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Question Re: Barbour Jacket

acidboy

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I got this Barbour lightweight flyer jacket in waxed cotton:

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I never had any experience with waxed cotton jackets before, but when I wore them the other day, they kinda smelled when the sun came up in the afternoon. The smell reminds me of wax, and I assume it was the wax coating reacting to heat. Is there a way to get rid of that smell, or do waxed cotton jackets do this at certain temperatures?
 

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They do smell odd, the smell has sometimes been referred to as being a pine to ground cumin smell.

I don't think there is a way to alter the smell , I do notice when used frequently the smell goes down.
 

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It's not a bug - it's a feature. The smell gets less over time, but then again: when the wax is gone, it's time to reproof the jacket. I love my Beaufort, best Jacket I ever had.
 

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Originally Posted by acidicboy
I got this Barbour lightweight flyer jacket in waxed cotton:

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I never had any experience with waxed cotton jackets before, but when I wore them the other day, they kinda smelled when the sun came up in the afternoon. The smell reminds me of wax, and I assume it was the wax coating reacting to heat. Is there a way to get rid of that smell, or do waxed cotton jackets do this at certain temperatures?


That is the normal reaction of waxed cotton jackets.
If I remember correctly, you live in the Phillipines? I personally don't think that a waxed cotton jacket is ideal since it will be very hot, and the wax applied on the jacket will more easily rub off on other items.
 

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Firstly great jacket!
I love the Flyweight waxed range. The smell will fade a little the more you wear it so son't worry.
 

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Originally Posted by T4phage
That is the normal reaction of waxed cotton jackets.
If I remember correctly, you live in the Phillipines? I personally don't think that a waxed cotton jacket is ideal since it will be very hot, and the wax applied on the jacket will more easily rub off on other items.


Yeah, I live in the Philippines, but these are for travels. But the jacket I bought is part of their lightweight line, and isn't heavy like the usual Barbour jacket... and they were on sale.
 

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Everyone else who shares space with the jacket will hate it.
 

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I loved the look of the classic Barbour waxed cotton jackets as long as I can remember. I had my wife bring one back for me from the UK. I could never get used to the wax smell or even the waxy residue. I tried, man did I try. But, after about 10 years I traded it to a friend for some vintage Levis. I've never missed it. There are much better and more practical jackets than waxed cotton IMO.
 

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Mine has not been as durable as I expected.

And yes I reproof, and I don't wear it hard. Sliding across leather seats can't be that hard on it.

More satisfied with my corduroy LL Bean barncoat. I also have a canvas Carhardt that has been worn hard in the field.
 

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Originally Posted by HomerJ
Waxed cotton? Maybe if he lived 300 years ago.

Gee, thanks for your expert opinion.
 

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I have 7 waxed cotton coats. 2 Barbour, 4 Filson and one Aussie Outback. They may not be ideal for the city folks but out here in the back forty waxed cotton will out last anything else out there. The tin cloth packer I have is like body armor out in the field or on horseback. They are high maintenance as far as a rain resistant coat goes but it's worth it compared to the price of goretex every other week....
 

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Waxed cotton, as with many other fabrics, underperforms in some situations and outperforms in others. Unfortunately, wax will continue to smell for about three months, depending on how hard you are wearing your jacket and in what conditions. The benefits of the wax are that you will stay dry and, eventually, the jacket will mold to your build. Disadvantages include the smell and the waxy run-off which you will sometimes feel on your hands after it has been raining.

I wore one when I was a child, forgot about it, and then picked one up about two years ago. All the fond memories I had from my childhood were erased when I first wiped my face after a rainstorm and found it smudged in pungent wax. Over time, however, I have warmed to my jacket and recreated all the fond memories of my childhood.

Keep the jacket, wear it. It will mold to you, and you to it.

And don't wipe your face after a rainstorm.

EIx2
 

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I'm about to buy a Barbour Beaufort Jacket now (the Thornproof version, as I've understood is the "best", and not the Sylkoil version), but I don't know yet wich colour I should choose, sage or rustic? Sage is the "best" colour I think, but EVERYONE in my city already run around in one of those, so it would be pleasant to vary a little with rustic I think. But what I would like to get information from you, is how good the rustic colour will match trousers in tan, mid- and charcoal-greys, olives, and denim-blue? I don't care if it's not the perfect match, but I care more if it's completely wrong, if you know what I mean?
 

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