|Oil Portrait of Muffy Aldrich in Barbour Bedale by Clio Newton|
Here are examples of each. One of the best ways to organize the differences is to understand that the Bedale was designed (in 1980) for equestrian purposes while the Beaufort was designed (in 1983) for shooting, both by Dame Helen Barbour.
As a result, the Beaufort feels a bit more protective, especially in the rain, and the longer length does cover more, obviously. But it also feels somewhat heavier when wearing it. The Bedale, as is appropriate for riding, is shorter.
|The Beaufort has a rear nylon-lined game pocket (aka poacher's pocket) with zippered access on both sides.|
|The Bedale has two snap studded gusseted side vents to accommodate a saddle. (In the Connecticut Woods)|
|The Beaufort has Velcro fastening nylon inner cuffs, originally designed to break away when lifting your arms quickly to shoot.|
|The Bedale has woolen knitted inner storm cuffs, originally designed to keep the rain from running down your arms as you hold the reins. I find the knitted warmer but the storm cuffs fit less well over a thick cuff of a heavier sweater.|
|The Bedale has this inner pocket.|
|The Beaufort has this zipped wallet pocket.|
|The longer Beaufort has the cotton tartan lining to the hem. The shorter Bedale has nylon on the bottom third.|
|Both have zip in liners (available separately).|
|The liners add a considerable amount of warmth, but also bulk.|
|Both have studs for optional hood (also bought separately).|
|All of these jackets were made in England.|
The Barbour Border and Which Barbour Jacket for a Tall Man?
How often should you wax your Barbour? Once a year. See this entry: Waxing the Barbour.
|Barbour Beaufort Wax in Sage, Size 38 (I sized up with this one to accommodate thicker sweaters.)|
|Barbour Beaufort in Sylkoil|
|Tartan Lining of the Sylkoil|
|Bedale in Navy at Saint Thomas Church, New York City|
|Bedale in Sage at Royal Male, Newport....|
|...and one for the Norfolk.|
|See also the longer Barbour Border entry here. (Connecticut Countryside)|
|Expert Quiz: Is the jacket on the left a Beaufort or Bedale? In Madison Square Park, New York City.|