Men’s quilted jackets have gone from something the hunting/shooting set wore while tromping around their country estates shooting things to a transitional-weather staple. The best men’s quilted jackets are anything but basic. The lightweight quilted jackets are perfect for off-roading as well as commuting and everything in between. You can find bargain basement men’s quilted jackets and ones that cost a couple of thousand dollars — don’t worry, we’ve sidestepped those. We did find the best men’s quilted jackets that’ll fit your personal style and last for more than one season. This article will lightly touch on the history of men’s quilted jackets, the different styles, and what’s available to own now.
The Interesting History of Men’s Quilted Jackets
If you’ve ever watched any British murder mystery TV show like, oh say, Midsomer Murders or Agatha Raisin, you’ll spot the country squire, the gamekeeper and event the local lothario sporting versions of the quilted jacket. And while they do seem to be a quintessential British wardrobe staple, one that’s been worn for donkey’s ears, they’re actually pretty new (ish). Men’s quilted jackets were originally designed in 1965 by Steve Guylas, an American ex-aviator who moved to the UK. He named his brand, “Husky,” after his dog. Once Queen Elizabeth II was spotted wearing one while horseback riding, everybody wanted one. The company was sold to an Italian firm in the early aughts.
As of now, they make very few Husky quilted jackets, but we found one and when you scroll through the list of the best men’s quilted jackets we’ve put together, you’ll be pretty pleased at the price. Heritage brands include Barbour, Eddie Bauer, Burberry and Belstaff.
The classic men’s quilted jacket has a snap front, two chest pockets and two snap or flap bottom pockets. Made originally for outdoor pursuits, they’re cut along the lines of a blazer but made just a touch roomier. Quilted barn jackets hit near the hip, button down the front, and are loosely cut. Great for layering, they’ve got a rustic vibe. Quilted worker jackets have a squarish cut, boxy, slightly loose fit and lots of pockets for tools.
Start scrolling to check out the best men’s quilted jackets and find one or two (or more) that you like.
1. Barbour Flyweight Chelsea Jacket
British brand Barbour started out making men’s waxed jackets in 1894. Today, the brand is synonymous with outdoor life and yes, men’s quilted jackets. The Flyweight Chelsea’s style combines city and country, making it possibly the best men’s quilted jackets around. Aside from it coming from a heritage brand, the zip-front jacket also has snaps to keep out the chill. There are 40 grams of wadded padding and back waist tabs that provide additional fit. The jacket comes in olive, black and navy.
2. Rye 51 Mantenga Quilted Vest With Removable Sleeves
Husky’s first-ever product was the quilted hunting vest, and Rye mines that for inspiration. This modern take on the classic men’s quilted jacket has a waterproof nylon tech body and removable wool sleeves. So, you’re getting two jackets for one price. RY 51 creates luxury products in small batches working with sustainable mills and companies.
3. J.Crew Mercantile Quilted Hunting Jacket
BEST AMERICAN CLASSIC STYLE
J. Crew spun off J. Crew Mercantile as their factory store brand. Thing is, Mercantile is as, if not more, popular than the parent company. J. Crew and Mercantile have always been plugged into classic American sportswear. This refined men’s quilted jacket is trimmed in corduroy at the collar and shoulders, has a slim cut, snap cuffs and two back vents.
4. Dunhill Leather-Trimmed Quilted Shell Blazer
Mark Weston took over Dunhill’s creative design in 2017, and the vision is very urbane and sophisticated. Trimmed in leather with both external and internal pockets, this is a men’s quilted jacket that’s also a blazer, that’s also oh, so sophisticated. Beautifully made, it’s the type of piece that will look good this year, and 20 years from now.
5. Harley-Davidson Men’s Quilted Camo Lined Jacket
BEST ROCK N’ ROLL
What happens when you take an American legend and mix it up with British style? This incredibly cool jacket. Whether or not you own a motorcycle, this quilted jacket with its Harley Davidson patch stitched on the front adds some edge to whatever you pair it with. It has a slim fit, big snap pockets, a shirttail hem and best of all, “Harley Davidson” is emblazoned across the back shoulders. For added coolness, it’s lined in a camo print.
6. Levi’s Men’s Quilted Shirttail Work Jacket
BEST BUM WARMER
Call it a worker or trucker jacket, Levi’s built this quilted jacket for warmth and laidback style. The collar is soft Sherpa, and the bottom hem is slightly longer in the back than the front. When it’s chilly, your bum stays warm. It comes in eight other color combos besides this camo/khaki one.
7. Burberry Diamond Quilted Thermoregulated Jacket
BEST FOR BOOZY BOYS
Is there anything that Burberry makes that’s not covetable? Um . . . nope. Cut like a cross between a bomber and a baseball jacket, this men’s quilted jacket has a stand-up collar, two front zip pockets and ribbed cuffs. Sleekly designed by Riccardo Tisci, it’s very modern and has a nod to the brand’s history with its check lining. The jacket uses 37.5 thermoregulation technology — which is extremely breathable and wicks away moisture incredibly fast so that one always feels comfortable. (EDITOR’S NOTE: I own a quilted Burberry jacket, and they will keep you warm and toasty even when the temps hit 32 degrees.)
8. The Kooples Leather Pocket Quilted Shell Jacket
BEST FOR MINIMALISTS
Fan of modern minimalism? This lightweight down combination jacket could fulfill your needs. The simply cut diamond-paned quilted jacket has three front patch pockets, one in leather with the brand’s name etched into it. Nifty details include two-button side vents for extra roominess.
8. Barbour Quilted Lutz Jacket
BEST FOR COUNTRY & CITY
This classically quilted jacket is unobtrusive; it’s the type of item that can go with work clothes, weekend wear and off-roading. It has a button front and two flap pockets. It comes in black, olive and navy.
10. Cole Haan Quilted Jacket with Wool Yoke
BEST FOR THE CURIOUS
Feeling like a country squire, or channeling your inner prepster? Take a gander at Cole Haan’s quilted jacket. It has military-style influences with the contrasting wool yoke trims and elbow patches.
11. Barbour Beacon Starling Quilted Jacket In Olive
Barbour is a heritage brand and usually carries a heritage price. While we were putting this article together, we compared websites to hunt down the best prices on these quality men’s quilted jackets. ASOS Design delivered again. Must be why we haunt that site. This is possibly the best priced men’s Barbour jacket on sale right now. It has a corduroy collar, snap-down front, and the brand’s done in gold on one pocket.
12. Weatherproof Vintage Quilted Barn Jacket
BEST HOODIE ALTERNATIVE
When you’re looking for gear that keeps you warm when the weather is harsh and unyielding, Weatherproof is probably the brand that comes to mind. They’ve been making warm and durable cold-weather gear for years. Their men’s quilted barn coat has a relaxed vibe, and would go well with a glass of bourbon and a cigar. Roomy enough to be worn over a sweater or sweatshirt, it’s got a contrast collar and roomy pockets. It comes in black and spice.
13. Husky Quilted Jacket
Husky created the first men’s quilted vest and men’s quilted jacket. After being sold to an Italian firm, production is spotty, but every once in a while these jackets do show up. Yoox has a few models, and this men’s quilted jacket is well-tailored and done up in royal blue. It also comes in black, teal, gray and navy.
14. Eddie Bauer Stratus Lite Down Snap Jacket
When Eddie Bauer has a sale, it’s always good to check it out. This venerable American brand’s known for making stuff that lasts forever. They started out as a camping supply company and kept expanding. On sale now, their quilted jacket is a cross between a (stylish) lightweight in-between seasons down jacket and the classic English-styled quilted jacket. Made with 650 fill Responsible Down Standard (RDS) down, certified by Control Union, it has a snap front, ribbed knit collar and cuffs and lots of pockets. It comes in this nice light brown and black.