Carhartt Quick Duck Active Jac

January 11, 2013 | by Ethan (email) |

Months ago Carhartt asked us to check out their new Quick Duck jackets and vest, and I agreed with my usual “no promises” disclaimer. If you’re a regular reader, you know that OPC is all about the Project Guides and not as much about the products, and we like to keep it that way. However, I’ve been wearing the Quick Duck Active Jac everywhere: work, home, job sites, even church, and I was so impressed that I thought it was worth sharing.


The unique Carhartt Quick Duck fabric is made of 8.5-ounce, 60% cotton/40% polyester canvas with a durable water-repellent finish. It really is a beautiful thing to see rain, snow and sleet just run right off me. The quilted lining is composed of nylon and mid-weight polyester insulation, and it does a great job keeping me warm.

The Active Jac has a hood, and I was glad to see concealed draw cords rather than the dangly pull strings. Pull strings are annoying, and a safety hazard when you’re leaning over a table saw.


The Active Jac includes a left-chest map pocket, two large lower-front pockets, and two inside pockets. There’s also a media port to run headphones to a cell phone or media player. That’s not something I’d ever use (especially on a job site), but it’s available.



What impresses me most is the quality construction, and I’d expect nothing less from Carhartt. With the heavy-duty zippers, durable canvas shell and triple-stitched main seams, the Active Jac is going to last a long time.


The Active Jac costs $130, and you can find it and other Quick Duct products online or at a local retailer.

15 Responses
  1. Eek565 says:

    How well does it keep your range of motion, while keeping you warm? I can’t stand most winter jackets because I feel like Randy from A Christmas Story. “I can’t put my arms down!”

  2. Love me some Carhartt. my vest and lined hoody are probably some of my most worn (all time) construction gear (nearing a 15 year anniversary with them).

  3. poiboybf says:

    Looks really nice. I have a similar jacket from Carhartt, but mine is older. I had long since removed the pull strings from the hood for the reason you have described in favor of some elastic webbing.

  4. bigredmachine says:

    No dought Carhartt is the best for a working man or woman who earns their living being outdoors at times

  5. MissFixIt says:

    Does Carhartt have a womens line? I know Dickies does.

  6. trebor says:

    Is the real reason you didn’t want to review clothing because you didn’t want to have to model them? Hahaha

  7. naomipsalm77 says:

    Did someone say “Duck” Dynasty?

  8. JustME says:

    Looks like a very nice jacket Ethan, but I noticed you have a hooded sweatshirt under it in most photos. Does it happen to have a cold rating?

  9. HANDYMAN51 says:

    The water repellency would be helpful in staying dry/ warmer when snowblowing.

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