Much of it now made abroad, sadly.
I like Barbours though – you can always spot an idiot out for a bit of sport in the countryside by their brand new Bedale.
And they’re just the thing to go with the Aigle wellys whilst driving the Audi to Sale Water Park to take the Sprocker for 10 minute walk, before locking it up for the next 23 hours.
Still make excellent clothing, shame they’re trendy now – gone very pricey.Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
Mine is about to have its 30th birthday 🙂 A slight victim of their own durability as I’d happily buy another but mine is still going and has a certain character as well as sharing many happy times with me.
Their wax baseball style caps are excellent too, some of the other clothing a bit mixed (wool and cotton sweaters) but yes overall a marvellous British success story.Posted 4 years ago
If you fancy a decent waxed cap, the ones from Failsworth Hats are very tough indeed and only cost £15.00.
Very good quality, made in the UK.
Might buy another Barbour jacket at some stage, but they tend to get hammered and very pricey now.Posted 4 years ago
Using a Dickies one at the mo which I think Stoner recommended.
£35.00, excellent value from Srcewfix Direct!totalshellSubscriber
i ve had my international suit and jacket for almost 30 years now.. bought from an army surplus store in keswick for 20 quid.. yes 20 quid.. i bought a new jacket belt about 20 years ago for 15 quid.
last wore them both a fortnight ago whilst out on my triumph twin. prefer the trous to the jacket to be honest.Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
I’ve got a Stockman, which is great when it’s coming down in torrents, especially with Mucboots, and a wax Tilley hat.Posted 4 years ago
It has one problem, and that’s where the cloth flexes and folds just below the pockets, the wax seems to just flake off, inside and out, leaving a dry patch. I’ve tried rewaxing, using Barbour wax, and Renapur wax, and it still happens. Thing is, this is a replacement coat, for one I bought in a sale, that lost wax all over the place, and this one seems to suffer similarly. My Belstaff Trialmaster, on the other hand, shows no sign of the coating ever breaking down, drying out, or letting even a tiny drop of water through.
It does seem to be a different type of wax coating though. Whatever, it’s my go-to jacket whenever it looks damp, and apart from having managed to rip the material where the belt loops attach, by catching the belt on objects, which I’ve re-stitched with waxed leather thread, I reckon it’ll probably outlast me.
Gave my Belstaff Trailmaster away years ago when the ex complained about it leaving black sludge all over the place when it was soaked.
Replaced by a Rukka which was made before the word ‘breathable’ had been invented.
She’s long gone, wish I’d kept the jacket.Posted 4 years ago
I was wearing a Barbour years ago when I rode trials & remember one wintry ride which threw every weather condition known to man at us riders. At the end of the trial (Bollihope Common, run by Weardale Motor Club, bout 1980) It was so cold I actually stood my jacket up on the ground it was so cold.Posted 4 years ago
I was dry though.
They used to be classless, like the Mini or the Inbred. 😀
Waxed cotton is very practical and lasts a hell of a lot longer than Gore Tex when you’re trying to fix stuff outside in winter.
I miss the cheap, old fashioned Donkey Jackets from The Army & Navy Stores – pretty waterproof and very warm.Posted 4 years agomattsccmMember
Still occasionally use my Dads international trousers. They are a bit scruffy as he bought them but didn’t get a chance to use them before he jumped into Suez. Some thieving Welshman nicked my mini in Bangor in 1983 and the jacket went then.Posted 4 years ago
Have several Belstaffs of a similar ilk.andylMember
I’ve let my Barbour Sapper get a bit battered now. Mind you it’s 5 years old this year and still gets used as my best jacket and my farming jacket when it’s tool cold for a cheap waterproof.
I am to blame really as I’ve not had it re-proofed and I really need to. A couple of the front pockets have little holes in the bottom corners, one of the side pockets is a bit ripped at the seam from catching it on stuff and the ends of the cuffs are now also starting to get a bit perished.
I’ll get it rewaxed quickly and see how the minor things go. Might send it back to Babour at some point for the pockets to be fixed but the cuffs are probably beyond repair. Might ask them though.
To be honest I have more than had my moneys worth and I will get another one without so much padding for smarter wear and keep this one for farming and general dog walking duties.Posted 4 years agodashedMember
They’re “made” in south shields so wrong side of the river Drac 😉
Horrid things – My old man used to sell them so I’ve had my fair share over the years. I spend a lot of time out in wet countryside and a Barbour waxed jacket is the last thing I’d use. They leak, they’re not breathable, they’re cold, noisy, heavy and they stink! Great for pushing through thick undergrowth but that’s about it. But nothing beats the overtrousers for pushing through bramble – everything else is shredded within minutes but they seem to keep going for ever!
Although I’ve a couple of non-wax barbour jackets, gore-texy things, that have been great. Really don’t see the appeal, of wax jackets though- things have moved on since 1930’s technology 😉Posted 4 years agojfletchMember
I will be at Twickenham on Saturday. I will be in the minority not wearing a Barbour.
Their ubiquity at the cabbage patch looked to be on the wain a few years ago as the old guard and ther Barbours dissapeared, replaced by scores of TNF but thanks to a fashion revival the place will be awash with Barbour quilted jackets. Superdry will be a close second.Posted 4 years agocoreMember
I don’t think Barbour is quite ‘chavvy’ yet, maybe on its way, it’s certainly very popular with more urban people around here these days, but at the prices it is, it hasn’t quite reached the real chavs yet.
In rural Herefordshire, it’s everywhere, too much, but I don’t think the chavs would go for the ‘farmer look’ as that is how it is still perceived generally.
I got a barbour quilted jacket for xmas, warm as toast it is, and it’s fairly plain looking, bit of faux leather trim, but ideal for dry winter days. Also got a fleece lined hunters hat, which is superb, keeps me my head (& big ears) dry, and warm in all weathers.
BUT, my best barbour garment has to be a pair of leggings I’ve just been given by a relative, they must be 20 or 30 years old, and have been used a lot while game keeping, they’re perfect for rough shooting, smell just like old wax should, and don’t make you sweat, and as they’re well worn make me look orsumz…….Posted 4 years agorighogSubscriber
You are either a Chav or not a Chav, what you wear will make no difference to that.
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The ‘farmer look’ certainly seems pretty big in That London’s trendier Eastern parts these days. Very ‘artisan’ or something.
I was in terminal 5 last week and saw quite a few women wearing wellies, I just assumed they were too big to pack in there suitcases, guess I was wrong.Posted 4 years ago
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