What Is the Difference Between a Carhartt Active Jacket & a Carhartt Detroit Jacket?

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What Is the Difference Between a Carhartt Active Jacket & a Carhartt Detroit Jacket?
Man wearing a warm and comfortable Carhartt jacket. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Carhartt, a respected manufacturer of heavy-duty work clothes, was founded in 1889. Carhartt jackets are chosen by workers in many fields, such as construction, farming and other outdoor areas, because of their warmth, comfort and durability. Two favourite Carhartt jackets are the Active Jacket and the traditional Detroit Jacket. Given the differences between the two styles, each one is better suited for different people in different environments and work areas.

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The History of Carhartt Jackets

The Carhartt company was founded by Hamilton Carhartt in 1889. Carhartt originally focused on producing heavy-duty overalls for the railroad industry. Since 1889, Carhartt has expanded its heavy-duty garment offerings to include outerwear, jeans and fire resistant garments. Carhartt also produces its own Carhartt Master Cloth, which is used exclusively in the manufacture of Carhartt products. Its motto was "From the mill to millions," and they have fulfilled this statement by becoming one of the most respected producers of heavy-duty work wear in the U.S.

Carhartt Active Jacket Specifications

Carhartt Active Jacket's outer shell is made up of heavyweight 340gr. "firm hand" 100 per cent cotton. Quilted flannel lines the body and the attached hood while the sleeves are lined with quilted nylon. Two large pouch-type pockets are on the front of the jacket, and it also includes two inside pockets for additional stash space. The Active jacket sports ribbed cuffs and waist for comfort and to keep out cold winter air while on the job.

Carhartt Detroit Jacket Specifications

The outer shell of Carhartt's Detroit Jacket is made up of heavy-duty 340gr., 100 per cent cotton duck material. The body is lined with blanket material while the sleeves are lined with quilted nylon. This jacket sports a welt pocket inside as well as two slash front pockets and a left chest zippered pocket. The Detroit jacket is cut to be form-fitting and less bulky for comfort. The waist and cuffs include snaps to adjust for the ideal fit.

Differences Between Carhartt Active and Detroit Jackets

Several basic differences exist between Carhartt Active and Detroit jackets. As with any purchase, differences should be noted before spending hard-earned money. One difference between the two jackets is their basic design. The Active jacket has an attached hood and a knit waist and cuffs. It is also cut to be roomy, leaving space to layer warm clothing under the jacket. The Detroit version is collared, with snaps to attach an optional separate hood. The waist and cuffs are equipped with snaps to adjust the fit, and the jacket is cut to be less bulky and more form-fitting. Another difference is in the lining. The Active jacket sports quilted lining throughout while the Detroit jacket has blanket lining in the body. Both liners provide ample protection from cold winter working conditions. An important difference between these jackets is their cost. The Active jacket out-prices the Detroit jacket at £58.5, as of April 2011, on the Carhartt website, while the Detroit jacket continues to remain a bargain at £46.8.

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