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Barbour wax jackets

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Baseball Guy, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. Baseball Guy

    Baseball Guy New in Town

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  2. Peacoat

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    The only one I have experience with is the Thornproof. Didn't know they sold the other waxes.
     
  3. Seb Lucas

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    My understanding is that Sylkoil is replacing or has replaced Thornproof. It is a dry finish that needs reapplication far less often. It doesn't look as cool as Thornproof to my eye. You'll note that the cotton mentioned in the Barbour range seems fairly thin (6 oz on average) - even the thickest, 8 oz is 4 oz thinner than the standard 12 oz oilcloth offered by Drizabone.
     
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  4. Doctor Damage

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    In keeping with Barbour's business strategy of gradually cheapening their products while massively increasing prices.
     
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  5. handymike

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    I went to find a hood for mine, and it is $60!!!!
     
  6. Cornelius

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    As with Filson!
     
  7. rocketeer

    rocketeer Call Me a Cab

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    Nothing is made to last these days because WE want it cheaper. Make a quality product, lets say a microwave oven and try to sell it in the £500 range with a 10 year guarantee, place the same design microwave oven with slightly downgraded materials but looks exactly the same, made in the far east with a 1 year guarantee for £100 which would you buy? Mrs may say 'get the £100 one as we may decorate the kitchen and the colours may clash'
    But there are fussy old codgers like us who do appreciate good quality and will pay the price, but unfortunately we are in the minority
     
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  8. Seb Lucas

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    That's largely true, nevertheless there have always been strong legacy brands amongst all the shit that were great quality with a commensurate lofty price tag. Now it appears we are in danger of just having the lofty price tag.
     
  9. Doctor Damage

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    True comments, sadly. Part of the scam from these venerable old brands is to offer a "heritage" model built to the original specs. That tells you all you need to know about the non-"heritage" models in their lineups.

    Regarding waxed jackets in particular, one can pick up a decent quality waxed jacket for much, much less than Barbour. It won't be the full Barbour quality, but at a fraction of the price, who cares? I got my dad a waxed jacket from the brand Game and it's a good jacket, especially considering with shipping from the UK to Canada I paid CAD$100 or something. But many people insist on the famous brand, and that's what they're counting on.
     

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