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Spring Shower Survival: The 15 Coolest Waxed Canvas Jackets

For more than two-and-a-half centuries, waxed canvas has been the ideal crossroads of utility and style. Beginning with the Royal Navy, who waxed canvas sails to continue their excursions in whatever weather happened to befall them, down to fishermen who required it when capturing their deadliest catches, it’s a tradition, an art, and a stylish way to keep rain off your back.

Though a waxed canvas jacket is slightly anachronistic, it does something that a load of synthetic weatherproof fibers just won’t do: Look damn good while you wear it.

Getting clothing that can shrug off rain is easy, but you’re going to end up looking like Paddington Bear, or some lost mountaineer who is way overdressed, particularly for the spring showers that crop up, or the autumn winds which nip, but do not bite. For those in-betweener months, or for merely having a lightweight, easily carried, good-looking piece for any season, nothing beats one of the 15 best waxed canvas jackets for easy style and survival in the worst – or best – weather.

Levi’s Trucker Jacket

Levi’s Waxed Canvas Trucker Jacket - paper bag color

Age Old: In 1962 this jacket defined what a modern waxed canvas jacket could be, with straight lines and a mobile fit. Though Levi’s itself has gone through many ups and downs when it comes to quality, they’ve barely touched the trucker jacket, which is why it’s still favored by ranch hands and guys who haul long-distance for a living.

Purchase: $100

Carhartt Quick Duck Jefferson

Carhartt - Quick Duck Jefferson, waxed canvas jacked

Underthink: Carhartt usually assumes that you know how to wax your own jacket, but if you need to hit the shooting range or the hunting blind in a hurry, this comes waxed up for your wearing pleasure. Unlike many other waxed items, this has a polyester backing that allows it to be machine washed without a hitch.

Purchase: $120

Taylor Stitch Beach Jacket

Taylor Stitch Beach Jacket - waxed canvas

Warming Trend: A wonderful day at the beach can quickly turn uncomfortable when a sea squall rolls in. Light enough for wearing around when the rays are beating down, but able to duck and cover should the weatherman’s lies be exposed by sudden storms, the colors of the Beach Jacket look great while lounging on the lido deck, and the construction stands up to years of sand and sun.

Purchase: $128

Vedoneire Wax Jacket

Men's Wax Jacket - Vedoneire

Impermeable: Taped down seams, inner zippers and drawstrings galore, and external storm flaps make this an affordable enemy of moisture. While most waxed canvas jackets can handle rain dropping in sheets, this stops it coming in from the sides, or the restless waves beneath.

Purchase: $149

L. L. Bean Town and Field

LL Bean - Town and Field Waxed Wool Jacket

Eternal Sportsman: The Town and Field can be seen on nearly every street in America the moment the weather turns to hell. The traditional L. L. Bean cut might not be flashy, but it is the build that many heavier alpine jackets are modeled after, because it works. British Millerain and brass accents all add a weathered look as the days turn into weeks of wear.

Purchase: $219

Barbour International Duke

Barbour International Duke - waxed canvas jacket

Old Timer: First made in the ‘30’s, the Duke is as much about honoring the past as looking toward the future. That’s nice, but what we cared about most was that it keeps you warm through brutal weather thanks to the quilted lining and funnel collar that prevents wind and wetness from sneaking past its bulwark defenses.

Purchase: $269

Barbour X Deus Ex Machina Horace

Barbour X Deus Ex Machina Horace - waxed canvas jacket

Rode Hard: Barbour is a known quantity, but Deus Ex is an Australian upstart that is still getting traction in the motorcycling world, with a keen sense of modern style. Heavy-duty and given the look of vintage wear, Horace proved to be a wonder to behold, with lots of leather detailing, and a stowable companion that looked good right out of the saddle bag.

Purchase: $305

Filson Lined Short Cruiser

Filson Lined Short Cruiser - brown waxed canvas jacket


Working Out: For roaming the streets, any piece of waxed canvas can get you by, but when you need a full range of motion, you need a Filson. Loads of easy-access pockets for tools, and helpful gussets right where it counts. Putting up fences, laying down pipe, or just laying back are all easier in the Short Cruiser.

Purchase: $325

Indigo Wool Chore Jacket

Indigo Wool Chore Jacket - waxed canvas

Carryall: Woven from a pair of indigo wools, this is less about doing hard labor in the field than it is about more modern chores, like going to work or meeting with clients. Striking when worn with a suit and tie, and complete with interior pockets for phone, wallet, pens, and other sundry office gear, it’s strictly business.

Purchase: $328

Schott Café Racer

Café Racer Waxed Canvas Motorcycle Jacket

Run ‘n’ Gun: Made for speed, this fits tight to cut down on drag and flap for taking it around the curves of the Autobahn, or just a rainy day on the track. The bi-swing back is reinforced to give you extra support around your kidneys, making bumpy rides easier on your body even as the 7 oz Martexin makes it easy on the eyes.

Purchase: $375

Best Made Co. Light Wax Cruiser

Best Made Co. - Light Waxed Cruiser

Fit To Be Tied: Made right in New York City to suit pinpoint standards and QC testing that puts it through hell and back, it’s much more than a clean cut. After years of abuse, you’ll still be able to wear it under the neon lights of Broadway without a moment’s hesitation.

Purchase: $378

Barbour Sapper Jacket

Barbour Sapper Jacket - waxed canvas jacket

In The Fight: Bearing all of the hallmarks of a mil-spec jacket, but also intended for the comfort of the casual wearer, the Sapper is combat ready, yet still plush. The insulated lining is polyester that holds heat in when closed, but also ventilates well for those partly cloudy days. A stashable hood handles the fully cloudy ones.

Purchase: $429

Iron & Resin X Vanson Leathers Mojave

Iron & Resin X Vanson Leathers Mojave - waxed canvas jacket

Heirloom Grade: We’d be happy with just about anything from I&R or Vanson, but their combined might is greater than the sum of their parts. Built specifically for Spring riding, the Mojave is good for a stroll around the hot streets, and will keep your temperature well-regulated while astride your favorite two-wheeled steed; motorized or otherwise.

Purchase: $495

Vince Military 3-In-1

Vince Military 3-In-1 wax canvas jacket

Civvies: Made in olive drab to celebrate its military roots, the 3-in-1 has vents at the back for springtime outings, but zips into a battle-ready stance without a second of hesitation. Loads of pockets inside and out give you an embarrassment of storage space for all your extra ammo magazines…or lip balms.

Purchase: $695

Belstaff Roadmaster Waxed-Cotton Jacket

Belstaff - The Roadmaster Waxed-Cotton Jacket

Vegan Leather: The cut, and quadruple-pocket look comes straight from the original Trialmaster leather jacket, but this one doesn’t use hide of any kind, preferring waxed cotton. It fits a bit slimmer than traditional Trialmasters, so it doesn’t have a dated look, and it more than stands up to weather and even road rash, should you need to lay your bike down.

Purchase: $950

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