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The Barbour waxed jacket is probably one of the most iconic pieces of men's outerwear there is. With its casual appearance, its waxed cotton shell that is water resistant, it has become a staple in the English gentleman's wardrobe. Barbour jackets don't just represent the British country look but they are great for any kind of outdoorsman who wants to hunt, fish, or just not afraid of the elements.
First, let me talk about the things they have in common. They're all made out of a hundred percent cotton canvas that's about six pounds heavy and it's overall a medium weight.
It is then treated with a silk oil wax that gives us it's typical weatherproof characteristics. It also provides this matte satin shiny finish that a lot of people like. Over the years, it will develop a patina that becomes very characteristic of the waxed cotton jacket.
All three jackets have the typical washed corduroy collar which gives it a typical country look. All three Barbour jackets feature moleskin lined hand warmer pockets, they also have raglan sleeves, as well as roomy bellows pockets the feature snap buttons just like these storm flap which allows you to keep your collar together when it's really rainy and the elements are hard on you.
Now that you know their similarities, let's talk about the differences.
The Barbour Beaufort retails for $399 versus the Bedale which is just $379 and the Ashby is again $399.
The Beaufort and the Bedale feature a full traditional classic cut that is straight in the hips, it's very roomy, it allows you to layer something underneath such as a cardigan, maybe a sweater, or even a tweed jacket. The function definitely dictates the form so while it may not look very attractive or modern or fashionable, it is meant to give you a great range of movement when you hunt or pursue outdoor activities.
The Ashby, on the other hand, is a lot trimmer. It's basically a modernized style of the Bedale that is just slimmer with a slightly longer sleeve and it's more targeted towards young men who will live more of a city life. The Ashby really doesn't allow you to have a lot of layers underneath because the sleeves are too tight and so it's best one with maybe a shirt or a thin sweater. When you wear different jackets you can clearly tell that the Ashby has less range of movement.
While both the Beaufort and the Bedale come in 10 or 11 sizes in two-inch increments such as 34 or 36, 42 or 44, the Ashby just comes in six sizes ranging from small, medium, large, extra large, XXL, and triple XL.
The Beaufort jacket is cut longer and about two and a half inches longer than both the Bedale or the Ashby. This extra length comes in handy, for example, if you want to wear a jacket underneath that would otherwise poke out.
The Beaufort is the most useful jacket for hunters because it has a zippered game pocket in the back that's quite roomy. Both the Ashby and the Bedale don't have a pocket like that because they're more targeted towards the urban outdoorsmen.
While the Beaufort has no vents in the back and a full Barbour tartan lining, both the Bedale and the Ashby have a half tartan lining with a polyester drip strip at the bottom and side vents that have snap buttons so they give you a little extra room especially if you have a big bum.
The Beaufort jacket has wind guards on your sleeves which come in quite handy and they have a little velcro adjuster, however, they're not really soft and don't feel too great on your skin but they'll do the job and keep the wind out. The Bedale jacket has ripped knitted wind guards which are much more comfortable and better than the ones on the Beaufort. The Ashby, on the other hand, has no wind guards and again, it clearly is not made to be super functional, it's more about the looks.
So now the big question, is a Barbour waxed jacket worth it?
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