Carhartt is the standard in outdoor work wear, and between the two of us who wear this pair of coveralls, we have proven why this is the case.
My husband and I are about the same size (small) except that he is a little taller than I am. So we have one pair of coveralls that we share since we are seldom working outside together in cold weather.
We’ve owned this one garment for almost 15 years. Admittedly, we are not working a construction job where we are putting wear and tear on this for hours every day, but it’s great to have quality workwear for when we do need it.
These overalls are very warm. I tend to overheat easily, and my husband doesn’t. However, these do keep him warm enough while working outside in the winter for an hour or so. They usually keep me too warm and then I have to unzip the front for ventilation. The only time I’ve gotten cold in these is when I’ve had to be out for more than an hour in the wind and sub-zero temps.
These are 100% cotton canvas outer shell in the traditional Carhartt brown color. The inner lining is a red quilted nylon. The fact that it is nylon is nice because it slides easily against your other clothes so that it doesn’t feel too restrictive. The inner seams are bound and sewn flat so they don’t catch either. The collar is corduroy. The insulated fill is polyester.
The outside seam of each leg unzips all the way to the waist so you can get these on over the most bulky of boots. There are also snaps on the “storm flap” over these zippers. I never bother to use them, but you could. The sleeve cuffs have two buttons for wrist adjustment. There are snaps under the collar to attach an optional hood. (I just wear a hooded sweatshirt under the coveralls)
There are two hip pockets with a hammer loop on the left. There are two long thin tool pockets on the right leg just behind the zipper. There are two breast pockets with angled zippers. There is also a double pencil pocket on the outside of the left sleeve. Two deep, front slash pockets are handy for anything else you might need.
The waist has a sewn-in “belt” for a bit of tailoring, and there is an adjustment tab with two buttons just above the waist on each side of the back. Additionally, there is a pleat on each side of the upper back which allows for more give when you move to make working easier.
I have been very impressed with the durability of the fabric. My legs are short, so when I wear this I’m inevitably walking on the back of the lower cuff. There are a few spots where the fabric is breaking down, but not anything like what I would expect from this kind of abuse.
They come in three lengths: regular, short and tall, for most sizes 34 to 60.
I don’t remember what we paid for these so many years ago. They now sell for about $125. They are worth every penny.