What started as a guy selling absurdly soft shirts from a ‘69 VW bus has blossomed into a fashion wunderkind hell-bent on spreading the “7-day weekend kinda lifestyle.” Marine Layer produces high quality clothing with beachy, woodsy vibes we can’t get enough of.
The Reed Field Jacket is Marine Layer’s take on the classic mechanic’s jacket with a zip closure and collar.
Starting with the fit, the Reed Field Jacket is a great neutral cut and is slightly longer in the torso than other jackets we’ve tested. The waist is adjustable with two bottom flaps. And Marine Layer does offer a “marge” size, so you can find the right fit.
Feature-wise, an internal pocket makes a great stash spot for any odds and ends, and the wax lining does in fact hold up in the rain. However, it will start to break-down over time — it is wax after all.
All said, it’s truly is a jacket for any occasion.
As far as mechanic’s jackets go, there are a ton of options. Some of our favorites that didn’t quite make the cut include American Giant’s mechanic jacket, or the classic, blanket-lined Carhartt Detroit jacket.
Both competitors pack extreme durability and clean style, but in our opinion the Marine Layer jacket scored higher for being immediately wearable. The other’s required an awkward breaking in period, especially the Carhartt jacket. That said, the American Giant and Carhartt jackets feel like they could last decades longer.
Overall, the Reed Field Jacket from Marine Layer is a great “do everything jacket.” If you’re in the market for a mechanic’s jacket, and you’re not an actual mechanic — go with the Reed Field.