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post #2371 of 2699
Commander question here as well.

I just got a navy Large, knowing it would fit slim, even though I'm probably a small/medium and at 5' 6" — 5'7" it'd be a little long. Well, although it fits all right in the shoulders (I've worn it with and without layers, and it's comfy and maybe a fraction loose), it's really long in the sleeves. It's almost at the knuckles. I like how fishtacologin's is, that looks where it should be, I think. I'm thinking of not only getting the sleeves shortened, but the bottom taken up a bit as well. My question is, is it worth it to get the sleeves taken in, or should I chance it and try and get the hem taken up? I don't know if the placement of the pockets limits how high they can take it up, looks like if they are, it's maybe an inch and then is is even worth it to mess with the aesthetics of the body of the thing?

Also, I guess I could try to trade it with someone who's got a Medium, but the sleeves will still probably be long.

Anybody who's gotten their Barbour taken up in the body is encouraged to weigh in.
post #2372 of 2699
I think it would look terrible if you shorten it. The pocket placement would be all out of whack.
post #2373 of 2699
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

I think it would look terrible if you shorten it. The pocket placement would be all out of whack.

Would Barbour be able to move the pocket up, though? Should I just get the sleeves shortened and see if that's all it really needs?
post #2374 of 2699
Dunno about moving the pockets but I can't see why not.
Just fold the sleeves under and pin or tape it in place to see how it looks.
Of course you're going to need to get the sleeves shortened no matter what so you may as well just go get it done.
I seem to recall that Barbour charges a fairly hefty sum to shorten the sleeves of the Commander but I think they do it from the shoulder or they move the patch or something like that. I don't see why a competent local tailor couldn't do it.

I agree the sleeves on the Commander are rather apelike.
post #2375 of 2699

I actually also think it would change everything too much to have it shortened. I don't own a commander, but i tried it on. The large fit me perfectly, but i'm 6'4 with super long arms (wear a 38 sleeve) so I can imagine how it would be long on you. That being said, shortening the sleeves would have to be done from the top I think, so as not to make the elbow patch look off, and shortening the body might ruin the cut of the whole thing. The pockets would have to be moved, the buttons would seem lower, and the bottom opening would be totally changed too. So, i'm not totally sure what you should do. Perhaps trying a medium is a better answer than trying to make the large work.

post #2376 of 2699
Nakedsnake, yeah, I was thinking about that, but END ran out of mediums, and the shipping back overseas would be very expensive.

I did get this letter from Barbour regarding this:

If you only plan to take the sleeves up 1.5” I would recommend waiting until you have worn it for a bit. Wax cotton tends to form natural creases as worn and with these creases come the feeling that the sleeves are shortened up a bit. As for the length, if it involves moving the pockets at all, they will not do this. Moving the pockets does leave the stitching line in the material and there really is nothing that can be done about that. I would recommend wearing the jacket for a bit in the elements and so forth as is.

Dunno if I should credit the CS rep who wrote me so quickly, but many thanks, Barbour. I guess the creasing along the elbow would allow for some shortening, and would explain why it looks so disproportionately long. Might wear it for a season before getting any alterations done.

However, if anyone wants to trade a M for a L, let me know.
post #2377 of 2699
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Originally Posted by tahonng View Post

Nakedsnake, yeah, I was thinking about that, but END ran out of mediums, and the shipping back overseas would be very expensive.

I did get this letter from Barbour regarding this:

If you only plan to take the sleeves up 1.5” I would recommend waiting until you have worn it for a bit. Wax cotton tends to form natural creases as worn and with these creases come the feeling that the sleeves are shortened up a bit. As for the length, if it involves moving the pockets at all, they will not do this. Moving the pockets does leave the stitching line in the material and there really is nothing that can be done about that. I would recommend wearing the jacket for a bit in the elements and so forth as is.

Dunno if I should credit the CS rep who wrote me so quickly, but many thanks, Barbour. I guess the creasing along the elbow would allow for some shortening, and would explain why it looks so disproportionately long. Might wear it for a season before getting any alterations done.

However, if anyone wants to trade a M for a L, let me know.


I think it was just made unreasonably long. I have an old Gamefair, in size 40, and I had to have the sleeves lengthed by 5 inches for it to work for me. On the commander though, they were just about right, if not, maybe .5" too long even. The only person I know with arms as long as mine is my brother.

 

Yes, wearing for a bit might be the best idea.

 

If you decide you can't make it work, I might be interested in taking it off you a little down the road.

post #2378 of 2699
Before I start thinking about messing with it, I guess I should see if it's even the right size.

Here's a really shit-quality bathroom pic. I'm wearing a cardigan and a tee under there. I plan on wearing something like this with the jacket. Does it look like the right size or should I go down. I extended the arm so you can maybe see the amount of fabric that's on the sides of the jacket. Also, the length on the sleeves. Check out also where the length of the jacket ends on my torso, right belowwhere my upper thigh meets my butt.

barbour fit photo barbour_zps9db62a33.jpg

Should I return this and size down? Right now, it fits comfortably (aside from the insane heat, because it's fucking 80 in NC) but there's a bit of fabric on the sides of the jacket. Of course, this might be how it's supposed to fit, and I'm just biased by Daniel Craig's styling of it in the movie where he wears it more like a sport coat rather than outerwear.
post #2379 of 2699
That looks gigantic on you.
It should fit more like a sport coat than outerwear.
post #2380 of 2699
norton barra jacket smells like a box of latex gloves. walking into my room reminds me of a hospital
post #2381 of 2699

If anyone's looking to pick up an SL Bedale in Olive, Stuarts London has them for a pretty good price:

 

http://us.stuartslondon.com/coats-jackets-c23/jackets-c25/barbour-sl-bedale-olive-waxed-jacket-mwx0529ol3136-p8771

 

Use the coupon code SUMMER10 to knock the price down by about $48. Total price was $292.50, including free 3-day shipping to the US.

 

One thing to note is that you might take a hit from customs as they ship via Fedex with the item marked at the full retail price. So keep that in mind.


As for the jacket itself, I really like it. The cut is quite slim, even moreso than the Ashby. It's a bit more lightweight than I was expecting (4 oz. sykoil), but that should be fine as I live in a fairly temperate place.

post #2382 of 2699
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

That looks gigantic on you.
It should fit more like a sport coat than outerwear.

Shit, think so? Was afraid of that. And that's a pretty potato-quality pic, too.

You know buyers's remorse? I have the exact opposite with this. I'm having a love affair wit this thing right now. It's kinda blinding me to the fit. This thing is awesome right now. Is it normal to like even the fucking oiliness?
post #2383 of 2699
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

That looks gigantic on you.
It should fit more like a sport coat than outerwear.

I wouldn't say "gigantic," but it's definitely too big.

post #2384 of 2699
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Originally Posted by tahonng View Post


Shit, think so? Was afraid of that. And that's a pretty potato-quality pic, too.

You know buyers's remorse? I have the exact opposite with this. I'm having a love affair wit this thing right now. It's kinda blinding me to the fit. This thing is awesome right now. Is it normal to like even the fucking oiliness?


Depends on how much you want to layer, but it certainly looks big. When I tried it on, the L was pretty much perfect, and the XL felt like I was swimming in it. So a size down could make a big difference. The only thing worth watching out, is that if you already feel like the L is tight in the shoulders, I can only imagine the M being unbearable. Shoulders on the L look alright, everything else looks too big and too long.

post #2385 of 2699
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Originally Posted by tahonng View Post

Before I start thinking about messing with it, I guess I should see if it's even the right size.

Here's a really shit-quality bathroom pic. I'm wearing a cardigan and a tee under there. I plan on wearing something like this with the jacket. Does it look like the right size or should I go down. I extended the arm so you can maybe see the amount of fabric that's on the sides of the jacket. Also, the length on the sleeves. Check out also where the length of the jacket ends on my torso, right belowwhere my upper thigh meets my butt.

barbour fit photo barbour_zps9db62a33.jpg

Should I return this and size down? Right now, it fits comfortably (aside from the insane heat, because it's fucking 80 in NC) but there's a bit of fabric on the sides of the jacket. Of course, this might be how it's supposed to fit, and I'm just biased by Daniel Craig's styling of it in the movie where he wears it more like a sport coat rather than outerwear.


Best not to base judgment on how Craig wears it in the movie. He wore a size too small for the more static shots and then his regular size for the action stuff. I'm told he could barely move, let alone do it up properly in the smaller one. He must ahve kept or bought a larger jacket because I've seen him out and about in it locally.

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