Want A Great Military Field Jacket? Here Are 11 Of Our Favorites

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The best field jackets bring a toughness and a rugged edge, ripped right from the pages of history. And their modern versions are delivered with style and functionality for your on-the-go life.

So, you’re on the hunt for one of the best jackets to buy this fall, huh? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got just the thing to get you started on your way to fall outerwear greatness.

We know the world of men’s jackets can be a bit daunting, so let’s keep it simple. You need a rugged, modern field jacket in your rotation ASAP.

The best field jackets bring a toughness and a rugged edge, ripped right from the pages of history. And their modern versions are delivered with style and functionality for your on-the-go life.

But when searching for one of the best field jackets, a bit of know-how is always helpful. 

 

First off, what exactly is a field jacket? 

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What we commonly know as the field jacket or field coat finds its roots in the world of military jackets — if there’s a certain type of military jacket that pops in your head when you hear that, there’s a very good chance you’re thinking specifically of the M-65 field jacket.

The M-65 itself was actually based on the M-41 jacket, which was first produced in 1941. As you might guess, The M-65 was scaled up for production in 1965 after going through various iterations in the 1950s. 

This particular field jacket featured touches like nylon and cotton fabric for the exterior, a zipper hood at the collar and the ability to use buttons to attach a warm liner (Alpha Industries was contracted to make the first M-65 jackets for official military use).

Today’s jackets are certainly every bit as rugged, yet much more modern in their fit and styling potential.

OK, so there’s a cool history, but are field jackets actually in style?

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To make a long story short: We say yes.

The thing with so many menswear classics, including military jackets, is that these staple pieces were designed to be tough, functional, and yet timeless in their own way (think of Army issue chinos that rose in popularity in civilian life, right?)

History lesson aside, the field jacket has gone through some ups and downs, but you’re just as likely right now to find it on fashion runways as out in the field. 

A jacket this rugged yet versatile, naturally, works with all kinds of looks.

Again, chalk up another “W” in the “timeless style” column. A field jacket looks great with casual style staples like a henley and dark denim, yet it also works reliably atop a classic white Oxford shirt for a look that’s a bit more polished.

It’s a sort of “mix-and-match” jacket that can be about as dressy as you like because it’s been around for so long. So, a field jacket is on-trend and yet timeless? Yes, indeed. How can it get better than that?

How should guys wear field jackets?

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The very answer lies in the casual cool and the versatility of this old-school style staple. The world is your oyster in terms of blending high-low looks, because the jacket itself is both rugged and functional, yet just plain … cool.

By that we mean, you can throw the jacket on atop a black henley with black jeans and white high-top sneakers for a casual weekend coffee run, yet you can switch things up that very same evening with a chambray shirt, slim tan chinos and brown leather chukka boots for a bit of rugged refinement

Want to wear it on your commute, or maybe in place of a blazer? Go for it by teaming it with a white Oxford shirt and the aforementioned tan chinos. Talk about a jacket that’s as classic and yet fresh as can be. 

The Best Field Jackets for Men to Buy Now

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Great! So we’re finally on the same page. Here are our 11 favorite field jackets to buy right now. 

Orvis Heritage Field Coat

Take it from a writer whose worn this coat around Dublin on a crisp February day, in search of pints of Guinness and some Teeling whiskey  — it’s the real deal, and then some.

Orvis Heritage Field Coat
$259
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Made with the sort of styling that works in the field or, of course, in the city, it’s got an adventure-ready fit and classic field jacket touches that should come in handy if you prefer to load up your jacket with your everyday carry

It’s lined with corduroy at the collar and cuffs, and the dry-waxed cotton canvas is sturdy and yet crafted to move with you. Reinforced elbow and shoulder patches add durability at key stress points, while the fit is more classic, yet not overly baggy.

Consider layering up this fine field coat with a henley and a chambray shirt for all your fall excursions (and yes, consider bringing it with you to Dublin one day!). 

Bluffworks Olive Green Field Jacket

Bluffworks has a knack for making stylish gear that’s meant for the guy on the go. The brand’s jeans and shirts are made with plenty of stretch performance fabrics, and this handsome Olive Green Field Jacket should prove no different.

Bluffworks Field Jacket
$175

This jacket is waterproof and breathable, and features a hideaway hood and plenty of pockets.

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The fact that it’s both waterproof and breathable is a huge benefit. Plus, the classic olive green color gives it some serious added style points.

The hard-wearing nylon exterior is made to hit the trail or the town with ease. It also features a stowaway hood for added functionality. The best men’s field jackets check plenty of different boxes, and this is certainly among the cream of the crop. 

Fjallraven Vidda Pro Wool Insulated Jacket

The best field jackets should “wow” you and go above and beyond what’s normally expected. For example, this rugged and hike-friendly Fjallraven jacket is filled with traceable Swedish wool for sustainability and warmth.

Fjallraven Vidda Pro Wool Insulated Jacket
$400

This rugged and hiking-friendly Fjallraven jacket is filled with traceable Swedish wool for sustainability and warmth. It should also go without saying that this jacket is tough yet versatile, owing in large part to the G-1000 waxed fabric (a blend of recycled polyester and organically grown cotton.

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It should also go without saying that this jacket is tough yet versatile, owing in large part to the G-1000 waxed fabric (a blend of recycled polyester and organically grown cotton).

Throw in the fact that it’s available in a crisp and fall-friendly Dark Olive colorway, and you’ve got (arguably) the best field jacket on the market.

Todd Snyder Made in New York Field Jacket

When you want the best of the best  — and to be more specific, when you want one of the best field jackets for men out there  — you can hardly go wrong with Todd Snyder.

Todd Snyder Made in New York Field Jacket
$428
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This sleek and modern field jacket gets a touch of downtown cool thanks to the sharp black colorway, while all the classic field jacket touches are front and center.

That means button patch and flap pockets for your everyday carry (although it seems most field jackets normally have snaps), plus an easy-to-layer fit. 

The Italian blend of cotton, nylon and polyester is versatile enough to wear with either a rugged henley or a crisp white Oxford shirt. Consider this a seriously cool jacket you can throw on and forget about (until the compliments start to roll in, that is). 

Barbour Sapper Field Jacket

It’s not a guide to the best military jackets for men without a classic, heritage-minded brand like Barbour, right? Famed for its durable outerwear and its iconic silhouettes, the Sapper Field Jacket is a bit more streamlined than your typical Barbour jacket.

Barbour Sapper Field Jacket
$425

A dashing corduroy collar and a quilted lining detail a classic military-style jacket rendered in durable, weatherproof Sylkoll-waxed cotton for all-season style.

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That’s all the better for the modern man on the go (like yourself!), so pick up the sleek black colorway and wear it with grey denim and a white henley for rugged style this fall. 

The quilted lining adds warmth for chilly fall temperatures, while the waxed cotton exterior makes this jacket ready for the road or at home. Seriously, picture yourself taking in the rolling hills and fall foliage while wearing this Barbour jacket … not a bad mental image, right? 

Filson Tin Cloth Field Jacket

If ever you’ve wondered about what a Filson jacket can bring to the table, wonder no more. The time is here to pick up one of the best men’s field jackets … and more specifically, the Filson Tin Cloth Field Jacket.

Filson Tin Cloth Field Jacket
$475

A water-repellent Tin Cloth jacket with seamless shoulders for added rain protection.

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It’s tough as nails on the outside, thanks to the brand’s famed water-repellent Tin Cloth fabric. The seamless shoulder design eliminates excess stitching that could allow moisture to enter (if it were a more normal field jacket, that is).

This is the kind of jacket to wear on chilly fall mornings, coffee in hand on a weekend getaway. The more we think about it, the better it sounds. 

Grayers Canvas Field Coat

We’re all about brands that provide the ability to mix and match, all at once. Grayers was founded on modern interpretations of prep style staples. It’s the sort of brand you can look toward for a classic Oxford shirt, stylish five-pocket pants and of course, an awesome canvas field coat.

Grayers Canvas Field Coat
$149.90

This cotton canvas field coat is of a lighter weight than some of the other options on this list, but no less wearable in nature: It’s inspired by the M-65 field jacket, after all.

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This cotton canvas field coat is of a lighter weight than some of the other options on this list, but no less wearable in nature: It’s inspired by the M-65 field jacket, after all.

And if it seems like a lot to sort through countless options when it comes to military jackets for men, know that this option is very affordably priced and made to last. 

L.L. Bean Double L Waxed Cotton Upland Coat

Can you ever go wrong with L.L. Bean? The Northeast style stalwarts have delivered on arguably the best winter boots on the market for years upon years, so it’s safe to say the rest of the brand should pass muster.

L.L. Bean Waxed Cotton Upland Coat
$249
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Specifically, consider L.L. Bean a go-to source for one of the best field jackets these days. In this case, we’re talking about the rugged Waxed Cotton Upland Coat. It was built with an exterior fabric that resists snags and abrasions. In addition, the waxed cotton resists any wet weather you may run into.

If you’re the sporting type, this jacket even features a large game pocket. For the rest of us, consider it a handy place to store, say, a flask and a leather-bound journal for cool fall mornings. 

Taylor Stitch Rover Jacket

For well under $300, you’re getting one of the most dependable, best field jackets for men on the market. But, there’s a catch: you have to act now and pre-fund it via San Francisco’s Taylor Stitch.

Taylor Stitch Rover Jacket
$238

This edition is packed with the same killer features as its predecessors — a super soft moleskin lining, gusseted snap pockets, and antique brass hardware throughout.

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The Rover Jacket is a fan favorite, and for good reason.

It’s the kind of field jacket that’s hard to come by these days. It blends a custom-developed Halley Stevensons waxed fabric (out of Great Britain) with touches like moleskin linings and a rugged design.

Antique brass hardware and a zipper with leather pull tab set this handsome yet rugged jacket apart from the pack even more. 

If James Bond ever looks for a jacket to replace his Barbour jacket, we might humbly suggest this version from Taylor Stitch.

Ball and Buck Upland Jacket 

The good folks at Ball and Buck certainly know how to make gear that’ll get a guy from point A to point B with style, while keeping performance in mind.

Ball and Buck Upland Jacket
$548

This jacket features brass hardware, moleskin lined hand pockets, and whale corduroy in the collar nod to antiquity and style, yet features like the double access game pocket, elbow to cuff reinforcements and blaze orange details show this jacket is meant for driving pheasants

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After all, that’s what the best field jackets do, and the Upland Jacket assuredly qualifies in that regard.

It’s more of an investment than some of the other options on this list. But at nearly $550, you get quite a bit.

We’re talking about a waxed cotton shell with the brand’s signature plaid lining for warmth. Plus, classic field jacket touches like a corduroy collar and moleskin-lined handwarmer pockets. 

Banana Republic Water-Resistant Field Jacket 

Going for a more technical look and feel? Then it’s hard to go wrong with Banana Republic’s water-resistant field jacket.

Banana Republic Water-Resistant Field Jacket
$171

This rain-ready field jacket has a water-resistant finish and packable hood so you're always prepared for wet weather. Plus, it's timeless, military design means it has plenty of pockets to keep your things organized and secure.

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For starters, it’s made with all the trappings of a military field jacket, right down to the shoulder epaulets and the front chest and hip snap pockets. 

It’s a streamlined and smooth field jacket to help you take on a rainy fall commute or day trip. The navy blue color should pair especially well with tan chinos, a white Oxford shirt and tan chukka boots for all-day style this coming season. 

So, which field jacket is it going to be?

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You don’t need to be a military man to sport a military jacket. Whether you’re using it for sport or for a weekend look, we can guarantee your field jacket’s gonna get tons of compliments.

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