Barbour Waxed Cotton Jacket Review: Is It Worth It? Bedale vs Ashby vs Beaufort

Barbour Waxed Cotton Jacket Review: Is It Worth It? Bedale vs Ashby vs Beaufort


Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette
in our series is it worth it? In today’s installment, we talk about
Barbour waxed jackets and whether they’re worth $400 or not and if
you decide on them, whether you should go for the Beaufort style to Bedale or
the Ashby jacket. The Barbour waxed jacket is probably one of the most iconic
pieces of men’s outerwear there is. With it’s casual appearance, its waxed
cotton shell that is water resistant, it has become a staple in the
English gentleman’s wardrobe just like a pair of Hunter Wellies rain boots. By
the way, if you want to learn if Hunter Wellies are worth it, please check out
this is it worth it video here. 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. Over the years, the brand of Barbour has
become synonymous with waxed cotton jackets that many just call them Barbour
jackets even though Barbour produces a range of
jackets that are not waxed cotton. Because Barbour has such a huge range of outdoor
jackets, we picked the most classic three waxed cotton jackets and compared them to
one another; those are the Barbour Beaufort, the Barbour Bedale, and the
Barbour Ashby. Before we focus on the features, differences, and similarities of
those three jackets, let’s talk a little bit into the history of Barbour. The
company was started in 1894 by a Scotsman, John barber, in South Shields in
England and back then, he was an importer of oil cloth. During World War II, Barbour
produced the waterproof suits for the British submarine service. After the war,
Barbour continued to produce and market its weather proof garments, particularly to
sportsmen. It took until 1974 until his Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh,
gave Barbour the first royal warrant. Basically, the Royal Warrant means that
you can supply your goods to the monarch and his family and to learn more about
it please check out this guide here. The Queen followed with a royal warrant in 1982,
followed by Prince Charles in 1987. In 1993, the Beaufort
model was introduced which is probably the most well known waxed cotton jacket
out of the three we have here. The company Barbour is still owned by the
fifth-generation family of Barbour and interestingly, you cannot buy the jackets
directly from them but just from distributors and stores. They even have a
shop locator on the website and they have a very widespread dealer network so
it’s very easy to find a Barbour jacket no matter where you are in the world. So now
that you know a bit about the history of Barbour, let’s look at the differences and
similarities of the Barbour Beaufort, Bedale and Ashby jackets. 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.
To learn everything you ever wanted to know about corduroy please check out
this video here. 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. For all three of them, you can buy a snap-on hood for $49 or a zip in liner
for $129. They all feature a nice brass double zipper from YKK that is built to
last. All three jackets are suitable for damp, cooler, and moist climates such as
England or Scotland. If you live in a very cold area, they’re probably best
suited for spring or fall. 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. I’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 dripstrip 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 Barbour tartan is obviously a nod to the
founder’s Scottish roots. Now for the Beaufort, that lining is made of a 100%
cotton just like the shell. The Bedale, on the
other hand, has 100% cotton shell but a cotton polyblend out of 78 percent cotton and
to 22% Poly. They have a slightly different feel, the cotton polyblend
maybe a little more hard-wearing but I haven’t worn them out yet so it’s hard to
tell. The Ashby is different yet again in the sense that it has 100% cotton outer
shell and 100% cotton half lining but the sleeves are all lined in polyester
versus the Beaufort and the Bedale; they have the same tartan lining in the
sleeves. 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. When it comes to inside pockets, the Bedale has one on the
right, the Ashby has one on the left, and the Beaufort doesn’t have one at all. If
you look at those jackets, they look all very quintessentially British yet when
you look at the made in label, there are some differences. While the Beaufort
and the Bedale are still made in England, the more modern Ashby one is made in
Moldova. I guess the Ashby is not just more modern in terms of the cut but also
in terms of globalisation. They say each Barbour waxed jacket is made of more than
10,000 stitches and obviously, I haven’t checked on that but overall, the
construction of the jackets seems really well and made for durability. So now the
big question, is a Barbour waxed jacket worth it? I think the Beaufort jacket is
very iconic and truly something that you could wear for decades to come. One of
the few downsides is maybe that a lot of other people have this jackets so you’re
hardly unique when you wear it. Another con that I’ve found is that throughout
the sizes, the sleeves are all rather short. Personally, I have rather long arms
so it’s always a challenge because you either have to size up which gives you a
much roomier jacket that probably is too big for you just to get the sleeve
length right. Because the Bedale has these ripped sleeve guards, it probably
adds another one and a half centimeters or about half an inch
in length on your sleeve which is one of the reasons I prefer that one the most
out of the three. If you prefer a slimmer or trimmer look, the Ashby is your only
option and if you want something really
functional for hunters with a game pocket then get the Beaufort. I’m not a
game hunter or shooter and because of that, the Bedale really serves my
purposes best. So whose the Barbour waxed jacket made
for? I’ve seen many men wearing it in an office context and personally, I find
it’s a bit too casual for that and it’s best for outdoors activities maybe
getting the groceries or hanging out with the kids on the weekends. Of course,
you can also wear it for more hardcore outdoor activities that we covered
earlier. If you want a casual companion for your jeans, chinos, corduroys, sweaters, and
cardigans, the Barbour waxed jacket is definitely worth it. Apart from that,
there are also not many other companies to produce a lot of waxed jackets and not
many of them have the same commitment to quality and durability as Barbour has.
Why do I say that? Well, Barbour jackets need quite a bit of
maintenance. Barbour suggests that you have your jacket rewaxed every year. In
my book, that’s a little much. I’ve seen many people who haven’t rewaxed for two
or three years and the jackets are still fine. I guess it all comes down to how
often you wear the jacket. You can either do it yourself or just send it to
Barbour and have them do it. They also offer repair services for zippers and
all kinds of things so they truly have a commitment for durability in their
garments. That being said, the jacket is a little more finicky, you can not just wash it
in a washing machine, you’re also not supposed to use any
detergent or solvents on it because that would damage the surface. If you consider
the jackets cost at $399 or $379, I think it’s totally worth it especially
if you consider the longevity and the cost per wear.
It’s one of those jackets that’s really hard wearing and we unequivocally think
that it’s worth its money. Now with a little bit of luck, you may even find
them on sale. Typically, I’ve seen they’re more on sale from smaller retailers that
don’t carry the entire range of Barbour but maybe just a few jackets and
if the Bedale or the Beaufort is one of them and they just have limited sizes or
maybe they want to discontinue it, you may find it for 150 or 200 dollars. At
that point, it’s a no-brainer and you should definitely go for it. That being
said, because Barbour is so popular, there are also lots of fakes out there so
beware of used Goods on eBay and so forth unless you can truly authenticate
it’s the real deal. In another is it worth it video, we covered the Barracuda
g9 jacket which is in a similar price range it’s quite different the cut is a
lot trimmer at the Barracuda the Barbours are wider and the waxed cotton
jacket is a more country feel versus the Barracuda g9 has to me more of a modern
feel even though it was made and designed in the 30s. In my mind, it’s not
an either/or between the Barracuda or the Barbour waxed jacket but I think they
complement each other very well the Barracuda is a lot slimmer and may be a
bit more dressier versus the Barbour is more hard-wearing
and for outdoorsy activities frankly between the Barracuda g9 and any of the
Barbour waxed jackets I think your casual jacket needs as a classic gentlemen are
pretty well covered. In terms of value and attention to detail
I think the Beaufort and the Bedale are definitely my favorites not only
are they made in England where it’s more expensive to produce than in Moldova but
at the same time they also have the full sleeve lining and the wind guards which
the Ashby doesn’t have at the same time I like the look of the Ashby more simply
because it’s slimmer and trimmer and just a little more contemporary at the
end of the day there is a cotton waxed jacket for most men out there and I hope this
video helps you to find one that you like. if you enjoyed this video please
check out the other videos in our is it worth it series because I’m sure you’ll
find them helpful as well In this video I am wearing a barber Bedale in navy blue a
Beaufort in olive dark green and an Ashby in black I’m combining them with a
pair of really old brown corduroys and Tricker’s English country boots because
that’s just part of that overall country look I then
combined it with a blue cotton shirt and Ascot from Fort Belvedere which you can
find in our shop here as well as either a tweed jacket or a green wool cardigan
likewise British the driving gloves as you can see are all made from Fort Belvedere come in different colors and can be had in our shop here

26 thoughts on “Barbour Waxed Cotton Jacket Review: Is It Worth It? Bedale vs Ashby vs Beaufort

  1. I was gifted a black bedale, itโ€™s an XL though and Iโ€™m a M. Although it still looks like it fits, but looks closer to a trench coat on me lol.

  2. Got Barbour jacket and a Barbour parka with hood very happy with them both. Strongly recommend Barbour and its English..

  3. 24 years later, my Bedale is still my go to and just getting broken in. Aside from the fact that it smells like a tent, it's a jacket I will always own if this one ever wears out. I have an emotional relationship with it, like an old friend.

  4. Thereโ€™s a slim version of the Bedale on the Japanese market. Sleeves are supposedly longer too, but it may or may not have the built-in ribbed cuffs.

  5. Is it only me who thinks the Barbour jacket are fare from functional. As soon as my body gets a little bit warm the jacket start to condense on the inside and even though the jacke is rainproof I still get wet on the inside?

  6. Raphael I was under the impression from other videos released by the gazette that it was unbecoming for a gentleman to put garments together in very close colorways but slightly different. Yet you did it in this video multiple times with your jacket and gloves. Is it more acceptable to do so when the garments vary in texture? (That didn't seem to be the case in the video either. Just curious no judgements! I also noticed a little slip up on your history of cordaroy article I believe it was. Then is used twice (them them). Not a huge issue in any case. Just one I thought you'd like to catch. I am extremely grateful for your videos and articles. I also love your products on fort Belvedere and although I haven't had the pleasure of purchasing anything from you as of yet. I certainly plan to one day. In particular I have my eyes and heart set on a pair of your gloves. Ideally in a burgandy or petrol blue color. One day I will get my hands on one! Or in them might be more appropriate ! ๐Ÿ˜ I appreciate your time (or whomever reads this) and am incredibly grateful for what you do. Have a wonderful day and keep up the fantastic work! ๐Ÿ˜

  7. I own two Barbour waxed cotton jackets (which I no longer use) and I totally understand their appeal โ€“ the quality, tradition, and the last-for-a-lifetime build. But I think it should be mentioned that the whole idea of the waxed cotton material is now outdated (in my opinion). Modern materials are lighter and more breathable (don't know about the thornproofness), while the waxed cotton jackets are heavy, not breathable, smelly and oily โ€“ you have to look where you sit, to not leave oil stains. Plus the wax attracts lint (particularly visible on the blue variant, like in the video around 3:16). These are features one needs to know before buying such a jacket. I'm happy to see so many commenters here who love their Barbour jackets, but I think a first-time buyer should know about the significant drawbacks. I no longer use them, as I prefer modern Gore-Tex jackets or something like that.

  8. A jacket I have to wax every year is a jacket I won't wax every year. Also, I live in Los Angeles where our idea of a downpour will make you laugh.

  9. You can also get a Barbour on eBay for a pretty good bargain. Even used, the thing will last forever so long as you wax it once in awhile, and if it does rip, just send it back to Barbour for a repair. Be prepared to wait on repairs though…and wait. Its worth it. My Beaufort is ripped to shreds and patched all over; and it still keeps the rain off me.

  10. The Beaufort looks better. The others are too tight. I own a slim fitting Barbour wax jacket and will upgrade to the Beaufort. Climate matters when choosing wax jackets. I live in Scotland so it's often soggy and damp which makes Barbours ideal.

  11. Honestly I can get one from carharrt or LL bean for a lot less. Yes itโ€™s iconic but does that make it worth it ?

  12. I really want a Barbour jacket some day. It'll be either the Beaufort or the Northumbria model. I just can't try one on where i live. It's high quality and that perfect smart casual sweetspot for me. Great zipper and pockets etc. Will wax it now and then, not too often but sometimes.

  13. The sleeves are cut a little short to accommodate gauntlets – handy when piloting your 1933 Bentley VpD open tourer. These jackets should really only be worn in the right circumstances – outdoors in foul weather – when working or driving.
    I've only noticed beaters and pickers wearing wax jackets on a shoot – they are not comfortable to shoot in and most guns wear tweed or soft jackets by Musto, Schoffel, Jack Pyke, or the like.

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