Barbour Jackets 'matter of taste' thread

Arkanstigger

War Hero
Thanks for the info, as a frequent air traveller I could do with something like this with loads of pockets, saves time passing everything through the X-ray machine. Have pointed it out to my better half as a possible birthday present to me but she hates it. Might just buy one then. Not too sure about the leather elbow patches, has fashion come full circle since geography teachers of the 1970s?
I quite fancy one of those, but the reviews seem to suggest that, unless you're an orang-utan with a belly bigger than his chest, the cut isn't particularly good.
 
I quite fancy one of those, but the reviews seem to suggest that, unless you're an orang-utan with a belly bigger than his chest, the cut isn't particularly good.
Will be back home in a couple of weeks, there's an Orvis shop near to me so I can try for fit before I buy. I happen to be an Orang- utan with an inverse belly to chest ratio, beer and old age does that to us all eventually :p
 
If I ever "come out", it won't be wearing a drizabone.
It will be with lederhosen and a feather boa.
IF you do you should post pictures here :p
 
I bought mine in '65 for £100, price now around the £5,000. Last time I replaced the bracelet it cost more than the watch had! Serviced last year, over £500. Wore it 24/7 since I bought it.
Not a pretty watch now. I was sliding down a track, with a radio on my back which was hampering me somewhat. Roots were slipping through my hands, so it seemed a good idea to twist my wrist thus digging my watch, less than a year old, into the mud trying to slow myself down. Gave up, sat up and slid to the bottom in the hope there wasn't any roots lurking, waiting to turn me into a eunuch! Phew, made it.
As I said, not pretty, but it's my not pretty one. Been with me a long time, and I won't part with it until the wooden overcoat is worn.
Worth it to pay for durability. I got mine as back in 66 I had dinner with the father of a friend who was wearing a Sub and my old watch had just bitten the dust. His Sub had been a gift from the officers of his brigade when he was leaving for a division. He Inspired my purchase. In 1970 his helo crashed in Cambodia killing him, his commissioned aides and close protection people. His watch helped identify him and still was ticking. His wife gave it (with new bracelet) to my friend who was newly commissioned. He wore it for the 41 years he was in and when he retired he gave it to his son who was deploying to Afghanistan. Sort of like the old Timex ads "it takes a licking and keeps on ticking"
 
I quite fancy one of those, but the reviews seem to suggest that, unless you're an orang-utan with a belly bigger than his chest, the cut isn't particularly good.
The cut isn't sports jacket smart but then I wouldn't want to be wearing something particularly fitted for traveling. I just treat it as a smarter option to something loose cut like my barbour washed twill international. It is a jacket that blends in better than something a bit more militaristic looking would in certain places while providing lots of pockets to stash all sorts in.

Like @CharlieRomeoAlphaBravo I didn't like the look of the leather/pleather elbow patches, that is why I went for the nubuck version, I wouldn't recommend one of the leather ones for warmer of climes though, in size 48 it must be going on for 5lb.
 

Oyibo

LE
The cut isn't sports jacket smart but then I wouldn't want to be wearing something particularly fitted for traveling. I just treat it as a smarter option to something loose cut like my barbour washed twill international. It is a jacket that blends in better than something a bit more militaristic looking would in certain places while providing lots of pockets to stash all sorts in.

Like @CharlieRomeoAlphaBravo I didn't like the look of the leather/pleather elbow patches, that is why I went for the nubuck version, I wouldn't recommend one of the leather ones for warmer of climes though, in size 48 it must be going on for 5lb.
The Orvis Zambezi does se3em like a good shout for a travelling jacket that does not look like an assault vest. I bought a cheap second-hand one on Fleabay the other day to see what it is like in reality. Geography teacher elbow patches unfortunately, but I'll reserve judgement.
 

ugly

LE
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I quite fancy one of those, but the reviews seem to suggest that, unless you're an orang-utan with a belly bigger than his chest, the cut isn't particularly good.
Should sell loads in here then!
 
I bought a cheap second-hand one on Fleabay
I think that is the only time orvis is good value. Mine was about £70 as opposed to the best part of £350 at the time for a new one IIRC. It's a handy thing to have but no way was it ever worth that sort of money.
 

Oyibo

LE
I think that is the only time orvis is good value. Mine was about £70 as opposed to the best part of £350 at the time for a new one IIRC. It's a handy thing to have but no way was it ever worth that sort of money.
Yup - there's no way I'd pay retail price. I got the Ebay one for £40, so a bit of a case of 'nothing ventured, nothing gained'. I'll be interested to see how it fits though - I haven't yet developed the 'Orvis Belly'.
 
I haven't yet developed the 'Orvis Belly'.
Re "Orvis belly"....I can neither confirm nor deny.......especially the deny bit.

I am 6ft and 47 inch chest and do a few weights, enough to keep in some sort of shape but not a brick shithouse. I could have squeezed into a 46 for smartness but while it wasn't exactly restrictive I would have noticed it, sleeves would have been borderline short as well. The 48 fits alright across the shoulders and is a bit loose around the gut when done up even with the pockets all loaded up with crap. It is a "comfort fit" and like I said just a slightly smarter more innocuous jacket than the other options I could think of.
 

philc

LE
Personally speaking. I love Barbour. It still remains relatively chav free.
Dont be so sure, Newcastle has a Barbour outlet centre, some of the sights and stuff being flogged as Barbour are both chavtasstic.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
Re "Orvis belly"....I can neither confirm nor deny.......especially the deny bit.

I am 6ft and 47 inch chest and do a few weights, enough to keep in some sort of shape but not a brick shithouse. I could have squeezed into a 46 for smartness but while it wasn't exactly restrictive I would have noticed it, sleeves would have been borderline short as well. The 48 fits alright across the shoulders and is a bit loose around the gut when done up even with the pockets all loaded up with crap. It is a "comfort fit" and like I said just a slightly smarter more innocuous jacket than the other options I could think of.
It is always worth going to an Orvis shop and trying them on!
 
Some of the Panama/safari jackets look dead smart. Paired with a decent shirt, a pair of casual trousers, comfy shoes and a hat if desired , the outfit will carry you in most places. Dress down is dead easy too - put on jeans and polo shirt ( or something louder if that's your wish ) and away you go.
 
I dare say you're right, but there's a bit more to it IMO. To wit: I have a Morgan car; it's about as practical as a pair of ice-skates in the desert, but I love the bloody thing. It's a lifestyle choice (crusty old fart).

I have a few Goretex jackets and they are generally pretty good. I have a modern car which is good. But I get more enjoyment out of the traditional car, and having never had a Barbour wondered whether it would be a similar experience.
I have owned a Barbour, I am reasonably certain it is less fun than a Morgan.
3 or 4 wheels perchance?
 
I have owned a Barbour, I am reasonably certain it is less fun than a Morgan.
3 or 4 wheels
perchance?
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Oyibo

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I have owned a Barbour, I am reasonably certain it is less fun than a Morgan.
3 or 4 wheels perchance?
4/4 Sport:

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But I'd love to try the 3-wheeler
 
There are other attractions for me so I avoid the place, I think the Cousins call it sticker shock, the look on your face when you see the price.
Im with you. With me its more like sticker tourettes. Anglo Saxon at its most descriptive.

Seriously though, a plain, partly lined linen or cotton jacket made to set patterns in a third world country by poor sods on a pittance and its 250-300 plus notes ?
Now if it was made in the UK by people with a guaranteed minimum wage and paying national insurance contributions and all that, the price night be justifiable, but it would still be expensive. Its not fitted -FFS, according to GQ magazine, made to measure suits start at £500 and thats a jacket thats lined, with trousers and a choice of fabrics with two fittings at the tailor. Not that I've gone much further than M&S where I've bought production run suits for the price of that Orvis Jacket.
 

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