Carhartt Quick Duck Camo Traditional Jacket (Review w/ Pics)


This is a Carhartt Quick Duck Camo Traditional Jacket review. This jacket is a medium-warmth jacket suitable for cool spring and fall days. It has a mock-neck collar with a full-zip front and a rain-repellent finish.

This isn’t the quietest jacket I’ve ever worn, but overall, it does not make a lot of noise when you move. It has a quilted nylon lining to 80g 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation in the body and sleeves.

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In this article we are going to specifically review the Quick Duck Traditional jacket, which is one of the most popular Carhartt camo jackets because not only is the Quick Duck lightweight and easy to move in, but this jacket is also a rain-defender jacket to give you added weather protection.

But don’t confuse this jacket for a flimsy rain jacket. The quilted lining adds warmth and although the Quick Duck is lightweight, it is still tough enough to take on much of what you throw at it.

Here is a look at me wearing the Carhartt Quick Duck Camo Traditional Jacket:

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What You Need To Know

This Carhartt Quick Duck Camo Traditional Jacket is not a stiff, heavy jacket. It is reasonably lightweight and flexible, but still tough and moderately warm. That is what the Carhartt aims to deliver with its Quick Duck fabric.

In my opinion, this isn’t a sub-freezing jacket, but it will handle the upper 30’s and low 40’s well. Anything below that, you will want to layer.

When you think of Carhartt Duck Jackets, you think of firm, hard outer-shells that stand up to abrasions, wind, and other elements a winter job site might throw at it. Well, Carhartt wanted to create a version that was still tough, but was a bit more flexible off the rack. So they created the Quick Duck jackets.

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Carhartt Quick Duck fabric has that broken-in feeling even on the first wear, but still has enough toughness to stand up over the long haul. And maybe more importantly (in this particular jacket), the Quick Duck flexible material helps keep noise down compared to some of the other traditional Carhartt jackets.

This jacket has quilted nylon lining to 80g 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation in the body and sleeves. Overall, this is one of Carhartt’s warmer linings (but not the warmest).

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As rated above, in our opinion, the warmth on this jacket is probably an 8/10. It can handle cold temperatures, but for days below freezing, you will want to layer this or choose a warmer coat altogether.

But this jacket is a very nice combination of warmth and toughness, and fills that void between sweatshirt and winter coat. It is warm and tough, but not so warm and tough that the jacket becomes stiff, bulky, heavy, and tough to move in.

If you are hoping to double this Carhartt Quick Duck Camo Jacket as both an outdoor jacket and a work jacket, please note that it does have a drop tail that goes past the waist. Although this is nice for the added weather protection, it does mean that pairing it with a tool belt will be difficult.

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If you are looking for a Carhartt Camo jacket that can double as a work jacket, and has the versatility to pair with a tool belt, I would suggest the Carhartt Camo Active jacket, which has a cuffed waist.

This Carhartt Quick Duck Camo jacket also has the rain-defender durable water-repellent finish to help protect you against precipitation. No, it won’t keep you bone dry in a monsoon, but this jacket will repel light to moderate precipitation, especially in short periods of time.

This jacket has 6 pockets which gives you plenty of storage options while outdoors. Three out of the six pockets are zip-close pockets, including one of the pockets on the inside of the jacket. This gives you several places you can safely store essentials like your phone, wallet, and keys.

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Again, this jacket has a nice combination of flexibility, toughness, and warmth, while also making sure that the jacket doesn’t get too bulky or heavy.

It is built for functionality, while also being mindful to have enough warmth so that it can be used on most all winter days. For dangerously cold environments, you will likely want something heavier and warmer, like Carhartt’s Extremes Arctic jacket and coats.

Carhartt Quick Duck Camo Traditional Jacket Review: Fit

One of the biggest issues with work and outdoor coats is finding the right size. Just up front know this: most Carhartt jackets will run big. This is for obvious reasons: you need room to function and you need room to layer.

Let’s take a more specific look at how this Carhartt Quick Duck Traditional Jacket fits using pictures of the jacket that I own. How does the Carhartt Quick Duck Jacket fit?

How does the Carhartt Quick Duck Camo Traditional Jacket fit?

The Carhartt Quick Duck Traditional jacket runs true to size. It has a relaxed fit which is needed so that you have room to move in this jacket, and room to layer underneath. I personally do not recommend sizing down.

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

Here I am wearing a size medium Carhartt Quick Duck Camo Traditional Jacket:

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This jacket runs true to size and I do not recommend sizing up or sizing down. It has reasonable length, and the drop tail gives you added weather protection in the back.

This jacket has a relaxed fit so that you can layer and so that you can move freely while wearing this jacket. Here is a look at my size medium jacket compared to a size medium Hanes undershirt straight out of the package:

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Carhartt Quick Duck Camo Traditional Jacket Review: In-Depth Breakdown

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

Comfort, Flexibility, Warmth, and Toughness

Comfort, flexibility, warmth, and toughness are 4 of the most important aspects of an outdoor/work jacket. As we’ve discussed throughout the review, this jacket is a nice compromise of comfort, warmth, and toughness.

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Even though this is a more flexible type of duck fabric than some of Carhartt’s other types of duck fabrics, this jacket is still made with Carhartt’s signature toughness. It features the triple-stitched main seams so that it holds up long term:

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The Quick Duck is not as firm of an outer shell as some of the other Carhartt Duck fabrics (source), but it still has a crisp toughness to it so that it can stand up to the outdoors and your work environment. The outer shell is 60% cotton/40% polyester. Because it isn’t a stiff outer shell, it really allows you flexibility to move freely.

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This Carhartt Quick Duck Traditional jacket does feature the pleated bi-swing back/shoulders, and the pleated elbows, so that you can easily move your shoulders and arms around in this jacket. Here is a look at the pleated bi-swing back which allows your shoulder to move freely:

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Again, regarding warmth, this jacket has nylon lining quilted to midweight-polyester. My advice: Don’t consider this a jacket you can wear in an arctic blizzard. It is warm, like a jacket for temperatures in the 30’s and 40’s. Anything below that, and you will either want a heavier coat, or you will want to layer underneath this jacket.

Here is a look at the inner lining of my jacket:

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This jacket has a mock-collar that zips all the way up through the collar. When zipped, the collar provides nice protection for the neck, but this jacket does not feature a hood.

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Storage and Versatility

One of the strengths for this jacket, especially if you are using it as an outdoor jacket for fishing, camping, or hiking, it has a lot of storage options. It features 6 total pockets – 4 on the outside, 2 on the inside.

The two hand-warmer pockets both feature zippers, so they also double as a place where you can store essentials to keep them dry. Here is a look at one of those pockets:

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The top two chest pockets both snap-close with buttons (from the top). I wish they were magnetic close pockets to keep noise down, but all things considered, it isn’t that big of a deal. This is a nice place to store a pen, marker, utility tool, flashlight, or any other type of essential you want to keep within an arm’s reach.

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The inside of the jacket has one zip-close pocket (2 total pockets inside). The zip-close pocket gives you another good place to store your phone, keys, and wallet.

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One thing we should mention is the versatility of this jacket. It does have a drop-tail that goes beyond the belt line. This means if you want this jacket to double as a work jacket, then you won’t be able to wear this with a tool belt.

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It does, however, have an adjustable drawstring so that you can tighten the jacket around your waist if needed:

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As I mentioned previously in the article, Carhartt makes other camo jackets that do have cuffed waists so that you can pair them with a work belt if needed. But even though this jacket does not have a cuffed waist, because of the storage options it has, it does have some versatility and can be a helpful work jacket if you aren’t worried about a tool belt.

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Water and Weather Resistance

This Carhartt Quick Duck Camo Traditonal jacket has the rain defender durable water-repellent finish. This means you can expect light to moderate precipitaion to bead off this jacket.

But please understand that if this jacket is exposed to strong rain, it will eventually take on water. This shouldn’t be thought of as a rain coat. I prefer to think of it as a tough outdoor/work jacket that also provides a decent amount of protection against precipitation if you encounter it.

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This jacket also has the Carhartt storm cuffs, which give you the rib-knit cuffs around the wrists to keep the cold out, but also offer the pull-down weather flaps that can extend over the wrists to give the cuffs (and your wrists) added weather protection.

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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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