Why should you add men’s vests to your outerwear gear? The coats and jackets you’ve got do a pretty good job of keeping you warm. Let’s say you have the perfect ski shell, but you’re still feeling the icy bite on the slopes. Slipping a vest on underneath can add warmth without bulk. You don’t need to only use men’s vests for sports, though. The weather can be crazy; it’s nice and warm in the morning, and then there’s an unforeseen snowstorm, or even a blue norther heading your way. Tucking a packable (and featherweight) men’s vest in your messenger bag or backpack can keep you one step ahead of the (often wrong) forecast.
Men’s vests can change up a sweatshirt and jeans outfit into something better. You can toss one over your favorite denim jacket, pair one with a fisherman’s sweater, or if you’re traveling, grab one with tons of pockets to store everything.
There are men’s vests for every personality and style. For example, a diamond quilted vest will dress up a button-down and jeans look, the same way a quilted jacket does. If you’re fond of taking long walks with your dog, do a bit of hunting, or like cold weather hiking, wearing a heated vest will keep you comfortable in the coldest temps.
When it comes to prices, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to look good while battling the elements. We’ve found 14 men’s vests in every price point that do the job of keeping you feeling toasty while enhancing what you’ve got.
1. Patagonia Men’s Reversible Bivy Down Vest
When you think “outdoors,” one of the brands that immediately comes to mind is Patagonia. They not only make goods that can withstand extreme temps, but they also give 1% of their profits to environmental groups. Their reversible vest is water-resistant and can be worn either with the fleece lining on the outside or the inside to keep you warm and show off some awesome color blocking out front. It’s made with recycled down and nylon materials. The vest closes with a snap front, has a high collar to protect you from winds, rain and snow. It comes in tons of colors too. When it gets worn out, you can exchange it for credits towards new merchandise. The old items get repaired and sold on their Worn Wear site.
2. Spyder Glissade Insulator Vest
BEST FOR TWISTS AND TURNS
Spyder makes skiwear for both the US and Canadian alpine teams. The company understands how athletes need clothing that moves with them, and they use that knowledge for their consumer goods. Their Insulator vest has double weave fleece and insulated stretch panels on the sides. The outer shell is down proof recycled nylon and is lined with PrimaLoft Silver ECO Insulation (60g). This lightweight vest can easily go from the slopes to the streets. It also comes in a black and camo color combination.
3. SCOTTeVEST – Featherweight Travel Utility Vest
BEST FOR TRAVEL
If you’re tired of carrying a lot of stuff with you every day, or you’re planning on a trip, the ScotteVest could work well for you. It’s designed with 16 pockets, one that is RFID protected, that can hold everything from earbuds to passports. Made of a lightweight poly fabric that wicks away moisture, looks like cotton, you could toss it on over anything. The story of how it was created may sound familiar to you. The inventor’s wife was tired of carrying all his stuff in her bag when they traveled. After going to the drawing board a few times, Scott Jordan created this vest. It comes in black, pale blue and off white.
4. Brooks Brothers Diamond Quilted Vest
We mentioned earlier how a diamond quilted vest can up an outfit, much like a quilted jacket. This one from Brooks Brothers allows you to be warm without looking like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. It comes in six colors, has two hand-warming outside pockets and three interior pockets. It’s made with a high loft Thermore EVOdown, a down alternative that’s eco-friendly. You’ll feel warm and protected from bad weather. Best of all, this jacket’s reduced over $119 from the original price.
5. Royal Robbins Shadowquilt Vest
BEST SLICKLY TAILORED
Royal Robbins and his wife Liz were clean climbers (rock climbers who don’t mar the mountainsides they climb) who created their brand in the 60s. Fifty years later, they’re still making clothing that packs well, looks good, is sustainable and lasts. Their Shadowquilt vest wouldn’t look out of place in the office or on the trail. It comes in a soft khaki green and teal blue. The cleanly tailored vest has two hand-warming pockets, a zippered chest pocket and two big interior drop pockets. The sides and shoulders are quilted, while the front and back are sleek knit.
6. Patagonia Men’s Nano Puff Vest
We mentioned earlier how Patagonia is a sustainable, eco-friendly company that gives back, Their Nano Puff vest can be packed up into its own bag, and while featherweight, packs a lot of heat. Made with 60-g PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Eco and recycled polyester, this vest is kind to the environment while working hard to keep you comfortable.
7. Psycho Bunny Marshaw Vest
BEST FOR REALLY COLD DAYS
Psycho Bunny marries a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor with an understanding of what guys need and want to wear. Take their Marshaw vest, it’s filled with a down/feather mix so plump, this vest could go snowboarding or skiing. The sealed two-way zipper and elastic hem keep cold air out, and not anywhere near your skin. It also comes in navy and royal blue.
8. DEWBU Heated Vest With 7.4V Battery Pack Lightweight Electric Heating
Nope, this vest isn’t out of a science-fiction movie. Heated by a battery pack, it has six areas that keep your back, chest, and stomach warm. There are three heating levels and it keeps an even temperature up to 12 hours. Don’t worry about accidentally getting fried, the vest is waterproof and can be tossed in the wash. Over 54 reviews rave about how warm the vest gets. It’s been used in deer blinds, walking the dog, and at home to stay warm.
9. The North Face Men’s Balham Down Vest
BEST HOODED OPTION
Chances are that your first heavy-duty winter parka was a North Face. Their sterling reputation’s been built on making winter jackets so warm, you might think you’re in the tropics. Did you know that The North Face offers a lifetime warranty against defects and workmanship for the life of the product? Makes you want to find your old stuff and bring it in. This puffy quilted vest has a recycled poly and poly-blend shell and 550 fill down insulation. There are two zippered front pockets, and the vest zips up into a chin guard.
10. Brooks Brothers Fleece Lined Water Repellent Vest
BEST LIGHTWEIGHT & RAIN REPELLENT
Need an all-weather vest that can zip up under a blazer or lightweight jacket? Brooks Brothers’ fleece-lined vest can do the job. The vest can be tossed on over a long sleeve top too. Rain bounces off the outer layer.
11. Daniel Patrick M93 Cargo Vest
Some vests up the cool factor when paired with what’s in your closet. This color-blocked cargo vest has roomy front pockets and a hidden hood in the collar. Toss it on over a sweatshirt.
12. Alpha Industries ALS Utility Vest
BEST FOR CLOSEUPS
Alpha Industries has been making clothing for the armed forces for over 50 years. Their consumer stuff is made with the same attention to detail, and that’s one of the reasons we keep coming back to the brand for outerwear. This onion-quilted vest has four big pockets. If you’re an amateur or professional photographer, think of all the things you can store in those spacious pockets.
13. Mr P Reversible Padded Wool-Blend Gilet
BEST MINIMALIST DESIGN
Fans of minimalism and utilitarian style will flock to Mr P’s streamlined gilet (or vest, in American English). Made from light padded wool, this can be worn over long-sleeve tees, button-downs and even a lightweight sweater. It has a rounded knit ribbed collar and two front pockets.
14.Penfield Sturbridge Vest
This color-blocked vest could have swooped in from the slopes in an 80s movie. It’s a super cool look that makes wearing it over a denim jacket for fair isle sweater extra cool. The quilted vest has a Comfortemp wadding, which is equal to 550 down fill; in other words, it’ll keep you warm when it’s minus something out. The vest has a two-way zipper and the hand-warming pockets have paracord pullers.