Which Barbour Jacket Should I Choose?

OK, you’ve made the decision. You’re going to go for a Barbour jacket. Congratulations. You have chosen to model a brand that is synonymous with style, taste and heritage. The tricky part might be trying to decide which type of Barbour jacket is best for you.

Here, we take a look at three popular men’s style of Barbour jacket - the Border, the Beaufort and the Bedale. We have also included some handy hints to help you look after your jacket once you have purchased it. Read on to find out more.

The Bedale is an equestrian jacket cut in a short style. This jacket is suitable for those who frequently cycle or go horse riding. As it is cut in a shorter length, it will not stand in your way whilst doing these activities.

The Beaufort is a medium length jacket. It is offers the same standard of protection from the weather as the Bedale, but it is cut long enough to cover a suit jacket. This might be useful if you are planning to wear your Barbour jacket to work in the autumn and winter months.

The Border is the longest of the three jackets and offers the greatest protection from the weather and the outdoors, due to its longer length. If you are a person who likes to walk a great deal through countryside, this jacket might be just what you need to guard against deep undergrowth and to protect your legs from getting wet. The jacket is also the heaviest out of the three, as it contains the most cloth.

Once you have decided which style of jacket you like, and this simply a matter of personal preference, you can then move on to thinking about the fabric you would like the jacket to be made from. The choice is either Skyoil or Traditional Waxed Cotton. Skyoil is dryer and has richer variations in colour, but is only available in Olive. Jackets made from Skyoil are prefixed by the term ‘Classic’, so a Border jacket made from Skyoil would, for example, be called a Classic Border. Traditional Waxed Cotton produces a shinier look and is available in more colours. As far as thornproofness, durability and waterproofness are concerned, Skyoil and Traditional Waxed Cotton are the same.

How to Look After Your Barbour Jacket:

Once you have made the commitment to buying a handsome Barbour jacket, you will want to ensure that you take good care of it. A Barbour jacket can last for a very long time if properly cared for! However, cuffs, elbows and pocket edges can become worn over time.

One tip is to re-wax your jacket once a year using Barbour Thornproof Dressing. To clean your jacket, sponge it down using cold water. This also works for the inner lining. Do not to use soaps whilst cleaning your jacket or to try to wash the jacket in a machine. Dry cleaning is not advisable either. When you purchase the jacket, check the length of the sleeves. If they are too long, have them altered as this will reduce any creasing or wear. Should you have them altered you may need to ask Barbour to add a binding to the cuff to stop the sleeves from unravelling.

So, you have chosen a jacket and you are all set to wear it. You know that with a little TLC, your Barbour will last you for the rest of your life. Whatever you do whilst wearing your new jacket, enjoy your purchase. You are after all buying much more than just a jacket when you buy a Barbour jacket.