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I’m in Buffalo NY and yesterday visited O’Connell’s in which there is a long rack of brand new Barbour coats and nary a hint of stench. Someone is doing something right or wrong!These coats are designed for a specific purpose. They are rather utilitarian and made for outdoor wear in the country. When it's raining (lightly) and you have chores around the estate ... or you want to walk the beagles ... nothing beats a Barbour. And if you shoot skeet (I do) or hunt, they are ideal.
I leave mine in the country. New York and London call for different attire. Of course we live in a world where much is used in ways that differ from those originally intended. And Barbour has expanded to such a degree it now bills itself as a "lifestyle brand". But, if you don't care for the aroma of linseed oil, buy something else.
Yes. clean it the same way you would clean a backpack. hang it on a hanger outside (in decent weather, obviously); buy, borrow or rent a power-washer; then be careful to adjust the nozzle almost as fine as you can, because depending on how 'powerful' your power washer might be, it could damage the fabric; and power wash your jacket, then let it hang in the sun to dry. you will probably want to re-proof the jacket after that. I haven't used a power-washer on waxed cotton, but I have used it to get pine sap, road grit, mold and mildew out of many outdoor products like backpacks, tents, tent flies, duffel bags.I recently got a hold of a second-hand Barbour. It's a Beaufort, to be exact. Anyway, it stinks.
Barbours are supposed to last forever so I wasn't concerned about getting a used one. I should have been.
This jacket doesn't just smell funny. It really reeks. It smells like an old canvas tent. Worse, you can smell this thing across the room. You could probably smell it across the street but I don't dare take it out in public in its current condition.
I've had other waxed jackets and none of them smelled like this. In fact, I have a long one that I use for riding in the rain. It is covered with all sorts of interesting material and even it doesn't smell this bad.
I tried leaving it out in the sun but it doesn't seem to have helped. If it were a normal jacket, I'd just have it dry cleaned/throw it in the wash. But as it's waxed, I can't do that. I'm hesitant to start spraying it with random household cleaning products as I don't want to wreck it.
Never pegged you for a Cheeto eater, Derek. But I like it.My old, waxed cotton Barbour has a years of patina from caked Cheeto dust
Not at all! I didn't know they changed their formula, but the old version does sound cool.Never pegged you for a Cheeto eater, Derek. But I like it.
I realize that kind of sentiment (older version is better) is usually elitist bullshit. But I’ve got two Bedales in the same size and color(ish)—one from the early 2000s and the other from 2010—and there is a noticeable difference in weight and wear from aging. That said, the older one is much clammier.
See: https://www.barbour.com/us/cms/page/view/page_id/94Not at all! I didn't know they changed their formula, but the old version does sound cool.
A member here has developed a technique for testing fabricsSee: https://www.barbour.com/us/cms/page/view/page_id/94
I think 2005 also coincides with Barbour introducing the Sylkoil v Thornproof distinction and generally “modernizing” its line. Anyways, this is the only thing that I can think of to account for why the new ones—whether Sylkoil olive or Thornproof sage—don’t stink. Has to be that cupro-ammonia.