• Lookin' Slick: 11 of the Best Waxed Canvas Jackets for Work & Life

    Photo: Taylor Stitch

    Before it clothed us, waxed canvas was a precious resource used to coat sails and protect sailors from the salty seas. Naturally waterproof and impervious to the elements, this stuff is tough.

    So tough that clothing brands from well-known to who the heck are you are taking advantage of waxed canvas in their lineups. Vintage and rugged, there’s nothing quite a waxed canvas jacket.

    If you’re the type to work hard, play hard, and want to look good while you do it, take a look at our top picks for the best waxed jackets your hard-earned dollars can buy.

    Taylor Stitch Winslow Parka

    winslow parka

    The eco-minded folks over at Taylor Stitch may consider themselves to be a shirting company at heart, but lucky for us they do jackets too. If you’re the type who just can’t pass up American denim, consider their four-season Winslow Parka.

    Partnering with friends at Halley Stevensons, Taylor Stitch built the Winslow's exterior with a custom beeswax canvas that’s stylish and functional. From there, it only gets better. The interior is lined with a recycled, un-dyed wool for a more natural approach. And like all good parkas, it has a full-coverage hood. Water and wind repellent, the performance of this jacket is next to none.

    The Winslow funded in late 2018 and will start shipping in November. – Buy here


    Iron & Resin Scout Jacket

    iron and resin waxed jacket

    Iron and Resin isn’t about cheap fleeting fashion, it’s about investment. Drawing upon timeless styles, they take long-standing favorites and turn them into quality, hand-crafted goods built for the working man. The waxed Scout Jacket is no exception.

    Its classic jean jacket-esque design has the rugged look you want with the comfort you crave. The 100% Cotton Martexin™ Waxed Canvas is made to withstand the elements while the flannel blanket lining speaks to the inner softy in you.

    Made for three-seasons, the shank buttons and zipper front closure do well to keep out the cold. For all those tough on gear, you’ll especially appreciate the double needle and felled seams.

    Take this layer for a spin on a cool autumn day or work late nights on your hog in the garage. Even if you don’t ride, you’ll still look cool as ice in this garb. – Buy here


    Filson Tin Cloth Jacket

    filson tin cloth

    We get it. You need something tough. Something warm. Something that will endure. This is why we recommend Filson’s Tin Cloth Jacket.

    In 1897, Filson began outfitting those looking to strike it rich during the Klondike Gold Rush. Facing cold, harsh conditions, Filson helped keep these gold driven stampeders alive.

    Since then, they’ve produced durable goods designed for the outdoorsman. The Tin Cloth Jacket is a testament to this. Abrasion-resistant as well as rain-repellent, this jacket was made for working, or playing, in bad weather. Bend, reach or stoop, you’ll enjoy the full mobility design.

    The working outdoorsman needs easy access pockets and they kept this in mind. There are not only one but two utility pockets, a front flap pocket, and two waist pockets to keep your hands toasty. For added warmth, the collar is made with 100% virgin wool.

    As a bonus, Filson backs this and all their other products with a lifetime guarantee. – Buy here


    Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket

    trucker jacket

    If comfort is a top priority, you can’t go wrong with the Waxed Trucker Jacket. Made in the USA, this water-resistant trucker style jacket is one of the best sellers in the Flint and Tinder line-up, and it’s not hard to see why.

    The waxed Martexin 7 oz. sailcloth material is soft to the touch, while the entire inside from body to sleeves is lined with a cozy polyester blanket lining.

    As you move throughout your daily journey, this jacket will lighten and bend leaving a story to tell. Fear not, this is not a result of poor construction, but rather the wax itself. Like a fine wine, this jacket gets better with age. – Buy here


    Best Made Co. Waxed Cruiser

    best made cruiser

    In designing this three-season waxed jacket, Best Made Co. knew they had to use top of the line material. That’s why they turned to British Millerain. Known for being the first in the UK to wax cotton, only British Millerain would do.

    Built to last, this jacket features an English moleskin collar, reinforced shanks, and enough pockets to boot. Durable enough for the outdoorsy type and sophisticated enough for city dwellers, versatility is its game.

    You may want to pay a little more attention to the condition, however, if you’re wining and dining. Not made to be washed or dry cleaned, a damp rag is your best method to cleaning off all that hard-earned grime. – Buy here


    Orvis Barbour Royston

    orvis barbour waxed jacket

    No stranger to nature, Orvis has been crafting quality outdoors goods since 1865.

    Purchase a product and not only receive peace of mind, but help out a good cause too. Every year 5% of pre-tax profits go towards conservation efforts. In the past 20 years they’ve raised over $20 million alone.

    If you’re feeling altruistic, take a gander at the Barbour Royston. Reminiscent of a time when Members Only was hip, you can be a member again with this nostalgic fit. The lightweight jacket features 4oz blend waxed cotton with a studded collar and large welt pockets.

    Leave the other Orvis jackets to fly-fishing and join the VIP members at the club with the Barbour Royston. – Buy here


    Mission Workshop Eiger

    eiger jacket

    When it comes to fashion, Mission Workshop certainly knows a thing or two. For more than 20 years, Mission Workshop has been pumping out stylish threads deep in the heart of San Francisco.

    Together, the company’s founders’ experience runs the gamut of producing everything from technical cycling gear to combat apparel for Navy Seals. Impressed? We sure are.

    That’s why we had to give a shout out to their Eiger jacket, where sleek meets practical.

    The waxed material is a product of manufacturer Halley Stevensons who made their name by outfitting Scottish fisherman with durable rainwear. Lined with quick-drying cotton and sporting a 3-point adjustable hood, this jacket is at the top of its class.

    While we know the price is a bit on the high side, don’t think of it as buying just another jacket. Think of it as an investment. – Buy here


    Jane Motorcycles The Driggs

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    If you’re looking to ride in style, then take a hint from the crew over at JANE and go with The Driggs. Made in New York, these experts not only produce a jacket that makes you look cooler than James Dean, but they make the ride to go along with it. How’s that for expertise?

    The great thing about The Driggs is the versatility. Most riding jackets were made for just that, to ride. The Driggs, on the other hand, is so much more. Whether you’re taking an epic white-knuckle ride through the Tail of the Dragon or cruising to work, it’s got your back.

    It’s tough enough to take a tumble while the comfort is unmatched. It features water-resistant waxed cotton on the outside, satin and lambskin lining, and removable D30 armor for extra protection. For those looking for an alternative to leather, this is it. – Buy here


    Encampment Co. 30-13 Jacket

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    The Encampment Company may be one of the newer guys around the block, but they aren’t to be discounted. Started in 2015 by Mike Ranta and Matt Baker, they focus on creating mindful products they are proud to wear from start to finish.

    Made in Wyoming, the 30-13 Jacket is made for the man who likes to throw some weight on his bones. The heavy exterior 13.5 oz waxed cotton screams durable as it boasts being wind and water resistant. The hand-hammered copper rivets are an added touch.

    While the design may be more simple than other waxed jackets on the market, there’s something about the textured material that catches the eye.

    To add to their character, Encampment has made a commitment to getting you their product in a timely manner while also taking the bill on the shipping fee. That right there speaks like a true gentleman. – Buy here


    Buffalo Jackson Marshall Hooded Jacket

    marshal jacket

    For the price, it doesn’t get any better than Buffalo Jackson’s Marshall Hooded Jacket. It’s rugged looking enough for hauling lumber yet stylish enough to wear around town.

    It’s made from 100% cotton with a waxed exterior and flannel lined interior. The antique brass buttons and zippers are a nice touch, while the drawstring hood is a necessity.

    Born in Colorado, Buffalo Jackson moved their headquarters to North Carolina where this jacket is made. Mixing the Wild West with a Southern twang, you get the sense they truly understand men who still know how to put in a good day’s work with their hands.

    Mountain man or desk junkie, this is a man’s jacket. – Buy here


    Timberland Mt. Davis Jacket

    timberland jacket

    Skip all the bullshitting, you just want a solid jacket and the Timberland Mt. Davis Jacket has you covered. This solid, affordable jacket ditches all the fancy frills and gets down to the basics.

    With a simple clean design, Mt. Davis highlights a water-resistant waxed exterior along with interior, chest, and double waist pockets.

    What we appreciate most about this jacket is the effort towards sustainability. Taking recycling to heart, it’s constructed from 50% recycled plastic water bottles and at least 50% organic material.

    Ideal for summer and spring, the Mt. Davis delivers quality construction within budget. – Buy here

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