There’s no question that waxed canvas jackets are incredibly popular, but, you may ask, what exactly is waxed canvas, anyway? Simply put, it consists of cotton fabric that’s embedded with a wax, typically paraffin. This wax provides the water-resistance, warmth, and durability that waxed jackets are known for. It gives the fabric an oily or waxy feel that is sometimes mistaken for nubuck or leather. While it’s not totally waterproof like a Gore-Tex jacket, its breathability and durability make it a highly desirable option.
While waxed jackets will need to be periodically re-waxed to keep them water-resistant, it can be done with relative ease. Furthermore, since they’re made utilizing natural fabrics, waxed canvas is more environmentally friendly than a synthetic jacket made with chemical coatings. The editors here at IMBOLDN provide a run down of some of the waxed jackets they’re currently wearing.
Flint and Tinder Waxed Trucker Jacket
One of Huckberry’s all-time best sellers, Flint and Tinder’s Waxed Trucker Jacket is now flannel-lined. This, in addition to its waxed and weather-resistant Martexin sailcloth shell, will keep you warm and dry no matter the elements. There’s no lack of places to stow your EDC with its interior media pocket, button-flap chest pocket, and two welt hand pockets. This authentic type 1 trucker jacket with a modern fit is finished with Flint and Tinder’s antique metal buttons with the brand’s signature bullseye.
Barbour Bedale Wax Jacket
The Barbour Bedale Wax Jacket is a lightweight jacket favored by many Britons. Offered with optional zip-in thermal liners and hoods, this jacket is highly versatile. With its 100% waxed cotton outer shell and pure cotton lining, as well as its corduroy collar with studs for a hidden throat flap, you’ll be set for pretty much any weather. In classic Barbour style, the jacket comes with a brass two-way ring-pull zip and a studded ‘Stormfly’ front, two large bellows pockets, and two moleskin-lined hand warmer pockets.
KÜHL’s Kollusion jacket has a tough, wax-coated exterior shell that effectively fends off rain and wind. Its special body-mapped fabric allows for increased stretch, breathability, and durability in critical areas. Available in six handsome colorways, the jacket has a total of seven securable pockets and a hood that stows neatly into the collar when not in use. A cotton/poly hybrid lining material provides equal parts warmth and ventilation.
Buck Mason Dry Waxed Canvas Highland Jacket
This rugged jacket is fully lined with a custom striped wool blend blanket that provides incredible warmth and insulation. The water-repellant dry wax cotton canvas was sourced from the well-known Halley Stevensons Mill in Scotland. With corduroy details throughout, including on the collar, pocket lining, and cuffs, this beautifully crafted jacket is available in either Black or Deep Olive. The arms are padded with cotton so you can bet this jacket provides added warmth for those blustery days.
Taylor Stitch – The Field Jacket
Waxed by the weather-proofing specialists of Scotland’s Halley Stevensons Mill, Taylor Stitch has included impressive details in this jacket like an organic cotton twill lining and classic corduroy detailing at the cuffs and collar. They’ve also equipped The Field Jacket with a variety of pockets (5 in all) to stow your EDC. With painted metal rivets and eyelets, a storm flap along the front, and a nifty two-way separating zipper, you’ll be set for anything winter should send your way.
Taylor Stitch – The Bomber Jacket in Bark EverWax
This Bomber Jacket by Taylor Stitch is made with 100% organic cotton that has been coated with 100% plant-based EverWax developed by Halley Stevensons of Scotland. The classic bomber jacket has a nifty 5-oz. 100% organic cotton vintage San Francisco map lining. Finished with 30% wool/70% acrylic rib at the collar, cuffs, and bottom opening, it lends the jacket a distinctive air. Boasting a YKK two-way separating antique brass zipper at center front with a storm flap with painted metal snaps, you’ll be ready for just about any weather event.
Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Hudson Jacket
A modern rendition of a men’s hunting jacket, the Waxed Hudson Jacket has a waterproof waxed canvas outer and a warm flannel lining. Using Tekwax Evolution 8, British Millerain presses this wax into the cotton yarns under carefully controlled temperature and pressure in their UK mill. The jacket will develop a gorgeous patina over time – a true reflection of the wearer. With multiple pockets including two drop-in pockets with side-entry hand pockets underneath, one front flap pocket, an interior chest pocket for a phone or wallet, and a rear game pocket lined with corduroy, you’ll have plenty of room for all your carry.
Barbour – Corbridge Wax Jacket
Cut from a heavy-duty 6 oz. waxed cotton that’s wind- and water-resistant, the Barbour Corbridge Wax Jacket is a contemporary jacket for today’s lifestyle that has a lightweight quilted nylon interior lining for extra warmth and comfort. It boasts a four-pocket design and has a corduroy-lined collar and placket for extra soft-touch comfort. The jacket’s removable nylon hood can be stowed away on clear days and it has a storm fly front closure that keeps the weather at bay during blustery conditions.
Peregrine Waxed Bexley Jacket
UK-based Peregrine knows a thing or two about manufacturing apparel. After all, they’ve been at it for over 220 years. Featuring water-repellent Millerain cotton fabric, the incredibly handsome Waxed Bexley Jacket boasts a zipper front with brass snaps, buckled collar, hip pockets, chest pocket, and 3 interior pockets. Available in Brown or Mustard, the jacket has a 100% ultra soft cotton lining that extends to the collar, as well.