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Carhartt Shell and Lining Guide

Choose the Right Carhartt Shell, Lining and Rainwear

Constructed from durable outer materials and paired with one of several different linings, Carhartt offers outerwear for every person and every season. Click the links below to help choose the right Carhartt garment for your needs—on and off the job site.


1. Shells
2. Linings
3. Rainwear


1. Shells

Cotton duck is the most popular and versatile shell fabric for Carhartt outerwear. The cotton-poly blend of the QuickDuck canvas is a lightweight option. And, as the name implies, the Cordura nylon of the Extremes series is well-suited for severe conditions.

Carhartt's duck line is made from heavyweight, 12-oz., 100% cotton duck fabric that is tightly woven with no gaps where the yarns interlace—a feature that makes it wind and snag resistant. Cotton duck is known for its quality, durability and comfort. The cotton duck Carhartt uses in its outerwear has several different finishes, each with its own distinct characteristics.

Firm Duck

Firm Duck
Made from unwashed and untreated cotton duck with double-plied yarn for extra durability. Features a stiff, non-broken-in feel. This hard-wearing, traditional canvas resists snags and tears.
Shop Firm Duck Garments

Sandstone Duck

Sandstone Duck
Micro-sanded for a brushed appearance, then washed with detergent and softeners for a comfortable broken-in feel. Because it is pre-washed, there is less shrinkage than canvas that has not been prewashed.
Shop Sandstone Duck Garments

Washed Duck

Washed Duck
Made from cotton duck fabric that has been washed with detergent and softeners (but not micro-sanded) and has a broken-in feel. Like sandstone duck, it shrinks less than non-prewashed canvas.
Shop Washed Duck Garments

Quick Duck

Quick Duck
60% cotton duck and 40% polyester canvas blend that creates a lightweight and water-repellent finish. This material is 30% lighter than sandstone duck, but just as tough.
Shop Quick Duck Garments

Extremes

Extremes
Garments in the Extremes line have shells made from 1000 denier Cordura Plus nylon by DuPont. The Extremes fabric is 10x more durable than Carhartt's traditional cotton duck. The material is tough and abrasion resistant, and it will stand up to repeated contact with sharp metal edges, stone blocks or barbed wire. When paired with the Arctic-quilt lining, Carhartt Extremes outerwear is the ultimate choice for the harshest conditions.
Shop Extremes Garments

Soft Shell

Soft Shell
Soft Shell garments have a durable nylon shell with a water-repellent finish and are lined with polyester fleece. It's a combination that makes the lightweight clothing both windproof and breathable.



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2. Linings

Carhartt offers multiple linings for its outerwear, but best lining for you depends on the weather conditions and activity.

Thermal Lining

Thermal Lining
Thermal lining features a warm and lightweight, 100% polyester weave with about the same thickness as a flannel shirt. It is Carhartt's thinnest insulation. Garments with a thermal lining are good choices for three-season wear and layering with other garments.
Shop Thermal Lining Garments

Fleece Lining

Fleece Lining
Fleece lining is a lightweight, 100% polyester insulation, slightly thicker than a thermal lining and a good choice for active work. Clothing with a fleece lining is perfect for cool outdoor temperatures. Can also be used for layering.
Shop Fleece Lining Garments

Blanket Lining

Blanket Lining
Blanket lining is a medium-weight acrylic-polyester blend insulation in stripes or plaid with the texture and feel of a blanket. It is slightly thicker than fleece lining. Garments with a blanket lining are ideal for outside work in cooler conditions.
Shop Blanket Lining Garments

Nylon Quilt Lining

Nylon Quilt Lining
Nylon quilt lining is either red or black quilted nylon taffeta with a lightweight polyester fill. It is thicker than the blanket lining but not bulky. Garments with a nylon quilt lining are an excellent for outdoor chores in colder temperatures.
Shop Nylon Quilt Lining Garments

Sherpa Lining

Sherpa Lining
Sherpa lining is a thick, soft pile lining made from 100% polyester high-loft fleece. It is warm but lightweight and thicker than the nylon quilt lining. It also helps wick moisture away from the skin to keep you dry and comfortable, making clothes with a Sherpa lining a good choice for strenuous outside work.
Shop Sherpa Lining Garments

Quilt Flannel Lining

Quilt Flannel Lining
Quilt flannel lining features brushed polyester tricot quilted to a medium-weight polyester insulation. With the feel of a soft flannel shirt, it is thicker than the Sherpa lining. Garments with the quilt flannel lining good option for cold outdoor jobs.
Shop Quilt Flannel Lining Garments

Arctic-Grade Quilt Lining

Arctic-Grade Quilt Lining
Arctic-grade quilt lining is nylon taffeta quilted to heavy, high-loft polyester insulation to make it Carhartt's warmest and thickest lining. Outerwear with the Arctic-grade quilt lining is a popular choice for outdoor work in the frigid winters of the northern climates.
Shop Arctic-Grade Quilt Lining Garments



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3. Rainwear

Work doesn't stop when it's pouring down rain… nor does play. Maintaining its long-standing traditions of quality and durability, Carhartt offers a full line of rainwear to keep you dry in the wettest conditions.

Rain Defender

Rain Defender
Rain Defender outerwear has a durable, water-repellent finish that makes it resistant to rain, mist and snow. Moisture simply beads up and rolls off the outer material of your jacket, sweatshirt, overalls, pants and other apparel, keeping you dry and comfortable. Rain Defender clothing is made to last and retains 70% of its water-repellent strength, even after 20 washings.
Shop Rain Defender Garments

Storm Defender

Storm Defender
Rugged and lightweight Storm Defender rainwear combines a waterproof, breathable membrane with watertight seams to protect you from the rain on the outside and keep you comfortable on the inside. Storm Defender technology stops precipitation but allows sweat to escape.
Shop Storm Defender Garments

PVC Rainwear

PVC Rainwear
Carhartt's PVC rainwear is more than waterproof—it's weatherproof. These jackets, pants and bibs are made to handle everything from light rain to fierce storms. PVC fabric is designed to keep you dry regardless of the conditions you have to deal with outside.
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