When it starts to get Chilly up here in the Northeast, we head straight for the old Carhartt coat. We got this thing about five years ago and for the rest of our lives, we'll never stray from the brand. It is, without question, the warmest, most durable thing we've ever worn. It doesn't look like much anymore, and in fact it sort of makes us look like we're homeless. But we don't care at all about that because it keeps us warm and after five years of abuse, there isn't a single tear in the thing. At this point, we're thinking we'll be able to get at least another 4-5 years out of it. Maybe more.
The pockets are deep, the zipper is indestructible, there are snaps for a hood (if you're into that, we're not), and like we said, the quilt lining is very warm.
It takes a while for them to really break in and get that nice faded look, so for a while you just have to deal with looking like the guy with the brand new Carhart coat, sort of like the kid on the playground with the brand new white sneakers. But once the coat starts relaxing, it really starts taking on character. We can still see the original color of ours under the pocket flaps.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at November 17, 2008 4:48 AM