Like most guys, I would never admit that clothing is at the top of my Christmas wish list. However, after Santa made an early delivery of Carhartt clothing to my house, I am quickly taking stock of what else I may need (want) from them and dropping subtle hints with my wife. Carhartt was generous enough to send me a few items to try out and give my honest feedback.
In full disclosure, I am not employed in a line of work that involves sharp blades attached to high revving hydrostatic modulating steam hammers. Nor am I the operator of a massive earth moving drag line. I don’t even have a team of draft horses. I think I may have a pair of hedge trimmers in my storage shed though. My point being I’m just a regular dude that goes to an office every day. So when I looked over the various items sent from Carhartt I was worried. I knew I had to step up my game. Here’s why…
The Relaxed Fit Jeans and the Canvas Work Dungaree’s are truly American Classics. From the riveted pocket corners of the jeans to the triple (yes triple) stitched seams of the dungarees you can immediately tell these aren’t just for show. However, my wife did note that the jeans did show off an “asset” she hadn’t noticed before. I’m not sure how to take that after many years of marriage.
The 100% cotton plaid work shirt is comfortable and wears well with the pocket T and is suitable for the office or the woods.
The Cotton Ripstop Pant is like body armor for the working man. This is the real deal with Cordura lined pockets, double layered knees, heavy duty snaps, lots of pockets, triple stitched seams, many different pockets, heavy duty brass zipper, even a special pocket for your cell phone… did I mention all the pockets? These pants need a warning label “Just putting these on could make you want to wield a sledge hammer or do something manly”.
The Sandstone Detroit Jacket is the classis work jacket constructed of heavy (12oz.) cotton with a thick blanket lining in the body and nylon quilting in the sleeves. There are many pockets both in and out and adjustment tabs at the waist. This is a timeless classic that I look forward to wearing for years to come.
The Acadia jacket is a lightweight ripstop shell that has a breathable waterproof laminated membrane with fully taped seams for complete protection. Like the rest of the line-up triple stitched seams are the norm for this jacket. It sports a roll-up hood, heavy nylon zippers, and adjustable waist and cuffs. This is no poser that will keep you dry.
Hamilton Carhartt founded his company in 1889 with the goal to “Set a standard of excellence to which others would aspire”. After just a quick inspection of the items Carhartt was generous enough to send, I can say this family owned company has clearly continued his tradition of excellence. Over Christmas I hope to get away from the office and break in my new duds. I suspect that they will be able to take more than I am able to dish out.