The transition seasons, however charming as they may be, can get a bit unpredictable. With bi-polar type weather patterns that keep us guessing on a day-to-day basis, it’s hard to predict exactly what the sky will do on a particular afternoon. It’s even more challenging then, to remain comfortable in our own clothes. Yes, unless you’re living in the upper Midwest or Northeast, you can finally put away those heavy winter coats. But we would suggest treading lightly if immediately jumping into a t-shirt and shorts is the go-to move on the first warm day of the year.
Here’s where spring jackets come into play. Noticeably lighter and thinner than their cooler-weather counterparts, spring jackets serve their purpose in keeping us warm in a seasonally temperate climate while protecting us just in case Old Man Winter sneaks up with one last suckerpunch before heading into hibernation. It’s a necessary purchase, one that shouldn’t be taken lightly or shrugged off. And please, don’t commit the crime of selling yourself short on style and functionality. A little research can go a long way. But just in case you’re a bit too busy to dive in yourself, we, of course, have got you covered with these 15 best spring jackets for men.
Patagonia Houdini Ripstop Shell Hooded Jacket
Ever since Patagonia entered the scene in 1973, they’ve consistently delivered quality products to the outdoor community without fail. This Houdini jacket continues this trend, made from featherweight ripstop material coated in DWR water-resistant fabric. It’s the ideal jacket for hiking or camping or even commuting to the office on a damp spring morning. And don’t worry about the dark color. Reflective prints keep you visible to others in low light.
Roark Revival Savage Jacket
California-based Roark Revival is all about traveling and the pursuit of adventure. This sentiment stands out in both their brand and their products. The Savage jacket is modeled after their board short of the same name and is their most functional outerwear yet. It is made from 100 percent nylon ripstop with a 3K coating and waterproof zips. Taped seams prevent unwanted tears, and it’s stowable into its own pocket making it highly transportable.
Bridge & Burn Harden Olive
Leave it to a Portland, OR to produce a stylish spring jacket for that’s perfect for everyday wear. Maybe it’s the Portland weather. Maybe it’s the people. Whatever the case, the Bridge & Burn Harden Olive quilted jacket is one to please. Featuring a front-zip closure, two snap hand pockets, and single chest pockets, Bridge & Burn proves that simplicity sometimes is the way to go in this world.
Cotopaxi Tikal Active Shell
Outdoor adventures just aren’t complete without a Cotopaxi jacket to keep you warm and dry. This ultralight waterproof and breathable Tikal features four-way stretch and is perfect for outdoor wear in all four seasons. While wearing this jacket, you’ll experience unrestricted movement thanks to the Tikal’s fully taped, 2.5 layer waterproof shell fabric. Perforated underarm panels reduce excess heat, and the adjustable hood and visor keep all sort of elements off your face while traversing the outdoors.
Iron & Resin Tourney Jacket
Talk about one of the coolest brands on the market. Designed by free-spirited bikers for the vagabond in all of us, Iron & Resin never ceases to deliver the goods in quality men’s apparel. The Tourney Jacket is no different. Versatile in nature you can use it as a warming layer or a jogger. Each jacket is also made in the USA and is lightweight and comfortable, the perfect backup layer for when those warm days turn into cool nights.
Taylor Stitch Raw Demin Rider Jacket
A spring jacket list wouldn’t be complete without the addition of a light denim jacket. Inspired by the style of the ‘70s this Rider jacket is designed to be worn during the traditional spring road trip. It’s made from 13 oz. raw cone denim, and just like your father’s jacket, or maybe your favorite from long ago, the jacket will break-in and fade like classic denim. Layer it or rock it as an outer layer to keep you warm wherever you may roam.
Alamere City Puff Jacket
Take everything you thought went into a puff jacket and forget it. The clean design of this Alamere features Primaloft insulation that’s quilted to its soft interior to give you the warmth needed for those chilly spring morning and nights without making you look like the Michelin Man. There’s the wind and water resistant outer layer, a soft taffeta interior, and each Alamere is made in the USA, specifically San Francisco.
Aether First Light
We all envy those who naturally rise at the crack of dawn for their daily exercise. Maybe this breathable soft-shell will motivate the rest of us to get up and out at first light. It’s made from lightweight three-layer fabric that’s both water resistant and sightly breathable. Perfect for early-morning multi-purpose cross training. There is reflective tape along the front shoulder and back vent seam for visibility at night and features a concealed back vent to regulate body heat. It’s the perfect workout companion.
Filson Short Cruiser Jacket
Filson’s one of those timeless brands that truly never get old. Built for the outdoorsman, the Short Cruiser Jacket repels dirt, stains and water. It’s also tear and abrasion resistant. Because you shouldn’t have to worry about the state of your jacket while working outdoors. The Short Cruiser also hosts multiple easy-access pockets that provide space for a multitude of tools and its metal shank buttons provide extra durability.
A.P.C Duke Army Jacket
For the amy general in all of us, A.P.C released quite the minimalist yet functional army jacket. Featuring Belgian army cotton, this straight cut jacket, hosting a classic collar, contains a myriad of additional pockets, hidden compartments, and buttons while maintaining breathability throughout. It’s 100 percent cotton and comes in military khaki.
Few things look better than a hunter green lightweight jacket in cooler weather. Especially when that jacket features waxed cotton, a zippered breast pocket that will fit your iPhone 6+ monstrosity, and Japanese corduroy lining the hood, neck, pockets, and cuffs for extra comfort. It’s ideal for those Spring morning and boasts serious longevity, looking better and better with age.
Best Made Light Waxed Cruiser
Best Made is well known for their heavy waxed cruiser that protects on the coolest of nights. Now, they’ve picked up right where they left off with this lighter sibling. Manufactured in New York City, the Light Waxed Cruiser is built for wear and tear during the warmer months of the year. It suits both the backwoods and Broadway and features an English moleskin collar, pockets and trim, reinforced brass shanks, locker hangup loop, six pockets, and breathable American waxed cotton.
Steve Alan Indra Jacket
What’s great about spring jackets are their lightweight characteristics, barely reminding you of their presence until you require it. The best ones often hide in plain sight, leaving others unsuspecting of their existence. If this sounds like the type of jacket for you, then check out the Indra Jacket. It boasts a clean and modern design made from top quality nylon sourced from the Italian weaving factory Serates. This jacket is lightweight, breathable and densely woven.
Baracuta ‘G9’ Water Repellent Harrington Jacket
Not sure if the bomber style is your type but still want a water resistant jacket that’ll keep you dry in those unpredictable rainy scenarios? The Harrington is cut from a sleek cotton blend that’s engineered to be both water-repellant and wrinkle resistant. So it’s not a big deal if you desire to keep it stored in a backpack until the time comes. There also an umbrella-inspired storm flap for extra protection.
Arc’teryx Veilance “Nemis” Water Resistant Bomber
Let’s face it, if it’s Spring time you’re going to caught in the rain. And as whimsical as it may sound to get caught in an April shower, getting soaked from head to toe because your were unprepared can really put a damper on the day. The solution? Here’s a bomber jacket to looks great, fits well, and will protect you in case the sky decides to open up mid-afternoon. Its water-resistant stretch-woven nylon is tailored to this sleek lightweight jacket, contributing to Nemis’ modern design.