We’re in favor of building out a well-stocked menswear rotation of seasonal must-haves. And one of those seasonal must-haves is the trucker jacket.
After all, having a closet filled (within reason) with unique, timeless pieces pays dividends in the long run. We’d say it’ll even give you joy, but that’s just us.
So, the best trucker jackets for your consideration offer up something different than a run-of-the-mill windbreaker for the winter-to-spring transition. The trucker jacket was built with hard work and the open road in mind, so today’s crop features reliable construction and unique detailing (like an above-the-waist cut and a slim fit).
There’s a price point and a style for everyone, so you best get to work.
Here’s the brand that practically started it all when it comes to America’s love affair with denim — and therefore also the trucker jacket. This iteration of the trucker jacket is different from what you might call a “denim” jacket because of the detailing, including slanted stitching down the chest and a point collar. With those details in mind, the Levi’s Trucker Jacket is one of the best trucker jackets you can buy now. It’s a pioneering style staple to this day.
Another crucial point to remember when shopping the best trucker jackets – they’re not all made of denim. Case in point: The Orvis Highpoint Trucker Jacket, made with a cotton blend designed to resist wind and rain. It’s the perfect jacket to wear as we transition into spring, especially given its neutral, but outdoorsy colorway.
The trucker jacket gets a rugged return to form here with this sherpa-lined iteration featuring the timeless “Type 3” silhouette (first pioneered by brands like Levi’s). This take on the trucker jacket is American-made, and it’s perfect for chilly late winter and early spring days.
What makes the Topo Designs Trucker Jacket more than just your average denim jacket? It comes down to the details, such as the above-the-waist cut and the large chest flap pockets, more common in trucker jackets than plain old denim jackets. The fact that you can get this rugged number from the same brand that makes your favorite daypack and field pants is an added bonus.
It makes sense that the trucker jacket in its various iterations would be done particularly well by the Pacific Northwest style purveyors at Filson. The Tin Cloth Cruiser Jacket is a water-repellent take on the trucker, able to block water, wind, and rain. Wear it with tough chore pants, a thermal henley, and leather work boots the next time you need to get the job done.
If you want to dive headfirst into the whole trucker jacket game, you might as well go all out with this handsome vintage-style trucker jacket from lauded outerwear brand Schott. It features genuine sheep shearling lining (and yes, an expensive price tag).
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