Originally Posted by Racove
Would love more info on the competition. Pros/Cons/Differences etc. I've seen the originals, but not really the impostors. Fred Perry & Ben Sherman seem like popular options. Actually, possibly easier to find.
I think the BS/FP harringtons have a much better fit than Baracuta. Baracuta is the original, and as such, it was NEVER intended to be a slimfitting jacket. Guys golfed in these things so you had to have roominess to swing a club down the fairway. Baracuta pros: -teflon coated cotton, rain/wind resistant -open back cent, cool detail -it's "authentic" if pedigree is of importance to you Baracuta cons: -price -fit, even the slimfit is a bit blousy Fred Perry pro: -fit -waxed cotton models available for weather resistancy Fred Perry cons: -pricing is up there just under Baracuta, not cheap -sewn down back vent -lack of color options -the non-waxed G9s dont have the tartan lining to the edge of zipper. the visible bit of plaid lining is a trademark look to the G9 -non waxed G9 is a poly/cotton blend. Ben Sherman pro: -price, around $130 retail -nice 100% cotton -different check lining that is specific to BS -open back vent -fit, maybe the best of the bunch Ben Sherman con: -odd ticket pocket on side...not a dealbreaker but an unusual detail -lack of colors -some of the newer ones have a self color logo embroidered on chest...not too visible but it's there -newer ones *might* be using nastier cotton. The one I have (and PinkPantser above) is an older model when they first reissued them, from about 3 years ago and used a softer finish cotton JtG/Warrior....don't own one of these but I've seen the JtG ones. Lots of color options and cheap price, can't be beat. This is what a working class harrington should be. Despite Robert's experiences above, I would not recommend sizing up on a harrington, and nearly everyone I know ends up sizing down 1. and I know A LOT of guys who wear harringtons