If you’re an outdoorsy sort of person, the chances are you may already own a Barbour jacket. But if you’re moving to the countryside, going on holiday somewhere off the beaten track or are simply looking for a weatherproof jacket which will keep you warm and dry whilst walking the dog or going shopping, Barbour jackets should be your first port of call.
Take a few minutes to read our handy guide to Barbour jackets to see if they’re the right choice for you.
Traditional Barbour jackets have a wax coating which repels water. They have a thermal lining, practical pockets, brass buttons and a corduroy collar for extra warmth, and are a great British tradition! Barbours are often worn by those living in the countryside, and even the Royal Family has been seen wearing Barbour jackets when walking the dogs.
Barbour jackets are not only incredibly well made, they will also keep you warm and dry, protecting you from the elements. Whilst you could buy another type of coat designed for outdoor wear, Barbours have been a tradition amongst those living in the country for many years, and they’re an iconic design. But it’s important to ensure you’re buying a genuine Barbour jacket.
When shopping online for Barbour jackets, it’s important not to be tempted by ‘too good to be true’ prices. Whilst you might find a bargain on an online auction site for a pre-owned Barbour, you don’t know how well it will have been maintained, as you’ll need to re-wax your jacket to keep it in tip-top condition.
You should really buy Barbour jackets from a reputable retailer – it’s easy to find one using Google – and if you’re unsure about the site you’re buying from, a quick search online should bring up some customer reviews, so you can decide whether it’s the best place to buy. Don’t always go for the website with the lowest prices, shop around and see how much delivery costs, how long it will take, what the returns policy is like and also check previous customer reviews and feedback before making your purchase.
There are various different types of Barbour jackets to choose from and the type and colour you choose will depend on your own personal preferences and of course your budget. Think about what you will be wearing the jacket for and your personal style and it should be easy to select the right type of Barbour jacket to meet your needs. Barbours may cost more than some other outdoor wear, but they are a high-quality jacket which will last you for years to come.