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.
Flint and Tinder Quilted Waxed Field Jacket
Huckberry’s established in-house brand of American-made menswear comes through in a big way — just in time for the cooler season with the Quilted Waxed Field Jacket. Both sleek and field-ready, it’s made from tough British Millerain waxed canvas and finished off with custom touches such as goose down insulation, hand-warmer pockets, button-snap pockets for your everyday carry, and a comfortable Japanese polyester lining.
As if that wasn’t enough, the collar has special shawl detailing to provide comfort when layering up. Grab the Dark Olive color, then wear it with your favorite pair of work boots when the temperatures finally decide to take a nose dive. – Shop Now
Barbour Bunt Waxed Field Jacket
Barbour has been delivering functional, field-ready jackets, shirts, and other style staples top the masses for over 125 years, but there is no doubt in our minds that their true wheelhouse is the waxed jacket. This shorter-length field jacket is purposely crafted from waxed cotton to insulate and protect against frigid temperatures and the occasional rain and snow shower.
A buttoned storm placket combined with a box-quilted back yoke seals out moisture while trapping warmth for ultimate comfort in the face of winter weather. Finally, a pair of roomy welt pockets and a patch pocket on the chest are meant for storing your everyday carry essentials, while a stowable nylon hood offers added protection from the elements in proper field jacket fashion. – Shop Now
Mission Workshop Eiger Wax Canvas Field Jacket
Mission Workshop seems to have it all figured out when it comes to making sleek, commute-friendly gear for the guy on the go — gear that, all at once, is still crafted with great character and style. Retailing for an investment-level $685, this jacket comes packed with all the heritage, history and style you could ask for, available in sleek colors like black and charcoal, plus traditional colors like olive. A jacket that’s both, as the brand says, water-resistant and refined? Sign us up. We’d wear this with slim dark denim, a classic chambray shirt and suede chukka boots — that’s timeless, easy-going and functional style at its best. – Shop Now
Proof Quilted Field Jacket
Proof takes the sort of classic menswear picks you know and love and gives them better on all fronts. The Quilted Field Jacket from Proof shown here gets the same rugged treatment as it’s pants and tees counterparts just in time for the frigid elements of winter. The jacket itself is a modern update of the iconic M-65 jacket, except this jacket now features a water-resistant nylon-poly shell and the use of sustainably sourced duck down for extra warmth. Overall, it’s the sort of classic men’s winter jacket that’s going to be hard to surpass in terms of quality and performance. – Shop Now
Orvis Heritage Field Coat
For more than a century, Orvis offered some of the best in outdoor apparel. It’s no surprise that they’ve brought back to market the classic field coat, subtly updated for taking on the elements this winter season. Gusseted underarm panels offer superior ventilation for those in warmer climates, while the waxed canvas construction will repel rain, snow, and wind when you need it to most — during the frigid temperatures of the fall and winter. Wear it year after year, it will only become better-looking with age. – Shop Now
Relwen Channel Stretch Boarder
If you visit our site regularly, you’ve will no doubt see that we are especially fond of the rugged and dependable gear being sold by Relwen. The brand draws heavily on the functional roots and design of the U.S. military, and that’s a look we can all appreciate.
The Channel Boarder embodies this functionality and military-focused design quite nicely. It specifically plays off classic ‘90s snowboarding outerwear, using lightweight taslan fabric construction and a seriously cool olive color reminiscent of the classic field jackets of yesteryear. We also appreciate the stand-up collar for extra protection from the elements. The quilted construction and warm 60 gram polyfill insulation also ensure this jacket provides protection against the elements and tough style no matter how frigid the winter temps get. – Shop Now
Madewell Field Jacket
A simple yet functional field jacket that won’t break the bank. Madewell’s field-ready jacket features a garment-dyed cotton construction for an already worn in look similar to the military styles of yesteryear. Additional features include a slim fit with vintage military details such as a packable hood, gusseted side pockets and drawcords.
It’s an outer layer that can be worn almost year round and will look just as good on your commute to the office as it will on a Saturday night out at the pub. And with a price tag under $150, you won’t need a second mortgage just to purchase it. – Shop Now
Proof Field Jacket
Proof knows that the right outerwear is important during the cooler seasons, hence their release of their version of the classic military Field Jacket. It’s a modern, streamlined approach to the M-65, and features a water-resistant outer shell with breathable insulation to combat inclement weather, five separate pockets that offer ample storage space, a modern fit that goes well with your entire wardrobe, and a secret stash pocket for stowing your valuables such as a phone, passport, or wallet. – Shop Now
Relwen Quilted Tanker
Inspired by the utilitarian styles of military field jackets, the Relwen Quilted Tanker is a fine addition to the brand’s line of modern essentials — and an even finer addition to your fall layering wardrobe. It’s the perfect field jacket to throw on for travel, packed as it is with pockets and sleek style in equal measure. Wear it on a cross country jaunt or an international flight in place of a blazer, seeing as it can handle all of your everyday carry essentials with ease. – Shop Now
Pursell Waterproof Field Jacket
We’re very slowly but surely approaching the start of the very best season for menswear and men’s gear — that’d be fall, and it calls for nothing but the best in terms of your new favorite field jacket. For all those times when you can’t compromise style or performance, reach for something along the lines of the Pursell Waterproof Jacket, a rough-and-tumble field jacket that simply won’t quit. It fits with the brand’s rugged outdoor heritage and history of outfitting explorers for the field, and this jacket, what with its higher-than-military-grade waterproof protection and handy details like a packable hood, fits the bill perfectly.
All you need to do is pair it up with the brand’s tough field pants or a warm thermal henley for perfect, standout style — no doubt about it. Articulated elbows and the ability to be worn atop a sport coat add an extra dimension when you need to stay sharp and stay dry, too. – Shop Now
Bonobos Hooded Field Jacket
Is there such a thing as the perect field jacket? Sure there is — and Bonobos, as you might expect, makes one that’s modern, functional and decidedly stylish. Every bit as functional as the field jackets worn by operators in the field yet twice as stylish, this weather-friendly cotton blend field jacket comes in two standard color options — classic Olive and a more sublt navy blue. The Olive colorway might be our personal favorite, a stylish yet minimal take on the field jacket that’s fit for wearing with dressier pieces like a crisp white Oxford and sleek dark blue denim. Name another field jacket that can do that. – Shop Now
Faherty Hooded Field Jacket
For as much as Faherty Brand exudes laidback coastal style with their flannel shirts and henleys, they also know how to craft one of the msot functional and adventure-minded field jackets for fall adventures and winter exploring. The brand’s Hooded Field Jacket features an all weather-friendly outer shell and a comfortable quilted lining that keep you ready for any pending weather along with a zip-out hood and plenty of everyday carry pockets integrated into the jacket’s design. – Shop Now
Helly Hansen Kobe Field Jacket
Can a jacket be technical and yet also supremely stylish? Sure thing — particularly with the Helly Hansen Kobe Field Jacket, a brilliant take on the field jacket that merges modern style with tough functionality. It’s waterproof, windproof and breathable, all at once, and it’s also fully seam-sealed. Rest assured, this is a jacket that can layer up in inclement weather this fall with ease. You’re also getting Helly Tech construction and exterior pockets that provide essential room for your everyday carry must-haves. – Shop Now
Brandit Britannia Field Jacket
This M-65-inspired field jacket by Brandit doesn’t skimp on the details. With a vintage design that will make any wardrobe you wear look authentic, The Brandit Britannia Field jacket is built from 100% weatherproof cotton that allows a quick break-in time and includes a zippered front with storm flap snap button pockets, under arm vents to keep you cool during the warmer months, and leather Brandit details throughout. Dress it up or dress it down at the campsite, this jacket is as versatile as it gets. – Shop Now
Filson 3-Layer Field Jacket
Looking for a brand to come through in the clutch when it comes time to shop for you next field jacket? Filson delivers, time and again. That’s why we love the 3-Layer Field Jacket, made from rugged and tough nylon, not to mention waterproof functionality. It’s a beastly jacket featuring articulated sleeves and reinforced forearms — the rear game bag and expandable shell pockets will certainly come in handy during long days in the field. You’ll have to invest in it upfront, but rest assured that it’s a spend that’ll pay dividends every single time you wear it. – Shop Now
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. – Shop Now
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. – Shop Now
Bonobos Military Field Jacket
Is there such a thing as a dressy field jacket? Sure there is — and Bonobos, as you might expect, makes one that’s modern, functional and decidedly stylish. Every bit as wearable as your favorite blazer this fall and winter, this cotton field jacket comes in a range of versatile (and unexpected) color options, from classic Olive to eye-catching Camo to a striking Burgundy. The Burgundy might be our personal favorite, an extremely unique take on the field jacket that’s fit for wearing with dressier pieces like a crisp white Oxford and sleek dark blue denim. Name another field jacket that can do that. – Shop Now
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. – Shop Now
W.R.K. Ethan 3-in-1 Field Jacket
The more options you can provide us when it comes to durable, stylish fall and winter outerwear, the more we’ll take. See Exhibit A: The WRK Ethan 3-in-1 Field Jacket, with .. you guessed it, three jackets in one stylish, functional and surprisingly tough package. Made from sleek and travel-friendly 100 percent nylon in a striking shade of blue, six front pockets (including two snap pockets) make this a truly useful field jacket that’ll look sleek with dark denim and a henley at the bar, or adventure-ready when worn with a flannel field shirt and work pants. – Shop Now
Carhartt Men’s Field Coat
What’s the perfect field coat to team with your durable Carhartt chore pants? Easy — one from the very same brand, priced just right and made to take on your toughest daily tasks (to say the very least). From the corduroy-trimmed collar to the insulation to the use of durable cotton, this field coat is perfect for outdoor work and outdoor adventures alike. It’s also rare to find a field coat at this price point, so we say you shouldn’t hesitate to pick it up as soon as possible. – Shop Now
Alpha Industries Revival Field Coat
Turn to the brand that started out making coats for the military to supply your next tough, instantly wearable field coat. The Revival Field Coat has all the trappings of a classic field coat, right down to the engaging and cool camo pattern. That’ll set it apart from the pack on your commute, at your next football tailgate or at a brewery visit. Front flap pockets cement the classic utility of this silhouette, and the lightweight construction makes it easy to layer with a denim shirt and a henley this fall. – Shop Now
Outdoor Research Prologue Field Jacket
There are times where you just need a coat you can grab and throw on without worrying about — in matters of style, dependability and toughness. Outdoor Research provides exactly that with its Prologue Field Jacket, a durable piece of outerwear that’s outdoor-friendly and subtly stylish. It’s a nylon-polyester blend for durability in the elements, and it comes in a range of neutral and easy-to-style colors. From the double-needle stitching to the double-weave fabric, it’s remarkably tough and ready to layer up with your favorite pair of faded blue denim and a garment-dyed henley. – Shop Now
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. – Shop Now
Lucky Brand Waxed M-65 Field Jacket
What to pair with your new favorite denim from Lucky Brand? A stylish and classic M-65 field jacket, ideally outfitted with a waxed finish for maximum durability. Made from an equally classic cotton-nylon blend in a timeless color, this M-65 Field Jacket is a very worthwhile addition to your wardrobe this season. We think it works best with a natural henley and broken-in indigo denim, all the better to team with moc toe boots on the weekend. There’s no telling where you’ll go with a jacket this stylish — we think you should wear it as much as possible. – Shop Now
Abercrombie & Fitch Combat Jacket
Blending the cool of streetwear with the rugged appeal of military classics, the Abercrombie & Fitch Combat Jacket has all the bells and whistles you need … and none you don’t. With a cotton exterior and nylon-cotton interior lining, touches like the sherpa-lined collar and a functional hood stand out from the pack when it comes to this generation of field jackets. It’s the type of jacket we could see working on rainy days or in instances where you want something a bit more casual, yet eye-catching. – Shop Now
Patagonia Maple Grove Canvas Jacket
Outdoor-minded adventurers surely know all about Patagonia and its unwavering commitment to quality and eco-conscious designs. That’s never been more apparent than with the Maple Grove Canvas Jacket, except you get a unique dash of style thrown in, too. Featuring unique construction (organic cotton plus polyester stretch canvas), this jacket is finished with DWR for weather-ready capabilities, and polished off in crisp, cool colors like Navy and Bence Brown (a rich tan that happens to be our favorite). Throw it on and get out there. – Shop Now
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. – Shop Now
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. – Shop Now
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 freedom of movement while keeping you warm on your next hunting trip. – Shop Now
Anchorage Waterproof 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. – Shop Now
Tom Ford Quilted Field Jacket
Want a field jacket that James Bond wouldn’t look out of place wearing? You want the Tom Ford Quilted Field Jacket, a sleek and utterly beautiful field jacket that represents a bold new addition for your consideration. From the diamond quilting to the rarely seen biker-inspired shoulder detailing, this jacket is remarkable in more ways than one. It’s lined in luxurious cotton cashmere and also features a silky-soft nylon exterior, not to mention studs embossed with that signature “TF.” Side adjusters complete the uniquely tailored feel of this remarkable field jacket. – Shop Now
Orvis Midpoint Jacket
If you’re feeling more classic and adventure-ready, then Orvis has the timeless field jacket for you. Made for the field-minded adventurer and made to tackle cool, crisp mornings and chilly nights around the fire, the Midpoint Field Jacket is ready to go for just about any situation (even a blustery city commute). The shorter cut and trimmer silhouette compared to the brand’s traditional field jacket gives it a bit of modern edge (think James Bond in Skyfall), while the slant front button hip pockets provide mobility and everyday carry potential. Pick it up in Olive, or our favorite — Tobacco — and then wear with a thermal henley, rugged field pants and tough hiking boots. – Shop Now
Orvis Around The World Jacket
Here’s a lightweight field jacket that offers you multiple options for keeping everything you need accessible, organized and secure. Aptly, it’s called the Around the World Jacket and it’s made by Orvis who started by selling fly-fishing gear way back in the 1850s — so they’ve had a little time to perfect the art of functional outerwear. The Around The World Jacket is extremely Lightweight thanks to a cotton ripstop and nylon mesh construction, while a variety of snap-shut and hook/loop closure interior pockets and six exterior pockets keep your everyday carry essentials close at hand and easy to find. – Shop Now
**Updated 09/14/18 with contributions by Beau Hayhoe.
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