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Seb Lucas
10-07-2009, 12:43 AM
Is it corduroy, waxed cotton, tweed, denim? I'm curious if there's any other material (other than leather) which holds up to hard wear over years and doesn't look bad when worn. Any thoughts?

Harris Tweed tends to wear at the elbows and sleeve ends. Cord sometimes comes off the fabric. Denim... maybe?

PADDY
10-07-2009, 01:40 AM
Heavy duty canvas or a heavy duty waxed Egyptian cotton (the type used for working jackets by farmers/game keepers).

JanSolo
10-07-2009, 02:25 AM
There are several alternatives. There is a german cloth which is called "Deutschleder" (german leather). Don't be mislead by the term... it doesn't look or feel like leather but it's probably as long lasting and heavy (or heavier) as leather. And it develops a nice and rich patina over the years.
For more than 8 decades it was only used for hard use work wear but since 2005 german upmarket department store Manufactum is offering a nice 1940s styled simple and casual jacket made from Deutschleder.

Manufactum is also offering Filson and this stuff is even heavier than their thick tin cloth jackets!

Have a look:

http://images.manufactum.de/manufactum/grossbild/75143_1.jpg

http://images.manufactum.de/manufactum/grossbild/79559_1.jpg

http://images.manufactum.de/manufactum/grossbild/75143_2.jpg

http://images.manufactum.de/manufactum/grossbild/79559_2.jpg

Here the full link:

http://www.manufactum.de/Artikel/75143/HerrenjackeDeutschleder.html

BellyTank
10-07-2009, 03:00 AM
Looks good- like a very heavy Sateen, or Moleskin.
Good stuff.

Cotton Sateen is pretty hard wearing, as is Moleskin, which can be had
in very heavy weights, like 500gsm, or more.


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JanSolo
10-07-2009, 05:30 AM
Yes, it's very heavy, tightly woven sateen. The jacket is only partially lined because the inner surface of the cloth feels very warm and plushy, like moleskine. The fabric weight is exactly 600 grammes per square meter. My jacket (I own the olive one) weighs as much as an Aero Cheyenne in FQHH!

Edward
10-07-2009, 05:35 AM
Jan, any chance of photos of your jacket? These look superb. I adore leather, but sometimes it's nice to wear something else.

JanSolo
10-07-2009, 07:02 AM
Started a new thread concerning the jacket above.

http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?t=44505

Inusuit
10-07-2009, 07:52 AM
Carhartt

Seb Lucas
10-07-2009, 01:26 PM
Interesting reading. Keep them coming. Will investigate your one, Jan.

roperdad
10-07-2009, 04:49 PM
I must agree with Inusuit. They are a somewhat utilitarian, but if you really wear it a Carhartt made of brown duck is the way to go.

They are affordable and serviceable. Brush, barb wire, snow and birdshot will all be handled by the brown duck!

Southernwayfare
10-07-2009, 05:08 PM
Filson! (http://www.filson.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=2075070&cp=2069836.2069837&view=all&fpricesort=)

MEDIUMMYND
10-07-2009, 11:18 PM
Take a look at Barbours range of waxed jackets the bushman is a cracker.

Seb Lucas
10-08-2009, 01:44 AM
I own a Drizabone Ranger (a mid-length untility jacket) in dark brown waxed cotton/oil cloth. Haven't worn it much, but maybe I should. I like the look of Barbour and Filson. Is there any difference between tin cloth and general waxed cotton? The Drizabone is 12.5 oz.

Southernwayfare
10-08-2009, 03:42 AM
I own a Drizabone Ranger (a mid-length untility jacket) in dark brown waxed cotton/oil cloth. Haven't worn it much, but maybe I should. I like the look of Barbour and Filson. Is there any difference between tin cloth and general waxed cotton? The Drizabone is 12.5 oz.

From Filson regarding Tin Cloth: "Oil Finish Tin Cloth, 12.5 oz. 100% cotton duck, 2 ply by 2 ply, paraffin treated for maximum water repellency"