When the seasons transition into warmer days, it’s time to start perusing windbreaker jackets for men. Thank your big coat, give it a little pat of appreciation for its winter service and neatly store it away. It’s time for lighter, more versatile options that are built to keep you protected from the wind but don’t swaddle you with overwhelming warmth.

A dependable windbreaker will be weatherproof, breathable and warm, with an all-important nod to style. We’ve pulled together a mix of contemporary styles mixing technical options with casual and formal alternatives. Here’s our pick of the best windbreaker jackets for men. 

10 Best windbreaker jackets for men

Billy Reid

This is a real statement piece from Billy Reid, giving a classic workwear jacket a bright, elevated and weather-resistant windbreaker jackets for men upgrade. Inspired by a small, working coastal community that sits east of Apalachicola and at the mouth of the Carrabelle River on the Gulf of Mexico, the Carrabelle Windbreaker is water-resistant, constructed with fell seams, and has a nylon body lining in cotton linen for ultimate comfort. The dual-function breast pocket and two waist pockets are functional finishing touches on a piece that’s elevated but doesn’t sacrifice on functionality.

Scandinavian Edition

Windbreaking aside, the Motion from Scandinavian Edition is a cool jacket, but add wind-repellent fabric to the mix and you’ve got one of our favourite windbreaker jackets for men. Available in three classic colourways, the Motion is a fitted jacket designed to follow the body’s natural lines without tapering for a fit that sits comfortably between regular and slim. Size up for a looser fit if need be. Effortlessly stylish, breathable and with zipped waist pockets and a chest pocket, it’s a great ev


It’s tough to utter the words windbreaker jackets for men without including stylish Scandi weatherproofers, Rains. The brand’s Lohja jacket is a halfway house between a classic Rains waterproof jacket and a more substantial insulated puffer style. Cut from lightweight woven polyester, the jacket is slightly padded for warmth and structure, with a signature waterproof PU coating for protecting against the elements. An adjustable hood, hidden fleece-lined side pockets and an internal pocket add functionality to a waterproof, windproof and breathable lightweight jacket option.


Made at the Mackintosh’s Nelson factory, the Chryston Short coat in Navy is one of the more handsome premium windbreaker jackets for men. Crafted from the heritage coat maker's signature RAINTEC, the material is a contemporary evolution of the brand’s waterproof, rainproof and breathable bonded cotton. The coat is unlined and features an internal tab for attaching to the collection’s interchangeable vest layers for adding layered warmth. The jacket also features a hood, slip-side pockets, internal phone pocket with button fastening and underarm eyelets. A Scottish coat built for standing up to Scottish winds. 

Private White V.C.

Forget what you think a Parka should be. It doesn’t need a fishtail, it doesn’t need a fur-trimmed hood and it doesn’t need to come with a Lambretta scooter. The Portobello Parka from Private White V.C. is an extremely stylish, elevated take on the classic Parka available in three colourways. Handcrafted in Manchester from an exclusive showerproof 4.5oz dry waxed cotton, woven in Scotland by Halley Stevensons, the Portobello is cut in a regular fit and boasts a details and features list that exemplifies what the British brand is all about. From the Military grade hardware from RIRI of Switzerland to the internal storage pocket secured by a vertical Swiss zip in signature copper, every detail is carefully curated in this smart windbreaker jackets for men option.


The Collins Travel Jacket by WAHTS is a jacket made for active days. Crafted from a water-repellent, breathable tech fabric with four-way stretch, the jacket is built for a sporty but elegant look, making it one of the more versatile windbreaker jackets for men on our list. Available in dark Navy and slate beige, the jacket features a central two-way zip and two front pockets with flap openings and side zip. Pair with the brand’s Brett or Harper trousers for a contemporary weatherproof look.


On the surface, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Asket zip jacket was just a simple zip-through, blouse-style jacket. Smart, minimalist and well constructed according to everything you’ve come to know about Asket. Yes, but it’s also more than that. The Zip Jacket is a windbreaker jacket for men hidden in plain sight, cut from a water-repellent Korean fabric made from 100% recycled nylon and insulated with PrimaLoft® Silver insulation from recycled PET bottles. It’ll keep you warm, dry and weatherproofed but it remains a stylish, everyday workhorse of a smart casual jacket.


The modular shell from LESTRANGE is not just a windbreaker jacket for men, it’s a layered cog in the modular machine. A wardrobe essential to be worn alongside larger pieces come winter or as a standalone above a t-shirt in the warmer months. The modular shell is a multi-functional insulating piece made of a waterproof quilted shell filled with thermoregulating microfibre recycled polyester. Available in black or Navy, as always there’s that 1 year of complimentary repair and care services.


A welcome casual addition to our windbreaker jackets for men list from Closed. The brand’s padded jacket with hood is crafted from a slightly shiny Italian nylon, with the padded jacket also featuring water-repellent properties. The jacket features a central zip fastening, two pockets and a recycled polyester lining. Pair it with a graphic tee and a chunky sneaker.

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