Best Men's Vests

Whether for work, outdoor adventure or casual wear, vests of all types have become a stylish, versatile staple of men’s outerwear. Vests are perfect for layering, which has become more than just a way to stay warm – it’s grown into a full-on fashion trend, with all the top clothing and workwear brands on board.
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With so many types of Vests to choose from, how do you pick the one that’s right for you? We took a look at 6 of the top styles and highlighted the best features so you can decide the best way to in-vest your hard-earned cash.

Top Performer

The North Face Men’s Aconagua Vest

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What We Liked:

Ok, so maybe you’re not climbing Everest. Truth is, this vest isn’t really made for that. But it’s still mighty warm thanks to 550-fill power goose down (certified responsibly sourced) that’s remarkably lightweight and packable. It’s an everyday trail-to-town garment that’s perfect for layering over a flannel shirt or hoodie. To that end, it’s designed to be roomier in the body, which is ideal for accommodating layers without feeling constricted. The shell is made from 100% recycled fiber. Plus, it features a Durable Water Repellent finish, which is sure to be appreciated if you’re caught in a passing shower. We also loved the zippered hand pockets for keeping small essentials secure on the trail. Eco bonus: The shell is made from 100% recycled fiber. Get it here.

Best for Layering

Columbia Men’s Steens Mountain Full Zip Soft Fleece Vest

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What We Liked:

Everyone has a favorite “cozy layer” and this is ours. For starters, the polyester fleece fabric is pleasingly soft to the touch and just feels cozy. Plus, it’s midweight – heavy enough to beat the chill, yet light enough to prevent the sweats. It’s truly a 4-season garment that can be worn on its own on mild days and layered for colder weather. The style is classic, and this vest comes in a variety of colors. Great for a casual wear at the office, around town or during weekend adventures. We love everything about this vest, except the fact that it doesn’t have a drawstring waist. Buy it now.

Killer Deal

XPOSUREZONE Men Packable Lightweight Down Vest

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What We Liked:

With lightweight 90% duck down insulation and its own packable carry pouch, this puffer vest is the perfect “just in case” layer that’s easy to pack along “just in case” things turn chilly. And the price is great for the insulation. It’s warm enough to beat the chill when layered with a sweatshirt or hoodie, but don’t expect to navigate sub-zero temps in this vest. But honestly, the best thing about this vest is that it packs down super-small in the included pouch, which makes it a no-brainer for tossing in your pack for the weekend. It's available for purchase here.

Most Rugged

Carhartt Men’s Mock Neck Vest Sherpa Lining 

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What We Liked:

Like all Carhartt gear, this vest is built for rugged wear. The heavy-duty duck canvas shell can darn near withstand a bear attack, so it’s perfect for the job site and tough jobs at home. Plus, this tough customer has a softer side – warm, comfortable sherpa lining. When layered over a hoodie, flannel or t-shirt, this vest really brings the warmth. We love the deep front pockets (also Sherpa lined!) for carrying hand tools and essentials. There are also two inside pockets and a zippered vertical chest pocket, all of which are great for secure storage of your cell phone, wallet and important docs. Buy it today.

Best Utility

Gihou Men’s Casual Outdoor Cotton Pockets Fishing Photo Journalist Denim Vest

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What We Liked:

The pockets! 16 total, with 12 on the exterior and 4 on the interior. All the exterior pockets have secure closures, too, either zippers or hook-and-loop flaps. The multitude of pockets makes this vest ideal for fishing, photoshoots, trips to the gun range and more. There’s truly a place for everything. The fabric is a durable blend of polyester/cotton, which stands up well to rugged wear. One thing to note: this vest has a European zipper that has the zipper pull on the left. Get it here.

The Outdoorsman's Choice

Legendary Whitetails Men’s Canvas Cross Trail Vest

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What We Liked:

This versatile vest offers the perfect balance of form and function for the outdoorsman. Its rugged, heavy-duty cotton canvas shell is built to stand up to the rigors of your outdoor lifestyle (but will be slow to dry if it gets soaked). Deep well hand pockets are great for keeping essentials close at hand, and they feature reinforced tabs for clipping your folding knife. Inside you’ll find a conceal and carry pocket and pockets for carrying extra mags. The poly-fill insulated lining adds warmth. Great for the job site, the hunt, chores around the home, or simply layering for a night on the town. Buy it here.