Since we have officially transitioned to Barbour weather, I’ve been looking forward to touching on something that doesn’t get deserved attention. As I’m sure you’ve seen at your favorite online Barbour retailer, the selection of Barbour jacket designs has expanded quite a bit. QUITE a bit. LOTS of ‘new arrivals’. There are lots of different fits and cuts, but there are also quite a few styles that harken to the moto/racing world. They all look fine, and I don’t have any issue with brand expansion to bring new loyalists into the fold.
Personally, I’m a traditionalist. I like the Bedale and the Beaufort. They work perfectly for me and my lifestyle. Living in Atlanta doesn’t call for serious outerwear, and the color choices are subtle. These two choices make my decision easy. From a fit perspective, they are a little different, as Orvis shows us:
The Beaufort is a more traditional shooting jacket, with open cuffs, a longer length, and a game pocket in the back. The Bedale is a shorter jacket designed for riding. Both are made with waxed cotton to withstand the elements and a corduroy jacket. Keeping your jacket in tip-top shape is a subject that we cover quite a bit (rewaxing)…but not in this post.
Why? Because Orvis offers a color you’ll have a hard time finding anywhere else: Sage.
Sage is offered at Orvis and is a great green color, that’s just a shade brighter than the typical olive. It’s almost a British Racing Green. The plaid has a style all it’s own as well.
The Bedale features cuffed sleeves, different than the Beaufort, which are open. These sleeves are great, but you’ll have a hard time over a sport coat. The Bedale isn’t much of an overcoat; it wears more like a sport coat.
Barbour did update the design a few years ago, removing the chest flap pockets in lieu of hand warmers. Much more functional for holding your cell phone.
Of course the Bedale comes with the Barbour pin for the collar. As with most things I own, I like to make them all my own, so I’m going with another pin for the corduroy collar that is a little more my style. Check out this Smokey Pin from Strike Gently:
Which Barbour is your favorite?