The Longest Love Affair – Barbour

Barbour
Why we love our Barbour!

Love affairs don’t always last, except a love affair with Barbour.   Based in  South Shields, UK ,  Barbour has been around since 1894 and our love of Barbour grows stronger with time and wear.    A 5th generation family owned business, Barbour  is renowned for their outstanding  craftsmanship and customer care.  Every Barbour coat can be repaired or reproofed (waxed), even if it is torn and tattered from your grandfather’s closet. Just make sure to empty the pockets before you send it up – they have a museum full of love letters, keys and anything else you can stuff in a pocket!    When your coat is returned clean and heavier, full of new wax, you will be ready to face any weather challenge (well, maybe not summer sun!).  Buying a Barbour jacket is buying into a history story filled with classic style and quality.

Barbour loyalists, like the Queen of England, and many of the Royal family, probably have the same “ahhhh” moment every time they put their arms into the sleeves and adjust the jacket onto their bodies as we Yanks do. It’s that “I am warm and dry no matter what” sensation– that “ahhhh’  of knowing you need not fear wet and cold because  you are loved back by a warm, dependable jacket!

Royals love Barbour
Royals love Barbour

Kevin’s customers are no different, they love the line and we see them wearing Barbour through the generations – and just like in the UK and around the world, the  two most popular jackets  sold are the Beaufort and the Bedale.     To the untrained eye, they seem almost identical, why would Barbour make two jackets that seem so similar?  So,  what are the differences in these two jackets? It’s the subtle dissimilarity that screams different.   Two classic jackets, both perfectly suited by design.

The Beaufort is considered a shooting jacket – it’s longer than the Bedale and will easily fit over a man’s sports coat. If you are wearing a great tweed coat, the Beaufort is a handsome compliment.   The Bedale is considered an equestrian jacket, it’s shorter and has vents in the back to allow the jacket to easily fit over a saddle.  If you don’t ride and don’t hunt, your size might influence which one you prefer based on length.  A taller person would want to test both, but might be happier with the longer Beaufort, just as a shorter person will probably lean towards the Bedale for a fit.

Barbour Beaufort Side
The side of the Barbour Beaufort – no vents and it is longer than the Bedale on the model.
Back of Bedale
Back of Bedale notice it is vented and is shorter on the model
Back of the Beaufort - no vents
Back of the Beaufort – notice how different it is from the Bedale with no vents.

The back of the Beaufort also has a rear game bag with zippers which can be reached from both sides, perfect for in the field.   Contrasting this look are the snapped studded gusseted side vents on the Bedale to accommodate a saddle.  Since the Beaufort is longer than the Bedale and has more fabric and wax, it also is a little heavier than the Bedale.

Another big difference, on the jackets is the inner cuff.  The Beaufort has a Velcro inner cuff.  This is designed to “break away” when lifting your arms quickly to shoot. The Bedale has a knitted inner storm cuff which hugs your wrist and was designed to keep rain from running down your arms when riding.  Both classic, logical designs based on need!

Break Away Cuffs onBeaufort
The Break Away Cuffs on the Beaufort allow ease when shooting a gun – picture from the Daily Prep

Since most people will be wearing their new Barbour jackets over a sweater or sports coat we recommend you  try them on over your sweater or  sports coat, since you want to really make sure your layered look feels great under your jacket. This is what you will most likely be wearing on a cold day anyway so a test drive in the store makes sense.  There are many more choices in the Barbour line and there is at least one  Barbour jacket that was created with you in mind.

What’s even more amazing about Barbour is if you love the cuffs of the Bedale but want the longer Beaufort,  Barbour will happily make the adjustments to your coat, simply send it to their NH USA headquarters and they happily will make the changes you need.  Leather cuffs?  No Problem, Additional inside pockets?  No Problem.  It’s what makes Barbour so loved – their willingness to give you the best service possible.

Kevin’s is proud to carry this timeless product, like Kevin’s it represents quality, traditions and the outdoor lifestyle.  To see our large selection of Barbour products including dress shirts , socks and more, please visit our website www.kevinscatalog.com

For more information about repairs or reproofing contact Barbour in New Hampshire at 603-673-1313 or email barbour.repairs.us@barbour.com  and don’t forget to empty out your pockets.

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