Carhartt Crowley Jacket Review (my Review w/ Photos)


This is a Carhartt Crowley Jacket review. When you buy this jacket, you are buying a piece of outerwear that fits just about any situation you throw at it.

This is a medium-warmth jacket that fills in all the cracks for you in those cool spring and fall months. On the job site, in the office, out at a restaurant, coaching the kids, finishing yard work, camping at the lake, this jacket really does not look out of place anywhere, and can be an answer to all of those needs.

In this article we will review the Carhartt Crowly jacket. We will discuss its fit and weigh its pros and cons. Here is a look at me wearing the Carhartt Crowley jacket:

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What You Need To Know

This jacket is one of those jackets that can easily become a go-to piece of outerwear for you that you can use for both work and play.  It doesn’t feel out of place really anywhere. It works both as a casual jacket and as a work jacket, and might just become that jacket you keep by the door and wear practically everywhere during the spring and fall months. 

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As I said at the top, this Carhartt Crowley jacket is a medium-warmth jacket that is that perfect jacket for when its cold, but not cold enough to wear a winter coat. It fills that gap between sweatshirt and winter coat.

This jacket is called a “heavyweight softshell” jacket. This basically means that the shell itself is durable and strong enough to hold its own against the wind, rain, and cold, but the fabric is a blend of material that gives the jacket a softer, more comfortable feeling compared to traditional Carhartt jackets.

It is important to understand that this jacket does not have thick inner-lining. The heavyweight softshell fabric is the main material between you and the elements. And yes, this material does give you protection from the cold, but again this is a jacket and should not be thought of as a winter solution. It is best for spring and fall, and maybe mild winter days.

This jacket has a cool mock-neck style that can be a sort of hybrid piece of work wear that fits both at the office and at a work site. For those who spend part of the day at the office and part of the day at a work site, this is a great piece of outerwear.

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It is built with Carhartt’s Rugged Flex technology.  It stretches and moves with your body as you work. Yes, the fabric is durable and tough, but don’t expect it to be the hard, stiff canvas that is typical of some Carhartt jackets. This material-blend stretches and contorts with your body.

This Carhartt Crowley jacket is a full front zip.  The zipper runs all the way to the top of the collar, and when fully zipped, gives your neck and the base of your chin weather protection.

As we have discussed, this jacket does have versatility in that it is appropriate in an office, at a work site, and during a casual night out. But, when discussing versatility, it is important to note that if you plan to use this at a work site, this jacket does have a drop tail that extends past the waist line.  This means it may be difficult to pair with a tool belt. 

This jacket is perfect for fall and spring activities like hiking and camping, coaching kids’ pee-wee teams, doing outdoor yard work, etc. This is a jacket that you can hang by your front door during the cooler fall and spring months, and wear it basically everywhere. But it is important to understand, once winter hits, you will want something warmer.

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Carhartt Crowley Jacket Review: Fit

Most Carhartt jackets and coats run a bit big so that you have room to move and layer underneath. But because the Carhartt Crowley jacket is more of a spring-time jacket as opposed to a piece of winter work wear, the sizing and fit is much more similar to standard clothing.

Let’s discuss how the Crowley jacket fits so that you have a better understanding of what size works best for you.

How does the Carhartt Crowley Jacket fit?

The Carhartt Crowley jacket runs true to size. It has a standard fit that isn’t too loose or too tight. My recommendation is to order your normal sizing for this jacket.

I usually wear a size medium in cloths. For reference, here I am wearing a medium t-shirt (6’3″ 200 pounds):

Here I am wearing a size medium Carhartt Crowley jacket:

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As you can see, the Crowley jacket has a standard fit that is not too slim or too loose. It has a comfortable fit and also has the stretch material to ensure that you won’t feel restricted in this jacket.

Here is a look at my side medium Crowley jacket compared to a size medium Hanes undershirt straight out of the package:

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This jacket does have a drawstring around the waist so that you can tighten it if you need to:

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Carhartt Crowley Jacket Review: In-Depth Breakdown

So far we have discussed a summary of the Carhartt Crowley Jacket and also discussed how it fits. Let’s take a deeper dive now into some of the finer details of this jacket. 

Style, Versatility, and Toughness

The Carhartt Crowley jacket gives you a nice compromise of toughness and style. I think of it as sort of a hybrid jacket – it has a blend of the Carhartt toughness, but also has enough style and flexibility to make it a go-to casual jacket for the office or a night out.

It has a mock-neck collar, and is a full zip that zips all the way to the top of the jacket. This jacket is a cool way to get casual style in combination with the toughness and durability that the Carhartt brand delivers.

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Again, think of this as a versatile spring and fall jacket that you can basically wear anywhere. It is lightweight, but has an outer shell that still has enough toughness so that it can survive on the job site.

The outer shell is a 90% nylon / 10% spandex blend. It has a broken-in feeling right off the rack. When you touch it, you can feel its flexibility, but don’t expect this to feel like a flimsy fleece jacket.

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The outer shell still has a bit of the canvas feeling to it. Not as rugged and stiff as the firm Duck outer shells of some of the premium Carhartt winter work jackets, but this jacket does have enough toughness to it that it can stand up to the elements and not tear easily.

It also has the signature Carhartt triple-stitching on the main seams so that the jacket holds up over the long haul:

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When you buy this jacket, you are buying a piece of outerwear that just fills in all the cracks for you in those cool spring and fall months. On the job site, in the office, out at a restaurant, coaching the kids, finishing yard work, camping at the lake, this jacket does not look out of place anywhere, and can be an answer to all of those needs.

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Comfort, Flexibility, and Warmth

You can move in this jacket. As we mentioned above, this Carhartt Crowley jacket has a 90% nylon / 10% spandex material blend that does give it flexibility.

Again, this won’t be as free-moving as a flimsy fleece jacket. This jacket does have a bit of toughness to it so that the outer shell can provide some warmth and weather protection and also stand up on a job site. But if you are concerned about comfort and flexibility, don’t be. It does allow you to move around and not feel restricted.

It has adjustable sleeve cuffs so that you can find the appropriate fit around your wrists to accommodate whatever you might be doing:

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As I have said throughout, to me, it is sort of a hybrid jacket: part toughness, part comfort. Are there tougher work coats out there? Yes, of course. Are there lighter, more flexible fleece jackets? Yes, of course. But this jacket is a nice combination of the two. It gives you some toughness and some flexibility, and makes this jacket a versatile go-anywhere, do-anything type of jacket.

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This jacket does not have thick inner-lining. As we have discussed throughout, this is not a winter jacket. This is a fall/spring jacket, that can also function as a layering underneath a winter coat on those extremely cold winter days.

Here is a look at the inside of the jacket:

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Because this jacket is more of a lightweight spring jacket, it does feel easy to wear and doesn’t weigh you down. My size medium weighs only 2.14 pounds:

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Storage and Weather Resistance

Another thing that makes this jacket so versatile for everyday life is the amount of pockets it has. It has 8 total pockets/pouches. 3 on the outside of the jacket, and 5 on the inside.

The 3 outside pockets all zip-close, giving you several places to safely store essentials like your keys, wallet, and phone. The outside chest pocket is probably the safest place to store your cell phone.

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The inside of the jacket features a large pouch-pocket that gives you a place to store papers or other types of work-site documents. Here is a look at that large pocket:

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The inside of the jacket also has 4 other small pouches that do not close, but give you places to store other types of essentials that you might use during outdoors recreation or on a job site.

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This Carhartt Crowley jacket is a Carhartt rain defender jacket, which means it can stand up to light precipitation, and keep you dry. Water will bead off this jacket unless you go out in a heavy rain storm.

Do not expect this coat to keep you dry in a monsoon. But it will stay dry in a light spring rain shower and cause the water to bead up and roll off the jacket. This jacket is also wind-resistant which helps you stay warm on those breezy, cool fall and spring days.

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Where to Buy the Carhartt Crowley Jacket?

This Carhartt Crowley Jacket gives you a piece of outerwear that fits just about any situation you throw at it.

It can fill all the cracks for you in those cool spring and fall months. On the job site, in the office, out at a restaurant, coaching the kids, finishing yard work, camping at the lake, this jacket really does not look out of place anywhere, and can be an answer to all of those needs.

Paul Johnson

Paul is a lead content creator for Workwear Command. He has had several blue-collar jobs which have provided him a wide range of experience with tools and gear. He also has a business degree and has spent time in business casual office settings.

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