By Agent P January 31, 2012
I bought this jacket at the sale price as I have been looking for a waxed cotton jacket. In short, it's pretty disappointing even at the sale price. It is good looking, but it feels cheap, has a lousy zipper, and isn't the least bit weatherproof.
I ordered the Olive, but the jacket is brown. I don't believe it is a mistake, just a poor description by the manufacturer. I was disappointed by the fabric - lightweight and didn't seem to be anything more than plain old cotton - not waxed. It has a coarse metal zipper that sticks and wax doesn't seem to help. Also, when the jacket is worn unzipped, the bright red zipper material is very visible. Doesn't look bad, but it isn't very subtle. On the plus side, the fit was great and I think it is a pretty good looking jacket. But good looking, cheap, cotton jackets can be found anywhere for next to nothing.
I debated sending it back, but figured I would just treat it with a can of Barbour wax used to treat their (expensive) waxed cotton jackets. Let me tell you, that isn't a fun job - a couple hours and a lot of sweat. This gave it a better appearance and gave it some level of weather resistance. But I don't think you would want to be in much more than a brief sprinkle with it. I think the underlying cotton material is just to thin and not tightly woven enough for it to shed water. I used a substantial amount of additional wax, and water still immediately soaks in in places.
So, if you like the looks of this jacket and think $60 is worth it for a cotton jacket - go for it. If you are looking for a cheaper version of a Barbour or similar jacket - keep looking.
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