View Full Version : Breaking in a new Carhartt jacket...


Soon2AdjustYou
11-26-2011, 06:59 PM
Had to get a new jacket for the winter due to my old one being worn out. Been a Carhartt fan for years and bought a new one. However, I dont remember my old ones being so stiff when brand new. For God's sake, the hood won't even lay flat! :headscrat

I've heard of washing them, beating them with hammers and even running a four wheeler over them to break em in.

What have you tried that worked? I would like to go to work Monday and be relatively comfortable. :bounce:

-B-

bestatv
11-26-2011, 07:11 PM
Get it wet and wear it.

SpiderGearsMan
11-26-2011, 07:13 PM
is it made in USA ? lol

fitz11
11-26-2011, 07:14 PM
I've been trying to break mine in for 3 years now and its still stiff as a board. I fianally just gave up and only wear it when it gets below 0 because it drives me nuts! If you find something that works id love to hear about it.

t100
11-26-2011, 07:15 PM
probably because it was made in a tropical weather country way south and it doesn't like to be cold.

mrholeshot
11-26-2011, 07:19 PM
wear it out in the rain, keep it on until it dries

NUTTSGT
11-26-2011, 07:25 PM
I usually toss them in the washer.

jhelrey
11-26-2011, 07:30 PM
Put it in the dryer on just air and tumble it.

mrholeshot
11-26-2011, 07:35 PM
Put it in the dryer on just air and tumble it.

Won't fit as well. By wearing it from wet to dry it forms itself to you. The reason I know is I got caught in a gullywasher while on my motorcycle. Kept on going and jacket dried out after about 3 hours in the sun. Fit perfect and flexed in all the right spots

Brentocool
11-26-2011, 08:23 PM
Stand back 30' with a 12 gauge:thumbup:

esmith2039
11-26-2011, 08:45 PM
Return it and buy one from Key's... problem solved!

metaldad
11-26-2011, 08:53 PM
Black quilt insulated, or blanket lined?
Quilt stays stiff a long time.
Blanket reasonable break in.
And as soon as a carhartt coat sees a washing machine, they start to disintegrate.
I have a blanket lined coat going into it's 3rd season without a wash. Jah, it may need it.
I'm determined to get my money's worth.

Skysurfer
11-26-2011, 08:53 PM
Wear it into a biker bar and announce "ONLY QUEERS RIDE HARLEY DAVIDSONS!"

t100
11-26-2011, 09:10 PM
Wear it into a biker bar and announce "ONLY QUEERS RIDE HARLEY DAVIDSONS!"

they would buy you a beer just for that!!

bigbubba
11-26-2011, 09:14 PM
Wear it into a biker bar and announce "ONLY QUEERS RIDE HARLEY DAVIDSONS!"

Just make sure it's not a gay biker bar!:lol_hitti

kams1973
11-26-2011, 09:16 PM
Wash is a couple times w/ fabric softener.

mrholeshot
11-26-2011, 09:21 PM
Wear it into a biker bar and announce "ONLY QUEERS RIDE HARLEY DAVIDSONS!"

In before the lock.

mikester
11-26-2011, 09:23 PM
I never owned a Carhartt coat but 4 years ago I got one for nothing at work. Loved the coat. I dont know how but both sleeves got these strange stains on them. Looked like bleach stains. I took them to a cleaner to see if they could get them out. Holy crap, that was the wrong thing to do. That coat came out of there as stiff as plywood ! It took a month to soften it up again.
Last month I figured I would treat myself to a new one. The one that I got from work is a 46R. Carhartt did away with the numeric sizes. Now its L or XL. On the L the sleeves seem a little short, XL the coats kinda big all over. I hunted all over the internet to find a store that still had coats in the numeric sizes. I got them from a place in VT. Since I wont be able to get another one in a few years I bought two of them. I no longer work so I think they will last for a little while ! It pisses me off when a company changes stuff that works !

Now if they would only make coveralls that would fit my short body !!!!!

koditten
11-26-2011, 09:38 PM
Wash the thing with a couple of tennis shoes. Hang to dry. All the rivits, zippers or buttons will beat the shit out of the fabrid if you use the dryer. They are all cotton so they dry fast on the line.

You are right about them shredding apart. Seems like the time they get that perfect feel, they only got a couple more washes before they are done.

trodery
11-26-2011, 09:59 PM
I just bought a new one that is not stiff at all. It has a wool like liner in it, the jacket is actually very soft. I'm guessing it's more of a barn coat than a regular Carhartt work jacket.

This is the one... http://www.carhartt.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10101&storeId=10051&productId=154562&langId=-1&categoryId=10927&top_category=10926

jcouch1
11-26-2011, 11:16 PM
i got this one http://www.carhartt.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10101&storeId=10051&productId=32133&langId=-1&categoryId=10928&top_category=10926#

i've washed it plenty of times and wear it as my main jacket. it starting to get the wore in carhart fade to it after two winters. no problems other than a few very small wear holes from work

Soon2AdjustYou
11-26-2011, 11:27 PM
The one I got is this one: http://www.carhartt.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10101&storeId=10051&productId=154563&langId=-1&categoryId=10928&top_category=10926# http://carhartt.liquifire.com/carhartt?source=url%5Bhttp://carharttimages.carhartt.com//is/image/Carhartt/J131BLK%5D&scale=width%5B774%5D,height%5B862%5D,options%5Bpad %5D&scale=size%5B1000%5D&sink

I've been wearing it non stop...it is already softening up. Great suggestions in this thread tho. Thanks for the help.

RivennHewn
11-27-2011, 12:26 AM
Put it in the dryer on just air and tumble it.



With an old pair of shoes

Andy Griffith
11-27-2011, 01:34 AM
The last two Carhartt jackets/coats I've purchased have been from this outfit. They say there are minor blems so there is a bit of a price discount. The only thing I've been able to find wrong with my coats is they did not clip off the tails of the threads on the inside of the coat. The stitching looks like it's property done and secured at the end of the run, but they just didn't cut the 4" tail off the threads. I took a pair of scissors and cut all the tails off and the coats have been working good for going on 4 years now.

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/mens-jackets-and-coats~d~142/?page=1

Nealcrenshaw
11-27-2011, 02:02 AM
i've had mine for about 3 years,I just recently wash it last month and its still stiff.

Simplespeed
11-28-2011, 04:05 PM
I just bought a new one that is not stiff at all. It has a wool like liner in it, the jacket is actually very soft. I'm guessing it's more of a barn coat than a regular Carhartt work jacket.

This is the one... http://www.carhartt.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10101&storeId=10051&productId=154562&langId=-1&categoryId=10927&top_category=10926

I also just picked one up that isnt very stiff. Its the carhartt dearborn jacket with sherpa lining in blue/ grayish color. Its still very thick but feels prewashed compared to the others.

Lotek
11-28-2011, 04:12 PM
I have a Carhart shirt that's stiff like that, about the time I get it feeling comfortable, the wife goes and washes it. :lol_hitti

bestatv
11-28-2011, 04:59 PM
Another good thing about my Carhartt,it has a real effin zipper.I believe I could tow with it.

shampoop
11-28-2011, 07:50 PM
Put it in the dryer on just air and tumble it.

Won't fit as well. By wearing it from wet to dry it forms itself to you. The reason I know is I got caught in a gullywasher while on my motorcycle. Kept on going and jacket dried out after about 3 hours in the sun. Fit perfect and flexed in all the right spots

I got this one a few years back in black.

http://www.carhartt.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10101&storeId=10051&productId=32133&langId=-1&categoryId=10928&top_category=10926

It was really stiff when I first got it. The dryer method worked great for me.

Older'n dirt
11-28-2011, 08:09 PM
It's the nature of the beast. By the time they get truly 'comfortable', .... they're worn out.

But in their defense, ... the damned things wear like iron!

six-T-seven
11-28-2011, 08:27 PM
I just bought a new one that is not stiff at all. It has a wool like liner in it, the jacket is actually very soft. I'm guessing it's more of a barn coat than a regular Carhartt work jacket.

This is the one... http://www.carhartt.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10101&storeId=10051&productId=154562&langId=-1&categoryId=10927&top_category=10926

I have the same coat in green and mine wasn't stiff either. I love this coat.

bentwrench54
11-28-2011, 09:40 PM
i had a carhartt coat once. when i was breaking it in, i got the bright idea to set it up at a co-worker's desk as if someone were sitting there.

in walked my boss. saw that coat sitting in the chair across the office from me, and stopped dead in his tracks.

sure startled him.

kv501
11-28-2011, 10:10 PM
i had a carhartt coat once. when i was breaking it in, i got the bright idea to set it up at a co-worker's desk as if someone were sitting there.

in walked my boss. saw that coat sitting in the chair across the office from me, and stopped dead in his tracks.

sure startled him.

When my Carhartt full coveralls get wet from blowing snow, I hang them from the ceiling in my garage to dry. Looks a HELL of a lot like a body hanging there, and I actually had a neighbor come over and ask me not to do that and leave the garage door open. She said it creeped her out! :thumbup:

emilyivory
01-31-2013, 05:11 PM
Wash the thing with a couple of tennis shoes. Hang to dry. All the rivits, zippers or buttons will beat the shit out of the fabrid if you use the dryer. They are all cotton so they dry fast on the line.

You are right about them shredding apart. Seems like the time they get that perfect feel, they only got a couple more washes before they are done.

Here are some short length Carhartt's. I got a pair for my dad who is only 5'2 and they fit him perfect!

http://www.amazon.com/Carhartt-Extremes-Arctic-Zipfront-Coverall/dp/B0000WL9EO/ref=sr_1_10?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1359673386&sr=1-10&keywords=carhartt+coveralls

or

http://www.amazon.com/Carhartt-Arctic-Quilt-Lined-Coverall/dp/B000JHCZDO/ref=sr_1_20?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1359673386&sr=1-20&keywords=carhartt+coveralls

:thumbup:

jfcasey
01-31-2013, 05:42 PM
Stack firewood. No joke, best thing I've ever found to get that ironclad feeling out of a new one made with the real duck material and not the sandstone stuff. :beer:

For you guys scratching your heads as to why you didn't have to break yours in, they make their coats with 2 different shell materials. One is called "sandstone" and its a pre-weathered, softer, thinner material. The other is "duck" which isn't pre-weathered and is a lot thicker, therefore stiffer. If you buy a coat made with the duck material its kind of like wearing a medievil knights armor until its broken in. Once its broken in though, it will last for forever, certainly a lot longer the the "sandstone" material at least.

Mavawreck
01-31-2013, 05:50 PM
Wash and dry has always worked for me. I'm on my 3rd.

D-man313
01-31-2013, 05:57 PM
Buy em used, haha, I have a few pairs of my dads old ones that he wore for years, and they're still like brand new! They sure do make some great stuff.

5lima30
01-31-2013, 05:58 PM
Wash it a couple of times in 20 mule team borax and liquid fabric sofner. An old timer told me the trick. It worked on my new overalls I got last year they were SUPER stiff!

scab
01-31-2013, 06:01 PM
You guys need to get with the program. Stiff is in. Stiff is the new soft. :thumbup:

Fast Orange
01-31-2013, 06:04 PM
I've got a pair of quilted coveralls-they're so stiff that I walk like Lurch from the Addams Family...
Thinking about hooking em on my trucks hitch and dragging them around a few hundred miles.

fordbroncodave
01-31-2013, 07:12 PM
is it made in USA ? lol

that is not a joke, mine really is. I know my previous jacket was not however

mackwrench
01-31-2013, 07:41 PM
I also just picked one up that isnt very stiff. Its the carhartt dearborn jacket with sherpa lining in blue/ grayish color. Its still very thick but feels prewashed compared to the others.

I have the same coat in green and mine wasn't stiff either. I love this coat.

I too have the same jacket (brown) with the sherpa lining, it was a little stiff when new, I seem to have to wash mine a few times a year, uselly with a few pair of jeans or the like...also my washing machine has a fast spin cycle option then I just toss in dryer. I've had it 5 years and while it's not baby ass soft, it's very very comfortable...

These cats seemed to have the best price and shipping on Carrhart:

http://dungarees.net/index.php