We're mere days from the official start of winter, and everyone's already struggling to acclimatize to the cold. Well, not everyone. Your dad isn't. He knows exactly what he's doing. He's wearing a vest.
Whether you're an expecting father yourself, looking for a late Christmas present to your Pop, or simply getting a jump on dad-style, here's a roundup of some of our favorites.
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Patagonia Classic Retro-X Fleece Vest - $179 This is almost as good as new old stock. It's classic. It's retro, with an "x" thrown in for good measure. It is the vest that launched a thousand vests.
Remington Aberdeen Vest - $125 It's made by one of the oldest companies in America, and uses the slightly-more-formal quilted-insulation pattern and buttons. It's an essential for any dad's vest-closet.
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Vest - $245 This down vest is so feathery that you can pack the whole thing into your pocket. Mountain Hardwear also gave it the shiny treatment, giving you a bit of style, while keeping the technical superiority that is, of course, paramount.
REI Co-Op Down Vest - $79 Utilitarian and affordable—yet possessing a certain outdoor credibility—REI's Co-Op is the go-to for many due to its no-nonsense attitude and variety of colors. Tangerine? Why not.
ourCaste Ryan Quilted Vest - $99 Perfect over sweaters and hoodies, the military green quilted vest is perfect for your next three months of taking down Christmas lights, shoveling the walk, and walking the dog. The chest pocket's a perfect place for your cell phone or wallet, or both, if they're thin enough
Carhartt Sandstone Arctic Vest - $69 Down and fleece simply don't work for the yard work. Down rips easily and fleece will pick up leaf fragments like a magnet. You need something sturdy made of duck canvas. Carhartt is the obvious choice. That tree won't cut itself down, now will it?
L.L. Bean Primaloft Packaway Vest - $99 No list of dad vests would be complete without an entry from the most formidable producer of dad clothing of all time. Made with synthetic insulation that still performs when wet—unlike down—the pack-away vest is also the perfect emergency garment when the temperatures drop.