The Best Vests of 2022
These layers herald a bold, new, sleeveless future
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When it comes to versatility, vests are the best. They provide just a smidge of insulation between a base layer and an outer shell, offering a hug of warmth for your core while still allowing excess body heat to escape around your arms. But the right one will double as a casual accessory, too. These are our sleeveless favorites in an array of insulating fills and fabrics, each one perfect for a day on the trail followed by an evening by the fire.
Kora Stratam ($190)
Everyone needs a little black vest. We love the Stratam’s light pile interior, which provides warmth and moisture wicking, with a soft, smooth outer. The zippered waist pockets and rear cargo pouch securely held keys and a layer on winter runs. (men’s S–XXL)
Krimson Klover Sela Reversible ($149)
Stretchy side panels give this formfitting vest flex for skiing or hiking. In an instant, the reversible design transforms from a solid exterior with angled down baffles to a vintage-ski-inspired graphic. (women’s XS–L)
Brooks Shield Hybrid ($110)
This sleek vest offers wind resistance and warmth for high-output activities like running and skiing. A tough-but-light breathable ripstop face fabric encases poly-fiber insulation on the front, and an uninsulated back panel keeps you cool. Four discreet external pockets stash a phone, gloves, and a light shell. One pocket inside fits a house key. (men’s and women’s XS–XXL)
ATG By Wrangler™ Men’s Fleece Bomber Vest ($70)
With a modern twist on the classic bomber jacket silhouette, this ATG by Wrangler™ men’s bomber vest takes outdoor style to another level. Plus, the vest features a warm fleece construction designed to give you plenty of comfort on all your cold-weather adventures. Layer it over your favorite base layers for some lightweight added warmth that won’t weigh you down.
Jack Wolfskin JWP ($100)
Jack Wolfskin’s JWP combines a classic puffer look with a 100 percent recycled polyester fabric and 100 percent recycled synthetic fill, and features a water-resistant, windproof outer and fast-drying, synthetic insulation. All that fits into a stuffsack the size of a softball, making it ideal for bringing along on outings in variable temperatures. (men’s S–3XL / women’s XS–XXL)
66° North Tindur ($175)
High-pile fleece gives the Tindur the look and feel of a sheep’s-wool coat but without the bulk. Large zippers, three external pockets, and stretch panels under the arms lend a rugged appearance. A bit longer in the back to offer additional butt coverage, this vest is ideal as an insulating layer beneath a technical shell for backcountry skiing or cold-weather hiking. (unisex S–XXL)
Canada Goose HyBridge Knit ($575)
Puffy, meet sweater. Front-facing baffles of 675-fill goose down are this vest’s primary source of insulation, while the back consists of knitted merino wool. The two work together to keep you warm without overheating. Ribbing at the hem, arm holes, and collar helps seal each opening. The hand-warmer pockets boast soft knit lining for added comfort. (men’s XS–XXL)