• David Connolly

20 Best Waxed Canvas Jackets

Updated: Aug 18, 2020

If you think you’ve got all the winter outerwear in your closet that you can possibly fit, think again. Between a slim topcoat, a durable parka and an essential trucker jacket for layering, you also need a coat that’s rough and tough enough to do it all. Enter a waxed canvas jacket, made in a variety of silhouettes and with various bells and whistles galore to take on winter weather.

With its versatile looks — sometimes featuring the silhouette of an overshirt, sometimes that of a jacket — it’s a must-have. Crucially, it stands up to snow and slush, it’s fit to wear outside for weekend exploration, and thanks to its workwear roots, it’s rugged and yet refined at the same time.

Try it with a chambray shirt, dark denim and beat-up leather boots, or hit the streets with wool trousers and a classic Oxford for extra protection as you head to work. You can’t go wrong with one of the best waxed canvas jackets for men.

Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket

Flint and Tinder, quite simply, continues to outfit stylish guys everywhere from head to toe with durable, tough and remarkable gear. The Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker blends everything for which the brand is known, from a nicely tailored silhouette to quality fabrication (via Martexin sailcloth) and most notably, a new and super-warm blanket stripe lining.

We love the Field Tan colorway the best, ideal for wearing with perfectly broken-in jeans and your favorite henley to, well, your favorite brewery. It’s the latest fall must-have, and you won’t regret picking it up — to say the very least. Lace up your boots and get to work (or to the bar).

Peregrine Waxed Bexley Jacket

Want to channel the type of rugged style that seems ripped straight out of the Scottish highlands? Then you need the Peregrine Waxed Bexley Jacket, no questions asked. Cut to provide mobility, comfort and protection from the elements, there’s not another coat like this out there — and that’s why you owe it to yourself to snap it up as soon as you can.

The company brings more than 220 years — yes, 220 years — of experience making the best garments in Britain, resulting in this applause-worthy coat. The Millerain cotton fabric makes all the difference, and the fact that it’s treated to be water-resistant is all the more agreeable, too. Peregrine-branded buttons and a soft cotton lining in the interior only add to the appeal of the astonishingly rugged, tough Peregrine Waxed Bexley Jacket. We’d wear it with corduroy trousers, rugged wingtip boots and a thermal henley for a day spent in town or in the field.

Barbour Icons International Waxed Jacket

When you pick up a waxed canvas jacket, you expect durability and extreme toughness — and one look at this classic waxed canvas jacket from Barbour tells us that you’re going to get those two qualities in spades (and then some). Crafted from weather-resistant waxed cotton fabric, this jacket is treated to withstand the elements — and it’s helpful that it comes with a pair of chest and lower patch pockets to secure your everyday carry valuables and a contrasting Barbour tartan lining. Wear it with navy chore pants and a pair of the Duck Boots when your winter chores just won’t wait.

Mission Workshop Waxed Cotton Mission Bomber Jacket

The new Mission Bomber : WX by Mission Workshop can be best summed up in five words: Clean lines and highly functional. It’s a modern take on the iconic MA-1 jacket built to take on the elements in proper Mission Workshop form. The jacket features a tailored, modern fit and is crafted from silkwax cotton made by Halley Stevensons — a Scottish brand that has been in the waxed cotton business for over 150 years. Thanks to the use of the aforementioned silkwax, the jacket’s wearer can enjoy a luxuriously-soft, highly water-resistant piece of outerwear that will only look better with age.

Unlike traditional waxed cotton fabrics, Silkwax features a matte finish and very soft handfeel, while maintaining a high level of water resistance and the ability to wear in beautifully and look better the more it’s used. Underneath the waxed cotton exterior is 50 GSM Polartex Alpha insulation that offers superior warmth in 45 degree weather, and exceptional breathability on sunny days in the lower 70’s. A jacket doesn’t get any more versatile than this.

Flint and Tinder Quilted Waxed Shirt Jacket

We appreciate a well-stocked rotation of durable, tough and rugged fall jackets — everything from a waxed cotton field jacket to a sleek moto jacket is fair game in our book. That makes the Quilted Waxed Shirt Jacket by Flint and Tinder all the more essential, stylish and handsomely designed.

From cool autumn evenings to downright frigid winter mornings, its the perfect layering option as the year winds down thanks to Thanks to a high end British Millerain waxed canvas shell, recycled Primaloft insulation, and a variety of modern, technical features built into the waxed canvas design. Wear it each year — it will only look better with age.

Filson Cover Cloth Aberdeen Work Jacket

The brands that make some of the best waxed jackets on the market often have a way with making outerwear that’s well-suited to their roots and heritage — take the Pacific Northwest history of Filson. And then, apply that history and sense of style & durability to the Filson Cover Cloth Aberdeen Work Jacket, and you’ve got yourself a surefire winner any way you slice it. Simple, understated and yet remarkably tough: That’s just the Filson way.

Barbour Lightweight Orel Waxed Jacket

The right waxed canvas jacket is one you can throw on and forget about — other than how stylish you look wearing it, that is. But the best waxed canvas jackets are about more than looks; using wax to treat standard cotton amps things up  a notch, and that’s no more apparent than when it comes to the Barbour Lightweight Orel Waxed Jacket, a rugged piece of outerwear to rock with fall style staples like rich indigo denim, a thermal henley and brown leather moc toe boots. Don’t miss out on this one, folks.

Flint and Tinder Waxed Field Jacket

Huckberry’s in-house, American made brand offers up this field-ready, waxed canvas jacket made from tough British Millerain waxed canvas along with a smart design that includes goose down insulation, hand-warmer pockets, button-snap pockets for your accessories, and a Japanese polyester lining.

Additionally, the jacket’s collar has custom shawl detailing to provide comfort when layering up for frigid temperatures. This one won’t last long, so snag an olive one in your size now before they’re gone.

Taylor Stitch Winslow Parka in Slate Wax Canvas

When you get right down to it, the fall season calls for rough-and-tumble menswear that can stand up to chilly weather and inclement conditions without missing a beat — and is it any wonder, in that regard, that the folks at Taylor Stitch come through again? The Taylor Stitch Winslow Parka in Slate Wax Canvas in particular is precisely the right way to go, made from organic cotton beeswax canvas for a unique finish and loads of durability. This is a parka made for chilly mornings on the water or chilly mornings out on the trail — the choice is yours.

Belstaff Fieldmaster Waxed Jacket

There might be certain brands that spring immediately to mind when you think of a waxed canvas jacket — and assuredly, one would hope that Belstaff is among those brands. The iconic British heritage outfitter has a long, storied history of making field and road-ready outerwear for the gentleman explorer, and the Fieldmaster Waxed Jacket might just take the cake. We love the richly faded olive color and the go-anywhere durability — you’ll have this jacket for years.

Patagonia Men’s Maple Grove Canvas Jacket

Want style and sustainability all rolled into one? Of course you do — and that’s where Patagonia comes into play, no doubt about it. The brand’s base layers and thermal jackets are perfect for hitting the road, while the Maple Grove Canvas Jacket also serves as a handy piece of outerwear, precisely when you need it the most. Available in a range of neutral colors and lined with polyester fleece for extra warmth, this is your go-to trail and field jacket.

Barbour Sapper Waxed Cotton Jacket

They’re might not be a brand that does the waxed jacket better than Barbour. With its roots in classic British heritage style and a focus on functionality and classic silhouettes, they’re an easy go-to in terms of upgrading your outerwear. The military-style silhouette calls to mind the version worn by James Bond in his Scottish adventures, and that’s a very good thing indeed. With helpful design touches like an inner waist drawcord and plenty of pockets, it’s a piece you shouldn’t go without this winter — whether you explore the Scottish highlands or not.

Barbour Classic Bedale Jacket

If there’s a jacket that epitomizes the sort of timeless style and rugged appeal that a waxed canvas jacket can bring, it just might be the Classic Bedale Jacket. Barbour’s roots and penchant for classic style run deep, and plenty of details on this particular piece are carefully composed. That goes for instantly recognizable touches, like the corduroy collar and the brand’s classic Tartan Cotton lining. Known for its British country appeal, the Bedale Jacket can still go just about anywhere you want it. It’s an everyday jacket built with tough functionality and appeal that’ll last for decades.

Orvis Heritage Field Coat

They call this piece the Heritage Field Coat for a reason, and one would expect its legendary functionality to stand up to such a name. The waxed cotton exterior can take on both rain and briars — as the brand says — and touches like a corduroy collar provide classic heritage inspiration direct from the field. As with all great pieces of outerwear, it’s likely your grandfather or father wore the same jacket — and they might even have it to this day. That’s as great a reason as any to buy it — isn’t it?

Filson Short Lined Cruiser Jacket

Filson is another brand that epitomizes the idea of heritage quality and go-anywhere, do-anything functionality, and its Lined Short Cruiser is as classic a piece as it gets. With three front button pockets and a water-repellent exterior designed to battle the elements, it’s a jacket that’ll look just as great now as it will in decades.

With Filson’s history of designing and manufacturing quality goods, that’s to be applauded — and that approach certainly makes this jacket worthy of your time and money. So, whether you take it on an adventure or wear it down the block, this investment will pay off.

Belstaff Racemaster Waxed Jacket

Although waxed cotton is a treatment that calls to mind vintage style and throwback jackets of days gone by, the best brands are updating the silhouette with a little something extra — a dash of modern, edgy style, at that. The Belstaff Racemaster Waxed Jacket is the sort of speed-inspired, ever-so-slightly edgy jacket to wear when you hit the road (leather moto boots not included, sadly).

Bridge & Burn Nelson Slate Waxed Cotton Coat

As we’ve mentioned before, the brands that make the best outerwear — and by extension, the best waxed jackets — take something from the environment around them when it comes to crafting durable, tough products. Take the Nelson Slate Waxed Cotton Coat from Bridge & Burn, a highly stylish waxed canvas jacket that’ll stand up admirably to cooler fall temps in the Pacific Northwest (and beyond).

Rogue Territory Supply Jacket

Rogue Territory delivers on lauded, remarkable and highly covetable denim — and they’ve put that same care and attention to detail toward crafting exceedingly rugged outerwear like the Rogue Territory Supply Jacket. What makes it worthy of purchasing this fall season? It could be the 10oz. American waxed canvas, or perhaps the durable hardware. Either way, it’s a winner from top to bottom.

Peter Millar Crown Vintage Waxed Cotton Field Jacket

If there’s anything that the waxed canvas jacket calls to mind, it could just be the combination of both field-ready functionality and timeless style. After all, the best waxed jackets can be worn with heavy fall fabrics like tweed, and in ways that are slightly dressier than expected. Take the Peter Millar Crown Vintaged Waxed Cotton Field Jacket — it’s the perfect jacket to wear in place of a blazer with a white Oxford shirt, tan chinos and brown leather boots this fall.

Schott Waxed Cotton Chore Jacket

You very well know Schott thanks to the brand’s iconic leather jackets, the type of outerwear that needs no introduction. And it should come as no surprise that these masters of all things rugged and long-lasting have come up with another jacket for your consideration — the Schott Waxed Cotton Chore Jacket is simply as good as it gets. It’s every bit as adventure-ready as, say, the Schott Perfecto, with a bit more room for your everyday carry, at that. Layer it up with your favorite denim shirt and slim black jeans to head to a rock concert.

Freenote Cloth Waxed Canvas Rider’s Jacket

The thing about searching for a waxed canvas jacket is that the best brands take the utmost care in getting the details right — and in delivering at an investment-level price, at that. All of this is to say, you’re going to have to invest in the Freenote Cloth Waxed Canvas Rider’s Jacket, and yet, it’ll pay off handsomely. This is the type of jacket to wear with a classic white tee and indigo denim (plus your favorite leather boots) when you want to hit the road.

Mission Workshop Eiger Wax Canvas Field Jacket

Mission Workshop seems to have it all figured out when it comes to making sleek, commute-friendly gear for the guy on the go — gear that, all at once, is still crafted with great character and style. Retailing for an investment-level $685, this jacket comes packed with all the heritage, history and style you could ask for, available in sleek colors like black and charcoal, plus traditional colors like olive. A jacket that’s both, as the brand says, water-resistant and refined? Sign us up. We’d wear this with slim dark denim, a classic chambray shirt and suede chukka boots — that’s timeless, easy-going and functional style at its best.

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