With roots firmly planted in the sailing industry, waxed canvas is waterproof while boasting the durability of canvas, so it’s the perfect material for a variety of hard-working products like jackets, bags, or even dopp kits.
This is why waxed canvas has long been the go-to fabric for anyone who wants a jacket that’s tough enough to stand up to whatever’s thrown at it—whether it’s inclement weather or a long hard day’s work. And so we’ve rounded up a cadre of waxed canvas jackets that will keep you looking good while also keeping you dry. Check out 12 of our favorites.
Levi’s Waxed Canvas Trucker Jacket
Levi’s has been crafting durable work gear since the 1800s, so you know this Waxed Canvas Trucker Jacket will stand up to whatever you throw at it. An updated version of a jacket that has been on offer from Levi’s since the 1960s, it comes in black or blue, has sturdy button closures, and is lined with buffalo flannel to keep you extra warm.
Carhartt Quick Duck Jefferson Traditional Jacket
Men in your family have been sporting hard-working gear from Michigan-based Carhartt for as long as you can remember (and longer than that—the company has been around since the late 1800s), so buying from them is always a good bet. This Quick Duck Jefferson Traditional Jacket (available in a variety of colors, even eye-popping construction orange) boasts multiple interior and exterior pockets, is lined with Thinsulate, has rib-knit storm cuffs to keep the elements out, and claims its hard-charging waxed canvas/polyester blend is stronger than sandstone.
Orvis Heritage Field Coat
Vermont-based Orvis has plucked the Heritage Field Coat from the archives, updating a tried-and-true jacket the brand has had on offer for generations. A true field jacket, it has deep pockets to store gear you need to have easily-accessible, shooting patches on both shoulders, and a built-in waterproof game bag.
Filson Short Cruiser
Another American heritage brand, Filson has been around since it was founded in Seattle in the 1800. The brand’s Short Cruise jacket is made with cotton canvas coated with a stain- and water-repellent finish and is available in navy, tan, and black. Tough but sporting a nice silhouette, this is a jacket that will look just as good on city streets as it will out in the woods.
Iron & Resin Basecamp Jacket
California-based Iron & Resin often takes a page out of the military’s book when crafting its products, and this Basecamp Jacket is no exception to that. Crafted out of tough-as-nails Mt. Vernon duck canvas, the jacket (available in mustard or olive) features a quilted nylon liner, antique metal button closures, and rib-knit sleeve cuffs to keep the elements out.
Cotopaxi Bengal Waxed Canvas Jacket
Salt Lake City-based Cotopaxi is a relatively young company, but we’re impressed with their all-weather offerings, especially this Bengal Waxed Canvas Jacket. Crafted out of durable Bengal waxed canvas, the jacket boasts a quilted lining, is filled with Polartec Alpha insulation, and has a hood to help keep you extra-dry when an impromptu rainstorm rolls in.
Apolis Chore Jacket
Apolis is a brand that brings goods from global small batch artisans to the masses, and this American-made Chore Jacket is one of their best offerings. Crafted out of a blend of sturdy cotton and high-quality Italian wool, it sports a classic work wear silhouette and multiple deep pockets for ample storage.
Best Made Co. Light Waxed Cruiser
Best Made Co. specializes in creating outdoor work gear that actually looks nice, and this Light Waxed Cruiser fits the bill perfectly. Crafted out of waxed canvas (available in black or tan), the jacket is suitable to don from Fall to Spring and boasts six pockets (including a back game pocket) for ample storage.
Cold Smoke Waxed Deck Jacket
Borne out of the snowy mountains of British Columbia, Cold Smoke knows a thing or two about crafting quality cold weather gear. The brand now splits its time between Canada and California, crafting apparel out of the best materials available, and this Waxed Deck Jacket is one of its best. Made out of American-made Martexin waxed canvas, the jacket is slim-fit while still boasting a dizzying array of features, such as authentic deerskin trim, a corduroy collar, Japanese fleece lining, antique nickel buttons and zippers, and internal media pockets to keep your electronics stashed safely.
Gant Rugger Cotton-Canvas Field Jacket
Launched in New England in 1949 by Bernard Gant, Gant Rugger offers preppy apparel with European influence. This classic tan field jacket is lined with flannel, boasts multiple internal and external pockets, and sports a snappy dark brown corduroy collar to keep you warm even when up against winter winds.
Rag & Bone Cotton-Canvas Field Jacket
NYC-based Rag & Bone’s wares are typically more rock ‘n’ roll than military-style, but this Cotton-Canvas Field Jacket blurs the line expertly. Available in army green, the slim-fit jacket will quickly become your favorite lightweight jacket, perfect for Spring and Fall weather.
Barbour Traveller Wax Jacket
Founded in rainy England in 1894, over the last 100+ years, Barbour has built a brand that is synonymous with all-weather apparel. The brand’s Traveller Wax Jacket may cost you a pretty penny, but it’s worth it—not only because it’ll last forever, but because of how handsome and high-quality it is. The jacket boasts a waxed cotton front, a wool-blend back, genuine brown leather shoulder patches, a ton of snap-closure exterior and interior pockets, and an insulated, quilted interior to keep you warm and cozy.
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