Outerwear Overhaul: These Are The 23 Best Men’s Pea Coats, Car Coats, Walker Coats, and Overcoats

These Are The 23 Best Men's Pea Coats, Car Coats, Walker Coats, and Overcoats

We've researched the best men's winter coats, based on material composition, product rating, and price.

A Note About Fabric:
High wool counts are always desirable for the quality of cloth, but the inclusion of polyester and synthetic fibers shouldn’t be as much of a turn-off when shopping for winter outerwear as when searching for a suit or clothing for warmer weather. Natural fibers like wool, cotton, silk, and linen are considered better for the environment, but what’s better when considering the wearer himself?

There’s a reason that it’s hard to find reasonably priced outerwear that doesn’t have a composition of at least 25% polyester or other synthetic fibers like nylon or rayon. Polyester is stronger and more flexible than many natural fibers, and its lack of breathability that makes it burdensome in the summer can be a blessing to wearers hoping to retain heat in the winter.

If you’re looking for dressier outerwear like an overcoat to wear with a suit, a higher wool count is desirable. If you’re looking for a durable winter workhorse such as a pea coat or casual walker, don’t let a high polyester count dissuade you.

Continuously updated as we find new ones or old ones go out of stock, rewritten 2021.

What's the difference between pea coats, car coats, walker coats, and overcoats?

Generally speaking, these coats are defined by their length and formality:

what's the difference between a pea coat, car coat, walker coat, and overcoat

You'll notice in the product titles below that brands and retailers are inconsistent with the naming convention. Some that are listed as car coats are far longer than traditional ones, and some walker coats are simply titled topcoats. For our purposes, we're organizing them by length.

What is a topcoat?

Similarly and traditionally, topcoats and overcoats are defined by their length and weight. Topcoats were lighter weight material and end at or above the knee whereas an overcoat was a little heavier and longer. Today however, you'll find retailers and brands use these terms interchangeably to simply refer to longer coats that fall below the middle thigh.

The Best Pea Coats

The pea coat is a classic cold-weather staple dating back to the 1720s when it warmed the backs of European sailors in harsh weather. Three centuries later, the pea coat retains its venerable double-breasted, short-length design properties but reimagined with a lighter fabric composition that better suits the needs of a modern wearer less prone to taking to the high seas.

Read more about how military uniforms have influenced modern fashion.

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Amazon Essentials

Wool-Blend Peacoat

Buy on Amazon for $78

Amazon Rating:
4.2 (35 reviews)

Material:
50% wool, 50% cotton

Color options:
Black, Charcoal, Navy

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Schott NYC

Classic Melton Wool Peacoat

Buy at Schott NYC for $335

Schott NYC Rating
4.5 (233 reviews)

Material
100% Melton wool

Color options
Black, Navy, Charcoal, Oxford Grey, New Navy, Dark Oxford Grey

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Nautica

Double Breasted Wool Peacoat

Buy on Amazon for $280

Amazon Rating
4.2 (544 reviews)

Material
52% wool, 40% polyester, 8% other fibers

Color options
Black, Charcoal, Dark navy, Jet black, Comet grey heather, Navy, Carbon

Nick’s Note: Seems like a solid go-to for the budget pea coat shopper.

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BGSD

“Mark” Wool Blend Pea Coat

Buy on Amazon for $200

Amazon Rating
4.3 (512 reviews)

Material
70% wool, 25% polyester, 5% other fibers

Color options
Black, Navy

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Marc New York by Andrew Marc

Burnett Peacoat with Bib

Pick up on Amazon for $90

Amazon Rating
4.5 (12 reviews)

Material
60% wool, 33% polyester, 3% rayon, 2% nylon, 2% acrylic

Color options
Black, charcoal, ink

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Lands' End

Wool Peacoat

Buy on Lands' End for $300

LANDS' END Rating
4.1 (68 reviews)

Material
50% wool, 45% polyester, 5% other fibers

Color options
Dark charcoal heather, True navy

The Best Car Coats

If the pea coat originated at sea, the car coat began life inland as a warm outer layer for motorists that soon grew as ubiquitous as cars themselves. The term has been used interchangeably through the last century, but the general modern marketing use refers to a short casual jacket that looks great for a hard day of working in the snow or paired with a cardigan and tie on your way to that evening holiday party.

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BGSD

Matthew Car Coat

Buy on Amazon for $140

Amazon Rating:
4.6 (36 reviews)

Material:
70% wool, 25% polyester, 5% other fibers

Color options:
Black

Amazon Essentials Car Coat

Amazon Essentials

Wool Blend Heavyweight Car Coat

Buy on Amazon for $78

Amazon Rating:
4.4 (33 reviews)

Material:
50% wool, 50% cotton

Color options:
Black, Charcoal, Navy

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Cole Haan

Classic Coat

Buy on Amazon for $235

Amazon Rating:
4.4 (32 reviews)

Material:
70% wool, 20% nylon, 10% cashmere

Color options:
Black, Camel, Charcoal, Espresso

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Cole Haan

Wool Blend Plush Notched Collar Coat

Buy on Nordstrom for $150

Nordstrom Rating:
4.1 (5 reviews)

Material:
51% wool, 45% polyester, 4% other fibers; 100% polyester lining

Color options:
Light Grey, Dark Heather Grey

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Vince Camuto

Short Wool Blend Car Coat

Buy on Nordstrom for $150

Nordstrom Rating:
N/A

Material:
62% wool, 33% polyester, 5% other fibers

Color options:
Black, Charcoal, Navy

image of a man wearing a black wool car coat

Cole Haan

Melton Wool 3-in-1 Car Coat

Buy on Amazon for $170

Amazon Rating:
4.8 (19 reviews)

Material:
60% wool, 30% polyester, 5% nylon, 5% other fibers; 100% polyester lining

Color options:
Charcoal, Navy, Black

The Best Walker Coats & Topcoats

As its name implies, the walker is essentially a short overcoat that ends well above the knee to ease the wearer’s perambulations. Dressier than a car coat, a walker can be worn with a suit, particularly if one commutes to work in the city and needs a practical but warm top layer that won’t get caught in the car door or stuffy on the subway.

We're including topcoats starting in this section, but as mentioned above that terms is now used inconsistently by brands.

best walker coat men

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Cole Haan

Classic Topper with Knit Bib

Pick it up on Amazon for $113

Amazon Rating:
4.5 (69 reviews)

Material:
53% wool, 37% polyester, 5% viscose, 5% other fibers

Color options:
Charcoal

image of a man wearing a grey top coat

Club Monaco

Textured Topcoat

Buy on Club Monaco for $299

Club Monaco Rating:
3.5 (18 reviews)

Material:
Boyd: 55% wool, 45% polyester; collar facing: 50% viscose, 50% wool; lining: 55% polyester, 45% viscose

Color options:
Camel, Medium Grey

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Peter Manning

Fulton Wool Cashmere Topcoat

Buy on Peter Manning for $395

Peter Manning Rating:
5.0 (8 reviews)

Material:
Wool cashmere fabric

Color options:
Charcoal, Camel, Navy, Black

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Bonobos

Stretch Italian Topcoat

Pick it up on Bonobos for $150

Bonobos Ratings:
N/A

Material:
48% wool, 52% polyester

Color options:
Midnight Check

image of a grey wool peacoat

Dockers

Wool Blend Topcoat

Pick it up on Amazon for $90

Amazon Rating:
4.5 (595 reviews)

Material:
SHELL: 77% polyester, 11% wool, 6% acrylic, 4% rayon, 2% nylon BIB: 100% nylon

Color options:
Charcoal, Black, Camel, Navy

image of a wool blend notched collar coat

Cole Haan

Classic Wool Blend Notched Collar Coat

Buy on Nordstrom for $150

Nordstrom Rating:
4.0 (18 reviews)

Material:
51% wool, 45% polyester, 4% other fibers; Lining: 100% polyester

Color options:
Black

The Best Overcoats

A traditional full-length overcoat is the most appropriate to be worn with a suit, though it can add an elegant – and warm – layer to a dressed-down wool sweater worn with your best jeans and boots. A mostly-wool single-breasted overcoat, knee-length or longer, is a good place to start before graduating to more complex overcoats like the Chesterfield, covert coat, guards coat, or paletot.

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Adam Baker

Luxury Wool Full Length Topcoat

Pick it up on Amazon for $139

Amazon Rating:
4.5 (594 reviews)

Material:
65% Wool, 30% Polyester, 5% Others

Color options:
Camel, Charcoal, Black, Navy, Rust

image of a dark green wool raglan coat

Gap

Recycled Wool Raglan Coat

Pick it up on Gap for $109

Gap Factory Rating:
4.5 (39 reviews)

Material:
50% Recycled Wool, 30% Recycled Polyester, 5% Acrylic, 5% Recycled Nylon

Color options:
Navy Blue, Olive Green

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Banana Republic

Italian Wool-Blend Topcoat

Buy on Banana Republic for $180

Banana Republic Ratings:
4.5 (34 reviews)

Material:
SHELL: 45% Recycled Wool, 35% Virgin Wool, 15% Nylon, 5% Recycled Nylon. SLEEVE AND BACK LINING: 55% polyester, 45% Rayon. FRONT BODY LINING: 58% Viscose Rayon, 42% Cotton

Color options:
Navy

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Nick Guzan

Nick Guzan is a public relations consultant and writer living in Pittsburgh. He blogs about men's style in movies and TV at BAMFStyle.com. His interests include old movies, muscle cars, maritime disasters, fast food, and single malt Scotch.