Before World War II, the Air Force and Navy constructed flight jackets with thick leather and shearling to keep pilots warm during high-altitude flights.
Advancements in aircraft construction eliminated the need for these bulky jackets by 1950, and gave way to the modern bomber jacket: the MA-1. The thinner MA-1 was designed with thin nylon fabric to be more comfortable in tight cockpits, a smaller knit collar to leave more room for parachute harnesses, and a bright orange interior for use by pilots to flag down rescuers after a crash.
By the end of World War II, the modern bomber jacket started to make its way into mainstream fashion as pilots and ground crew returned from the war. The bomber jacket quickly found its way into the wardrobes of rock stars and celebrities to become a pop culture staple. Almost 70 years after its inception, the modern bomber jacket remains a timeless classic deserving a place in every man’s wardrobe.
The most popular bomber jacket styles are typically geared for cool weather in the spring or fall, though often used as a solid mid-layer during the winter. A durable water repellent (DWR) coating with standard wind resistance is par for the course, so while the average jacket can withstand a little rain and snow, you may still need to pack a waterproof jacket for outdoor adventures.
Nylon and polyester are the most common fabrics you’ll find in a modern bomber jacket, though some styles incorporate natural fibers like cotton and wool, and a few manufacturers use premium synthetics for better wind resistance and waterproofing.
Regardless of what style or fabric you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. We compiled an eclectic list of the best bomber jackets to suit any preference, from budget-friendly buys to premium upgrades. As we’re all about the outdoors at Territory Supply, we included plenty of adventure-worthy bomber jackets ready to handle the great outdoors better than the average fashion-only bomber jackets.
Levi’s Ma-1 Unfilled Flight Jacket
The Ma-1 Unfilled Flight Jacket rocks a mock collar with classic bomber-style ribbing on the neck, cuffs, and hemline. It offers more than enough pockets to keep your hands warm and your personal items secure with stacked, snap-flap hand pockets on the front, a zippered pocket on the left sleeve, and dual inner pockets with snap-button closure on the inside.
The jacket also features a straight hem and a full-length zipper with a storm flap.
Carhartt WIP Newton Bomber Liner
The WIP Newton Bomber Liner is a core piece in Carhartt’s military line. Crafted with a military ripstop fabric, nylon taffeta lining, and a DWR coating, it can hold its own as a standalone jacket in the spring or fall, and functions as a solid mid-layer during the winter.
The jacket features curved rhombus quilting, front closure with a personalized zip, a rib-knit stand-up collar, and rib-knit cuffs.
Alpha Industries Men’s NASA MA-1 Bomber Flight Jacket
For a truly authentic bomber jacket with historic roots, check out the NASA MA-1 Bomber Flight Jacket from Alpha Industries. These guys have manufactured apparel for the DOD and US government agencies since the ‘50s — including the MA-1 — so you can’t get any more original than this.
All of their MA-1 bomber jackets stick to the classic design as much as possible, from the thick rib-knit details on the collar, waistline, and cuffs, to the same SOS-ready bright-orange interior.
The NASA MA-1 Bomber Flight Jacket features a strong front zipper with a storm flap for extra warmth — a comfort range of 25–40 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s made with 100% nylon, and includes multiple snap-closure pockets with an extra utility pocket on the arm.
For a truly unique level of authenticity, the jacket features two NASA patches to commemorate the 100th Space Shuttle Mission, an American Flag patch, and a “Remove Before Flight” keychain attached to the utility pocket on the left arm.
Bonobos The Boulevard
Bonobos is the largest clothing brand in America built entirely online. The secret sauce to their success is a focus on the perfect fit, plus they simplify the shopping experience for guys that hate shopping. They offer free shipping (both ways if you end up needing a return), easy returns and exchanges, and excellent customer service.
The Bonobos Boulevard jacket is a classic bomber-style jacket with rib-knitting on the collar, cuff, and hem. The jacket features single-welt hand pockets with snap closure, and they’re available in 7 color options.
Goodthreads Bomber Jacket
For those of you shopping on a budget, check out the Goodthreads Bomber Jacket. It’s crafted with care with a precise tailored fit, reinforced stitching, and a clear attention to the details. The jacket features a satin-finished body with contrast ribbing on the collar, cuffs, and hem.
There’s a trendy zip pocket on the left upper arm — though we honestly don’t know what you’ll need to stash in there — and twin slash hand pockets across the front.
Christopher Raeburn x Finisterre Bomber
This British bomber jacket is a unique, limited edition piece from the Christopher Raeburn x Finisterre collaboration collection. Drawing inspiration from the beauty and fragility of the sea, the collection is rooted in sustainability.
The jacket is constructed with Japanese 100% recycled polyester fabric with micro ripstop, and is coated in a fluorocarbon-free water repellent finish. The down-free 100% recycled polyester Finisterre Engineered Insulation (FEI) C-form fill delivers superior warmth with a remarkable warmth-to-weight ratio.
The Christopher Raeburn x Finisterre Bomber delivers in the style category, too. In addition to the classic ribbing on the neck and cuffs, the high-contrast interior lining features the same orange tone that Navy pilots used to attract rescuers when they reversed their jacket after a crash.
The jacket also features bound internal seams, concealed in-seam side pockets, an inner pocket with collaboration print detail, and a YKK Vislon zip with a collaboration-branded T-bar puller.
The North Face Meaford II Bomber Jacket
For an affordable bomber jacket engineered for the outdoors, go with the Meaford II Bomber Jacket from The North Face. The jacket is constructed with a highly wind-resistant fabric (wind permeability rated at less than 4 CFM), and is coated with a DWR finish to keep you toasty and dry. On the inside, the jacket features a mesh liner for optimal breathability to keep you from overheating.
In addition to the classic ribbing on the collar, hem, and cuffs, the Meaford II features a Vislon center-front zip along with zippered chest, sleeve, and hand pockets to keep your personal items secure. The jacket is backed by The North Face’s legendary lifetime warranty.
Patagonia Zemer Bomber Jacket
We’ve come to expect top-notch outdoors clothing from Patagonia, and the Zemer Bomber Jacket doesn’t disappoint. On the outside, the weather-resistant polyester stretch ripstop shell features a DWR fabric finish that repels moisture and dries faster.
On the inside you’ll find 50-denier 100% nylon plain weave lining with a DWR finish. Approved by Bluesign, the fabric meets the highest level of consumer safety by employing methods and materials that conserve resources and minimize the impact on people and the environment.
The full-zip jacket comes with a wind flap, two side-entry hand warmer pockets with zipper closures, and an internal zippered chest-pocket with an access point for your headphones.
Howler Brothers Polestar Fleece Bomber
Howler Brothers — named after the Howler Monkeys of South America — designs clothing honoring the passion, soul, and timeless style of surfing and fly fishing. It’s no surprise that their rendition of the classic bomber jacket uses fleece, a comfortable fabric often found around the campfire after a day on the water. The lightweight, textured polar fleece is warm enough for winter weather yet breathable enough to wear in the spring or fall.
The Polestar Fleece Bomber features a ribbed baseball collar with an ottoman texture, ribbed cuffs, and a spectacularly soft interior. There’s a drawcord at the bottom hem to block out the cold on windy nights, and zippered pockets to keep your hands warm and valuables safely secured.
Buck Mason Bruiser Bomber
If you have a GQ or Esquire magazine on your coffee table, chances are you’ve probably seen Buck Mason’s premier clothing line. This digitally-native menswear brand grew from two neighbors in a garage to a Los Angeles style icon in 5 years by designing updated, American classics for daily wear.
The Buck Mason Bomber jacket provides an excellent example their ability to modernize a classic piece. Cut from supple lambskin, the jacket features vintage cockpit details like front slash pockets, heavyweight ribbed cuffs, and a quilted lining.
It carries a premium price tag, but it’s a fantastic all-season leather workhorse that’ll last for years if you care for it properly.
Todd Snyder + Champion Quilted Bomber
Iowa-native Todd Snyder designs and crafts everyday luxuries for the modern gentleman. His clothing — a blend of the modern New York City vibe and classic Savile Row craftsmanship — is relaxed, refined, and impeccably tailored.
Snyder often partners with American heritage brands like Timex, New Era, and Hamilton Shirts to create unique collections, and his collaboration with Champion produced some truly extraordinary clothing.
The Todd Snyder + Champion Quilted Bomber is an excellent transition piece during cool months and a solid mid-layer during the winter. The smart fabric combination — jersey on the outside, a waffle rice thermal lining on the inside, and a ply fill in between — offers warmth and breathability.
We love the unique onion quilting pattern, though the design stays true to the classic bomber jacket style with a ribbed neck trim and sleeve cuffs. The jacket features two applied pockets, a two-way exposed zipper, and is machine washable.
B.Intl Steve McQueen SMQ Bomber Quilt
Inspired by the laid-back style of the King of Cool, the SMQ Bomber Quilt features a diamond-quilted shell with a classic ribbed sports neck, hem, and cuffs. The 100% polyamide shell is filled with 80g wadding and lined with 100% polyamide bagged lining to keep you warm.
You’ll also find Steve McQueen’s signature embroidered on the left sleeve and on a printed felt patch attached to the inside pocket.
Canada Goose Faber Bomber
While many bomber jackets are three-season jackets, the Faber Bomber is more than capable of handling winter weather. A lighter version of Canada Goose’s iconic Chilliwack Bomber parka, the Faber Bomber’s duraforce fabric is windproof, water-resistant, and rated 23–41 degrees Fahrenheit.
The specialized fabric gets softer with wear, so it’s as comfortable as it is warm. At the same time, the jacket features built-in mesh vents to promote airflow and temperature moderation, so you won’t get too sweaty under the shell.
True to the bomber style, this go-to top-layer jacket includes soft-stretch knit details on the collar, cuffs, and waistband. The jacket’s shorter length, utilitarian buttons, and tonal emblem further the vintage military style. It provides you with plenty of places to warm your hands and stash your personal items, with lower pockets, mesh handwarmer pockets, and a utility pocket on the right sleeve.
RVCA Collective Wool Bomber
It’s fairly rare to see wool on a bomber jacket, but RVCA manages to pull it off in style for their Wool Bomber with a 45% wool, 55% polyester blend. Few natural fibers can match the warmth, comfort, and breathability of wool, so it’s a welcome change to see this blend in a transition jacket.
Even with the fabric changeup, the jacket sticks to the classic look with a rib-knit neck, cuffs, and waistline. It also features welt pockets and an exposed metal zipper.
J. Crew Wallace & Barnes Flight Bomber Jacket
J. Crew’s take on the classic bomber jacket is constructed with nylon-cotter for a more casual, easy-to-layer look and feel. In addition to the traditional ribbing on the neck, cuffs, and waistline, the jacket features slanted pockets and an exposed front zipper for a modern finish.
Customers report a standard fit, and it’s machine-washable for easy cleaning.
Everlane The Cotton Bomber
Everlane only works with ethical factories that treat their workers well and pay fair wages. They’re transparent with their practices and pricing, hand-selecting their fabrics to ensure exceptional quality.
Everlane’s Cotton Bomber embodies all three of these missions, easily checking the boxes for sustainable manufacturing, excellent quality, and transparent pricing. Manufactured at a certified facility in Bac Giang, Vietnam, the jacket is made with a midweight cotton twill with a DWR finish and a comfortable mesh lining. Attractively priced, it features two snap pockets on the exterior with one pocket on the inside.
Mission Workshop The Mission Bomber
The Mission Bomber is our premium pick, and it’s worth every extra penny. Part of Mission Workshop’s Advanced Projects series, The Mission Bomber is a high-performance bomber jacket engineered to kick ass in a wide range of temperatures and environments.
The shell is constructed with a refined stretch-woven textile, and includes a water-repellent DWR finish. The jacket includes a layer of 40gsm high-performance PrimaLoft Gold Active insulation, and is fully lined with a 37.5 ultra-high-performance moisture management textile. The combination of these two layers creates the perfect environment for warmth and comfort, and does an incredible job of rapidly dissipating heat when the weather warms up.
The Mission Bomber is made in Portugal with special woven fabric from Como, Italy. It features asymmetric paneling and design detailing, a shaped no-rib hem, and more pockets than you’ll know what to do with. That includes zippered hand pockets, a low-profile chest pocket, an interior zippered pocket, an interior snap pocket, and a classic zippered sleeve pocket with a pen slot.