Here are examples of each, with the Beaufort in Navy and the Bedale in Sage. One of the best ways to organize the differences is to understand that the Beaufort is designed for shooting while the Bedale was designed for equestrian purposes.
As a result, the Beaufort feels more protective and the longer length does cover more, obviously. But it also feels heavier when wearing it. The Bedale, as is appropriate for riding, is shorter.
|My Beaufort, above, (a size 36) is about 2 ½ inches longer than the Bedale. This has led some to say that the Beaufort is for males and Bedale is for females. Perhaps because of my height, (5’8), I wear both.|
Both the Bedale (above) and Beaufort (below) are made of the same waxed cotton, with the same front combination of Moleskin lined handwarmer pockets above the bellows pockets with drainage holes. They also both have the same style corduroy collar.
|The Beaufort has a rear nylon-lined game pocket (aka poacher's pocket) with zippered access on both sides.|
|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 more comfortable and warmer.|
|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.|
|Both have studs for optional hood (also bought separately).|
|Both of these jackets were made in England.|
(I bought both of these jackets from the Royal Male in Newport. I cannot say enough good things about this store and the family that owns it. Their knowledge and attention to detail, their graciousness and level of assistance cannot be overstated. In this era of distributed manufacturing (the liners here were made in Lithuania and hoods made in Bulgaria), one really wants their garments to have passed by the watchful eye of Etienne and his parents.)