Best Shirt Jackets

The 10 Best Shirt Jackets

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Is it a shirt or a jacket? Technically, it’s both. The shirt jacket, cleverly referred to as the shirt-jac or shacket for short, is one of the most versatile articles of clothing a man can hang in his closet. A shirt jacket is typically constructed from a warm yet rugged material such as waxed cotton canvas, fleece, cotton flannel, or wool along with a warm inner lining for comfort.

Shirt Jackets are thinner than a typical lightweight jacket or field jacket, yet thicker than the average oxford button down shirt, which renders them a solid choice for wearing in both warm and cooler weather, while a perfect blend of style and durability makes them versatile enough for the trail in inclement weather as well as a night out on the weekend in suburbia. To help you decide which shacket is right for you, we’ve compiled this list of the 10 best shirt jackets available right now, in no particular order.

Journeyman Shirt Jacket

Journeyman Shirt Jacket

Featuring the same rugged utility you would expect from Carhartt or Edgevale but at half the price, the Journeyman Shirt Jacket by Legendary Whitetail features a rugged waxed cotton exterior with a flannel lining, side hand warmer pockets, triple needle stitching, and antique brass closure buttons. It’s the perfect shirt jacket to throw on before chopping wood or hitting the campsite for a few days. – $75

Edgevale Bonded Fleece Shirt Jacket

Edgevale Bonded Fleece Shirt Jacket

Part jacket, part shirt, and just as functional as either one can respectively be, Edgevale’s Bonded Fleece Shirt Jacket is the perfect way to usher in the cooler weather. It is made from a quick-drying, mid-weight micro fleece for pulling jacket duties on the trail, while a tailored fit renders it stylish enough for a night out with your lady friend. Available at Huckberry now in Navy, Black, Red, and Spruce. – $140

Iron and Resin Shelter Shirt Jacket

Iron and Resin Shelter Shirt Jacket

Iron and Resin’s Shelter Shirt Jacket is a heavyweight shirt trapped in a raincoat’s body. It’s water-repellant waxed canvas exterior is the answer to impromptu rain showers, while it’s soft flannel inner liner combats the cold winter chill. Additional features include a button and zipper combo front closure, lined hand pockets, and button flap chest pockets. – $175

Buffalo Check CPO Shirt Jacket

Buffalo Check CPO Shirt Jacket

Inspired by the vintage U.S. Naval jackets worn over two generations ago, this wool shirt jacket available at J.Crew is perfectly functional as a cool weather jacket, a business casual blazer, or as a button down flannel shirt. A blended wool and nylon construction is complimented by anchor buttons that pay homage to the naval jackets it was inspired by. – $100

The Maritime Shirt Jacket

The Maritime Shirt Jacket

The new Maritime Collection is an effort by Taylor Stitch to update the functionality of classic nautical garb. The collection’s flagship piece, the Maritime Shirt Jacket, is much heavier than it’s vintage predecessors thanks to a 19 ounce donegal-flecked lambswool construction along with a signature California collar, oversized flap chest pockets, and a Taylor Stitch signature tailored fit and trim sleeve. – $188

North Coast Shirt Jacket

North Coast Shirt Jacket

The North Coast Shirt Jacket is a truly versatile piece by Edgevale that will protect you from the rain, wind, and other elements thanks to a weather resistant polyurethane soft shell membrane sandwiched between a wool exterior and a warm fleece lining. Perfect for the trail, a motorcycle ride, or on your next camping trip in the mountains. – $199

Relwen Pique Fleece Overshirt

Relwen Pique Fleece Overshirt

Fashion brand Relwen designed the Pique Fleece Overshirt to outlast and outperform other shirt jackets thanks to a construction that utilizes premium cotton and fleece materials along with a front button closure, button flap chest pockets, and a modern tailored fit with reinforced seams throughout that will stand up to years of hard wear. – $180

Carhartt Chatfield Ripstop Shirt Jacket

Carhartt Chatfield Ripstop Shirt Jacket

Carhartt’s Chatfield is the best shirt jacket to throw on before hitting the trail of for your next trek to the campground. This is because, in proper Carhartt fashion, the Chatfield Shirt Jacket is made from 9.25-ounce 100% ripstop cotton that resists the rips and tears that the great outdoors will inflict on a piece of clothing. Triple-stitched seams stand up to hard wear and tear while a quilted lining protects it’s wearer form the cool ambient air. – $49

Topo Designs Breaker Shirt Jacket

Topo Designs Breaker Shirt Jacket

Wear it as a jacket or as a middle layer during the cold winter months, the Breaker Shirt Jacket by outdoor gear experts Topo Designs provides the perfect protection during the unpredictable weather that accompanies the transition between seasons. It’s roomy enough as a jacket, yet sports a tailored fit that looks good out on the town. Additional features include a midweight nylon construction, a snap closure front, snap closure cuffs, and snap closure chest pockets. – $149

Transit Issue Shirt Jacket

Transit Issue Shirt Jacket

Constructed in Poland from lightweight Japanese nylon, the Transit Issue shirt jacket by Apolis is insulated with Primaloft fill for unrivaled weather protection and features side pockets, reinforced rubber snaps constructed in Italy, and a single left front chest pocket. The Transit Issue also features a unique packable design that allows it to be packed into either one of the side pockets, instantly turning it into a convenient travel pillow. – $185

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