The Best Men's Outdoor Shirt

The 20 Best Men’s Outdoor Shirts

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You know the shirt you need when you just need to, well, get the job done? That’s what our list of the best men’s outdoor shirts is filled with. As you shelve your breezy pocket tees and slim polos for more rugged, hard-wearing gear to take on the chilly fall (and eventually, winter) months, look to these key picks.

Certainly, any one of these outdoor-friendly shirts is going to help you take on even the toughest outdoor projects and outdoor adventures in style. You’ll recognize plenty of brands on this list making a triumphant return, including Taylor Stitch and Topo Designs — both brands with a history of making rugged, durable outdoor gear.

And the great thing about an outdoor shirt? You can wear it on a hike, a bar crawl, to a bonfire or to some combination of all three. And any one of these outdoor-ready shirts will layer easily over a thermal shirt, a rugged henley or your favorite chambray shirt — yes, all three of those. Get excited for the season ahead, and get ready to take on fall in perfectly rugged, classic style.

Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt

Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt

The Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt is a verifiable fall classic, a classically made piece crafted from fine Chamois that layers with ease and looks great on its own. This outdoor shirt can be styled with a grey crewneck sweater or with a white henley — particularly the Blackwatch Plaid iteration — and we think the recent addition of a rich Sawdust color to the lineup is newsworthy, too. Team it with tough, broken-in denim in faded blue or black, and don’t forget rugged brown boots. That combo can do a lot of damage this fall. – Buy It

Topo Designs Field Shirt

Topo Designs Field Shirt

For those of us who appreciate quality design and quality accessories, Topo Designs is surely familiar. And that means the brand’s Field Shirt cuts a mean silhouette when it comes to outdoor shirts. The twill construction and oversized buttons lend themselves to fall adventures aplenty, especially when layered atop your favorite broken-in thermal shirt. Available in a nice range of colors, the Topo Designs Field Shirt draws inspiration from military styling and workwear, so you can be sure it’s up to the test when it comes to rugged seasonal exploration. – Buy It

Taylor Stitch Glacier Shirt

Taylor Stitch Glacier Shirt

Make way for another Taylor Stitch shirt in your closet — the Glacier Shirt is certainly worthy of a spot when it comes to tough, reliable outdoor shirts. The 100 percent indigo cotton French terry fabric is made for prime fall and winter layering. Plus, it features that tailored fit and a classic California collar for which Taylor Stitch is known — no sloppy, baggy work shirts of days gone by here. That stylish versatility and tailored fit make it more than ready to wear to a concert, a winery tour or to, y’know, actually get some work done. – Buy It

Buck Mason Chambray Work Shirt

Buck Mason Chambray Work Shirt

Coming from a brand that made its name producing all-American classics — from stylish tees to essential denim and even leather jackets — it’s no surprise that Buck Mason makes one heck of a chambray work shirt. It falls perfectly within our definition of “outdoor shirts,” a piece that can layer with ease and stand out on its own while providing rugged appeal and functionality. The 7oz. Chambray fabric is breathable and easygoing, so throw on a cotton henley underneath. Better yet, wear this shirt with tough twill pants and hard-wearing leather boots the next time you head to a bonfire or an impromptu hike. – Buy It

Taylor Stitch Crater Shirt

Taylor Stitch Crater Shirt

Some shirts assuredly call to mind the type of old-school style that your father or grandfather might appreciate. The Taylor Stitch Crater Shirt, rendered in a handsome Navy Plaid, is one such shirt. And the great part about this stylish outdoor shirt is that it works as, well, a style piece and a shirt that’s made for getting out and about on a brisk fall morning. That is to say, you could team it with classic Taylor Stitch chinos for a morning coffee run or with work pants to haul brush, chop firewood … you name it, it can do it. – Buy It

North Coast Shirt Jacket

North Coast Shirt Jacket

It’s somewhat rare to find an iconic product, one that launched a brand, no less, available for a great deal — and yet, that’s what North Coast gives you with the brand’s Edgevale Shirt Jacket. Snap it up now for under $175 while you still can, as this style epitomizes easy-to-wear seasonal layering potential. It manages to be both water and wind-resistant, and it does it all in a striking shade of charcoal that would team well with rich brown or black leather boots. And with both quick draw side pockets and internal stash pockets, it’s a grab-and-go shirt for grab-and-go adventures all season long. – Buy It

Columbia Titanium Men's Trail Strike LS Shirt

Columbia Titanium Men’s Trail Strike Shirt

A shirt that functions as a jacket — with the utility to match — is what you’re getting with the Columbia Titanium Trail Strike Shirt. The brand builds this shirt with Omniwick technology to perfectly manage your temperature no matter how hard you work. Everything from the zip-closure security pocket to the sunglass-cleaning patch provides an extra dose of function — necessary whether you’re hitting the trail or kicking back around a bonfire with your favorite craft beer and good company. With the Titanium Trail Strike Shirt, you can certainly do both. – Buy It

GoRuck Rucking Shirt

GoRuck Rucking Shirt

To go where you’ve (feasibly) never gone before requires you throw on gear that you’ve never worn before. And the GoRuck Rucking Shirt promises to help you along the way. With the cut and fabric to rival professional rugby shirts, it’s a heck of a durable menswear piece. And it’s fitting that you get to pick from two easily wearable color options — this shirt looks just as great kicking back watching a ballgame as it does taking a hike or a day trip. It’s to GoRuck’s credit that this shirt is tough, durable and outdoor-ready — best get prepped for the fall season right now. – Buy It

The North Face Cabin Fever Wool Shirt

The North Face Cabin Fever Wool Shirt

A brand like The North Face absolutely doesn’t compromise when it comes to quality construction, durability and a bit of style thrown in the mix. Its Cabin Fever Wool Shirt is aptly named and built the right way from the inside out. That is to say, the Thermolite fill makes a big difference when it comes to providing warmth and protection, while the quilted ripstop lining adds another dash of durability. Throw in the simple, neutral and crisp color selections — we like the Urban Navy option the best — and you’ve got an outdoor shirt ready for layering up on plenty of chilly fall mornings. – Buy It

Filson Alaskan Guide Shirt

Filson Alaskan Guide Shirt

When you need to get outdoors, you should certainly look to the best — and the Filson Alaskan Guide Shirt was absolutely made by the best. The brand itself has a long lineage of crafting tremendously high-quality gear for trekking into the wilderness (and back). The Guide Shirt, what with its use of wind-resistant cotton flannel, is the standard by which other shirts should be measured. The fact that it feels soft to wear, despite its rugged outer durability, is remarkable and should be commended. You can use this one in the field, on the road or in your backyard with ease. – Buy It

Mountain Hardwear Men's AP Shirt

Mountain Hardwear Men’s AP Shirt

Mountain Hardwear took the fabric that makes its AP Pants great, and translated it into a durable, rugged and hard-wearing outdoor shirt that you can buy now and wear right on into fall. Start by breaking it out on a chilly evening, and keep it handy to wear with a beanie cap and rugged work boots in the months to come. Made with stretch cotton nylon sanded canvas, the AP Shirt is unique in its construction and price — you can snag it for under $90 when the brand likely could charge way more. Not a bad job at all by Mountain Hardwear. – Buy It

Outdoor Research Gastown L/S Shirt

Outdoor Research Gastown L/S Shirt

Outdoor Research says that its Gastown Long-Sleeve Shirt can “chop wood, but doesn’t have to advertise it.” It would seem that that’s certainly the case — it’s rare to find a flannel made with 45 percent polyester, and that gives this shirt some added comfort, stretch and mobility. In a neutral earth color, it’s exactly the type of restrained style you’d look for in an outdoor shirt that can do it all. Take the Gastown Shirt for a spin when you need a work shirt up to a weekend of hammock camping, or simply an extra layer to wear to run morning errands. – Buy It

Edgevale Truckee Shirt

Edgevale Truckee Shirt

When you need to throw on a durable outdoor shirt in a hurry, one could make the argument that you need to throw on the Edgevale Truckee Shirt. Made from nylon that features both breathable wicking technology and UV protection, this shirt works on cloudy, breezy days that turn into sunny evenings. The fit is slim-straight, which means this shirt is agreeable for layering both over and under versatile fall layers. Plus, the versatile indigo color is cool, stylish and ready to pair with tan chinos or faded blue denim. – Buy It

Patagonia Lightweight Field Shirt

Patagonia Lightweight Field Shirt

Plenty know Patagonia for its line of lightweight, effective and very sustainably made puffer jackets and vests. If you’re acquainted already, you should consider adding the Patagonia Lightweight Field Shirt to your shopping list for fall, too. The polyester ripstop is remarkably durable and able to stand up to anything this fall, be it yard work or a relaxing stroll along the lake. The cool black color is no-fuss, and should help you take on the great outdoors this fall — at least, that’s where we’d wear this field shirt. – Buy It

Orvis Bush Shirt

Orvis Bush Shirt

Orvis is sticking with the brand’s reputation of crafting classic, instantly recognizable adventure gear — that makes it refreshing that the brand’s Bush Shirt can be worn just as easily on a day hike as it can to head to your favorite bar. Made with poplin cotton and featuring all the trappings of a utility shirt, including large chest pockets, it’s a shirt that could double as a light jacket, and look great doing it. We think it would look best when worn with broken-in, lovingly faded denim and your favorite pair of brown leather boots. – Buy It

Woolrich Expedition Shirt

Woolrich Expedition Shirt

Woolrich is putting its own spin on the Expedition Shirt, complete with the kind of reliable Chamois fabric and a wide range of color options to satisfy any outdoor explorer (or lover of rugged fall style, at that(. The Expedition Shirt comes at an agreeable price point, too — topping out at just under $70. This is all to say that it’s a great bet when it comes to your next outdoor shirt purchase, and it can be styled or worn with any other seasonal staple you like. Start with this shirt, add a henley and black jeans, and get ready for fall. – Buy It

Freenote Utility Shirt

Freenote Utility Shirt

Freenote is lauded in menswear circles for the brand’s dedication to outstanding construction and quality — and that approach definitely comes through in the brand’s Utility Shirt. Crafted from 100 percent cotton, we perhaps most enjoy the Army Green color for wearing over a grey henley or a white Oxford. Don’t sleep on the Charcoal color, either — while each shirt is an investment in and of itself, that means you get the utmost quality and USA-made construction to top it off. In fact, the brand’s Triple Return Guarantee makes buying and exchanging easy. – Buy It

Fjallraven Keb Trek Shirt LS

Fjallraven Keb Trek Shirt LS

To go along with its lineup of perfectly executed and simply designed bags and durable outerwear, Fjallraven also makes pieces like the Keb Shirt, a technical trekking shirt that’s up to the challenge of outdoor adventures this fall. Made from four-way stretch fabric that’s reinforced in key movement and stress areas, it’s a durable layer that’s not too heavy or cumbersome to wear layered atop a thermal henley or a white Oxford for situations that call for casual and rugged style. The range of colors offered by Fjallraven is as versatile as it gets, too. – Buy It

Arcteryx Gryson Shirt LS

Arcteryx Gryson Shirt LS

Arcteryx designs and builds its gear with one-of-a-kind style and serious functionality in mind. This is premium outdoor gear through and through, and the Gryson Shirt lives up to that premium billing. We like the unique, outdoor-inspired Dark Moss Centaur colorway for wearing with everything from grey denim to black jeans to work pants. And the good news is, the Gryson Shirt can feasibly take on all of those pursuits, what with brushed flannel construction that manages to stay breathable and mobile. The Gryson Shirt does it all for just over $100. – Buy It

Askov Finlayson All-Time Moleskin Overshirt

Askov Finlayson All-Time Moleskin Overshirt

For a brand that’s geared toward fantastic, outdoor-ready durability and style, it’s a bold claim to say that the All-Time Moleskin Overshirt might be the most versatile item in the brand’s lineup. And yet, that’s a claim that the brand makes, offering up this handsome overshirt with USA-made construction and all the requisite details to match. From premium Bemberg lining to genuine horn buttons and a handsome Mission Green colorway, this overshirt has plenty going for it — good news for you and the cool outdoor season ahead. – Buy It

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