I purchased my Carhartt jacket about two weeks ago. I bought the dark brown color.
I am from Michigan, and we had an unexpected snowstorm that left six inches on my front porch, driveway, back porch, and sidewalk. Initially, I was skeptical as to how this Carhartt jacket would hold up to the elements. So, I thought that wearing it while shoveling the snow would be a good way to put it to the test and to break the jacket in.
To my pleasant surprise, the jacket held up amazingly well! I was wearing a thin crewneck sweatshirt underneath and jeans. The jacket held up to the elements and protected me from the bone-chilling wind. I did not feel cold at all-- in fact, I was sweating. The quilted flannel really does its job very well. The hood kept my ears and head warm. The ribbed wrist and hip cuffs kept my body heat in.
I have owned several winter jackets, and I feel that this Carhartt has far surpassed every one of them. It is truly a no-nonsense, rugged work jacket, quite unlike the more expensive and less warm North Face jackets.
In my opinion, it is worth every dollar. You will not regret purchasing this active jacket. For reference, I am 5'3", about 120 lbs. I bought the jacket in size small. I was debating between the extra small and the small size, but ended up choosing the latter (small). The extra small felt a little bit tight around my chest area when I had it zipped. The small size is perfect. It does not feel too loose, nor does it feel too tight. There is still a good amount of room in the chest area when fully zipped, and I can also wear a beanie underneath the hood, with room to spare.
The only issue that I might mention is the zipper. Initially, it is is a bit stiff and difficult to zip, but once the jacket is broken in, this is no longer an issue. In a future version of the jacket, I would also like to see the hood extend out a bit more. It seems to be a short, and so when it rains or snows, the edge of the hood does not completely cover my eyes, and so I end up getting precipitation on my sunglasses.
The fit of the jacket looks great. I am so glad that Carhartt has a women's line.
Buy this jacket! You can't go wrong with it.