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Belstaff waxed jackets: Roadmaster vs Redford

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by zeroize, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. wmmk

    wmmk Senior member

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    The Redford is awesome; I don't get the hate.
     


  2. amnesiac

    amnesiac Senior member

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    I met an Italian man the other day who had a Belstaff that was beaten to shreds all over, every edge was frayed, it draped perfectly, and it looked awesome. Belstaff for me at least has a far more youthful active appearance, perhaps because of the motorcycle heritage and the visible brass buttons, in comparison to Barbour. This could also be because every Barbour jacket I see these days is donned by a 'dressed by girlfriend/wife/mother' type who wandered out of a J Crew with a new wardrobe, or an older person who's worn one for the last 20 winters straight because it's the only jacket they have. Not that I have any say in this since I have a J Crew Millerain....

    I like the quilting, it'll be warmer (if that's what you want), and it works nicely with the jacket.

    I don't think the Redford could really be associated with the elderly these days as long as you don't get it oversized and don't wear it with those huge tennis shoes.
     


  3. the shah

    the shah Persian Bro #2 and enabler-in-chief

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    thanks for the wonderful insight zero maybe you can sniff a few for us
     


  4. imhotep

    imhotep Senior member

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    i wonder how many people commenting on this have actually handled the pieces before saying how ugly they are

    i believe it's likely the judgment would have been different if it had a margiela or W+H tag
     


  5. zeroize

    zeroize Well-Known Member

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    I don't think the Redford could really be associated with the elderly these days as long as you don't get it oversized and don't wear it with those huge tennis shoes.

    The Roadmaster and Redford desing is quite fit, I've already tried on both. And the quilt is associated with the elderly because of the british "hunting" jackets like the pictured below, but the padding is in fact from the light textile armor wore below the plate armor in the middle age.


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  7. zeroize

    zeroize Well-Known Member

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    in london belstaffs are a bit played out as there was a huge fad for them around 5 years ago.
    oh and not everyone wearing a barbour is some j crew idiot

    http://www.myboxfresh.com/wp-content...al-vfest08.jpg


    Who is the girl?
     


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    imhotep Senior member

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    Who is the girl?

    +1 [​IMG]
     


  9. amnesiac

    amnesiac Senior member

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    oh and not everyone wearing a barbour is some j crew idiot

    I missed the part where I said everyone was? I said the people I see around me these days, in New York City, tend to look like they got them just because J. Crew started pushing them. J. Crew started pushing them because fashionable people started wearing them, or maybe because Sartorialist shot so many of them, who knows.

    As with anything 'classic,' there's always going to be people who've always worn them and others who just started. It really doesn't matter, just wear it and wear it well.

    I still stand behind the quilted one, though only if you need the quilting.

    Who is the girl?

    Her name is in the file name. It's Alexa Chung and she looks better than McQueen in that International.
     


  10. towen

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    I once heard a story that may or may not be true:

    Joe DiMaggio once stayed home instead of going to Marilyn Monroe's house to bang her, so he could rewax his Belstaff jacket.


    It was Steve McQueen.

    I own the Roadmaster and I love it. I don't really love the look of the Redford, but its not terrible.
     


  11. zeroize

    zeroize Well-Known Member

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    It was Steve McQueen.

    I own the Roadmaster and I love it. I don't really love the look of the Redford, but its not terrible.


    How much does it cost to have the jacket rewaxed? And a wax can to do it yourself?

    I think Steve McQueen had enough money to pay someone to do that staff...
     


  12. Gutman

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    Quite liking the padded Redford myself. I can't imagine Barbour jackets looking like this - Barbour is country wear, looser in its fit and generally longer too. The Belstaff is for riding so it needs to be fitted. Much cooler, as long as you yourself a cool of couse. The padded is a little more rugged looking perhaps, so factor that in depending on what style you have.
     


  13. Gutman

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    How much does it cost to have the jacket rewaxed? And a wax can to do it yourself?

    I think Steve McQueen had enough money to pay someone to do that staff...


    You rewax yourself. would you get somone else to clean your guns? man's gotta look after his own stuff. buy a tub of wax, find somewhere warm (in the sun is good, so the oilskin loosens up and the wax works in easier) and get to work. it takes a while, and be generous with the wax otherwise you don't get an even finish. the better oilskins don't carry the lining down too close to the hem / cuff, because all oilskin shrinks a bit overtime, especially if it gets badly waterlogged for a few days. i think rewaxing probably shrinks it up a bit too, but not 100% sure on that.
     


  14. Wu Dynasty

    Wu Dynasty Senior member

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    All classic Belstaff winter biker jackets look almost the same, with the 4 pockets in the front. Same look for at least the last 50 years. So you like them or you don't, but they are not "particularly ugly", the are like the rest. Check the catalogue -> http://www.belstaff.com/index.php?op...k=1&Itemid=456 Steve Mcqueen wearing a Belstaff waxed jacket. [​IMG] Will Smith, wearing same Belstaff waxed jacket in "I am Legend" [​IMG] Che Gevara wore one too in his motorbike trip along Southamerica.
    If I recall correctly, in that particular Steve Mcqueen picture, Steve is wearing a Barbour International, though he was known to be a big fan of Belstaff. Also, the jacket Will Smith wore in I Am Legend is a Belstaff Trialmaster, not a Roadmaster.
     


  15. gin8u

    gin8u Well-Known Member

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    Both retail for the same, 500-550€, but you can get them chepaer. Since it's a kind of jacket that does not get old fashioned you can always wait for season clearance and pay about 300€.

    I noticed J crew has an olive-colored Belstaff jacket, which retails for a bit more than the 300€ sale price. Should one be staying away from the J Crew version and buy directly online, despite living in Canada?
     


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