The more than 250-year service record that waxed canvas has going is a testament to the material’s physical fortitude. Waxing canvas started on sails — as a way for Royal Navy trade ships to keep up performance no matter the weather — then moved to shape the first fisherman’s slickers, and is now put to work across the world, roping cattle on ranches and completing seasonal outfits in cities.
There may be synthetic options that do the same, if not a better, job than waxed canvas. If you want to look like you’re heading up Everest when walking down 5th Avenue, then by all means, go ahead and wear them. But there’s a reason why waxed canvas jackets have staying power — it’s the perfect intersection of conventional utility and subtle style. From navigating the seven seas to meandering through the five boroughs, these are a few great waxed canvas jackets to properly send you on your way.
Left to Right, Top to Bottom:
Barbour Sapper Jacket $350
Vince 3-in-1 Field Coat $695
FSC Isle of Man Hooded Parka $655
Belstaff Trialmaster Classic Tourist Trophy Jacket $766
Filson Short Lined Cruiser $295
Hunter Original Utility Jacket $495
Vedoneire Mens Wax Jacket $160
Carhartt Quick Duck Jefferson $140
Alpha Industries M-65 Field Coat $180