Just my 0.02 cents on my history with Barbours…
I had Border 38 green for a couple of year, bought it used on ebay, in excellent condition and with a beautiful aged patina.
What I like a lot about the Border is that it doesn’t have the raglan sleeve as the other equestrian cousin.
IMHO the Border sleeves fit better.
Having said that I always hated how long the Border is, it fit to me like a coat more than a jacket (I’m 5.6)
In my pursuit of a new jacket, I wanted a more casual look, shorter.
Lucky was on my side and I was able to get an almost new Trooper in M, color brown for less than $60, a total win. (photos soon)
Even though it fit bigger than my 38 border it allows me to wear some chunky sweaters or layer it better in winter.
I find the trooper to be extremely handsome jacket, much more than the overrated and overpriced international, I would only like it to be able to remove the shoulder tabs for a more clean look, the only other negative I can find are:
- It would be nice to have another internal pocket, or my beloved napoleon pocket.
- The external pockets are unlined (cost cutting?)
Then, shortly after my Trooper purchase I was looking for a waxed cotton pea coat like the one from Engineered Garments or Woolrich but they were all out of my budget, that’s when a came across a Blue Reefer jacket in Ebay, I just couldn’t resist and bought it.
Even though is used the jacket is in stunning overall condition.
What I find interesting was the Moleskin collar (not corduroy) and the Amazing!!!! Barbour tartan wool lining, not the old cotton ones or the more “synthetic” feeling of the new clothes.
I try to find more info on the Reefer, but all my googling came out negative.
Regardless of how much a try it on, it won’t fit me; I’m closer to a small in Barbour, even though my trooper is M, this one is just not my side or fit.
So as a general review
The fit is more traditional, my Border 38 fit slim to me, my M trooper has a more relaxed fit but this reefer is big, fit more like a Large even though the label read M.
Very well build, the wool tartan make it warmer than the other two mentioned above.
If anyone have more info is welcome as I plan to sell it as soon as I can, no reason to keep something that doesn’t fit.