Stupid Ranking

When I see articles like this, I just shake my head.  Go ahead, read it and see the glaring omission.

A well-built jacket will keep you dry in the field whatever the weather, protecting you from rain, wind and keeping you warm during the winter months as well.
It shouldn’t just keep the elements out though. The best waterproof shooting jacket will be made from a silent material too – keeping any noises that might disturb or spook your target to a minimum.
Other features to factor in are the number of pockets, which are useful for carrying cartridges in; a colour that blends into your environment; and good breathability.
Not all waterproof shooting jackets are equal though. Read on to find out our pick of the best you can currently buy.

Well, any such list which doesn’t include the peerless Barbour jacket isn’t a list at all:  it’s a fraud no doubt perpetrated by Commies*.  Here’s a pic which encapsulates all that is good about the thing:

I’ve owned a Barbour jacket now for about 12 years, and it’s still in excellent shape.  (I left it at The Englishman’s Castle after my last trip Over There because a) I didn’t have room in the suitcase and b)  I hardly ever wear the damn thing in Cuidad Tejas  because it only rains here about twice a year vs. twice a day in Britishland.  I left my wellies there for the same reason.)

Here’s the thing:  when I have worn the Barbour Over Here, I have had people comment favorably on it every single time  I put it on — whether at gun shows, shooting events or just visits to the supermarket.  They’re not only wonderfully durable, they’re also good-looking — and they never go out of style.

Mine is the shorter “Cowen Commando” style (almost like a bomber jacket):

…but I hanker after the longer “Bransdale” style as in the first pic.

Sadly, we don’t get the range of Barbour jackets Over Here that they offer Over There, but you could probably order the one you want (Bransdale or Beaufort would be my recommendation) through Orvis or Nordstrom.  They are not cheap (around $300), but you’re buying it for life, so it’s a bargain.  My Younger Readers could expect at least 30 years out of a Barbour — for the Olde Pharttes, it’s truly a lifetime purchase.

For the ladies, there’s the cold-weather Dartford:

The men’s equivalent is the Oakum:

Don’t thank me;  it’s all part of the service.

*That’s only mild hyperbole.  In class-obsessed societies like Britishland, Barbour is the absolute uniform of the upper classes — add a customized Land Rover / Range Rover and a matched pair of Holland shotguns, and the Labour Party will hate you on sight.

Makes you want to own one, doesn’t it?


    1. LOL I’ll never forget Doc Russia’s response when he first showed up at a Scotland hunt all camo’d up, and got the raised-eyebrow treatment and a comment:

      “I’m from fucking Texas and this is how we hunt.”

  1. One thing I would trust the British do well is clothes to handle wet. Does not seem to extend to much else but they do have that cold

  2. Funnily enough, it’s only the Lefties who are obsessed with class over here. The non-Left, whatever their perceived class, generally don’t give a toss.

  3. In that picture there’s 380,000 quid In kit just considering the H&H custom Range Rover and the two SxS Royal H&H bespoke shotguns.
    I managed to get through the first paragraph only when the author praised the properties of Gore-Tex invented by that Gore’s uncle.
    My dad’s family is from Tennessee. We’re related to most of the other families through our ancestor Violet Smith. One time Dad told me that thankfully that relationship didn’t extend to the Gore family.

  4. Out of curiosity Kim, I went to the Orvis website. The only thing “close” I could find was the Barbour Bedale jacket. It’s $400 for the basic jacket, $150 for the jacket liner, and $50 for a jacket hood. Your thoughts? Will this “work”? Thanks.

    1. The bedale is a classic design, don’t waste money on the hood or liner. Layering under the jacket is better than the liner and only numpties are seen wearing hoods.

    2. All Barbour jackets “work”. This one is a little short for my liking, but it’s a goodie nevertheless. I think The Englishman has one — he inherited it from his father, btw. If you live in one of the “cold” states, the liner is a must-have; less so in the “hot” areas. I can’t remember if the hood is lined, but I think not, so you may have to wear a watch cap or something underneath it.

  5. Kim interesting that the sun is running an article on shooting jackets. Not sure what that says about the suns readership these days…

    Anyway, I can be regularly seen in a 30 year old Barbour my dad bought in the eighties and passed down to me. Which reminds me, it needs a few repairs and a reproof.

    But if I am out working the dog, then I am always in my new fangled jacket mage of technical fabric, it’s just far more pleasant than the Barbour.

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