Whether worn under a parka or as an outer layer over a shirt, vests make a versatile layering piece for staying cozy when it gets cold. In the interest of ensuring you find the right one for your money, FN rounded up some of the best styles for men in the market. When narrowing down our picks, we chose fleece and sherpa-lined options that are engineered for maximum warmth. They’re also basic enough to work with a range outfits in your closet. Take a look at out top picks ahead, available from top brands like Columbia, Carhartt and more.
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1. Columbia Steens Mountain Fleece Vest
This Columbia vest is made of fleece for optimal warmth. A flexible collar that can be worn up or down offers extra protection on chilly days.
Pros: Two zippered front pockets provide secure storage. It comes in over 10 colors.
Cons: This doesn’t have an adjustable drawstring or elastic band at the waist for locking in heat.
2. Baleaf Fleece Vest
This vest is also crafted from soft, warm polyester fleece and features a standup collar for enhanced coverage.
Pros: Subtle side pockets with sturdy zippers can hold small items. It’s thin enough to comfortably wear under a jacket.
Cons: It runs a bit long.
3. Carhartt Sandstone Mock-Neck Vest
This Carhartt option has a rugged cotton sandstone duck canvas exterior and a toasty sherpa lining.
Pros: A droptail hem and foldable collar offer added warmth. It contains two sherpa-lined front pockets, two inner pockets and a left-chest pocket for storing plenty of items. You can choose from a variety of colorways.
Cons: This one is on the heavier side.