Wax jacket – practical over style – what brand?
Waxed cotton is good in its place. It depends what you want it for. If it is for low-intensity outdoor activity in rough conditions then it could be a good buy.
I like my broad-brimmed waxed hat for its tough impermeability and umbrella-like shielding off the face and neck whilst walking in heavy rain, but I wouldn't want a waxed coat.
Paramo is supposed to be a good alternative to Gore-Tex.Posted 7 years agoSurf-MatMember
I've got one of these:
As well as most of the Finisterre range – brilliant kit.
Recently bought Mrs Mat a ltd edition Barbour International but obviously it's quite girly! Still damn cool though and they do a bloke version I think.
Posted 7 years agoCountZeroMember
Goretex is fine, but you have to really look after it to maintain it's proofing, and it's not thornproof. Waxed cotton is a lot tougher, proofing is really only needed once a year and is really easy, you just need a tin of proofer, a nice warm sunny day, and space to spread the coat out. Looked after, a quality coat could last forty to fifty years, with regular proofing, and even rips and tears can be repaired; try doing that with Goretex.Posted 7 years ago
Last July I bought a Barbour Stockman in a sale for half price. When the weather got wet in November I started walking to work wearing it and I wore it pretty much every day until April. Best value coat I've ever owned, it'll be re-proofed soon, and I can see it lasting for the rest of my life. Not an exaggeration, as I've got a twenty-odd year old North Face fleece that's still wearable, and I'm fifty five. Drizabone are as good as Barbour and quite a bit cheaper, so look at them. One reason I like the Stockman is that in really heavy rain my legs stay dry, water doesn't run down straight onto my thighs soaking my jeans. With a hood up or a hat on a brolly is unnessessary.CountZeroMember
The Belstaf Trialmaster is the classic,Posted 7 years ago
but finding a good wax cotton one is almost impossible, since Belstaf stopped making them a while back. Just had a google, and they are available, but from around £385!.[/edit] Somewhere I believe I have my dad's old Trialmaster hidden away. If I can find it it'll get reproofed and worn again. That jacket will be getting on for sixty years old…
Count – I'm afraid I will have to disagree with you! My Barbour was sent back after around 2 weeks use of regularly wearing it whilst exercising my energetic gundog in all weathers. The elbow creases turned into holes and the cuffs were coming apart.
It was sent back to Barbour, new panels had been put in sleeves and the cuffs were properly bound. Obviously this was under guarantee.
As far as I'm concerned, it's a high maintenance product and would rather use my Goretex jacket that has stood up to donkey's years of wear all around the U.K., walking in some pretty serious weather.Posted 7 years agoBillMCMember
Waxed cotton is damned hot for country pursuits. I found a shooting jacket with a breathable drop liner to be much more functional. Mind you, I did buy a Barbour A90 (?), the lightest jacket they make, and I think that might turn out to be a good travel coat. My heavy duty Aussie farmer's full length waxed coat is great for blackberrying. It all depends what you're aiming to do in it.Posted 7 years agochewkwMember
I have black colour John Partridge bought from TK Maxx for £99. Was going to buy Barbour Trooper jacket price at £199 but since John Partridge was cheaper with rather similar design I opted for it. Quality looks okay too me.
I only wanted it because I like the design with plenty of pockets and it is different from any other cotton jackets.
So far so good and waxing should not be a problem really but let see how long it will last since I always carry a rucksack. Hope the shoulders do not worn out …
🙂Posted 7 years agoSurf-MatMember
Another Finisterre groupie here. Reckon I'll get one of those Matanuska jackets now I've noticed they're £70.
Definitely get one!
Did some work for them a while back for kit instead of cash – now have a Storm Track each (me and Mrs Mat), Cohos, Eddys, merino Ts and loads and loads of other stuff – even though it's now not "free" I still get lots of it. Great kit although the Merino stuff is fragile.Posted 7 years ago
Anyone know what types of discounts are available at the factory shop?
Less than half price on some lines – depends what they have been making, what is in your size etc. They have a lot of stock in there, from their t-shirts, knitwear and footwear through to the jackets.Posted 7 years ago
Some real billy bargains.
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