The M-65 field jacket became standard issue to United States troops in 1965 during the Vietnam Conflict. A successor to the M-51 field jacket issued to troops during the previous war, the M-65 was heavier, outfitted with more features, and better suited to fend off the cold and often rainy conditions experienced in the jungles of Vietnam thanks to a heavyweight cotton canvas construction. Like the M-51 and M-43 jackets used before it, the new version sported an olive green colorway along with a concealable hood, adjustable cuffs, snap buttons, and a plethora of large pockets throughout for carrying extra gear in the field.
The military field jacket hasn’t changed very much over the past 50 years since the M-65 was introduced, save for a few extra style cues including colors, materials, and subtle changes that don’t skew far from the original design.
Now, long after the Army field jacket has gone by the wayside for gear better suited for combating the cold and rain, the field jacket design has gained even more popularity in the fashion world. You don’t have to be an enlisted soldier to enjoy the stylish looks and functional benefits of a quality field coat, because they look great while out in the city, perform just as well at the campsite or on the trail, and offer plenty of storage pockets for toting your EDC essentials. If you’re interested in adding this classic staple to your wardrobe, here are our picks of the best military-style field jackets available right now, in no particular order.
Brandit M-65 Field Jacket
Inspired by the iconic, military-issued jackets of yesteryear, the Brandit M-65 Giant Field Jacket sports a vintage design complete with a stonewashed inner shell that renders it much softer than the originals, a removable winter lining that can be worn as a standalone piece during fairer weather, a storm flap, and various cargo pockets for storing endless EDC gear. The jacket’s most notable feature, besides the ample storage options, is it’s drawstring hood that is easily concealable via a velcro collar. – $125
Cockpit M65 Field Jacket
For over 40 years, Cockpit USA has been setting a standard for high-quality leather flight and field jackets, contracting with many government agencies both domestic and abroad with the gear needed for their soldiers and pilots. A favorite among their list of jackets is this M-65 field jacket, an authentic military jacket made to meet the same specification of the original 1965 M-65 model issued by the U.S. Army. Snap closures, adjustable sleeve cuffs, and a zippered concealed hood give this field jacket it’s vintage appeal. – $350
Alpha Industries M-65 Field Coat
Boasting a vintage look with a modern feel, this M-65 field jacket by Alpha Industries includes all of the features of the original M-65 field jackets—such as a concealed hood, a drawcord waist, snap fasteners, and a weatherproof, heavy cotton blend construction—along with all of the heavy duty hardware that will stand up to repeated use and abuse. – $180
Orvis Woodside Meadow Field Jacket
The Woodside Meadow Field Jacket offers up a hint of vintage style along with a more modern fit that makes it perfect for wearing out on the weekends or to the office without turning to many heads. Four large snap closure cargo pockets adorn the front for storing your smartphone, pocket notebook, knife, wallet, and other stuff, while an integrated waist belt with snap tabs provides an adjustable fit. – $298
Vince Military Field Jacket
While a bit on the pricier side, you definitely get what you pay for with the Vince Military Field Jacket, which includes a heavy duty waxed canvas cotton that can stand up to inclement weather, a concealable hood, 5 large front storage pockets, and lightweight polyester blend inner lining. It’s versatile enough to wear both at the campsite and out to eat with your lady friend – $695
The Algonquin Field Jacket
Designed by Guideboat and inspired by the old L.L. Bean hunting jackets from the 40’s and 50’s, the Algonquin Field Jacket marries vintage style with modern English details including a corduroy collar lining, a Japanese cotton canvas and flatlock seam construction with a blanket lining. Wear it dressed up or dressed down because it’ll go with just about anything. – $495
Hamlin Field Jacket
The Hamlin is a lightweight, weather-proof field jacket perfect for spring and fall, and the frequent inclement weather that accompanies them. It’s made from lightweight Taslon nylon—a fabric that breathes like cotton but performs like more advanced fabrics—and features multiple layered bellow pockets for storing your EDC essentials, angled chest pockets with zippers, and a hood that can be concealed inside the jacket’s collar. – $175
J.Crew Field Mechanic Jacket
The Field Mechanic Jacket by J.Crew is a modern take on the vintage field coat, offering a trimmer fit and a more modern look for everyday wear without sacrificing the features that made the original M-65 field jackets so great such as a foldable zip hood, flap pockets, and adjustable cuff tabs. – $198
Barbour Sapper Field Jacket
Barbour has a penchant for crafting modern clothing with some serious vintage flare, as seen with their popular Steve McQueen Rexton Jacket. It’s only natural then, that they pay homage to the military field jacket, a classic favorite for everyday wear on the street. The Sapper Field Jacket features a medium weight 6 ounce waxed cotton exterior with a weatherproof treatment, an assortment of pocket storage, and all the trimmings that make it a win in the field and out. – $429
Timberland Traveler Field Jacket
Another modern version of the classic field jacket is the Traveler Field Jacket by Timberland. It’s shorter, more tailored design than the originals for a modern fit, and sports a warm wool and polyester exterior with an even warmer flannel lining. Single button cuffs and chest flaps round out the jacket’s modern design. – $166
Anchorage M65 Field Jacket
If you’re roughing it in the great outdoors and expecting horrible weather, the Anchorage M65 is the field jacket you’ll want to be wearing. Essentially a reimagined version of the original M-65 model, the Anchorage is completely waterproof thanks to sealed seams and waterproof YKK zippers, completely breathable, and nearly indestructible in the face of the elements. – $340
Relwen CPO Deck Jacket
A military surplus-style field jacket with a modern fit, the CPO Deck Jacket by Relwen boasts a 100% cotton outer shell along with a spread collar, button closure long sleeves, a front button closure with an extra zip closure, a pair of chest flap pockets secured also by a button closure, and a look that will only get better with each laundry cycle. Available in your choice of dark olive or dark khaki. – $175
Saint Laurent Field Jacket
At first sight, there’s no mistaking the Saint Laurent Field jacket as anything but military. From the olive drab cotton and linen construction to the fuller fit, it was designed to mimic the field jackets worn by soldiers during the Vietnam war era. A multitude of pockets throughout the design allows you to store all of your everyday carry items while freeing up pocket space in your pants. – $1,850
L.L. Bean Original Field Coat
As soon as it lands on your doorstep, the L.L. Bean original Field Coat feels as if it’s been worn for over a generation. It’s soft, Nor’Easter canvas cotton is built to stand up to the rigors of the outdoors such as briars, bushes, and cold rain, while a sewn-in lining, underarm gussets, and bi-swing shoulders allow for freedon of movement while keeping you warm on your next hunting trip. – $119
Aether Apparel Field Jacket
Part military jacket, part ski jacket, the Aether Apparel Field Jacket performs just as well out in the field as it does on the slopes thanks to a well thought-out design that includes a three layer heavy oxford shell with a tricot backer for superior protection against wind, rain, snow, and cold temperatures. It you ever were out in the field, fighting for survival, this field jacket would be your best hope. Not only would you survive the elements, but you would look damn good doing it.