The holidays might be over but there is still plenty of time to add what might be the most versatile garment to your mudroom quiver. The Shirt Jacket has grown increasingly popular due to its season-round wearability. Enter the ramped up down shirt jacket that functions great as both a mid or top-layer and plays in just about any environment or temperature range depending on how you wear it. Plenty of brands have gotten into the “Shacket” game, from lifestyle startups and outerwear giants to classic workwear brands like Filson. Scope these eight brands that offer the best down shirt jackets available just in time to rock during your Apres boilermaker sessions at the base lodge.
Atmosphere Shirt Jacket - Faherty Brand ($198)
The Faherty Fam has re-invented the wheel when it comes to building a community of loyal customers and fans by being present. Whether its posting up at their various shop locations across the US (6 to be exact) or by hosting their now infamous ‘Sun Sessions’ guided meditation and music events you immediately get drawn in by their passion for people and overall warmth. The New York based beach/lifestyle juggernaut has recently made a big push into the technical outerwear game and despite being relative newcomers the results are astounding. Faherty’s expansive down collection gives you everything you’d want from technical outerwear pieces but smoothed over with the signature high-end casual style they are famous for. Check out the clean aesthetic of Atmosphere Shirt Jacket (available in Blue, Black and Grey) that works as well underneath a pair of powder bibs as it does over a button-down oxford shirt.
Airloft Quilted Jacket - Western Rise ($228)
From the brand born in Telluride, the folks at Western Rise have been producing sleek, mountain lifestyle gear that is not just relegated to the Rockies. Western Rise changed the game when they released their uber successful AT Slim Rivet commuter style pant and now they are back with their attempt perfect the top layer. The second generation of their Airloft Quilted Jacket which along with its popular modern cut and articulated arms now boasts 4-way stretch capability that will keep you looking crispy even while you’re on the go.
Foreman’s Jacket - American Giant ($168)
As a start-up clothing brand it’s tough to pivot from being the prefered hoodie maker for Silicon Valley keyboard warriors after going viral for their “World’s Greatest Hoodie” campaign but the San Francisco based clothing brand American Giant powered through the pigeon hole to prove it’s not just a novelty. With the help of a clean yet rugged workwear inspired line that includes heavy duty stretch canvas pants and a whole assortment of aggressive top layers that don’t involve hoods, American Giant has proven that they can churn out more than just a damn good sweatshirt. The Foreman’s button down jacket is inspired by classic work shirts and is designed with added room in the chest to be worn over a hoodie. Made in the good ol’ USA with heavy duty nylon and finished off with a durable water repellent coating this down jacket is a steal at $168.
Silent Down Shirt - Patagonia ($229)
What is there to say about Patagonia that hasn’t already been said; In terms of value you won’t find a brand that delivers a combination of quality, price and no-questions-asked warranty as well as Patagonia does. With that said, don’t expect to be the only head at the bar donning the alpen glow of the Fratagonia patch on your chest. The sport of skiing is 90% style and 10% talent...Apres on the other hand is 100% originality. For the safe bet and clean look (avail in 5 colorways) check out the 700 fill water resistant Silent Down Shirt by Patagonia.
Down CPO Shirt by Best Made Co ($229 - on sale from $328)
Perhaps one of the more unique brands on this list Best Made Co. based out of Brooklyn, NY produces timeless classics that tow line between vintage americana, workwear and street ready apparel built to the highest standards of craftsmanship. Don’t be turned off by the sticker price as each garment is considered an investment piece not a fleeting trend. The Down CPO shirt, inspired by Naval jackets of yore, is sure to turn heads with its vintage muted colorways (Brown/Navy) and stuffed with 850 fill power goose down that is substantial enough to be worn as a stand alone jacket.
Hyder Quilted Jac-Shirt - Filson ($250)
Filson has been the go-to outfitter for ranch hands and lumberjacks alike in the Pac Northwest for over 120 years but up until 2013 the brand remained a relative secret outside a small weathered circle or connoisseurs of high quality, American made garments. Equipped with new ownership group, design vision and marketing strategy Filson burst in to the mainstream with a planned 25 locations and its first flagship store outside the United States (London). Flash forward 5 years later to 2018 and you’d be hard pressed to find a find a menswear or outerwear brand that hasn’t paid homage to Filson’s classic Oil Tin, Mackinaw Wool, Moleskin or even flannel top layers. However, like most O.G. brands that stay true to the game Filson has remained the gold standard when it comes to style and more importantly: quality. It’s no surprise that their Hyder Quilted Jac-Shirt is the Brinks truck of down shackets. The Hyder buttondown is a midweight 4-oz. cotton shell with dry wax finish offers the weight of a shirt with the water-resistant performance of a jacket. Ultralight PrimaLoft® Silver Echo™ 100g insulation provides warmth through even the coldest of winters but light enough to wear on chilly fall and spring evenings. Per usual Filson prefers function over fashion so the roomy snap cuffs allow ample room for your elkskin gloves should you (gasp) actually put this bad boy to work.
Quilted Shirt Jacket - Billy Reid ($325)
This vintage inspired shirt jacket is brought to you by the undisputed king of detail: Billy Reid. The Alabama based premium menswear designer has a knack for creating his take on traditional American clothing with the perfect amount of flair without going overboard. The heirloom ribbon quilted Shirt Jacket is the perfect example as it features antique brass buttons and leather under collar that sets this garment apart from the competition. For a dressier option with the same style check out the cashmere Michael Shirt Jacket.
The Albion - Mission Workshop ($285)
This gritty messenger inspired brand based in San Francisco has been pushing the limit of style and durability since 2009. Designed for the rough and tumble lifestyle of some of the bay areas gnarliest mail men Mission Workshop started off with messenger bags and backpacks and naturally progressed in to apparel. Before joining Mission Workshop to head up the apparel design team, Jeff Roberts was the co-founder and CEO of Massif Mountain Gear Company, a manufacturer of advanced combat apparel for the world’s most elite teams, including the CIA, Navy SEALs, fighter pilots etc. It goes without saying that each garment in the Mission Workshop collection has toughness and dependability deeply rooted in its DNA.
Check out Mission’s water repellent, ultralight and two-way stretch modern rendition of the classic flannel. The Albion features Japanese engineered nylon fabric on the outside and high loft fleece insulation for added warmth. Available in Charcoal and black but for a unique look scope the Sutra Camo version. Like all Mission Workshops bags and garments this piece is cut and sewn in San Francisco.
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