Waxed canvas jackets are easily associated with rugged outdoor enthusiasts and skilled craftsmen. It makes sense. The fabric used in these outerwear was inspired by the jackets of early sailors, who originally made jackets from oiled sailcloth. At the turn of the 20th century, textile factories developed a process for finishing cotton with paraffin wax, creating a flexible, warm, durable and weather-resistant fabric.

Although many brands have adopted lightweight waterproofing technologies like Gore-Tex, countless companies still produce durable waxed canvas outerwear. It is strong, water resistant and has hardly changed over the past century. Although it has sometimes been adapted to adapt to new silhouettes. (You’ll see what I mean.)

These are our favorite examples, old and new, available now.

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Our choice

Waxed flannel lined trucker jacket

For the money, this is one of our favorite options. A soft flannel lining compensates for the sturdy waxed sailcloth exterior. Flint and Tinder opts for the original fabric used for waxed jackets, sailcloth, instead of canvas. OG textile ages like leather or selvedge denim.

An affordable alternative

Waxed canvas trucker jacket

This lightweight waxed trucker jacket from Marine Layer has a windproof look, but is waxed with a tartan water repellent finish, lined with a thin blanket for extra warmth, and fully reclosable with a zipper and snaps.

An upgrade

Highland Dry Waxed Canvas Jacket

Buck Mason’s Highland Jacket pays homage to the waxed jackets of yesteryear with its rich brown and green color. The shape is also traditional, but this option is more suitable for the size and more suitable. TLDR: it’s higher. Made with fabric sourced from the Halley Stevenson factory in Scotland, this iteration is also dry waxed and lined with a blanket.

Ashby waxed jacket

We would be remiss not to mention Barbour, a British luxury icon since 1894, in a roundup of waxed jackets. The brand certainly didn’t invent the waxed jacket, but it certainly helped broaden its reach. This Ashby jacket is of course waxed with a contrasting corduroy collar, checkered lining and plenty of Moto references.

Bakers Chore Jacket

The original Universal Works Chore Jacket was a simple workwear design inspired by the brand’s founding father, who wore a chore coat almost every day. This version is almost the same except for the waxed cotton exterior and contrasting drawstring collar.

Waxed military jacket

The American Trench Field Jacket is inspired by more rugged coats, which is why it hits just below the hips. You can face any weather in this one while still looking very stylish.

Upland Double L Waxed Cotton Coat

The Upland coat is another classic waxed jacket, this time courtesy of LL Bean. But there’s a big twist hidden in this one: the jacket is fully machine washable. Weird, isn’t it? The brand worked with its supplier to forge a signature process that would deliver the durability needed to survive a wash cycle.

Waxed cotton bomber jacket

Designer Billy Reid applies the technical craftsmanship of a waxed jacket to the simple shape of a chore coat. Easy to wear and even easier to maintain.

Blanket-lined supply jacket

Handcrafted in Los Angeles, the Rogue Territory Supply Jacket references Lee’s original Stormrider Jacket and features a made in Japan lining and satin sleeves. These are a bit small, but stretch across the shoulders and elbows.

Waxed canvas hunting jacket

Streetwear, meet the utility’s favorite outerwear style. This one comes from NYC brand Aimé Leon Dore, in a rich Oxblood color. The shape is similar to the others on this listing, but it’s finished with brass buttons and a black cord necklace.

Trinity wax jacket

UK-based Burrows & Hare embraces the best thing about a waxed cotton jacket: its ability to brave rain, sleet and snow. Think of this option as the ultimate rain coat: it’s stylish, waxed, water-repellent, and has a parka tail.

Waxed Bexley jacket

Originally just a family-owned manufacturer, Peregrine – owned by the UK-based Glover family – focused on clothing, but vintage-inspired clothing made in the UK. This is The Bexley, a military benchmark jacket cut from a Millerain waxed cotton fabric. It has a soft feel and all the features you would expect from a weatherproof product.

How to re-wax an oilcloth jacket the right way

If you want to own one, you need to know how to take care of it.


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