Good jackets are generally one of two breeds: down-filled marshmallow parkas or lightweight cover-ups for a beach barbecue. Rarely does a man cross paths with a perfect autumn jacket that strikes a balance between the two. The Hiker Jacket from Gant Rugger ($285) is quite possibly the best such garment we have ever seen. Not only is it the ideal weight for crisp days, but the rugged cotton duck canvas shell (coated with polyurethane) provides lasting water resistance as well. It’s one of those coats that offers you pockets right when you need them. Kangaroo-style side pockets, snap closure front pockets, and three interior pockets will keep your gear (for fly fishing? a rolled up New York Times? a pen and notebook?) stored nicely. And the thing looks damn good – the silhouette is slim and refined, and an attractive plaid cotton flannel lines the hood, cuffs and pockets. Channel the classic American heritage vibe.

Buy Now: $285