There are tactical jackets for every season – but the one you wear in the fall isn’t going to suit you as well in spring or summer. Differences in styles, fabrics and weight can all make a huge difference in keeping you comfortable as the seasons change, and you need to consider your mobility requirements and what type of weather protection you need.
Start your outerwear search with some questions:
Once you know the answers to these questions, you can use the rest of this guide to get tips on fabrics and features to look for based on gender and season:
Tactical jackets for fall are typically heavier than spring jackets because the air gets a little more crisp – but if you’re going to be very active, you’ll want to layer properly. Men’s and women’s pullovers and hoodies are great for fall afternoons, but you’ll probably need to put on something more heavy-duty when the sun goes down.
Some fabrics are more suited to fall temperatures than others. Fleece, poly blends and cotton mixtures are best for autumn because they help hold in heat but provide decent breathability when you need it. Sometimes vests are the best choice for fall – they keep your core warm enough for chilly temperatures but won’t hamper your mobility.
Here’s a list of what to look for in men’s tactical outerwear designed for fall:
Check out the Men’s Peninsula Insulator Packable Vest, the Revolver Reversible Jacket or men’s pullovers and hoodies to stay toasty and comfortable while you’re working, sitting around the campfire or relaxing.
Here’s a list of features to look for in women’s tactical outerwear designed specifically for fall:
Look at the Women’s Taclite® M-65 Jacket, the Peninsula Insulator Packable Vest, the Audrey Coverup, the Charisma Bomber Jacket and the Kinetic Full Zip if you’re shopping for a women’s fall tactical jacket.
You need plenty of insulation in a tactical winter jacket, but you don’t want anything to hold you back when you need to move. The key: Finding lightweight, comfortable outerwear that’s designed for tactical operations.
Fabrics best-suited to winter tactical jackets include polyester blends and other synthetics because they can lock out moisture while holding in heat. Your base layers are incredibly important during winter, when you need moisture-wicking fabrics inside to keep you dry and work hand-in-hand with your outerwear to keep you warm.
When you’re searching for a men’s tactical winter jacket, look for these features:
Here’s what to look for in a women’s winter jacket:
Explore your options with the Women’s Peninsula Insulator Packable Jacket, the Women’s Peninsula Insulator Shirt Jacket and the Charisma Bomber Jacket , which doubles as a great piece of fall outerwear as well.
Fabrics ideal for spring include nylon and blends that resist water. Even if you’re not caught in a surprise shower, the air in most places is a bit more damp during spring – and you need to seal out as much moisture as you can to keep your base and insulating layers dry so you stay comfortable.
Check out this quick list of features to watch for in a lightweight tactical jacket for spring:
Summer tactical jackets need to be exceptionally lightweight and breathable so you stay comfortable when temperatures fluctuate – think dusk through dawn. That means little to no insulation but extra protection against wind and rain. In many cases, vests are more than enough to keep you comfortable when summer weather hits.
Summer fabrics that are ideal for summertime tactical jackets include synthetic blends and lightweight fabrics such as cotton. If you know the temperatures are going to go lower than what you’re comfortable with, opt for a breathable fleece.
When you’re shopping for a lightweight tactical jacket for summer, here’s what to look for:
Check out this list of features to look for in your summertime women’s tactical jacket:
When you know what you’re looking for, it’s easy to find the right tactical jacket for any season. You’ll ALWAYS BE READY with the right fabrics, insulation levels and styles.