The Latest

A Jacket of All Trades

Tested: Aether Alto Jacket

When we stopped by the Aether office and showroom to take a look at the second version of the Alto ($395) jacket, their crew handed us a sample and sent us on to their on-site testing facility -- an industrial walk-in freezer -- where we got a preview of how it would perform in the wild. Our adventures with the Alto would take us from chilly nights in Los Angeles to face-mashing wind in Detroit to a short stint inside New York’s polar vortex. And Vegas. That set of varying destinations is where the Alto, a true multipurpose jacket, is meant to shine.

Neither rain nor sleet nor snow...

The Best All-Weather Running Jackets

If we had it our way, every run would start and finish in perfect weather. But Mother Nature's idea of perfect isn't always a picturesque sunset or a sunny beach. For those of us not living in a running commercial, sometimes the long-mileage day may start with a thunderstorm or a few inches of snow. Whether you're just heading around the block a few times, working on your interval training or putting in a marathon, we've found the best running jackets for soldiering through the tough stuff.

Style Pick

Arc’teryx Veilance Blazer LT

The time to stow your wool blazers is getting closer everyday — but that doesn’t mean a life of cutoffs awaits. The Arc’teryx Veilance Blazer LT ($500) is sleek and versatile piece of outerwear for Spring 2013 that wears like a fitted shirt, complete with articulated elbows and gusseted underarms, but is fully equipped to handle the rains to come. A rainproof stretch woven fabric that beads water away from the surface, taped seams and Schoeller reinforced laminated cuffs and hem round out this piece’s resume on the durability front, while internal wallet and passport pockets keep valuables safe and secure. If the chic vegas Pit Boss look of the burgundy version above isn’t your thing, the black and grey options should do the trick.


Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka

When an outdoor titan like Patagonia states they've invented the highest-performing down technology available anywhere and stuffed it into "the finest down parka ever made" -- you should pay attention.

Down With It

5 Best Lightweight Down Jackets

Depending on your activities of preference, winter is either your joyous playground or whitewashed personal hell. No matter what, staying warm is critical. Down jackets have been a preferred winter option for many years, and for good reason -- they're super warm (when dry), wick moisture away from your body, are packable down to small sizes for travel and have yet to be matched by any synthetic fibers. Here are our five favorite goose-based options to beat the winter freeze.

Style Pick

Alpha Industries &#x2715 Ace Hotel Fishtail Parka

The M-65 waterproof fishtail parka was first used by the U.S. Army in the Korean War as a lightweight shell to keep soldiers dry. The design allowed soldiers to wrap the back of the coat around their upper legs for ease of movement and more waterproof surface. Recently the "hope I'm cool enough to stay here" Ace Hotel teamed up with Alpha Industries -- known for military-inspired casual wear -- to revive the storied coat. Retaining the classic M-65 style while updating it with a washed nylon shell, stay-dry seams and modern lines means you can throw this on and hike through unknown forest and muddy embankments before strolling directly into the board room, unscathed. Don't whine to us if the muddy boots give you away, though.

Style Pick

Todd Snyder Fox Fur Marschcoat

Former J. Crew creative director Todd Snyder has used his synonymous line to push into a luxurious realm few other American men's fashion brands dare to enter. But it's not simply about throwing a higher price tag on the clothes you already own. Case in point, the Todd Snyder Fox Fur Marschcoat ($1,350) is crafted from top-of-the-line materials like 100% Italian Wool and features a removable contrast 100% Japanese quilted nylon lining along with a genuine Finnish Silver-Fox Fur Lined Hood (and we're not talking about good-looking retirees.) In short, it's in a different Parka league compared to the three figure look-a-likes crowding the department store racks. If the blaze orange isn't your color, there's also an option with navy blue lining.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Aether Altitude Jacket

Doing battle with black diamonds this winter means swapping your corporate suit for some waterproof armor. The Aether Altitude ($675) has the technical features to protect you from the slings and arrows of an outrageous fall line, September through May. The

Keep warm, look cool

Victorinox Leiden Insulated Blazer

Packing light in the colder months often comes down to a tradeoff of outerwear. Do you pack the bulky coat for warmth, the blazer for appearances, or in the worst case, both? Victorinox's new Leiden Insulated Blazer takes the uncertainty

Style Pick: Read Wall Wilson Wax Jacket

Read Wall is a new made-in-America brand that brings a preppy edge to a field dominated by ubiquitous workwear. The entire line of polos, chinos, and shirts are worth a look, but the Wilson Wax Jacket stands out in particular

Reuse, Reuse, Reuse

A Jacket for Life

There’s an ancient proverb that says “Man fears Time, but Time fears the Pyramids.” Based on the video A Jacket for Life, Time can’t be too fond of Barbour jackets either. This documentary showcases the 30-year love affairs that several Barbour owners have with their jackets -- showing us

Riding in style

Search and State All Road Apparel

Sure, you could argue the obnoxious styles of most biking apparel lines makes you more noticeable to vehicles on the road, but who cares about safety if you’re riding in clothes you wouldn’t be caught dead in? A new brand

Style Pick: Nigel Cabourn SS12 Aircraft Jacket

Few brands blend vintage fashion and historical significance the way Nigel Cabourn does. The eponymous English fashion house is well renowned for offering what can only be described as archival pieces or, in other words, garments with a history. The
Don't leave for the Poles without it

UVU Cold Race Jacket 01

Two questions. First: have you ever run a marathon at the North Pole? Second: have you ever spent nearly $2,000 on a running jacket? If you answered “yes” to either question, then read on. Taking extreme technical wear to, well, the

Dos Caminos

Nau Dose Jacket

The right, lightweight, technical jacket can solve a lot of needs for a cyclist. Combine construction from sustainable materials and a sharply tailored sihouette and you've got all the trappings of a perfect storm-fighter. The Nau Dose ($275) may not star

Style Pick: Cantarelli Quilted Down Jacket

There's new jacket style trickling into the men's fashion circuit that combines the traditional outdoor look of puffy down with the tailored cut of a blazer. For the most part, only high-end brands like Moncler have started to introduce the concept

Clothes that keep up

Nonetheless Garments

Nonetheless Garments is a new Chicago clothing brand dedicated to creating stylish menswear that can also withstand the fluctuating weather conditions of commuting. The magic all starts with using advanced materials like Polartec NeoShell, which has twice the airflow of

On holiday, off grid

Gift Guide 2011 | 10 Must-Haves for the Adventurer

No matter the destination or pursuit, there's one unpredictable constant that entwines throughout the spirit of adventure -- the ever-changing natural elements. Rather than limiting your lifestyle or altering your approach, we've compiled this list of 10 critical items that

Style Pick: Alpha Industries Slim Fit N-3B Parka

Staying warm doesn't always have to add 50 pounds to your figure. The Slim Fit N-3B Parka by classic military supplier Alpha Industries features a 100% nylon shell, polyfill, and synthetic fur to keep you warm without blowing your gifting budget.

Style Pick: D.S. Dundee Blue Island Tweed Jacket

The D.S. Dundee blue island tweed jacket is an inspired alternative to the standard navy or earth tone tweed blazers you're sure to see bobbing around this year's stretch of holiday shindigs. Made from 100% wool, the fit is highly tailored


Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket

Light is good. Light, warm and water-repellent are just that much better, especially when it comes to outerwear. No doubt this fall will bring the kind of weather where you want to be prepared yet mobile and versatile. The new
System of a Down

Nau Down Load

Totally waterproof and completely tailored, the Nau Down Load ($440) packs a one-two style/utlity punch. Just in time for your dashing fall wardrobe. The weather-resistant shell features premium touches including taped seams, mini-storm skirt, removable hood, ribbed wool cuffs, breathable

Watersheep Down

Icebreaker Sierra Hood

Fleece has a tendency to be clammy against the skin when it gets wet, but wool's natural properties prevent that not-so-pleasant feeling by keeping moisture away from your skin. If you're searching for a full zip secondary layer that's both protective

Style Pick: Steven Alan Seaside Slicker

Endure the changing of the seasons with class in this all weather jacket from Steve Alan. Featuring an exterior woolen shell, detachable hood and a drawstring waist, it's a worthy alternative to the mob of Barbours that are boud to hit

Style Pick: Barena x Monocle Travel Jacket

An excellent collaboration from one of our favorite men’s print publications and world renowned Italian clothier Barena. The jacket's unstructured tailoring, patch pockets and button closure on the collar make it ideal for travel — whether your final destination happens to

Vested Interest

Lacoste Puffer Jacket with Removable Sleeves

Down vests are the duck-billed platypuses of the clothing world. You know their sleeveless design evolved for some reason, but that original purpose has long since been lost in a foppish undertow. For that reason, we appreciate this Lacoste Puffer

Get goosed

Canada Goose Chateau Parka

With record snows hitting many parts of the country, there's no better time to suit up and face the harsh elements in a heavy-duty winter parka. From our cold weather experts up North, Canada Goose is a well-known name when it

Anchor Your Winter Style

Sunny Sports Anchor Jacket

Sunny Sports is a West Coast-inspired Japanese clothing brand focused on producing timeless pieces designed to look good today and for years to come. Like many Japanese brands, they also value production quality above all else and subsequently produce their entire

Barbour's 75th Anniversary Tease

Barbour Steve McQueen Tribute Jacket

Barbour recently announced that Mr. Steve McQueen (a.k.a cool personified) himself is the inspiration behind their 75th anniversary line. Details of whats to come are slim, but the line will feature knitwear, tee's, and a special Steve McQueen version of the