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    The hunt for the ideal field jacket

    So as I mentioned in a few other posts, I've been hunting over the past few months for the ideal midweight field jacket--something to bridge the gap between a light spring jacket and full-on wool topcoat. (I don't think peacoats look as good on me, so I've excluded them from this search, as badass as the Boondock Saints look is.) I've checked out a lot of different brands, and I figured I'd post my findings on here to help out anyone in a similar search, as well as to see whether I've overlooked anything.

    A couple of notes: While Barbour and Belstaff are awesome, I've been forced to limit my search to the $100-$200 range. Also, I'm using the term "field jacket" pretty loosely, and it includes the original M-65 army field jacket, as well as more hunting- and moto-inspired looks. But I do have some limits to my definition. Basically, the following traits are what I'm looking for, with the realization that some of them will have to be negotiable. Still, if I could design my own "ideal field jacket," it would have:

    - Rugged, durable build
    - Cotton construction, preferably waxed
    - Front flap pockets, preferably four but at least two
    - Mockneck collar, but not a super-high one
    - Either stowable/detachable hood or none at all
    - Fairly warm lining; I don't want to sacrifice function for style.
    - Slim fit for a 5' 9," 155 lb. build

    (I have looked at a few quilted style hunting/moto jackets, but this would be the only exception.) So that's the gist of what I'm looking for. Finding a jacket that fits, still looks good, and meets these requirements has been extreeeeemly difficult, but here's what I've found out so far:

    - Xios: small brand with some cheap, rugged, warm field jackets, but I ended up being between their European sizes. I might give them another try, though, now that I see how tough the search is.
    - H&M: I expected more, since I've had a very light field/moto hybrid jacket from them for a few years. But nothing seemed to fit right. They have a rugged cotton mockneck jacket, but the waist seems extremely short.
    - Uniqlo: Almost got lost searching their massive 5th Ave. flagship, but their jackets were almost all parkas, puffers, or wool coats, and the fit seemed boxy.
    - Zara: had some interesting quilted hunting (or maybe moto) jackets, but the quality and construction seemed questionable at best. Too much fashion; not enough function.
    - A&F: checked out their rugged mountain jacket, but I was in between sizes, and their mockneck collar is giant, dwarfing my small head and neck.
    - AE field jacket: rugged and warm, but I fell in between small and medium. Shame, because it was a good price.
    - Dockers utility jacket: fit and price are good, and it's warm and durable. Around $80 at Kohls. But the nylon/poly blend gives it an overall "cheap" look. I bought it, but not sure I'll keep it.
    - Express waxy cotton military jacket: warm and very utilitarian, but the massive double-layer collar is just too much for me.
    - Marc New York military jacket: too boxy, and not very warm. Felt flimsy.
    - J. Crew: tried their light green field jacket, but something seemed off about it. Maybe this is purely subjective haha. Wish I could afford the Barbour To Ki To, though.

    Anyway, I hope this helps anyone on a similar hunt. Also, have I overlooked any workable options? And what are people's thoughts on the Docker's utility jacket? http://www.kohls.com/p/dockers-hoode...cket-men.shtml. Does the synthetic material look really bad?

    Also, I just noticed that Kohl's put up this Levi's trucker jacket: http://www.kohls.com/upgrade/webstor...crosssell=true. Never seen it online or in stores before, and it looks like they only have XXL. Can anyone comment on the fit of the small or medium?

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by holmes10; January 6, 2013, 06:26 PM.

    #2
    Joe mentioned an Orvis field jacket in the Skyfall steal the style post that I think looks amazing.

    http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=4H05

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      #3
      Second the orvis. It's got the barbour look

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        #4
        The fabric on that Docker's jacket really does look bad... The Levi's, ok, but is it really the style you want? It's sorta backwards, with the patch pockets up top...

        Third for the Orvis. The high end of your price range, but they have good quality stuff, and that is a nice look. I don't find their stuff to be slim fit, although the fit isn't bad, but you may want to do some research on fitment (or find a store).

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          #5
          What about Filson http://www.filson.com/mens/coats-jackets/-1011/

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            #6
            The problem with that Orvis jacket is that it will run huge. At your size, I'd be surprised if the small isn't too big for you.

            If I were you, I'd take a second look at J.Crew's offerings. They are pretty high quality and the fit will be good. Even if you find a jacket you like out of your price range, you can usually pick up gently used J.Crew stuff on eBay for a decent discount.
            Ben

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              #7
              Maybe take a look at this L.L. Bean Sig field coat:

              http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/65099...947-field-coat

              Comes with a removeable wool liner so it should be pretty versatile.
              Ben

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                #8
                If you're looking for a light field jacket, search ebay for the JCrew cadet jacket from a few seasons ago. Discontinued for some reason, but my favorite field jacket of all time yo.

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                  #9
                  how about this one? http://www.alphaindustries.com/Mens-...Field-Coat.asp doesn't have the cord collar like the orvis but cheaper

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                    #10
                    Thanks, guys, for the recommendations. Also curious whether there are any options for an affordable, warm jacket with more of the moto-influenced style I mentioned above, as opposed to a true field jacket. Something similar to, for instance:

                    - the Belstaff Roadmaster http://media-cache-ec2.pinterest.com...5fKURqb2_b.jpg
                    - the Belstaff H-Racer http://im.ft-static.com/content/imag...3cb7e8f140.img

                    EDIT: I just found this one online: http://www.bodenusa.com/en-US/Mens-C...e-Poacher.html. Anyone know how loose/tight it fits, and is the hood removable?
                    Last edited by holmes10; January 7, 2013, 01:02 PM.

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                      #11
                      a cheaper option is the lands end one, not flashy but still solid. looks better in person than in that picture.
                      http://www.landsend.com/pp/mens-spor...228890_59.html

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by llie19 View Post
                        a cheaper option is the lands end one, not flashy but still solid. looks better in person than in that picture.
                        http://www.landsend.com/pp/mens-spor...228890_59.html
                        I've tried this on, and like most LE outerwear it seemed vanity sized.

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                          #13
                          true, but size down could work. i mostly wear m but i have a size s of this one, fits fine, no tapering on the waist, but that's not critical for this type of clothing i suppose. i only wish the sleeves are maybe half an inch longer, but it's acceptable.

                          Originally posted by Johdus View Post
                          I've tried this on, and like most LE outerwear it seemed vanity sized.

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                            #14
                            From the OP's dimensions, sounds like he is either a small or a medium to begin with, so sizing down may not be an option.
                            Ben

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                              #15
                              Thanks for the fit info. Going back to my definition of "field jacket," I would say that a close (though not constricting) fit is high on my priority list. That being said, it seems like a lot of the *traditional* field jackets are a bit looser in fit. While there are understandable reasons for this, it may be that I am looking for something different. Maybe what I'm really searching for is a slimmer, "military-inspired" or "field-inspired" jacket....something that has the rugged durability and utilitarian pocket space of a field coat, without the boxy fit. The AE field jacket that was discussed on here a few weeks ago would have worked fine, but it sucks that the medium was just a little baggy, while the small was really tight on my chest when zipped. Here is is, for reference: http://www.ae.com/web/browse/product...atId=cat380145

                              Should I simply be looking more into moto jackets if this is the fit I'm looking for? Aside from the To Ki To (aka Skyfall) Barbour, most field jackets are going to be somewhat loose, even with drawstrings (which I've never found to work very well).

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