Fall can be quite the unpredictable time of year, as with any transition season. From warm afternoons to suddenly cold evenings and everything from pleasant sunshine to spur-of-the-moment rain showers changing to snow showers by sunset, Fall is one of those times of year when it pays to be prepared before stepping out the door. That’s why it’s beneficial to keep a fall jacket handy -if only for security- for it’s this time of year that Mother Nature has a few tricks up her sleeve that will blindside even your most trusted weathermen.
The right fall jackets vary from location to location; from wearer to wearer. In the Pacific Northwest, a water repellent rain jacket would be the most desirable option while in the Southeast a wind breaker is better suited for those cool mornings but warm afternoons. However, in the Northeast, something a bit heavier and sturdier may be the right call. Whatever the case, we tried not to make this post location-dependent but instead, attempted to offer our good readers a variety of the best fall jackets for men this season as to appease the array of ever-changing styles and preferences for men of outdoor prowess across the country.
Roark Revival Tuff City Waxed Canvas
Named after the nickname for Tofino, B.C, a Canadian town that once was home to transient loggers and miners on the move, “Tuff City” hosted a myriad of bar fights and brawls after these workers would spend they paychecks on booze at the local tavern. This jacket is just as tough, featuring a traditional denim styling, flannel lining, double chest pockets and welt hand pockets. It’ll keep you warm through the damp fall season and looks the part for anyone wanting to defend their turf.
Alpha Industries MA-1 Bomber Flight Jacket
Nothing like an original. And anyone remotely familiar with flight jackets knows that Alpha Industries is one of the O.G.’s in the game. Their shell is made from 100 percent nylon and the liner is 100 percent polyester, its boasts a reversible zip function with snap hand pockets, and Alpha’s signature utility pocket with a flight ribbon on the left sleeve. If you’re looking for authentic military-inspired outerwear, this is the ticket.
Topo Designs Mountain Fleece Pullover
There’s really nothing like a pullover fleece jacket to keep the wind off your back while on an afternoon stroll. And especially when it comes to hiking and camping outerwear, Topo Designs is top of the line for their price point. It’s built from a Polartec fleece and nylon fabric, boasts a trim fit, ribbed cuffs, a spacious chest pocket, and the whole piece is made in the USA. Use it as a layering item or a standalone shell depending on the climate.
Patagonia Men’s Better Sweater Fleece
It’s hard to build out a list of the best fall jackets without including one of the most popular outerwear brands around. Patagonia’s Better Sweater is a bulk-free, easy wearing jacket that’s as versatile as you want. Wear it as urban outerwear while cruising through the city, or layered under a shell on a fall weekend camping trip. It’s made from knitted and weathered polyester fleece and built using Fair Trade Certified sewing.
Taylor Stitch The Big Sur Jacket
Handmade in California, The Big Sur Jacket is the perfect post-evening surf warming layer to heat you up after changing out of that chilly wetsuit. It’s made from 9.5-oz Polartec Thermal Pro, 100 percent recycled materials, is breathable, warm, quick drying, and features that signature soft roll California collar. Taylor Stitch also made sure this handsome jacket comes equipped with antique brass YKK snaps and two flap chest pockets for any additional surf gear you might need.
Tavik Defender Jacket
While not exactly like the original, this interpretation of the MA-1 Bomber Jacket will certainly do the trick while looking stylish in the process. It’s fully lined, insulated, and water repellant. Made from polyester and features a “tear away” quick stash to keep your phone safe but at the ready for whenever the time comes to take that important phone call. It’s also wind resistant, water resistant, and boasts Tavik’s heat retention technology.
Grayers Reston Quilted Jacket
Ideal for those unpredictable fall days ahead, the Reston Quilted Jacket is finished with a light blue lining and trimmed with a cotton canvas placket along with piped cuffs. The snap and zip front also allows for easy access and the double snap through vest adds an extra layer of warmth while three patched snap though pockets keep any additional carry items safe and secure. The Reston is also made from 100 percent nylon and is ready to take on the season in full force.
Fjallraven High Coast Wind Anorak
If day trekking or hiking is more you speed this fall, be sure to check out one of the few packable wind jackets worth your penny. This Fjallraven, for example, is both light and versatile, serving as an ideal pullover to help block the wind during exposure. And of course it’s also well ventilated, quick drying, and hosts a snug and adjustable hood with a half zipper in front in case the wind does lighten up some during the next outing.
J-Crew Sussex Quilted Jacket
J-Crew is as iconic as they come for men’s jackets. And this Sussex Quilted Jacket is no exception. Featuring a lightweight quilted layer you can wear both in and out of the office, it’s the perfect option for those fall days when you’re indecisiveness parallels that of the weather forecast. It features a snap chest pocket, waist pockets, interior pockets, and is lined with Primaloft insulation for additional warmth when the mercury does decide to take a plunge.
Arc’teryx Epsilon LT Softshell Jacket
Functioning as the ideal outer shell, this soft-shell jacket is made with nylon featuring a DWR finish, a polyester fleece backer, and boasts an athletic fit. And as an outer shell, it runs hip length to keep all other layers protected and hosts a Vislon center-front zipper, hem drawcord, gusseted cuffs, and two front hand pockets and a sleeve pocket for extra assistance. Perfect for both city and backcountry wear while keeping you warm and dry in the process.
G-Star Vodan Work Blazer
If you’re looking for a quality work blazer but just can’t stray too far away from classic denim, then this G-Star Vodan is the perfect option. Boasting a raw denim color and inspired by the traditional field jacket, it’s cut to a lean, slim fit while still featuring a slew of utility pockets for the functional craftsmen. Chest and hand pockets adorn the front of the jacket while its classic silhouette allows wearers to rock the collar either up or down without looking like they’re heading to the next Catalina Wine Mixer.
Keeping true to the Penfield style, this new release for Fall 2016 is a two-color lightweight jacket insulated to keep you warm throughout these cool-down months of transition. It’s made from Nylon DWR, a lightweight and quick-drying material boasting a soft feel, hosts a main compartment with a drawstring closure, a leather lash tab, and the Penfield brand woven into the jacket. The best part of all, it’ll keep you warm all the way through spring if you so choose.
Aether Bowery Jacket
Designed for the city slicker, this water and wind resistant piece is a light-duty jacket that’s built for everyday wear throughout the fall season. It’s made with brushed cotton that increases in comfort as is gets worn in, hidden buttons behind the storm flaps on the chest pockets, hand warmer pockets, a zippered sleeve pocket, and interior pockets for your everyday carry items. It’s the perfect fall jacket that’s suitable for whatever you need when you need it.
Iron & Resin Rambler
Based out of Ventura, CA, Iron & Resin makes outerwear built for the open road loving motorcycle rider. Needless to say, such exposure to the elements warrants a quality-built jacket that can stand up to some of the worst abuse around. Well, they once again got that covered with this Rambler jacket made from 10.10oz cotton waxed canvas with a corduroy collar and tack buttons. There’s also two button flap chest pockets, side welt hand pockets, and the Rambler is made right here in the USA.
Apolis Indigo Wool Chore Jacket
Boasting a classic work silhouette, this Wool Chore Jacket ensures the job gets done without falling victim to the chill in the air this time of year. In fact, two different wools were used in the making of this piece creating sublet variations in color and texture. It features finished details such as buffalo horn fisheye buttons, a hidden pocket that’s perfect for a phone or pen, rounded collar, pocket flaps, and a raglan shoulder for some added small town charm.
Outerknown Evolution Shirt Jacket
As one of those sleeper surf brands, Outerknown is the beachy outdoor brand for adults. This particular jacket is one of their favorites from their first collection, made from reclaimed fishing nets and other waste products that were turned into recycled nylon. It comes complete with a chest pocket, side seam pockets and a snap closure in addition to the quilted navy lining that can be reversed and worn on the outside.
Cold Smoke Alpha Lite Shirt Jacket
Built with pride in California, the Alpha-Lite is a shirt jacket build for urban assault. Featuring a tech-friendly mid layer, it’s composed of Japanese-made water repellent ripstop nylon, Polartec Alpha insulation that was created for use in Special Forces gear, and boasts YKK waterproof zippers. It’s a great option for those wet fall days where all you really desire is a hot coffee and to remain warm and dry while trekking to work.
Todd Snyder + Champion Quilted Bomber
When two powerhouse brands come together to make the world a warmer and better place they yield this Quilted Bomber Jacket. A product of the Todd Snyder and Champion collaboration, each jacket features an exclusive rice thermal, ribbed neck trim, two-way exposed zipper, two applied pockets and is machine washable so there’s no harm in a little spilled milk…or beer.
Filson Mackinaw Cruiser Alaska Fit
This iconic Cruiser was first patented back in 1914. Needless to say, its continued popularity to this day is a true testament to the longevity of the Filson brand. Each Mackinaw is built to last and built for resilience. It’s made from 100 percent virgin wool, hosts a natural rain repellency, insulated warmth, adjustable cuffs, and military-grade melamine buttons that only add to the durable nature of this nine-pocketed jacket for the ages.
Buck Mason Leather Bomber
Bomber jackets? Yes. Leather bomber jackets? Yes, please. This bomber from Buck Mason is cut from lightweight calf-hide and mellowed to the dark, amber brown hue you see before your eyes. It’s USA-made, hosts the classic bomber design we all known and love, and is finished with snap closures and authentic A2 cuffs. You’ll also find two front hand warming pockets and a look and feel that simply doesn’t compare to anything else.
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