Tell me about WAXED COTTON JACKETS

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  1. Get Smart

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    The ones I've seen are usually military styled.....what makes a good one?

    Is it suitable for colder weather?

    For those into em, what models are your faves?
     


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    Are you talking about the traditional Barbour or Belstaff type?
     


  3. Get Smart

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    yes ^^
     


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    I have a black Whyred trenchcoat from 2005 that is waxed cotton and lined, used it all of that winter.
     


  5. Get Smart

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    ^^^ you're in sweden right? You found that was warm enough with a sweater underneath for Nordic winter?
     


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    i have two --

    a filson field coat that i wear for bird hunting all fall and winter long. it is indestructible. i march through thickets of thorns and brush and it just slides through. warm to the coldest temperature, it is truly a beast of outerwear. not much for a tailored look -- this is heavy duty wet-weather outdoor wear.

    i also have a barbour bedale jacket. i have taken this out in the field when caught by surprise and it is almost as tough. it is a bit more tailored of a style, though, and works fine for city casual wear. i know some guys wear them over suits, although it's never been a comfortable match for me.

    the only bad thing about these jackets is that they are a bit too stuffy for the 60-degree rainy day. they shed water wonderfully, but get rather warm inside. on the flip side, with the addition of the available liners, they can handle some very cold days.
     


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    Is it suitable for colder weather?

    Waxed cotton doesn't breathe... at all, pretty much. Especially if the jacket has a lining, it can get pretty warm and sticky inside. I'd stick to unlined versions and compensate with layers, then you can rely on air moving at least a little bit between the jacket and inside layers.

    That said, waxed cotton is cool as hell, especially if the fabric is heavy. It makes for some great weatherproofing for those that don't want to wear synthetic material. There was a thread a while ago about a dude that waxed his own denim jacket, and it turned out not-too-shabby. I've been meaning to try something like that.
     


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    I have a Barbour Beaufort; it would work for California winters. I get cold easily and I find that it does not really keep you that warm for East Coast USA winters during the coldest three-dog-night deep freezes, even with the zip-in liner. But during the milder winter days, and colder late fall days, and early spring thaw weather, it is perfect. I did get a small rip near the handwarmer pocket pretty quickly, which is surprising. And skip the optional hood; absolutely useless-----it is shallow, it becomes detached very easily and it is very ugly. But yeah, waxed cotton is magical and it has a lot of character, especially once it develops a patina. I can't picture Get_Smart in a Barbour; it seems incongruous to me. Too staid; not so rebellious.
     


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    thanks for the experiences...very helpful!

    ddml...yea a barbour isnt really my style, but I've seen some other waxed cotton jackets that I've been eyeing to take to Europe end of the year. I don't own any cold weather casual jackets, being in LA
     


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  11. Get Smart

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    ^^ yea that one is awesome. Isnt it $$$$? I remember reading somewhere about how you're supposed to take care of it, sounded intense

    *nevermind, just looked at the link...it's not as pricey as I thought it was
     


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    thanks for the experiences...very helpful!

    ddml...yea a barbour isnt really my style, but I've seen some other waxed cotton jackets that I've been eyeing to take to Europe end of the year. I don't own any cold weather casual jackets, being in LA



    which ones have you been eyeing?
     


  13. Get Smart

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    actually that Barbour Intl jacket is perfect. I found it online for $314 shipped

    anyone have advise on sizing?
     


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    Ive been umming and arring about these for ages..

    Diddy - Does the wax transfer at all? Im worried about my jeans ( just like the cowboys of yesteryear eh? )
     


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    Glad to see you've decided to pick an International up because I think it would look SICK with your style. Actually now that I think about it it almost seems like a glaring omission from your wardrobe.
     


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