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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

Alpha Industries M-65 Field Jacket

Alpha Industries M-65 Field Jacket

Take this out into the field with you, and you’ll be ready for anything. The Alpha Industries M-65 Field Jacket is patterned after the classic field jacket worn by the U.S. military, manufactured to military specifications and complete with all the military functions you want and need. It’s got pockets enough for anything you want to carry, is incredibly durable, and finished with a wind- and water-repellent coating that will keep you warm and dry through all but the worst storms. The blend of cotton and synthetic fabrics make it both comfortable and highly practical to use for any outdoor or work activity.

Woolrich Arrowood 2-in-1 Multi-Pocket Field Jacket

Woolrich Arrowood 2-in-1 Multi-Pocket Field Jacket

Woolrich is a brand committed to social responsibility, producing products using sustainable materials and eco-friendly practices. The Arrowood 2-in-1 Multi-Pocket Field Jacket lives up to the brand’s high reputation for quality. It’s an incredibly practical garment thanks to its water-resistant coating, ripstop poly-cotton shell, and warm wool lining. The secure pockets allow you to safely store all your EDC items, no matter how intense the activity. Thanks to the internal drawstring, you can tailor the coat’s fit to your specific physique, making this a truly versatile outer garment.

Artisans of Freedom Three Season Field Jacket by Cockpit USA

Artisans of Freedom Three Season Field Jacket by Cockpit USA

If you want a coat to wear all year long, you’ll love the Artisans of Freedom Three Season Field Jacket by Cockpit USA. This coat is designed after the classic military cut, with camo print on the inside fabric and the classic olive shell that gives you the rough-and-rugged look you want. The jacket is surprisingly warm but lightweight enough that you can wear it most of the year, and it’s both water-resistant and resistant to tearing, thanks to the tough ripstop nylon used in its manufacture. Made using premium materials in the USA, it’s a finely crafted jacket that will deliver on both quality and style in spades.

Line of Trade Campbell Field Jacket

Line of Trade Campbell Field Jacket

Looking for outerwear that will serve you well when camping, working, hiking, and snowboarding? Give this amazing jacket by Line of Trade a try. The Campbell Field Jacket is cut in the same pattern as the classic M65 U.S. Army jacket from the ‘60s, with that throwback style you know and love. The adjustable cuffs make it easy to wear atop a sweater or hoodie, but it’s warm enough that you can wear it alone through most of spring and autumn. Throw it over a t-shirt for a night out on the town, or pair it with a vest and collar shirt to dress it up a bit. Made from pure ripstop cotton, it’s a tough-wearing jacket you’ll always be happy to wear.

Bonobos The Waxed Field Jacket

Bonobos The Waxed Field Jacket

Bonobos takes your style game to the next level with The Waxed Field Jacket, a garment as tough and rugged as it is dashing. The waxed cotton canvas is tough enough to withstand just about anything your job site or camping trip can throw at it, but it looks good enough to be a stylish fashion choice. It’s got plenty of storage space—zippered chest pocket, two snap-closure hand warmers, and a fully lined interior pocket for your phone and wallet. The storm flap and high collar close up tight to keep out the rain and snow.

Rails Porter Unlined Field Jacket

Rails Porter Unlined Field Jacket

The Rails Porter Unlined Field Jacket is a curious blend of classy style and rugged durability. Pair it with a plain tee and jeans, and it’s great for a day of relaxation, but it matches perfectly with your warm camping outfit or a high-vis vest and tool belt. The jacket is pure cotton, unlined to make it lightweight enough to wear on cooler summer nights, but the stand collar and snap cuffs will work wonders to keep out the early spring/late autumn chills.

J.Crew Garment-dyed M-65 Jacket

J.Crew Garment-dyed M-65 Jacket

Once again, J.Crew brings a simple-yet-stylish garment to our lists, in the form of the Garment-dyed M-65 Jacket. This jacket is light, versatile, but absolutely stunning, thanks to the color dyed into the pure cotton canvas. It’s sharp enough to serve as a fashion statement but faded enough that it won’t be overtly bold. Keep it simple and classy with this field jacket.

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