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How to Choose Carhartt Pants

Deciding what type of Carhartt Pants to buy can be a difficult decision, especially if purchasing online. Having the right mix of comfort and durability is usually the deciding factor on whether you end up being happy with your decision. Hopefully this buying guide can help you order your next pair with confidence.

Types of Fits

The all-important fit. No matter how the pant performs, more than likely you won’t be satisfied if you don’t get this right. Carhartt Pants come in four different fits – Traditional, Relaxed, Loose & Original (sometimes also known as Dungaree fit). Deciding which of these you need should usually be based only on your body type, and not so much what you will be doing in them. To simplify it, the major difference is how much room is in the seat and thigh of the pants.

  • Traditional – This will be the slimmest fit and will sit slightly below the natural waist. The leg openings are narrower, but big enough to fit over boots.
  • Relaxed – This will have a little more room than the traditional, and will also sit right at the natural waist. The leg openings on relaxed are similar to the traditional.
  • Loose – Even more room and will sit below the natural waist similar to the traditional and will have wide leg openings that will fit over work boots.
  • Original – The loosest fitting pant that Carhartt makes. It sits right at the natural waist, has ample moving room and wide leg openings.


Fabric Selection

While mainly known for their common denim & duck fabric, there are plenty more to choose from.

  • Denim – What can we say, it’s denim and Carhartt Jeans are as sturdy as any out there. There are several different washes and colors available in denim.
  • Duck – A durable fabric that Carhartt is known for, these pants should last you a long time.
  • Canvas – For a lighter, yet still durable fabric, the canvas pants would be a great fit for you.
  • Ripstop – Ripstop pants are fairly new to the Carhartt line. They do exactly what it sounds – they stop rips from forming and becoming an issue. The weight of these typically falls in between the duck and canvas.
  • Twill – Twill fabric is going to be a little dressier that some of the others. Twill pants are a favorite amount workers looking to dress a little nicer.
  • Cordura – There is only one pant that has the Cordura. While the pant itself is made out of Duck, the double-chap is made out of the Cordura making this pant pretty close to indestructible.

Double Knees

doublekneeSome do question whether they need double knees or not. This really comes down to how you are using your pants. Generally, most uses of Carhartt pants would not require double-knees, however if you are someone that is on their knees consistently without knee pads, you may want to consider them. That is unlikely as most would choose to wear knee pads and the more likely scenario would be if you were regularly carrying or rubbing something along your knees that would eventually rub a hole in them. A lot of these scenarios would not warrant knee pads but would be hard on the pants themselves.


For the most part, there are really only a couple different pocket arrangements. There are the typical 5-pocket pants, meaning two in the back, two on the side and then in inner pocket inside one of the side pockets, and then their are pants with utility pockets which most styles come in. While they do vary in placement a bit, most have a side pocket on the side that is big enough to accommodate a cell phone and generally have a hammer loop as well. There are a couple cargo styles that don’t fit either of those descriptions as well.


Most Carhartt Pants are unlined, but there are a handful of styles that do come lined with flannel. These jeans are usually meant only to be worn outdoors in the cold, unless of course you happen to work inside a freezer.


More than anything, the type of jean you want to purchase usually comes down to how you will be using them.


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  2. david

    I have carhartt jeans with a tag that says RN#14806. there is also a
    small white tag that says 208147 B04. Which jeans are comparable?

  3. George B.

    I seen someone wearing a pair of your jeans which had rivets in the front of the jeans where the pants would be creased. Where can I find these.
    It was a 5 pocket jean with hammer loop.

    • Shayna Buckridge

      There are quite a few pairs of pants that have rivets on the front. Some of the more popular styles that also include the hammer loop are the B73, B07, B01 and B136. These are all double knee pants, other pants have rivets around the pockets and belt loops but only the double knee pants will include them on the legs.

  4. Mary Jo

    My husband would like to replace a pair of cargo pants that he has
    wore out, he loves the fit and comfort of this pair, do you still carry
    B240 DMS Cargo 35×30 green ?

    thanks MJ

    • Shayna

      The B240 pants have been discontinued and we no longer have any in stock. Click here to see all similar pants available, these pants have the same fit and material as the B240’s.

    • Shayna

      We have what you’re looking for! Click here to see everything we have available with those specifications. The B11 or B151 will probably be what you want to take a look at, they have more color options available.

    • Shayna

      The RN number is the same for all Carhartt items. You will need to find the style number. Click here to see where that is located. We hope this helps you find what you are looking for.

    • Shayna

      We have many options for pants with cargo pockets that have a double front to accommodate knee pads. You can find the jeans here and the pants here. The jeans and most of the pants are 100% cotton, it will tell you the material in the description of each item. These pants do not have built in knee pads, you would need to buy them separately.

  5. Mary Beans

    I bought the XL THermal Henley Longsleeved shirt in navy and I loved the material and the shape of the shirt. When I washed and dried it, it shrank up to nothing. Now it’s not even long enough to tuck into my jeans. I’m surprised that it got so much smaller. I was not expecting that of a Carhartt product.

    • Shayna

      We’re sorry to hear about your trouble with the thermal henley shirts. Please contact us with your order number and we’ll see what we can do to fix this issue.

  6. Mary

    When looking at descriptions of pants, I saw “Dungaree” fit. How would you describe that fit. I am looking for a traditional fit as per described in “How to Choose Carhartt Pants” and wonder if the Dungaree might be the closest. I do not see any that state “Traditional fit” Thank you.

    • Shayna

      The Dungarees fit is the loosest fitting pant available. The closest thing to the traditional fit is the relaxed fit. You can view our relaxed fit pants here.

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