Choosing A Carhartt Sweatshirt

Choosing a Carhartt Sweatshirt
It’s finally cooling down, which means that t-shirt simply won’t cut it. If you want to maintain your performance and comfort in chilly weather, there’s nothing better than a Carhartt sweatshirt. With various styles, weights, and colors, you’re sure to find the perfect gear for your workday from the brand you know and trust.

The problem is, you’re a little hesitant buying your sweatshirt online. What if it doesn’t fit? What if it’s too heavy? What if it’s not the style you expected? We totally get it. You’re not the only one with these types of questions. That’s why we’ve put together this handy sweatshirt guide – to answer some of those questions and explain all of the options available to help you order the perfect sweatshirt the first time around.


“How does it fit?” is the most common question online apparel retailers get. While some customers report that Carhartt gear runs a little large, it truly depends on the garment and the customer. To be completely sure before you buy, always consult the sizing guide that appears under the Product Information section for each product. For sweatshirt chest sizing, it’s advised that you measure just under the arms and across the shoulder blades holding a measuring tape firm and level. The table below shows the size you should order based on your final measurement. If your chest measurement falls between sizes, order the next size up.

Your Chest Measurement Size You Should Order
34-36 Small
38-40 Medium
42-44 Large
46-48 X-Large
50-52 2X-Large
54-56 3X-Large
58-60 4X-Large


For length, we recommend a TALL size if you are taller than 6’0”. TALL sizes generally add two inches to the sleeve and length of the garment.


Technical sweatshirts have become a popular category in recent years and Carhartt is no stranger to this evolution. Their Force® and Force® Extremes™ lines are the brand’s fastest drying gear.  Force® Extremes™ sweatshirts, in particular, feature 37.5® Technology, which dries up to 5 times faster than other fabrics. Sweatshirts with this technology regulate your temperature as you’re working by wicking away sweat. They also fight odor and increase your comfort in a variety of conditions. Talk about a game changer when you’re getting work done outside on cool days!


The weight of a Carhartt sweatshirt refers to its outer material. Carhartt makes sweatshirts in durable midweight and heavyweight fabrics. Midweight sweatshirts are made with 10.5-ounce fabric, while heavyweight sweatshirts are made from 12-ounce or 13-ounce fabric. Keep in mind, buying a heavyweight sweatshirt does not necessarily mean that it will be warmer than a midweight sweatshirt. That’s because a sweatshirt’s weight is different from its lining (see below). In other words, a midweight sweatshirt with a quilt lining will be warmer than an unlined heavyweight sweatshirt.


In addition to many unlined options, Carhartt offers thermal-lined, Sherpa-lined and quilt-lined sweatshirts.

Thermal-Lined – Thermal lining is the least warm of the three lining options. It’s great for colder fall days or layering under a coat for really cold winter days.

Quilt-Lined – Quilt-lined Carhartt sweatshirts are a great mid-range option that is perfect for spring, winter or fall.

Sherpa-Lined – Sherpa lining is made from 45% acrylic/ 55% polyester high loft fleece and has a rich, soft feel. Sherpa lining is the warmest sweatshirt lining available. These are great for when it’s too cold for an unlined sweatshirt but too hot for a coat.


The type of zipper closure you prefer depends largely on your style preferences and outdoor activities. Rest assured, Carhartt carries a number of classic styles without zippers, but zip-front (or full zip) sweatshirts are also desirable if you prefer extra air flow or like to quickly remove your sweatshirt while you work, while mock neck (also known as quarter zip) sweatshirts allow you to zip up for added warmth or zip down for a casual, comfortable look.

That covers the major features of the sweatshirts so many Carhartt customers turn to when temperatures start to fall. In addition to the details listed above, Carhartt sweatshirts come in a variety of colors and hood and non-hood options. That’s why they’re such a versatile and popular choice for any outdoor project you tackle.

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