Army-style jackets have become a necessary item for any man’s casual wardrobe as of late, but sometimes function is set aside in favor of the perfect trend-conscious style. We’ve tracked down the best army-style jacket that has timeless aesthetic appeal and will last you for years, even keeping you dry along the way. The Fjällräven Greenland Jacket ($299) is that jacket, and despite the steep price tag, we actually think this jacket is a great value. Once you have one, we’re convinced you’ll want to wear it around town everyday, in case it rains, or on a camping trip.
If you haven’t heard of Fjällräven before, we’ll give you a little background on the Swedish outdoor gear brand that is signified by their classic arctic fox logo. Started 50 years ago by a young Swedish hiker, the brand began with backpacks and has expanded to include a minimal but wide-ranging collection of practical and high-quality outdoor gear. The first Fjällräven jacket was created from the fabric of a tent, and now the company’s hefty, tent-inspired G-1000 fabric is the basis for many of the brand’s items, including the Greenland Jacket. The fabric is a tightly woven mix of cotton and polyester that swells when damp, making it more effective as the weather conditions get worse. The fabric can also be treated with the company’s Greenland Wax, which makes the clothing even more water resistant.
We were able to take the Greenland Jacket on a test run, and not only did we want to throw it on as a lightweight jacket just about every day, even without the Greenland Wax treatment it provided excellent protection from the occasional rain shower. The four pockets provide convenient storage and add to the classic surplus jacket aesthetic. The Greenland Jacket is available in both men’s and women’s cuts and comes in several different neutral colors.