Active Junky’s in the hunt for soul-warming apparel to take us well into winter. No matter where you live, these new frost-fighting favorites are tester-approved to make the grade during the shorter days ahead.
Timberland Tenon Leather Bomber
Few outerwear styles make bold moves from casual to refined. The bomber jacket is one such iconic design, rendered here with rugged determination by Timberland. Testers valued the oiled leather’s drape, with the right amount of weight in the cowhide to move easily without getting pushed around by autumn winds. Aside from the material’s origins (via a gold-rated tannery) and generous thickness, the Tenon hits at least five points of refinement to add heritage-worthy value: 1) Left snap breast (“hunting”) pocket with horizontal entry is stunning; 2) Shank buttons fit the look and hold securely; 3) Seaming details speak to extra care; 4) Interior lining adds to everyday comfort; and 5) Arm gussets allow freer, easier movement. As much for go as show, the Tenon Leather Bomber jacket is sized up to 2XL to let every man take a stand.
Best For: Everyday, multi-season wear to move from work to weekends
Woolrich Men’s Hiker Flannel Shirt
Raise a glass of nog or bring the binocs up to your eyes. All the same to this 100% poly brushed twill flannel shirt from Woolrich. A trim look and 30.5” back length fit leaner men with an updated profile. Know that there’s plenty of versatility in this 6.75oz fabric that breathes easily and resists spills and stains. Never looking touristy or gimmicky, the long sleeves button up to a shorter length when wood chopping and Moscow Mule making require greater freedom. Back pleats provide a relaxed fit as a UPF 50 rating defies snow-magnified rays during mid-winter outings. Testers made this a wardrobe staple with no qualms about pushing the shirt hard and keeping it crisp despite frequent washings.
Best For: All-around home and travel wear, active outdoors where front-pocket Velcro keeps essentials safe
Mountain Khakis Swagger Jacket
Few jackets successfully walk the knife-edge ridge between working hard and walking in with flair. Here’s the winter jacket, friends, with 80g of Primaloft Silver making an all-day stand in bitter winds and falling temperatures. Crank up the precip and the DWR-coated 72/28 blend shows its mettle. Testers zipped up and admired the metal snaps both on the storm flap and adjustable cuffs. Four pockets deliver, with exterior and interior zippered chest placements as well as dual hand pockets. Tough on the outside, the easy-moving (without being sloppy) Mountain Khakis Swagger slides in with a smooth, non-snagging 100% polyester taffeta lining in a potentially life-saving orange color. All in favor, signify by buying one right here and now.
Best For: Active urban and outdoor life, providing baseline protection from fall through spring