How Do Filson Mackinaw Wool Cruiser Jackets Fit? [Sizing Guide]

Filson Mackinaw Wool Jackets are built to handle some of the toughest winter conditions. If you are interested in ordering a Filson Wool Cruiser, you are probably wondering about fit. How do Filson Mackinaw Wool Cruiser Jackets fit?

Filson Mackinaw Wool Cruiser Jackets have a relaxed fit that easily accommodates layering over other pieces of clothing for harsh winter conditions. While normal sizing is recommended, these jackets aren’t designed to provide a slim fit. The added space beneath the jacket allows for layering, ensuring optimal warmth during the most frigid weather conditions. Filson offers a fit guide which helps you find the correct sizing. Click here to view that Filson fit guide available at (paid affiliate link takes you to

Filson Mackinaw Wool Cruiser Jacket Sizing

I purchased the Filson Mackinaw Wool Cruiser Jacket so that I could test, among other things, the sizing of this jacket. This jacket fits true-to-size, but like many winter jackets, is built with extra room for layering.

Below is a photo comparing my Filson Mackinaw Wool Cruiser Jacket to a same-sized t-shirt. This photo will give you a better idea how this jacket sizing compares to a normal shirt:


As you can see, there is extra room built in to to handle extra layers like flannel shirts, hoodies, or other lightweight jackets.

As you can see below, I am wearing mine with a hoodie layered underneath:


Despite a loose design, most people stick with normal sizing for layering purposes.

Different Sizing of Filson Wool Jackets

Sizing Length of Filson Mackinaw Wool Cruiser Jackets

The standard Filson Mackinaw Cruiser is designed to finish past the waist, which provides extra weather protection. I found the length of my jacket (including sleeves) to be very standard compared to similar types of jackets.

There are a couple drawbacks to these jackets that finish past the waist. First, if you have them buttoned, they tend to ride up when seated. Second, they are very hard to pair with a work tool belt.

Because of these types of issues, Filson also offers short-length cruiser jackets that have an almost trucker-like design that finish above the waist. This means they don’t ride up when seated driving or operating machinery, and they are easier to pair with a tool belt.

Popular Types of Filson Wool Jackets

Mackinaw Wool Cruiser Jacket: This is the jacket I own from above. The cruiser shirt was originally created by Filson for Timber Cruisers working in the harsh woodlands of the Pacific Northwest. Over time, the Cruiser Shirt turned into the Cruiser Jacket. It is now worn for a variety of reasons, including as both a work jacket and a casual jacket. It features four front side cargo pockets, much like a chore coat, which makes it versatile and convenient. It is made using heavyweight 24-ounce mackinaw wool that is wind-resistant, water-repellent, and insulates even when damp.

Mackinaw Wool Work Jacket: This Filson Mackinaw Wool Work Jacket is built with a shorter length so that it finishes above the waist and can be easily paired with a tool belt. The shorter length also prevents it from riding up when seated operating machinery (or driving). It also uses snap buttons which are easier to handle with work gloves on. This jacket is made with heavyweight 24-oz. Mackinaw Wool that is weather ready.

Mackinaw Wool Cape Coat: This will be a good option for those facing rainier conditions. There is a double layer of heavyweight Mackinaw wool over the shoulders (called a cape) which adds extra protection against rain and snow. It has chest pockets and large handwarmer pockets. The cape across the shoulders add protections without adding bulk to the rest of the coat. This jacket uses a 26-ounce Mackinaw wool which is even heavier than other Mackinaw wool jackets.

To read more about Filson wool jackets, visit my article that discusses the different types of Filson Wool Jackets.

Paul Johnson

Paul is a lead content creator for Workwear Command. He has had several blue-collar jobs which have provided him a wide range of experience with tools and gear. He also has a business degree and has spent time in business casual office settings.

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