Tough Jobs: Staying Warm and Dry in Harsh Environments

During the winter, James Smith of Jasper, Florida (just south of the Georgia border) demands a lot from his outerwear. As an electrical supervisor for the state, he works 12-hour days in prison construction. Temperatures get as cold as 15 or 20 degrees, and often with high winds or freezing rain, or both. During his long days of installing underground utilities and wiring buildings, comfort is not a concern. That’s because James has found outerwear that will help keep him warm and dry even through the toughest of weather conditions.

James wears a Carhartt Extremes® Coat. On the outside, the coat features a tough, water-repellent Cordura® nylon shell. Inside, there’s a nylon lining quilted to Carhartt’s warmest arctic-weight, polyester insulation. Other construction details include rib-knit storm cuffs and an inside draw cord at the waist to help seal in the warmth, and seal out the cold, wind and rain.


On a job that involves climbing ladders one hour, and crawling around below ground the next, ease of movement is another key requirement. For James, the Carhartt Extremes Coat measures up in this regard, as well. With features like easy bending pleated elbows and a pleated bi-swing back, the coat is outfitted for comfort. It’s also cut a little larger for extra room and ease of movement throughout a long work day.

Stay warm with a complete selection of Carhartt outerwear.

In addition to the Extremes Coat and jacket, Carhartt offers other rugged outerwear to help workers stay warm and dry in harsh environments. Duck fabric is a popular choice, as it wears well and offers workers great protection from the elements. Several fabric choices are available depending on the workers' preference. 100% cotton ring-spun duck has a firm hand for a sturdy feel, while the 100% cotton sandstone duck comes microsanded and garment washed as if it’s already broken in.

Warm, warmer or warmest?

With outerwear offered in a wide variety of linings, Carhartt has workers covered no matter what the weather.

If warm insulation is what you're looking for, choose a Carhartt Extremes coat or jacket with a thermal lining made of lightweight 100% polyester.

For more warmth, select Carhartt outerwear with a blanket or sherpa lining. The blanket lining is constructed of a comfortable acrylic-and-polyester blend, while the sherpa lining is made of durable, 100% polyester high-loft fleece.

For the coldest conditions, go with Carhartt’s warmest linings. One example is the arctic-quilt lining as featured on the Carhartt Extremes® Coat, as well as several other outerwear styles. Quilted flannel is another one of Carhartt’s warmest linings. For all-day comfort, it’s built with brushed-polyester tricot that’s quilted to midweight polyester batting.

Carhartt: A Choice for Comfort, Fit and Value Since 1889

The Extremes Coat is one of 12 different Carhartt coats and jackets offered by Grainger. Carhartt puts more than 120 years of experience into its clothing, so workers stay warm and protected while toughing it out in the harshest of weather environments.

Information courtesy of Carhartt, Inc.

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