did not want to purchase a coat that would be a plastic or PVC raincoat because I wanted to wear it to be some sort of outer shell. It does that. I can then wear an inside heavy long-sleeve shirt under.

Second, I wish to respond to a couple of complaints that I have read. Some people say that the coat beads up and water runs off at first. Then, it then gets damp inside which does not make it "waterproof." Well, I have not found a "breathable" and "waterproof" raincoat. It just does not exist. One will then have to purchase some plastic or PVC coat and even that coat will have some water condense inside. And, another thing that makes this coat "waterproof" is a slight amount of water in the fabric where the water creates its own seal.

Another thing people talk about is that the coat is too big. That is because the coat is designed to be some sort of outer shell. The coat works good at keeping some wind out which does make a difference. Still, one does need to wear an inner flannel, heavy cotton, wool or fleece garment under the coat. I hope many people keep the coat at the size they think they should get. I have been in their shoes and (more often than not) I wished I did not trade in for a smaller size.

I read some review about how a guy threw the coat in a washing machine and dryer. Reading the care instructions: Machine wash cold, gentle cycle, mild detergent, Do not bleach, Tumble dry low and remove promptly, Do not Iron, Do not dry clean. To me, these instruction mean simply wash by hand and air dry. The key is that one should keep the coat with these directions away from a washing machines or dryers. Because this is synthetic fabric, it would pay to keep the fabric tight by resisting the use of machines and maybe leave soiled spots alone.

Finally, I rated this coat with five stars because I do love it. It is well made. It keeps me warm on cold damp days. I think it goes well with a safari jacket I wear under it. I also wear long sleeve shirts under it. Or some fleece jacket. I like the diagonal cut on the sleeve which cover the back of my hand and leaves the palms open. The storage on the coat is low; but, I think a coat can have too much. There should be front pockets for the hands and some gloves, a small interior pocket, and maybe an extra pocket somewhere. And this coat just has these. Anyway, I find I use pockets on the garments under the coat more. And, this is all I ask for a coat like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2011
I have owned this coat for two years. I bought it from Gemplers, then it became unavailable. I see they made some updates and rereleased it. It is tremendous. I have owned many Carhartt coats and they always fell apart from wear (tough wear). The seams frayed and the coat would get holes where it would snag on nails, rough metal,etc. Don't get me wrong they are very tough coats, I just put them through a lot. (As do most people who wear them) I bought this coat as a rain jacket and it quickly became my everyday coat. I did not have a single tear, rip, broken zipper, NOTHING wrong with this coat after two years. Amazing! Unfortunately they can not withstand a truck fire and I managed to burn up the coat while snow plowing (electrical fire under hood) I was very glad to find they still made this coat. I am sold. Thank you Carhartt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2011
Every year I find myself out in the weather enough to need a very sturdy and weatherproof cover. The coat is just that. It's extra heavy duty (like most Carhart apparel)and does not allow water or wind to penetrate. The previous jackets I have owned have been just as waterproof but either not as durable or just to thick. I tend to over heat easy. This coat remedies that by allow room for layers as needed. Keep in mind this is a coat but it wears like a jacket. Also I would not call this a winter coat/jacket on it's own but with a simple fleece vest or fleece jacket as a layer, I have been more than comfortable. No more over heating or worrying about damaging the fabric.
Well worth the investment...
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