Jackets

Agile Warmth

Mammut Brisk

For every job, there’s the right tool. When it comes to outerwear, there’s always an ideal jacket to suit your conditions. As the name would suggest, the Mammut Brisk ($179) is designed to keep you active while and warm. Constructed from lightweight Gore Windstopper, the Mammut Brisk provides a barrier against wind while remaining breathable,...

Hiking? Doubt it. Style? Absolutely

Gant Rugger Hiker Jacket

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...

A Worthy Fall Mainstay

Life After Denim Military Blazer

Urban Daddy brand manager and Kempt writer Randy Goldberg alerted us to this great looking fall basic. Available in heathered brown and black colorways, the Life After Denim’s Military Blazer ($138) is surprisingly affordable given its distinct styling. The additional buttons also make it slightly more capable of keeping you warm as the season progresses...

A New Spin on Military Surplus

Denham LONGSHORE D.G.L Jacket

In the realm of jacket brands vying for your dollars, of which there are plenty, few have such depth of heritage and origin as the Denham LONGSHORE D.G.L Jacket ($780). What makes it utterly unique is that the entire jacket is re-cut from Dutch army blankets and ponchos. The ponchos obviously provide the jacket with...

Trail Blazing

Burberry Removable Collar Two Button Sportcoat

Every man should own a quality grey blazer for the winter season and we’ve recently been on the hunt to find a few we like. This Burberry Two Button Sportcoat ($595) first grabbed our attention off the rack thanks to its more casual cut, darker herringbone gray coloring, and black elbow patches. Discovering it has...

Enough With the Fake Fleece

Icebreaker RealFleece Aspiring Zip

Sometime in the 1980s, clothing companies discovered that plastic fibers could be spun to look like wool fleece. This polyester fleece had many of the same properties as wool but lacked the itchiness of wool. The rest is history and we’ve endured (and enjoyed) thirty years of fluffy jackets, many in garish colors, that have...

Fit For All

Sunice Olie Power Stretch Pullover

There’s something very special about fall golf. Perhaps it’s witnessing nature’s annual change and getting out of the summer heat. Maybe it’s because we know our time on the course is limited. Either way, being prepared to play in cooler conditions is a key to shooting good scores. That being said, the right layering is...

Bolstered Blazer

Hlaska Surly Navigator Blazer

A perpetual conundrum facing stylish men is the ability to look good without seeming dressed-up. While there are many techniques to walking this fine line, owning fashionable and purposeful outerwear that looks great without appearing like you just came from the office can help tremendously. Hlaska’s Surly Navigator blazer/jacket ($375) is a great example that...

Easy, Rider

Cycleport Ultra II Air Mesh Kevlar Motorcycle Jacket

The motorcycles we cover have one thing in common. They are all awesome… from the staid and versatile BMW R1200 GS to the steampunk-esque and apocalyptic Confederate P120 Fighter. But the speed, power and liberation these two-wheelers can provide may also lead to unpredictable dangers including wheel-swallowing potholes, road debris, and soccer moms in titanic...

English Heritage Gets the Japanese Treatment

Barbour Tokihito Jackets

We realize it’s hard to think about jackets right now, but in the spirit of keeping you prepped for Fall 2010, we had to share these Barbour Tokihito Yoshida Jackets brought to our attention by the fashion focused minds at Swipelife. Representing the second collaboration between the English outerwear legend and the esteemed Japanese designer,...

Listen Up Guys: Alley Collection is a New Brand to Watch

Alley Collection James Jacket

To better balance the slew of clothing options we’ve featured lately that are tailored to slimmer guys, we’ve recently been on the hunt for good looking attire made with more athletic men in mind. Alley Collection fits that bill perfectly. Created by John Robblee, who is a former Bay Area Firefighter, and his partner Laura...

Get Drenched in Style

Supreme Outdoor Parka

Non New Yorkers may not be familiar with the Supreme brand, but thanks to e-commerce, that doesn’t mean you can’t integrate their clothes to your wardrobe from afar. The Outdoor Parka is a choice piece from their current offerings, and works well as a light weight, stylish shell for weathering summer showers. Made from water-resistant...

Perfect for Your Transition to Heat

Polo Ralph Lauren Bedoine Quilted Jacket

After dealing with a heavy winters and snowocalypses, the concept of a spring jacket may cause many of you to scratch your heads in confusion. Not quite warm enough to really withstand any kind of put-hair-on-your-chest weather, but less constricting then that suffocating hand quilted puce “sweater” from your granny, they admittedly fill a small...

Look Good, Stay Dry

OBEY Storm Front Jacket

Don’t let bad weather dampen your look. Made from 100% cotton, OBEY’s unique treatment makes this jacket highly water-resistant while still keeping costs down, which is good news in these tough times. Differentiated by a bold, structured collar, detachable hood, and less technical but more versatile 5 button enclosure, it’s a great jacket for urban...

Roan If You Want To, Roan Around The World

GoLite Roan Plateau Hoodie

When it comes to staying warm in the winter, nothing beats goose down – end of discussion. So, with the weather in New England starting to resemble Hoth, we decided it was time to put a down jacket through its paces, Gear Patrol style. The object of our testing was the GoLite Roan Plateau Hoodie....

Keep Heat In and the Elements Out

Patagonia Das Parka

By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Sandy Bandu Patagonia is certainly renowned for their bombproof, outdoor performance gear, but their DAS Parka is nothing short of well-rounded perfection. If you are in the market for a lightweight, synthetic coat (truly a superior material to down, in most situations), this coat provides all the comforts that...

Before Gore-Tex, There Was (and is) Waxed Cotton

Barbour Beaufort Jacket

As our man Jon Gaffney explained in his previous coverage of Barbour, this well known English brand has been making the ultimate waterproof outwear since time immemorial. Well, almost. Made from Barbour’s legendary waterproof, wax-treated cotton (100%), the Beaufort epitomizes what Barbour has become famous for and serves as the perfect mid-weight jacket for your...

Style Or Functionality? Both.

Nau Modus Trench

It’s no secret that we at Gear Patrol have a fondness for Nau gear. Several of our crewmen have purchased their garments in the past, and it’s about time we share with you one of our favored go-tos, the Nau Modus Trench. The Modus Trench is a three-layer, waterproof, windproof jacket that has two feet...

It Was A Dark and Stormy Jacket...

Aether Stormy Jacket

Layering is one of the single greatest fashion opportunities found in the cooler seasons, and a great shell should fit as well over a single oxford as it should a sweater, serving its function as protection from the elements. Last year, we first learned of the Aether brand and checked out the Aether Summit Jacket...

Taking Warmth and Comfort to a Higher Plane

Outdoor Research Transcendent Sweater

For those of you living on the half of our planet situated above the equator, fall is here; about this there can be no doubt. Some of us revel in the cool, damp mornings and crisp evenings that autumn brings. Whether or not you love the weather that comes with this season, you can’t deny...

Your New Fall Standby

Vince Fall/Winter 09 Line Up

With Fall just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about about cool weather looks. Vince, a high end manufacturer of sweaters and jackets, has always produced quality fall/winter wear with style in mind. This year’s lineup is no exception, emphasizing classic cuts and neutral color palates with a subtle tweaks to make them...

Timeless Cool

Baracuta G9 Slimfit

The G9 Harrington jacket has been around forever. The reason? It’s got versatility in spades. The G9 Harrington looks as good on you going out on a date as it does on your grandfather puttering around the golf course, as it did on Sinatra 40 years ago. Ok, maybe Sinatra pulled it off a little...

Every Man Needs A Rain Jacket. Else, Be Wet.

Marmot Essence Jacket

The Marmot Essence Jacket is just that - the essence of what you need in a rain jacket and nothing more. It keeps you dry, is light and breathable, and you'll find it eminently packable. The Essence gets a sound GP recommendation in the rain jacket department.

Microlight Feels Like An Understatement

Rab Microlight

It’s not often I find myself very surprised by a product. Well before my review of any product is published on Gear Patrol, I have researched it extensively, read other people’s comments and reviews on it, and tested it myself. So, when the Rab Microlight came my way unexpectedly, I had no idea what to...

Old School Gore-Tex

Barbour International A7 Jacket

Spring is coming up fast, especially here in East Tennessee. If you’re looking for the right jacket that won’t have you sweating bullets as the temp kicks up a notch, but still offers rain protection through the requisite storms, give Barbour a once over. Barbour has been keeping our cousins across the pond dry with...

Versatile Enough For Your Workweek To Weekend

J.Crew Utility Jacket

A coat that will take you from workweek to weekend is essential for any guy to own, especially when you’re looking to stretch a dollar. J.Crew’s newest outerwear addition is as versatile as it is well-priced. The laid-back look is structured enough to go over a shirt and tie but pairs with a t-shirt or...

Cloth Logic

Diversify Your Winter Wardrobe Men, here’s a quick fashion tip that blows by many. When the weather turns cold, your outerwear is the most visible and memorable part of your attire. So everyday you walk into the office wearing the exact same coat, you’re one step closer to developing a permanent nick name. And not...

Merrell Gatherer Jacket

Just Add… Anything With Fall now quickly approaching, temperatures can start to vary wildly as the day progresses. On your next outdoor expedition (or hike) be prepared for anything with the Merrel Gatherer Jacket. Designed with the hikers and climbers in mind, the jacket packs light while still giving the wearer the flexibility to use...

Salomon Fast and Lite II Jacket

[click on image to enlarge] If you’re outdoors or involved with sports at all then you know that there isn’t always a need for bulky, heavy outerwear and gear. The Salomon Fast and Lite II is perfect for running, hiking, biking and other endurance sports being built for lightweight, windproof, breathable weather protection. Features: ActiLITE™...

Diesel Pea Coat

The mark of a good coat is the ability for it to work with a bunch of your getups rather than being single purpose outerwear. We cover a good number of men’s fashion items here on Gear Patrol and we understand clothing is subjective, but we think you’re likely to find this coat well worth...

Kenneth Cole Breaking Trends

Kenneth Cole is one of those brands that manages to churn out good clothing and accessories without costs that break the bank. We wish they were a little lighter on the blacks, but sometimes there are just items that don’t go in any other color. Get yourself into a casual coat to match those jeans....

ArcTeryx Sidewinder AR Jacket

Snow riders everywhere will appreciate the technically advanced Arc’terxy Sidewinder AR jacket&emdash;it’s made for the most demanding conditions. Sidewinder hits below the hips for protection and warmth and is built for extreme weather and rugged conditions Gore-Tex® 3L Pro Shell fabric is tough, extremely breathable and durably waterproof and windproof Gore Micro Grid lining is...

RLX Challenger Running Jacket

An ultra-lightweight jacket made of streamlined water and wind repellant stretch fabric. This one will serve you for more than just running though, it has an iPod pocket and an interior pocket for your headphones. What this means to you: There’s no more flattering color than black. Might as well look fit while you get...

Polizei 144 Patrol Jacket

All-weather jacket with reflective stripes and removable lining, as worn on the Gumball and Bullrun events. About Polizei 144: Polizei 144, founded by extreme rallysport champion Alexander Roy, features eye-catching and stylish leather racing jackets for men and women. The jackets, which are inspired by new and vintage police uniforms from around the world, bear...

Armani Exchange Garment Dye Cotton Jacket

Stop thinking Armani Exchange is beyond the reach of your wallet. You’re far better off walking into A|X and weighing your options rather than going into Banana Republic (nothing against BR though, they’ve got some great stuff) and spending 2x what you’d spend elsewhere for a look you can’t beat. Take this Dye Cotton Jacket...