The 20 Best Field Jackets

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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.

Mission Workshop Eiger Wax Canvas Field Jacket

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.

Filson 3-Layer Field Jacket

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.

Relwen Quilted Tanker Jacket

Relwen Quilted Tanker Jacket

The military inspiration and heritage that we love so much is at the forefront of Relwen’s gear — like other menswear staples that have lasted through the years, designers and brands have figured out that the tough functionality of old-school military apparel is just as well-suited for less intense outdoor pursuits. And it’s that heritage that inspires Relwen to come through with tried and true classics like the Relwen Quilted Tanker, an updated take on the classic field jacket.

Its simply the best jacket to layer up with for fall and feeatures a water-resistant quilted nylon-cotton shell and a box-quilted nylon lining for added warmth. Pair it with tough work pants and a pair of leather boots, then get ready for wherever the day or the season takes you.

Barbour Sapper Waxed Cotton Jacket

Barbour Sapper Waxed Cotton Jacket

Barbour has a penchant for crafting modern clothing with some serious vintage flare, as seen with their legendary 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.

Brandit Britannia Field Jacket

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.

Barbour Classic Beaufort Jacket

Barbour Classic Beaufort Jacket

For dependable style through fall and winter, there’s long been one brand to turn to for classic British heritage and iconic style — that brand is Barbour, and from the big screen (as seen in “Skyfall”) to your next big cold-weather adventure, they’ve got you covered (literally and figuratively).

Specifically, the Barbour Classic Beaufort Jacket is a weather-resistant waxed cotton jacket made to get around the city and go in the field in equal measure. It’s got a classic design complete with plenty of pockets for everyday carry essentials — that classic design also lends itself to versatility and plenty of wearability. This is the type of jacket that goes with inky blue denim, a chambray shirt and brown leather boots as well as it pairs with a white Oxford shirt, grey chinos and leather sneakers in equal measure — and we’d wager you’re going to want to try it out as often as you can when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Orvis Heritage Field Coat

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.

Pursell Waterproof Field Jacket

Pursell Waterproof Field Jacket

Fall and winter are no doubt the very best seasons for menswear and men’s gear — and they call 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.

Madewell Field Jacket

Madewell Slim Fit 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.

L.L. Bean Original Field Coat

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, two-ply 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.

Helly Hansen Kobe Field Jacket

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.

Topo Designs Field Jacket

Topo Designs Field Jacket

You know Topo Designs for the brand’s field-ready overshirts, tough thermal shirts, durable chore pants and of course, everyday carry essentials. So naturally, the perfect way to enhance all of that gear even further is most likely the Topo Designs Field Jacket, the right piece of outerwear if you need one of the best field jackets to round out your closet at the moment. It’s not too over-the-top, it’s mountain-ready and field-inspired, and it simply looks cool as heck. That makes it a winner in our book.

Outdoor Research Prologue Field Jacket

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.

Patagonia Maple Grove Canvas Jacket

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.

Brandit M-65 Field Jacket

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.

Filson Tin Cloth Field Jacket

Filson Tin Cloth Field Jacket

Leave it to Filson to deliver consistently, season after season, when it comes to the best men’s style gear and the most rugged picks you can get your hands on. And if you’ve been in search of the best field jacket on the market, you’re in luck, because that’s exactly what the Filson Tin Cloth Field Jacket brings to the table. It’s as tough as it gets, crafted from the brand’s legendary Tin Cloth fabric to stand up to the elements. Pair it with a Filson henley and work pants when the going gets tough out there. 

Roark Revival Ballyhoo Field Jacket

Roark Revival Ballyhoo Field Jacket

Be it the highly agreeable price tag (seriously, under $100?) or the fact this Roark Revival field jacket is rugged yet modern all at once, we think you’ve certainly found your new favorite fall jacket, period. It’s the kind of classic field jacket that’s going to look great over everything from a white Oxford shirt to a rugged henley, and it’s got just the sort of design that makes it an apt pick for all your fall adventures (note the front button pockets for your everyday carry). When you want one of the best field jackets for fall at an affordable price, you want this one. 

Herschel Supply Co Men's Field Jacket

Herschel Supply Co Men’s Field Jacket

Who better to shop when it comes to one of the best men’s field jackets than a brand that knows a thing or two about traveling in style? Herschel Supply Co.’s Men’s Field Jacket is every bit the jacket you need it to be, what with its no-frills design and its travel-ready, layering-friendly design. Consider it the perfect grab-and-go jacket to wear when traveling (safely) in style. It’s also the kind of field jacket you can wear on the trail or in town, and that makes it more than applause-worthy in our book. 

Faherty Great Outdoors Trekking Jacket

Faherty Great Outdoors Trekking Jacket

Faherty has a simple and wonderful goal: to produce high-quality, sustainably-minded, feel-good clothing inspired by classic American styles. The Great Outdoors Trekking Jacket certainly looks trendy, in the iconic mountaineering jacket style that has been updated for the modern man. Made from a blend of organic cotton and recycled nylon, the fabric is ultra-tough and abrasion-resistant, making it the perfect jacket to have for any camping trip or trekking adventure. With seven exterior pockets and one interior pocket, you get more than enough storage space for everything you want to carry. Best of all, the water-repellent exterior will keep out the rain while the moisture-wicking interior will keep you cool and feeling fresh all day long.

FJÄLLRÄVEN Rven Water Resistant Field Jacket

FJÄLLRÄVEN Rven Water Resistant Field Jacket

Fjällräven is a Swedish-born brand that has become incredibly popular among the young and trendy, due largely to not only its stylish designs, but its amazing durability and environmental consciousness. The Rven Water Resistant Field Jacket is a modernized version of the jacket that put the brand on the map in the 1970s, built for mountaineering, hiking, trekking, and all rugged outdoor activities. A blend of polyester and cotton, the jacket is water-resistant and surprisingly lightweight, with a convenient design that allows you to transition between heavy rain and bright sunshine in a matter of seconds. It’s a product designed with adventure in mind, built to last no matter what you throw at it.

ORSLOW Cotton-Ripstop Field Jacket

ORSLOW Cotton-Ripstop Field Jacket

OrSlow is a truly unique brand, blending vintage workwear styles with modern fabric in innovative clothing renowned for its meticulous precision and attention to detail. The Cotton Rip-Stop Field Jacket is OrSlow’s take on the inherently versatile and rugged outerwear, made with hyper-tough rip-stop cotton and inspired by the M65 military jacket. The cut is relaxed and the fabric has a good weight without being overly heavy or stuffy. Though it might not be as stretchy as you want for more active pursuits, it’s the perfect coat to keep in your backpack on your hiking, camping, or trekking trip.

J.Crew Field Mechanic Jacket

J.Crew Field Mechanic Jacket

J.Crew delivers durability and stylish versatility in this Field Mechanic Jacket. The vintage military mechanic-style jacket looks ultra-chic, and you’ll love how hardy it feels from the moment you slip it on. The rugged outerwear is water-repellent, blending three layers of cotton and Japanese cotton-linen to offer better warmth for any cold-weather use. Best of all, all J.Crew cotton products help support the Better Cotton Initiative, which promotes better cotton farming standards around the world.

Banana Republic Motion Tech Field Jacket

Banana Republic Motion Tech Field Jacket

No brand delivers on “effortlessly cool” quite like Banana Republic. It’s a brand that knows how to make products that sell a laid back vibe while still delivering top-notch quality. The Motion Tech Field Jacket is exactly what you’re looking for if you’re planning a weekend camping trip with your buddies, bringing your style A-game while still being prepared for even the worst weather. Made with four-way stretch high-performance fabric, the coat is super comfortable to wear for any activity and offers excellent water-repellence. Thanks to the hood concealed in the stand collar, you’ll always be ready for a downpour. The lining is light enough that it won’t be too hot for summer, but it’s a great outer layer to wear in colder weather, too.

KUHL Kollusion

KUHL Kollusion Field Jacket

Whether the weather turns frosty, scorching hot, foggy, or rainy, you’ll be ready for the worst of the elements in the KUHL Kollusion Field Jacket. The coat is beautifully water-resistant and designed to zip up against heavy downpour, but thanks to the breathable fabric, you’ll still stay cool all day long. The synthetic wax hydrophobic coating will keep out the rain, and the front pockets will give you a convenient place to keep your hands warm and your electronics dry. The five-panel sleeves are articulated to allow you a truly impressive range of motion. It’s versatile, comfortable, and ultra-casual—the perfect all-purpose coat to take everywhere you go. 

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