The Best Light Jackets and Windbreakers to Wear When Summer Temps Drop

As much as we’d love to abandon our wardrobes for tank tops, swimsuits, and flip-flops for the post-Memorial Day frenzy, having a nice lightweight layer around is probably still a good idea. Whether it’s a classic windbreaker for breezy mornings, a lightweight rain shell to fend off light showers, or just a cozy jacket to wear around the bonfire, you’ll be glad you invested in something that looks as great on you as it does draped around someone special’s shoulders. 

The Best Men’s Windbreakers and Light Jackets for Spring and Summer

Psycho Bunny Men’s Hexham Zip Jacket
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Psycho Bunny always finds that perfect place where handsome clothing meets a wry sense of humor. This Hexham zip jacket features a soft, heathered sweatshirt fabric (and can be paired with its Tickford jogger or the Osney short for a cultivated tracksuit look), that took mixing six different neutral hues to hit the perfect sophisticated color. It’s made in Peru, the capital of soft, soft cotton knitwear, and features Psycho Bunny’s signature embroidered logo.

Michael Kors Stretch Cotton-Twill Trucker Jacket
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While we all need a great denim jacket, sometimes summer demands something with just a bit more sophistication. This Michael Kors version is done in a simple cotton twill with a bit of stretch. It features a classic trucker silhouette, but with its clean brushed-finish buttons and trimmer fit, it’s not going anywhere near a truck stop or garage. Perfect for dark denim jeans or khaki shorts, this jacket was made for both city and shore. 

Baracuta G9 Jacket
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Get a pre-war vintage look combined with modern fiber technology with the G9 Baracuta Harrington jacket. The cotton/poly blend exterior features a contrast lining with the brand’s iconic Fraser tartan and Coolmax performance, and the jacket’s “umbrella-effect” yoke in the rear helps drain rain off the back. Made in England. 

Polo Ralph Lauren Cotton Harrington Jacket
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For an all-American variation on the theme, the Polo Ralph Lauren Harrington offers a soft, brushed-cotton jacket in woodland-inspired forest green. Perfect for a morning tee-time or an evening clambake; the Harrington will look tough when thrown over a T-shirt and jeans or elegant when paired with a classic dark tartan shirt and khakis. 

Cockpit USA M-86 Flight Bomber Jacket
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The Cockpit USA M-86 is inspired by good old fashioned Yankee ingenuity, its design based on field modifications pilots made to USAF nylon flight jackets during the 1950s. The result was a much lighter jacket. Cockpit’s features 100% military spec flight satin nylon twill for the shell and a lightweight, breathable camo mesh lining. It’s available in black, navy, or sage, which we like best for it’s neutral, summery feeling. Finally, tariffs be damned — this jacket is proudly made in America!

Stio Modis Valley Jacket
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Stio’s Modis series is all about wet-weather protection. The Valley jacket was created to provide comfort “on the Valley floor,” fusing mountaineering know-how into a sleek design for the streets. It’s super lightweight and seam-sealed, while its DWR (durable water repellent) coating keeps you dry while releasing heat. The jacket also has an extremely effective “rollaway” hood that adjusts easily to keep your head dry…and stays out of the way of your vision. Mechanical stretch allows for ease of movement, too. 

Descente Technista Hybrid Jacket
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Providing a technical look and performance with a clean, modern silhouette that looks great anywhere, the Technista jacket features streamlined construction to keep you moving smoothly while running, biking, or even just during a morning commute. It’s knit and stretchy for maximum comfort and versatility. The jacket utilizes a quick dry performance fabric that wicks away moisture from the skin, as well as SPF 50+ UV Protection.

Relwen Packlight Shell
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Get outside even when summer’s weather isn’t cooperating with this easy, packable shell from Relwen. It packs into its own pocket, making it easy to toss into your daily backpack for a morning bike commute, or into a suitcase or daypack for that long weekend spent hiking in the mountains. It will keep you warm when the weather is cooler, but it is also breathable for when things finally warm up. Vent panels under the arms and at the back provide ample airflow, while a curved and darted bottom hem with a four-inch drop tail offers extra coverage.

Nobis Sawyer Windbreaker
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Perfect for a misty morning run or for a run to the coffee shop, Nobis’ Sawyer includes seam-sealed construction, a wind- and waterproof membrane, and a breathable mesh lining. It’s super lightweight, made from a special nylon fabric, and features a two-way waterproof zipper, and pit-zips for extra cooling and comfort. 

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