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Manolito

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The construction, the finitions and the quality of the fabrics of today's baracuta is very high compared to other brands. But the fit is peculiar (very narrow for the "classic" fit), you need to go one or two size up, unless you want a very slim fit. You really should try it before you buy it.

The finitions on the Jump the Gun are less impressive, but the quality is good, and the fit is good too (and rather wide), and the price much lower.

The Ben Sherman is a good option especially as it is 100% coton, which is rare for the Harrington Jackets.

The three of them are good options anyway.
 
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Edward

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Had a Merc Harrington and found them running quite small and the sleeves were on the short end too. So if someone from US plans to buy one you might consider that the provided sizes (M, L, XL…) have nothing but the „names“ in common with similar US sizing.

From memory, the ones I have are an XL, which translates to a 44. The pit to pit on those is

The construction, the finitions and the quality of the fabrics of today's baracuta is very high compared to other brands. But the fit is peculiar (very narrow for the "classic" fit), you need to go one or two size up, unless you want a very slim fit. You really should try it before you buy it.

The finitions on the Jump the Gun are less impressive, but the quality is good, and the fit is good too (and rather wide), and the price much lower.

The Ben Sherman is a good option especially as it is 100% coton, which is rare for the Harrington Jackets.

The three of them are good options anyway.

Full cotton is very rare now - even the Baracuta G9 (according to their website) is 50/50 poly/cotton. Which is fine with me (I think in part the poly content helps it to be fairly effective in a light shower) as long as it feels fine and doesn't have the odd sheen some manmade fibre content textiles can take on. It's one less point of difference with the G9 and the alternatives, though, which does for me make it harder again to justify the price difference.

I notice today that JTG have brought back their set-in sleeve version. They did both for years, then in more recent times only the raglan sleeve. Seems they've now brought back the set-in sleeve version as some folks prefer the neater fit round the armpit that it can give. Next time I get down to Brighton I intend to try both for comparison. I'm not hung up on either as "better" (all sorts of variations of the style have been around long enough that for me, because I'm not worried about a clone of all the details of the G9, there's not either one is "wrong" or right). Their target market is the Sixties mod set, who do generally favour slim fit everything.

The G9 seems to be a lot like Levis 501s, in that it's more of a brand than a very specific pattern, and the fit of them does seem to vary over time. I've seen a range of them marketed over the years in two or three different fits at the same time. The size chart for the standard one does *seem* very blousy, given that the waist measurements given are on the slim side for their chest measurements. I wouldn't say no to trying a Baracuta on out of curiosity, but I suspect they might fit me funny. I remember being very underwhelmed with a Grenfel I handled in person. Great quality, but the cut was crazy-eighties-baggy. That was about fifteen years ago, may have changed now, but with the retail price on those being even more than the Baracuta, I've not really developed enough interest to find out.

Has anyone ever tried Real Hoxton's offerings? A more Sixties oriented label again - https://www.realhoxton.com/product-category/outerwear/harrington/page/2/ Some interesting details, around the same price as the Merc.
 

Manolito

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I should add that the Baracuta/poly fabric called coolmax is more a technical fabric than a classic Polyester. It is very breathable, and you don't feel stuffed and sweaty at all, even in the summer. The Coton/Poly blend of the Jump The Gun Jacket is fine, but the Baracuta one is really special - though the G9 is completely overpriced of course...

It should be added too that the collar of the jump the gun is quite big compared to the other brands. Not bad in any way, but bigger than the other ones.
 
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Edward

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I should add that the Baracuta/poly fabric called coolmax is more a technical fabric than a classic Polyester. It is very breathable, and you don't feel stuffed and sweaty at all, even in the summer. The Coton/Poly blend of the Jump The Gun Jacket is fine, but the Baracuta one is really special - though the G9 is completely overpriced of course...

It should be added too that the collar of the jump the gun is quite big compared to the other brands. Not bad in any way, but bigger than the other ones.

I'll be interested to see one in person. I've never cared for the look of these worn in the 'funnel' shape, up and buttoned - I wear mine folded over like a shirt-style collar, so it will be interesting to see whether wider works better that way. I like the shape of them in the photos, but inevitably there's no match for actually trying something in person.

With the Baracuta, I wonder how much the back vent contributes to that breathability? It's something I instinctively am wary of, but nonetheless another thing that might be interesting to try out of curiosity. Wouldn't be the first time that experience of utility changed my mind. I think the Real Hoxton one also look like they have an open vent, from memory, so may see if I can go try on one of those locally. I'm not normally a fan of orange clothing, but they do one in a shade called "pumpkin" which looks tawny and Autumnal; if it looks as good in person, it might be an excellent choice to go with dark brown slacks.
 

Sonero

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With the Baracuta, I wonder how much the back vent contributes to that breathability?
I wore mine yesterday for a 20 minute walk to Walmart and back. I was soaking wet when I returned. I say if you move around a lot it can get clammy like any other rain jacket. It also made it harder to take off. The lining was sticking to my sweaty arms.
 

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