Quick Guide to Carhartt Shells – Cotton Duck, Firm Duck, Sandstone Duck, Washed Duck and Quick Duck


The first feature to take note of for any
Carhartt outerwear is the shell fabric. The most popular shell fabrics for Carhartt
outerwear are Duck and Extremes. The first one we’ll look at is Carhartt’s
duck. This shell is made from heavyweight, 12-oz.,
100% cotton duck fabric that is tightly woven with no gaps where the yarns interlace – a
feature that makes it wind and snag resistant. Cotton duck is known for its quality, durability
and comfort. There are then four different finishes to
the cotton duck that Carhartt uses in its outerwear. Each finish has its own distinct characteristics
and provide a difference from one garment to another in the way they look, feel and
stand up to the elements. Firm Duck is made from unwashed and untreated
cotton duck. Outwear with this shell finish features a
stiff, non-broken-in feel. This hard-wearing, traditional canvas is resistant
to snags and tears. The next finish, Sandstone Duck, is micro-sanded
for a brushed appearance and is then washed with detergent and softeners for a broken-in
feel. Because it is pre-washed, there is less shrinkage
than canvas that has not been prewashed. The Washed duck fabric is made from cotton
duck that has been washed with detergent and softeners – but not micro-sanded – and also
has a broken-in feel. This also shrinks less than non-prewashed
canvas. QuickDuck is a 60% cotton duck and 40% polyester
canvas blend. This creates a lightweight and water-repellent
finish. This material is 30% lighter than sandstone
duck, but just as tough. That’s what you need to know about Carhartt
shells to help you choose the best outwear for you. To shop our wide selection of Carhartt workwear
by shell type, click-on the links located under each material’s description on this
page. Or click the link in this video to see all
of our Carhartt outerwear.