The Top Jackets and Coats of 2018

The year has already flown by.

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Over the last year, a wealth of outerwear was released from countless brands. While the new jackets and coats didn’t necessarily reinvent the wheel, they offered thoughtful updates and advances to a few necessary categories.

We saw a proliferation of raincoats and waterproof technologies being implemented in a range of new styles. This focus on function was also prevalent in the uptick of travel coats and jackets new to the market this year. Aside from functional garments, the focus remained on timeless classics: minute updates to iconic silhouettes and styles.

Change doesn’t come rapidly to the outerwear space. Style and technologies are iterative, resulting in a slow progression over time. But that’s OK: jackets and coats are also investment pieces designed to last for years — you wouldn’t want to replace your parka as frequently as your iPhone.


After 70 Years, Belstaff Updates the Iconic Trialmaster Jacket

Cut from waterproof and breathable nylons.

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Herschel Introduces Practical City Coats and the Perfect Duffel to Go with Them

Five stylish jackets and the bag to put them all in.

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This is the Perfect Travel Rain Jacket

Arc'Teryx's new Partition LT has everything I want in a rain shell.

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Stay Dry and Look Good in Filson’s Technical Rain Jackets

Highly technical, highly understated.

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Taylor Stitch Just Updated One of Our Favorite Travel Blazers

A modern two-button blazer made from a breathable wool-linen blend.

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Canada Goose Releases Military-Inspired Transitional Jackets for Spring

The Voyager Jacket and the Wainwright Coat.

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This 27-Pocket Vest Takes Workwear to the Extreme

It might replace your tool belt.

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You New Favorite Summer-Weight Blazer Is Just $245

An unlined linen-wool blend.

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These New Rain Jackets Are Easily The Most Attractive We’ve Seen

Stutterheim's new rain jackets are sleek, well-designed and perfect for the minimalist.

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Slim-Down Your Carry-On with this Packable Travel Jacket

Made from water-resistant polyester ripstop fabric.

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Polo Ralph Lauren Ripped off This Jacket, but You Can Still Buy the Original

Inspiration from a design released in January 2014.

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There’s a New Way to Get Cheap Gear from The North Face

The North Face is the latest on a growing list of big outdoor gear companies that are facing up to the environmental impact caused by manufacturing. Its new site, The North Face Renewed, is dedicated...

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Why This New Parka Makes Good Summer Outerwear

Parkas are a cold weather apparel staple, but do they make sense to wear during the summer too? Outlier just released a new one that has us questioning the matter.

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You’ll Have To Join A Waitlist For The First-Ever Graphene Jacket

This jacket is made using one of the most exciting materials since silicon. And yes, it can probably outperform your Gore-Tex all-weather shell.

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This Versatile J. Crew Blazer Looks Sharp and Won’t Break the Bank

Need a casual blazer that you can wear to the office or out to dinner that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? Look no further.

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The North Face Just Dropped a Seriously Stylish Collaboration

This wearable, functional partnership pays tribute to the brand's history as an outdoor outfitter.

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Patagonia Just Gave One of its Best Jackets an Important Upgrade

Last year Patagonia released the Micro Puff, its lightest insulation jacket ever. This year, that coat is getting an important new feature.

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This Iconic Track Jacket is Back

Dating back to the 70s, New Balance has crafted a unique apparel piece that's set to last a lifetime.

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At Just 5.6 Ounces This Minimalist Rain Coat Could Be Worth Its Price Tag

These rainy transition days have of us dreaming of beautifully designed rain jackets that aren't a burden to carry around when it stops raining — so naturally, we found one.

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Schott’s 90th Anniversary Leather Jacket Is an Aficionados’ Dream

The 90th anniversary Perfecto jacket.

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Why this $1,650 Japanese Leather Jacket Is Worth Every Penny

Made from vegetable-tanned, aniline-finished horsehide from Himeji, Japan.

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This Thermo-Sensitive Dyneema Jacket Could Change Technical Wear Forever

Stone Island teams up with ECCO LEATHER for a thermo-sensitive leather and Dyneema layer engineered to conquer cold-weather.

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Outerknown’s Sustainable Fleece Jacket Is Perfect for Fall

Cut from a soft, Italian-milled blend of cotton and polyester, this is one of the most luxurious ways to stay warm this fall.

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This Waxed Canvas Jacket Will Stand Up to the Worst Spring Weather

Heritage fabric from Halley Stevensons.

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The Original PolarFleece Is Back Just in Time for Fall

Polartec has revived its original PolarFleece in the Andover Pullover that is fully customizable and made from upcycled plastic bottles.

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Icebreaker’s Latest Collaboration with Goldwin Is the Perfect Travel Attire

The latest Tabi collection from powerhouse brands Icebreaker and Goldwin is just what we want to wear on the plane and to work.

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Need a New Down Jacket? Check Out This Custom-Order Company

With deep roots in the outdoor industry, Crescent Down Works makes made-to-order down apparel by hand in its Seattle factory.

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A Lightweight Jacket Built to Handle Autumn’s Worst

AETHER's Realm Jacket is the one to reach for when that chilly weather finally sets in and you're packing for the coming adventures on your fall calendar.

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J.Crew’s New Chore Coat Is the Only Jacket We Want to Wear Right Now

Cut from an indigo-dyed cotton moleskin and featuring three patch pockes, the coat is made for versatility and super easy to wear.

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Need a New Jacket for Fall? Outerknown Has You Covered

A puffer jacket, a chore jacket, a 3-in-1 coat and more.

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This Is the Jacket That Fighter Pilots Would’ve Wanted

Mission Workshop updated the classic bomber jacket, a style once worn by Navy and Air Force pilots, with highly-technical materials normally found in outdoor gear.

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This Year in Gear


Just like that, 2018 has come and gone. Take a look back at the best of what the past 365 days had to offer in This Year in Gear

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