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Carhartt Waterproof Breathable Jacket (Style #J162)

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  • Durable nylon shell

  • Water-repellent finish

  • Waterproof, breathable laminated membrane

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Product Description
carhartt Durable nylon shell with water-repellent finish. Waterproof, breathable laminated membrane. Fully taped seams. 100% polyester mesh lining in body; 100% nylon taffeta lining in hood, sleeves and below the waist. Snap-on/detachable visored hood with adjustable drawcord closure. Heavy-duty front zipper with double storm flaps. Left-chest map pocket with waterproof zipper closure. Two inside pockets with hook-and-loop closures. Right-chest pocket with flap and hook-and-loop closure. Two lower-front pockets with zipper closures and storm flaps. Inner-sleeve, stretch-polyester storm cuffs. Inside drawcord at waist.

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Carhartt Waterproof Breathable Jacket (Style #J162)

(based on 79 reviews)

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    • Sleeve Length:
    • Feels too short


      Feels true to length



      (3 reviews)

      Feels too long


Most Liked Positive Review


Very warm and dry

I've owned about a dozen Carhartt arctic-lined duck coats, which usually last me 2-3 years of brutal outdoor abuse. This coat has the added advantage of being completely waterproof, which is a...Read complete review

I've owned about a dozen Carhartt arctic-lined duck coats, which usually last me 2-3 years of brutal outdoor abuse. This coat has the added advantage of being completely waterproof, which is a big plus for me; I find the yellow plastic raingear which my company provides to be uncomfortable. Now I can stay warm and dry without the added layer of latex. The coat is very warm, despite being relatively lightweight compared to the traditional arctic-lined duck. I would rate it even slightly warmer, because it stops wind much better than the cotton shelled duck coats. I live in the northeastern U.S., and we just received 20 inches of snow here. I was out shoveling and snow-blowing for 12 hours over the course of 2 days, and the coat kept me very warm with temps in the low 20's. In addition to the coat, I wore a thermal undershirt and 1 cotton sweatshirt. I was sweating profusely, but as advertised, the coat breathes very well. Below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, I think I will need an additional layer, most likely fleece will do. The collar snaps closed to keep the wind out, completely negating the need for a fleece-neck or scarf-type wear. Further, the hood has (three very strong) velcro straps that smartly close right over the collar, enhancing the effect. It is very comfortable once you get used to its lightness, and it looks very good. When you work with your hands as I do, the cuffs on coats tend to wear very quickly. This coat has a certain slipperiness to its outer shell, which seems to save on cuff wear so far. It gets dirty very quickly, but cleans up very easily with a sponge and soapy water. I work so often that I no longer have "work clothes" and "dress clothes", and this coat looks pretty presentable for a working guy to wear pretty much anywhere. The concerns I have: The outer shell is tough, but the pocket liners are too thin and are definitely going to bust open with the kind of use I put these coats through. Stuffing a tool, or even car/truck keys, into the pockets gives me the dubious feeling that they will tear at any minute and that eventually I will be forced to retrieve my stuff from some hidden corner of the coat, beyond the pocket lining. There is nowhere to safely stuff a pen or pencil because of the thin pocket situation. I am always very carefully placing my pen on the inside left-breast pocket, which is a big, sloppy pocket which just sort of hangs there without any stiff support. If the jacket were heavier and stiffer, it would be easier to put things in and out of the pockets; it is a much softer coat than the Carhartts I am used to. The coat's inner liner is light and surprisingly warm, but again, it is pretty thin, and I am gingerly putting it on each time, to preserve it as long as possible. Overall, I am liking it more and more, and I am glad I took the gamble and crossed over from the arctic-lined duck coats to this one. The advantages over the traditional arctic duck outweigh my concerns, and again, I really like this coat. It is a very good value, and I wouldn't mind replacing it every other year or every second year, which is all that I can expect of a work coat.


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Holy wetness

I don't know if I got a bad lot or what, but I get wet every time I wear this stuff. I have long depended on Carhartt for my work wear, but not...Read complete review

I don't know if I got a bad lot or what, but I get wet every time I wear this stuff. I have long depended on Carhartt for my work wear, but not for my rainwear apparently. I was very disappointed when this jacket started leaking in the shoulder seams and over the years has progressed to not even needing to wear the thing because it's just going to get wet. The jacket leaks, the pockets hold water and at the end of the day I am miserable. I wouldn't recommend these to anybody who works hard out in the weather. Try this one again Carhartt, I expect more from you.

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Excellent Rain Jacket

By Tank

from Roanoke, VA, USA

Comments about Carhartt Waterproof Breathable Jacket (Style #J162):

My wife bought me the jacket for crane rigging. The material seems durable enough to last awhile. The jacket repels water nicely. I would advise getting a 1 size smaller than you would get for a shirt as they run large. I like the jacket over-sized as I will be wearing multiple layers in the winter.


What I expect from Carhartt- quality

By Chuck L

from Kalamazoo, Mi

About Me Casual Dresser

Verified Buyer


  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Good Cut
  • Good Pocket Storage


    Best Uses

    • Outdoor Activities

    Comments about Carhartt Waterproof Breathable Jacket (Style #J162):

    The coat does run on the big side. I'm usually in between a large and XL. The large was plenty big enough.
    I like the ample pocket storage and how the zippers seal up tight.
    A neat feature is the way they cut the sleeve ends to help keep water out.
    Great coat, I recommend getting one...wish it was made in the USA.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Sleeve Length:
    • Feels true to length
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    This jacket rocks!! Simply the best.

    By Simba6

    from Erie , PA USA

    Comments about Carhartt Waterproof Breathable Jacket (Style #J162):

    I am 57 years young, done tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan , and Horn of Africa (Somalia) and have been provided with the best gear available on the market and this jacket rivals all I have worn. I am a gear/outdoor clothing freak and first look for breathability , durability, and then style. This coat rocks it on all fronts. I am a walking billboard for Eddie Bauer First Ascent clothing and won't buy another "welded seam" construction. They just don't hold up to the washing. I have washed my shoreline jacket 100 times without one smidgen of wearing. My two year old namesake grandson will inherit this coat. I wish it was made in the US, but I can't knock the workmanship. Well done Carhartt design team. Keep incorporating the breathability element into your products and send them to Outside Magazine. You would have won the jacket category with this jacket!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    J175 warm comfortable

    By tawbmet

    from Frederick, MD

    Comments about Carhartt Waterproof Breathable Jacket (Style #J162):

    I currently work in a cold envirement, inside and I tend to go outside a lot. At times for extended periods of time and some of the work is not very labor intensive so there is a bit of standing around. Seems like in the winter months the wind is very constant also. I was tired of having to doudle wear coats, lots of layers just to keep warm. I've had the coat for about a month now, temps from 10 to 45 F, sun, wind snow and rain. So far I love this jacket. Its not bulky, very warm but not too warm when temp above 40-45F (haven't had it in warmer weather yet). Water proof. the hood is insulated. overall so far just a great jacket. A little stiff at first. Havent washed it yet will do that this week. May take out some of the stiffness. I am a very picky shopper when it comes to cloths and jackets (wife hates to shop with me). I was conserned about the price, a little more than what I like to pay for a coat but this jacket is worth it.


    Cold, Wind, Rain.......

    By Sierra

    from Waterford Mi.

    Comments about Carhartt Waterproof Breathable Jacket (Style #J162):

    This jacket beats them all. 45 to 52 deg. Wind 10 to 20 mph and rain for the week. We caught fish and i staid warm and dry. If you need a waterproof breathable insulated jacket this should be on your short list.

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