Too heavy to be a shirt and too light to be a jacket, shackets have exploded in popularity over the past couple of years. Whether you are throwing one on to run to the bar after work or doing something outdoorsy like chopping wood, the following garments will help you do it in comfort and style.
Shop Jack ($120, Royal Robbins): The Shop Jack is rugged and outdoorsy and, despite its thinner feel, it's actually quite warm. It also has a more relaxed fit that provides added comfort that's perfect for long hikes or chopping a cord of wood with an axe.
Sinclair Insulate Flannel ($125, Flylow Gear): The Sinclair stands out for two reasons: function and style. This technical flannel is lightweight and warm, making it an excellent layer for skiing and riding. Blend that flannel look with nylon accents and the Sinclair looks so good you can rock it for après ski, too.
Sherman Jacket ($130, Outdoor Research): A little heavier than the others, but that extra weight is worth it. Having worn the Sherman in the rain, it proved its mettle by drying rather quickly. The sherpa-lined interior is also extremely warm. Throw in those faux suede elbow patches and this is one stylishly functional flannel.
Alpha Snap Jacket ($295, Kitsbow): The lightweight nature of this jacket makes it feel great on, but don’t let that fool you into thinking this is only for warmer weather. Its polartec interior is designed to handle the drastic temperature changes of the fall and its tailored fit will have you looking good on the bike trails or strolling through the city.
Reversible Camp Shirt-Jac ($350, Ibex): This one's neither too heavy nor bulky for a reversible shacket. In fact, it has a light feeling when on. Made with Ibex’s signature merino wool, the flannel is durable and rugged, and the ripstop side gives it a little more protection from the elements. Either way, it is the perfect two-in-one shacket for your every need.
Summit County Quilted Shirt Jacket ($220, Smartwool): This shacket is durable, comfortable and fashionable all rolled into one. You can feel the craftsmanship as you put it on, and the merino wool will protect you from the elements. Throw in its tailored fit, accent patches on the shoulders and pockets, and this shacket looks good enough to wear around town.
Esmont Jacket Powder Grey Melange ($175, Howler Brothers): More of a light puffy jacket, the Esmont is ideal for colder days when you need an outer layer that is a little bit warmer. It also happens to be comfortable in an “old sweater you don’t want to take off" kind of way, which makes it ideal for an outdoor tailgate or just hanging by the fire pit.
Trekkin Insulated Shacket ($135, Mountain Hardwear): The Trekkin Shacket's lightweight, synthetic materials offer protection from the cold while maintaining a heavier shirt kind of feel. It's so light, you barely realize it is on. That makes it ideal for active hobbies done in cooler weather.