The 12 Best Men’s Lightweight Jackets For Fall

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With the right fall jacket, there’s no telling where you can go or how you can style it — we mean that sincerely. Our list of the best men’s lightweight jackets for fall check all the right boxes, and ideally round out your fall outerwear collection with style and functionality. What does that entail, exactly? Well, a lightweight jacket is designed to move with you, not against (think easy layering potential).

They’re also pleasingly rugged and classic in nature — not overly flashy or ostentatious. And you’ll find that the best jackets for the best season in menswear are often made to be worn to the office, on your commute or on the weekend — that’s that versatility we called out earlier. Wear it with a henley and tough chore pants, or pair up any one of these jackets with a chambray shirt and expertly faded denim — there’s no wrong way to go, that much is true.

You’ll also find that these jackets come from classic brands you know and love, from Filson to Taylor Stitch. With sustainability and style in mind, plus valuable layering potential and serious style points, you’ve just found at least one of your new favorite jackets.

Relwen Quilted Tanker

Relwen Quilted Tanker

When you want a jacket that just doesn’t quit, a jacket with a tailored fit and yet classic heritage, you want a jacket from Relwen. As sold by our friends at Huckberry — the team that knows a thing or two about tough outerwear — the Quilted Tanker is a remarkable fall jacket, made with a box-quilted lining for added warmth and featuring exceptionally tough fabric. When the time comes to take on fall’s worst weather, reach for the Relwen Quilted Tanker (and then be glad you did).

Filson Ultralight Jacket

Filson Ultralight Jacket

We absolutely love Filson’s tough, smartly designed, functionally minded shirt jackets and warm flannel shirts — but what about when you need something lighter and more transitional in nature? Enter the aptly named, well-crafted Filson Ultralight Jacket, a tough-as-nails insulated jacket made from Cordura ripstop nylon with Primaloft insulation to round things out for good measure. Wear the sleek black colorway out to the trail or through the city without missing a beat or needing a change of outerwear.

Vuori Sunday Element Jacket

Vuori Sunday Element Jacket

For those rainy and wet fall days, you’ll want this Vuori jacket close at hand. The Sunday Element Jacket is made using a performance-friendly stretch fabric that flexes and moves with you as you run and play, but the addition of a durable nylon shell gives it just enough water-resistance and warming that you’ll never worry when stormclouds loom. The fabric is moisture-wicking and breathable so it will keep you cool no matter how active you are. You’ll love how roomy the zip pockets are; there’s more than enough space for your phone, keys, wallet, and EDC items. Run and train with full confidence that you’ll be shielded from the elements in this lightweight jacket. 

KUHL The One Jacket 

KUHL The One Jacket 

This jacket is designed to be your “one and only” this autumn, and once you try it on, you’ll agree that it’s built for versatility and durability. The shell is windproof and warm, but breathable to prevent you from overheating on your next hike, run, or bike ride. It’s beautifully lightweight, too, and you’ll hardly notice you’re wearing a jacket except when the wind is blowing chilly. Thanks to its integrated AeroKnit technology and MIKRO AIR fabric, you’ll stay cool when it’s warm and warm when it’s cool. Be warned, though: the size is “athletic” and slim, so anyone who needs a bit more room in the sleeves, chest, shoulders, or midsection would do well to size up.  

Howler Brothers Voltage Lightning Quilted Jacket

Howler Brothers Voltage Lightning Quilted Jacket

Whether you’re planning a weekend camping trip or a cross-country journey by car, this is the jacket you’ll be glad you packed. It’s tough and sturdy enough that it can handle outdoor adventures, and filled with PrimaLoft Gold insulation (sixty gram fill weight) that can stand up to even the worst fall weather. When the wind picks up, you’ll be glad for the windproof shell, kangaroo pockets, bungee cord hem, and integrated wind cuff. But when the sun’s up and the day is warm, it folds down small enough to fit into its own pocket. For those rainy days, you’ll be glad for the ripstop water-resistant outer shell that keeps you dry and cozy. 

Buck Mason Craftsman Canvas Field Jacket

Buck Mason Craftsman Canvas Field Jacket

The Buck Mason Craftsman Canvas Field Jacket steers clear of the ultra-modern, but freshens up the iconic rugged look that has been a hallmark of American style for decades. It’s made using sturdy cotton canvas with a sueded finish that is beautifully soft to the touch, but the fabric has ample stretch so it will keep up with you as you do your chores, stroll around town, or zip down the street on your e-bike. The corduroy collar and adjustable vented cuffs are the classic look you know and love, and the garment-washing process makes it feel like an old favorite from the first moment you slide it on. It’s not the warmest jacket on our list, but it’s great for the transition between warm summer and cool autumn.  

Columbia Men’s Back Bowl Lightweight Fleece Jacket

Columbia Men’s Back Bowl Lightweight Fleece Jacket

Columbia is a brand you can rely on, well-known for its durable, hard-wearing, ultra-versatile athletic clothing. So it should come as no surprise that this lightweight fleece jacket is one of our top picks. The microfleece is beautifully warm and velvet-soft to the touch, and features UPF 50 sun protection to keep you safe from the sun’s radiation on those long fall days spent outdoors. Thanks to its full-zip style, you can throw it on over your favorite tee or polo, or slide it off easily when you head inside after your daily workout. Take it hiking, strolling, or mountain climbing, and trust that it will keep up with you wherever you go.

Frank and Oak The Skyline Reversible Bomber

Frank and Oak The Skyline Reversible Bomber

If you’re looking for the perfect bomber jacket to complete your fall wardrobe, give The Skyline Reversible Bomber by Frank and Oak a second (and third) look. It’s made to pull double duty, with a reversible design that lets you choose between quilted and the classic smooth exterior. It’s also highly eco-friendly, made using recycled PET plastic bottles and filled with a vegan Thermore Ecodown insulation that will shrug off the cold like a boss. It’s both water-repellent and wind-resistant, great for those blustery, chilly days. You can even use it all winter long, as it’s lightweight enough to wear beneath an overcoat or parka. 

Mack Weldon Atlas Full-Zip Jacket

Mack Weldon Atlas Full-Zip Jacket

If it’s not properly cold where you are, you’ll find this is the perfect choice for you. Mack Weldon designed the Atlas Full-Zip Jacket using lightweight recycled materials that are as resistant to water as to wrinkles. Really, it tends to feel more like your favorite sweater than a proper jacket, and it serves as a top layer on chilly days and mid-layer when the weather really turns cold. The interior pocket gives you additional storage space for your EDC essentials, and the front pockets are large enough for guys with extra-big hands. Best of all, the fabric is naturally soft and moisture-wicking, so it’ll keep you cool, comfy, and dry all day long. 

Patagonia Men’s R1 Daily Jacket

Patagonia Men’s R1 Daily Jacket

Step your protection against the elements up a notch with the Patagonia R1 Daily Jacket. The technical fabric flexes and stretches with your movement, and the specialized Capilene Cool Lighweight fabric sewn into high-sweat spots will pull moisture away from your body so you never overheat. The shoulder seams are specifically offset so they sit comfortably beneath the straps of your backpack, hiking pack, or briefcase. Thanks to the fleece backing, you’ll be wonderfully warm even as the temperature plummets, and the HeiQ Pure odor control prevents the sweater from smelling bad after a day of heavy sweating. “Green” consumers will be glad to know it’s made almost entirely from recycled materials and is Fair Trade Certified sewn.

Outerknown Movement Tech Jacket

Outerknown Movement Tech Jacket

Outerknown brings you a truly technical, sport-friendly jacket that you can wear anytime the weather turns cold or rainy. Thanks to the water-repellent outer shell and heat-sealed seams, you’ll stay dry in snow and rain, and the stretchable technical fabric will ensure you can move and play sports in comfort. The reflective logo adds visibility if you’re running in low-light environments or at night, and you’ve got a built-in hidden back pocket sized to store the items you have to take everywhere—i.e. phone, keys, wallet, IDs, etc. It’s Fair Trade Certified sewn and made using mostly recycled materials, making it a product you’ll be proud to own.

J.Crew Lightweight Highland Skye Jacket

J.Crew Lightweight Highland Skye Jacket

J.Crew designed their Lightweight Highland Skye Jacket as an homage to the jackets commonly used in the English countryside, making it the ideal top layer for cool, windy, or rainy days. You’ll find it can handle the rigors of a hike or camping trip as easily as it handles a stroll around town or a night out at the bar with buddies, and it’s as stylish-looking as it is comfortable to wear. The mixture of cotton and synthetic fabrics make it both durable and surprisingly warm, and the extra-long lower hem will keep even the briskest of wind from chilling you. It’s on the pricier side, sure, but well worth it for a truly reliable fall jacket.  

Rhone Harrington Jacket

Rhone Harrington Jacket

If you’re not the sort to bundle up during the cooler months, you’ll love this jacket. It’s lightweight and slim enough that you can run errands or zip around town in style, all while being protected against wind and rain (thanks to the DWR finish coating the technical canvas fabric). Cut in the classic motorcycle jacket style, it’s a good-looking top layer that also can be worn beneath an overcoat to keep you warm all winter long. It’s a truly versatile piece of clothing that will be just as home in the office as in the bar, on your front porch, or sitting around a campfire. The addition of SOLOTEX® OCTA insulation in the lining ensures it can stave off the autumn chill while still being quick-drying to keep you from overheating when you sweat. 

TenTree Nimbus Rain Jacket

No matter how stormy or rainy the fall gets, you can trust that you’re bundled up safe and dry in this TenTree rain jacket. The Nimbus is fully water-repellent, thanks to its DWR coating, airtight pockets, and taped seams. Heck, even the YKK Aqua Guard zippers help to keep off the rain. The exterior polyester shell will also block out the wind while the interior recycled yarn lining keeps you warm. But you’ll love how breathable it is, preventing you from overheating while running errands or zipping around town. Lightweight, flexible, and designed for an active lifestyle, it’s just what you need to stay warm all autumn long. 

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