When you’re working hard in the summer heat, you need two things: durability and breathability — and unfortunately, when it comes to clothing, those two things are rarely offered alongside each other. Carhartt once again earns its title as one of the best workwear companies with its line of gear that features Carhartt Force Technology. From T-shirts to work pants to leggings to boots, everything here is especially well made (as per usual) but also exceptionally cooling and sweat-wicking to keep you dry and comfortable in the warm weather.
Odds are if you work or play in extreme conditions, you’ve heard of Carhartt — but if not, here’s a quick rundown: This company exists to serve and protect hardworking people with its tough, well-designed clothing that can stand up to just about anything. It was founded by Hamilton Carhartt in 1889 and has stayed in the family ever since, so it’s never strayed from its core values of dependability, honesty and trust. That said, Carhartt still always aims to improve with initiatives and partnerships that help to build a better future.
Carhartt’s Force line has plenty of options to choose from, but perhaps the most exciting is the relaunch of a fan favorite: the Force Relaxed Fit Midweight Pocket T-Shirt. Among the new enhancements, you’ll find zoned mesh panels, additional stretch and improved seams. Carhartt also just released this shirt in a women’s style for the first time, so keep scrolling to check out those two items and more.
Carhartt Force Relaxed Fit Midweight Short-Sleeve Pocket T-Shirt ($24.99; carhartt.com)
As previously discussed, this new and improved design features more airflow, extra stretch and added comfort — but the cotton-blend fabric also dries fast, resists stains and chafing, boosts mobility and keeps you cool. It’s available in ample colors, not to mention both regular and tall sizes, and so far, reviewers are thrilled: “Best T-shirts in the business,” one writes. “I have at least 10 so far.”
Carhartt Force Relaxed Fit Midweight Long-Sleeve Pocket T-Shirt ($29.99; carhartt.com)
For some added protection, there’s the Force T-shirt with long sleeves. Despite the additional coverage, it’s still designed to boost airflow, wick sweat and minimize heat with its ventilated panels and FastDry Force technology. Like its short-sleeve counterpart, it also resists stains and has flatlock seams for a smooth feel, while other notable features include its pen-stall pocket and longer droptail hem.
Carhartt Force Relaxed Fit Midweight Short-Sleeve Women’s Pocket T-Shirt ($24.99; carhartt.com)
Carhartt just released this fan-favorite design in a women’s style, which, according to one reviewer, is great for “working outside and in the greenhouse in the summer.” The midweight cotton jersey holds its shape, wicks sweat, resists odors, dries fast, allows for a full range of motion, releases stains and even provides UPF 25+ protection against the sun. Get it in four different colors, all with a chest pocket.
Carhartt Force Fitted Lightweight Ankle Length Legging ($49.99; carhartt.com)
The stretch-knit fabric fits like a second skin and moves while you move, but don’t be fooled; these leggings are plenty sturdy, especially with their extra-wide waistband, ripstop utility pockets and gusseted crotch. Most importantly, they wick sweat, dry fast and fight odors, so you can stay fresh all day — even despite sun, heat and humidity.
Carhartt Force Relaxed Fit Ripstop Cargo Work Pant ($59.99; carhartt.com)
“Seriously, the most comfortable work pants I have ever worn!” one reviewer writes about these Force cargo pants, while others raved about the “excellent quality.” From the belt loops to the pockets, everything is reinforced for ripstop durability, but the Force technology still fights sweat and odors while keeping you cool. Get them in four lengths