10 Top-Quality Light Jackets for Fall Boating

Boats on the lakeshore during fall

It doesn’t get much better than a fall boat ride, taking in the season’s magnificent colors with friends and family as you work your way down the shoreline.

The fish are biting, too, as they fill up their bellies for the upcoming winter. While you’re enjoying all of the fantastic things that fall boating has to offer, stay comfortable with one of these top-quality light jackets.

Men’s Light Jackets

Columbia Ascender Softshell Jacket

Black Columbia Ascend Men's Jacket
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With a simple, yet sleek look, the Ascender is a stylish fall jacket with plenty of practicality. Multiple zipping pockets, wind and water resistance, and adjustable cuffs make this an excellent all-around choice for casual boating or fishing in fierce fall weather.

Carhartt Rockford Windbreaker Jacket

Navy blue Carhartt Rockford Mens Windbreaker Jacket
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Carhartt clothing is known for its tremendous durability, and this lightweight windbreaker is no exception. The Rockford windbreaker is joined together with triple-needle stitching at all of its major seams, making it extremely resilient. The breathable mesh lining also makes it a great choice for those not-so-cold fall days.

Blackfish Gale Softshell Pullover Hoodie

Light blue men's Blackfish gale pullover hoodie
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Admittedly, this is not so much a jacket as it is an awesome pullover hoodie. With a plush fleece interior, the Gale will keep you nice and toasty on your fall boating adventures. It also sports a quarter-zip, allowing you to cool down if needed. Add on adjustable cuffs and zippered pockets and you’ve got the best hoodie in your closet.

Striker Ice Climate G2 Softshell Jacket

Black and red Striker Ice Men's Climate G2 Softshell Jacket
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Stylish charcoal black and striking red accents make the Climate G2 one of the sportier-looking options out there. The bonded microfleece lining will keep you warm but breathes just enough to keep you from overheating. The Lycra cuffs also keep the wind from whipping up your sleeves.

Columbia Rugged Ridge Jacket II

Navy blue Columbia Rugged Ridge II Jacket
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At first glance, you may not even realize the Rugged Ridge II is a jacket. Resembling a handsome button-down, this jacket offers a light cotton lining and an abrasion-resistant chin guard for when the fall chill calls its stand-up collar into action. With an added bonus of UPF 50 protection from the sun’s harmful rays, the Rugged Ridge II is an excellent choice for fall boating.

Women’s Light Jackets

Carhartt Sandstone Sherpa-Lined Sierra Jacket

Black Carhartt Women's Sherpa Jacket
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As I mentioned above in the Men’s section, the rugged durability of Carhartt products is unmatched. The Sandstone jacket will offer you many years of cozy warmth with its silky soft Sherpa lining. The quilted pockets are an added bonus to keep your hands toasty. A pleated back also adds improved mobility.

Columbia Lodge Pullover Jacket

Red women's Columbia Lodge pullover jacket
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For a wider range of seasonal conditions, the Lodge pullover is an optimal choice. Featuring lightweight polyester, the Lodge is both water and wind-resistant. A fluffy polyester lining adds warmth, but also breathability. With multiple zippered pockets, a drawstring hood, and elastic cuffs, the Lodge can handle anything fall weather throws at you.

Marmot Wiley Jacket

Black Marmot Wiley Women's fleece jacket
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For fleece fans, the Marmot Wiley is the best choice out there. Although it weighs barely over 1 pound, the Wiley has many features including a full zipper, elastic cuffs, zippered pockets, and most importantly, 300 weight fleece that will keep you nice and warm.

Grundens Weather Watch Hooded Jacket

Grundens Women's Weather Watch pink and black jacket
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If you enjoy being on the water in fall’s most challenging conditions, the Weather Watch hooded jacket is for you. Constructed of a durable nylon shell with breathable laminate, you will stay warm and dry in the nastiest of fall squalls. Deep pockets, storm flaps, and a stain-resistant exterior make this the ultimate rough weather fall jacket.

Columbia Delta Ridge Down Jacket

Black Columbia Delta Ridge Women's Jacket
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If you find yourself particularly cold on the boat during fall trips, the Delta Ridge is a great choice. Surprisingly lightweight, this puffer-style jacket packs in loads of 650 fill power down insulation to keep out chilly drafts. With a water-resistant polyester shell and zippered pockets as added bonuses, the Delta Ridge is the best option for boaters seeking warmth.

How do you dress for fall boating? Let us know in the comments below.


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