13 Badass Bomber Jackets For Men
The bomber jacket is considered a quintessential part of just about every man’s wardrobe these days, but the iconic look initially began during the 40s as a functional piece to protect fighter pilots during World War I. Since then, the military and menswear have become intrinsically linked over the years as new generations have sought to put their own signature spin on this look.
The Rise of the Bomber Jacket
Initially made only of leather, bomber jackets are now made out of several types of fabrics and run the gamut from the traditional classic look and the more modern and updated versions are currently available from menswear brands. The appeal of bomber jackets is inescapable and when worn present the perfect balance between rugged charm and dapper badassery.
The bomber jacket has its own unique place in fashion history as it is a true staple that was initially created for functionality but has since evolved into a favorited jacket amongst men everywhere.
The popularity of the men’s army bomber jacket escalated with the rise of the British punk music era during the 60s and 70s and the movie stardom of Steve McQueen during the 70s and 80s. In the new millennium, hip hop mogul Kanye West has featured bomber jackets in his Yeezus line, with more prominent designers like Alexander Wang, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, and many more releasing their own take on the fashion staple. With so many options to choose from, there is definitely a bomber jacket out there for any man’s tastes. The following are a list of some of the best, most bad-ass bomber jackets out on the market today that are created by indie labels that are creating waves in the industry as they produce their own editions.
Zanerobe – Flight Bomber Bone – $170.00
As a line that appeals to the creative spirit, Zanerobe’s bomber jacket is a limited edition specifically created for the fashion forward man. With only 30 produced and a “never to be repeated,” promise from Zanerobe, the Flight Bomber Bone features ribbed cuffs, sealed zip pockets, and a sleek fit that makes for a perfect 4-season jacket suitable for any occasion.
Alpha Industries – MA-1 Bomber Jacket – $150.00
With an emphasis on military-styled bomber jackets that pay respects to the originals introduced during the 1950s, Alpha Industries and their MA-1 Bomber Jacket is a gracious nod to its predecessor, boasting knit cuffs, collar, and waistband, with a durable front zipper and it is completely reversible, taking it as close to the first models as possible with a slight revamp for today’s menswear market. For a truly versatile and rugged bomber jacket that is ready for the harshest elements, look no further than this revamp of a true menswear classic.
Iron and Resin – Academy Bomber – $175.00
Created in a small, southern California town, Iron & Resin is a label that strives to produce quality over quantity, with their line handcrafting their apparel in a durable yet fashionable approach that has garnered them a reputation for long-lasting clothes that are timeless. With the centennial celebration of the bomber jacket upon us, Iron & Resin decided to honor the original style with a few modern adjustments that plays to today’s menswear ideals. Their Academy Bomber features a classic tailored fit, with knitted cuffs, rib waist, and collar, welt hand pockets, and a zippered front entry, all made from 100% nylon. Their jackets are versatile enough for city living and durable to handle rugged terrains and climates as well.
Made in the USA, Iron & Resin has made a commitment to protecting the environment by reducing their footprint by utilizing natural or recycled fibers with natural dye processes, using the most efficient methods currently available to protect the planet. Iron & Resin is a lifestyle brand that is the antithesis of fleeting fashion, built to last and add relevance to your wardrobe.
Outerknown – Evolution Flight Jacket – $245.00
Outerknown is a brand that has taken its roots in the surfer lifestyle and included their own take on menswear, a contemporary look that illustrates the relationship between style, durability, and function. Founded by 11-time World Surf League champion Kelly Slater and his partner, menswear designer John Moore, the duo has created the Evolution Flight Jacket, a jacket that comprised of 100% recycled nylon and polyester, is fully reversible, and made with sustainable products. The beauty of this bomber is that it is versatile enough for the surf and sea, as well as a casual evening event.
Coldsmoke Apparel – MA-1 Mil-Spec – $339.00
Made in California, the crew over at Coldsmoke produces short runs and goes direct to consumer producing highly technical yet stylish looking apparel that “bridges the gap between cutting-edge technical performance, old school durability, and modern design.” Their version of the MA-1 is constructed with top of the line materials including Japanese made water-repellent fight cloth and Polartec Alpha insulation made of low density fibers also used by the Special Forces to adapt to a wide range of activity and environments. If you’re looking for a badass updated version of the classic bomber jacket, look no further than the Coldsmoke MA-1.
Bridge & Burn – Northrup Olive – $124.00
Since launching the Portland-based brand in 2010, Bridge & Burn has gained a reputation for creating clothing that never compromises on the basics to produce casual, detailed apparel. The brainchild of Erik Powell, in only three shorts years, the flagship Bridge & Burn store opened in Portland, and continues to expand throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, with its focus now concentrated on creating upscale bomber jackets – one example is there Northrup Olive edition that is 100% cotton, rib trim and zip-front, with dual entry hand pockets and also available in black. It boasts premium design with beautiful detailing, perfect for a camping expedition or an evening out on the town during the fall season.
Todd Snyder- Quilted Bomber – $298.00
Every men needs a versatile lightweight jacket that can be worn wherever whenever, and this quilted bomber jacket from Todd Snyder’s collection is the casual cool that every man needs – features include thermal lining on the inside, ribbed neck and sleeve cuffs, with a jersey exterior. 100% cotton, full quilting, and a tailored fit you are not likely to find elsewhere. The beauty of the Todd Snyder Quilted Bomber is that men can feel comfortable wearing at a more formal event or roughing it in the great outdoors.
Carhartt – WIP (Work in Progress) – Ashton Bomber Jacket – $147.50
Carhartt has been creating structured, stylish menswear since its launch in 1889, placing an emphasis on a responsible business mantra that produces classic products for their customized workwear collection. Since 1994, the brand has enjoyed considerable success throughout Europe, with plenty of fans of their tailored pieces. What Carhartt WIP has done is build upon its American roots to cater now to an international clientele. Their Ashton Bomber Jacket is a perfect addition to the family, featuring ribbed cuffs, nylon taffeta lining, front closure with zipper, and is completely water repellent.
G-Star Raw Rackam Deconstructed Bomber Jacket – $110.00
Lightweight enough to wear during the warmer months and made with breathable chambray, G-Star’s Raw Rackam Deconstructed Bomber Jacket is a design collaboration with Aitor Throup that boasts a tailored fit, enhanced texture, and is made of 100% cotton for added breathability. No matter the terrain, this is a jacket that takes outdoor apparel to the next level.
All White Todd Snyder Champion – $348.00
In stark contrast to more traditional bomber jackets in menswear, Todd Snyder’s Champion cotton bomber is an all-white option that is a sure way to update your wardrobe and stand out among a crowd. Features include ribbing at the cuff, neck, and bottom with a front zipper closure and is made with 100% cotton for extra breathability, which is perfect for the concrete jungles of the city or the great outdoors on a nature trail.
Native Youth – Camborne Linen Bomber Jacket – $101.00
Ideal for the cooler months of the year, Native Youth offers their linen bomber jacket that is the epitome of style in classic black. Features include a ribbed collar and a zipper fastening that is the perfect addition to any man’s collection and ideal for those looking for an option that is adaptable for nature as it is for city living.
Overland Sheepskin Co. – Leather Avenger A-2 – $1,795.00
Overland’s Leather Avenger bomber jacket has all of the qualities that make it a perennial favorite for several reasons – soft Norwegian lambskin with a wool/cashmere lining, zip front closure, tailored fit, and much more. Made in the USA, it is an effortlessly stylish rugged bomber jacket perfect to wear daily during the colder temperatures and seasons, yet functional enough for outdoor activities.
The Real McCoy’s – Leather A-2 Bomber – $1,800.00
Men looking for a serious bomber jacket that is pitch perfect in every facet of design need look no further than The Real McCoys Manufacturing A-2 Jacket – longer and leaner, custom-produced from collar to cuff and made with an exclusive vegetable-tanned horsehide leather that ensures extended wear for years to come. This formidable edition is constructed for maximum durability, ideal for tough terrains and trails, or an extended weekend on the town.