Man wearing shacket while fishing

Guide To Shackets

In the outdoorsy world, finding gear that’s comfy, functional, and looks good is a win. Enter the shacket—your all-in-one shirt-jacket combo. It’s not as much about fashion as it’s a practical choice for when you’re out and about in the cooler seasons. Like hoodies, shackets are versatile and they’re meant to be layered with other tops. Whether you’re fishing on a late fall day, layering up under your camo, or the first one to the tee in the morning, the shacket’s got your back, keeping you warm, flexible, and casually cool.

What is a Shacket?

A shacket is a mix of a shirt and a jacket, striking the right balance between lightweight comfort and a bit of insulation. It has the structure of a jacket — with buttons or snaps, pockets, and slightly sturdier material—but it feels like a shirt. It can be made from a variety of materials but the best shackets are designed to keep you warm, so look for quilted, insulated fabrics. It’s the perfect garment for layering and adjusting to changing temps, especially in shoulder seasons where a jacket might be too heavy. 

How Should a Shacket Fit?

Keep it simple. A shacket should fit comfortably over a heavier long-sleeve shirt, giving you room to move. It’s looser than a regular shirt, and more snug than a jacket and never baggy. This way, you can layer up without feeling bulky.

Should I Size Up or Down for Shackets?

Shacket designers understand that the garment is designed to be layered over other tops so there’s no need to size up or down. You should order the same size shacket as your shirt or jacket size.

Shacket vs. Jacket: What’s the Difference?

Here’s the deal: Jackets are heavy-duty, built for either real cold or wet weather. Jackets often have hoods or thick collars, and above all are bulky, if they’re made with insulation. Shackets, on the other hand, are the lighter, more versatile sibling, made with less insulation so they look more like a shirt. They’re your go-to for mild to cool weather, designed for easy movement without the bulk. It’s not about braving a storm; it’s about staying comfortable when you don’t need technical gear.

Is a Shacket Business Casual?

Most shackets are strictly casual and are not considered business casual, unless you work outdoors. If you’re looking for a reliable piece of business casual clothing, look no further than the time-tested polo shirt.

Shackets for Post-Activity Downtime

One of the best uses for a shacket is for after a day outdoors. You can toss one over your performance polo shirt for a cool evening BBQ, or over your base layers at the deer-camp campfire. The shacket isn’t just for the great outdoors; it’s your go-to for casual hangouts, pairing effortlessly with jeans or 5-pocket pants for a laid-back vibe. Shackets are perfect for when you’re not sure if you’ll be inside or outside and don’t want to worry about leaving a jacket. So if you’re bar-hopping after a day of fishing, grab a shacket and leave your worries at the boat ramp.

The shacket isn’t just another piece of clothing; it’s your practical, comfy, and cool companion. It bridges the gap between a shirt and a jacket, making it a must-have for any outdoor enthusiast. So whether you’re casting lines, tracking game, perfecting your golf swing, or just hanging out by the grill, the shacket is there to keep you warm, comfy, and casually stylish.

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