|Carhartt Washed Drill Double Knee Bib Overall - Unlined (#R34)|
Reviewer: Ronaldo, Location: 25 miles north of the Crowsnest Pass, Occupation: Ranch hand
Great in warm weather ...
I'm almost 65, and I wish I'd known about Carhartt lightweight overalls about 40 years ago. The regular Carhartt duck overalls are rugged and comfy in cool weather here in Canada, but they can be stifling hot in the heat of summertime. And most of the time, they're actually more rugged than I usually require ... like many people, I just wear them because they're so comfortable, especially so for people like me who are overweight. They're pricey too ... most retail outlets here in Canada charge about $100.
And so I was delighted that I took the initiative to do some online research and was excited to discover these 9 oz cotton drill overalls. I ordered two pair for me, and a pair for my buddy. The USPS shipping cost to Canada was wicked, and I was wishing that I (like many Canadians) had a post office box in a small town just across the border, about 60 miles from my home here in Alberta.
My opinion? They're great. I expected that there would be considerable shrinkage from the solid but low-tech 100% cotton drill, and there sure was ... even just washing warm and air drying on the clothesline. The legs shrank from cuffed-twice to just-right.
I don't know why the buckle on the straps is wider than the straps ... it should be smaller or the straps wider. An easy fix ...
And Captain Ron's most brilliant move? Just yesterday I dyed a pair ... using the recommended washing-machine routine with inexpensive powdered dye. I wanted a light OR/Optometry-machine shade of green, so I just used one box of the Tintex #36 Forest Green dye. (To get the full colour, they say to use one box per pound ... which would have been three boxes.) I was also "forced" to use the warm setting for the water (instead of the recommended HOT) because I was concerned that I'd shrink the overalls a bit too much. Right now, they're drying on the clothesline in the sunlight, and look just awesome. I live on a ranch in the mountains about 25 miles north of the Crowsnest Pass, and am quite excited about strolling/profiling down Main Street the next time I'm in town.
Next up? Peach!