Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Reader Question: Which Barbour Jacket for a Tall Man?


The Very Large, Bellows Pocket of the Barbour Border Jacket

Would you be so kind as to advise me on the purchase of a Beaufort jacket? The issue is that I'm tall and slender at 6' 4" and therefore not sure if the jacket will be long enough in the sleeves and body. (I wear a 16/16 1/2 and 35" inseam in a shirt.) I may have to buy a larger size in order to increase the jacket length, but this might make the jacket too big around my shoulders (I'm somewhat narrow shouldered for my height). This is assuming that the bigger the jacket, the longer that it will be in the length. So, should I err on the side of a bigger jacket or more fitted? Is it more important that is be longer in the body or fit better around the shoulders? Thank you. 

I will be buying a jacket this weekend at the Barbour store in Georgetown, Washington DC. They will be offering $50 off on Saturday.  Warm regards.


Consider trying on the Border Jacket, Barbour's longest wax jacket - about six inches longer than the Beaufort. It is often difficult for a 6'4" man to wear the Beaufort - it is too short.  The two styles are very similar to each other. Besides the length, the differences between the Beaufort and the Border is that the Border does not have the poacher's pocket in back, and the Border 's two bellows pockets in the front are quite sizable compared to the Beaufort. With its extra length the Border can also look a little "blousy" as you go up in size. I personally do not like the look of a fitted Barbour. It should feel comfortable and allow you to move when wearing it.

Try it on with whatever garments you might want to wear under it and think about whether or not you will want a lining. Some instead prefer a heavy wool sweater instead, although some men wear it over a sport jacket.

Other readers may also have suggestions.

21 comments:

Doug said...

I understand your dilemma. I am a 6'4" man with broad shoulders and a thin waist. Recently I went through the process of searching for a new Barbour with the Beaufort being the favorite. Unfortunately, Barbour does not produce a long for taller men and I found the sleeves too short with a 42 and the jacket too blousy at 44. Disappointed I turned my attention to a Filson cover cloth weekender in a large long. The fit is perfect. The quality is on par with Barbour. There are a few minor design differences. The collar is moleskin and the interior does not have the great tartan lining of the Barbour.

Ben said...

I'm 6'3", and an owner of a Border and a Beaufort in size 42. The Border is very much a coat; it's my go-to raincoat in a heavy storm. The Beaufort is just long enough to cover a sport coat, and definitely wears like a jacket.

They're both great, but the Beaufort gets more use by far. I had Barbour extend the arms by a couple inches the first time it went back for reproofing.

Bernie said...

I'm a Barbour addict. I have all there traditional waxed coats; the Bedale, Beaufort - one in sylkoil the other thornproof, Gamefair, Border, Burghley, Westmoorland and several of their quilted jackets and coats. The problem for a long limbed person like you is that the sleeves will run short. You will have to get a bigger size for a longer sleeve, but in my opinion, Barbours were meant to be worn a bit oversized. You can also send it to Barbour to get the sleeves altered for a very reasonable price. You should also consider what you will be doing in the Barbour. If you'll be riding horses, chopping wood or engaging in a physical activity, you'll want to stay with the shorter coat, the Bedale. If you plan on wearing it to walk the dog or for commuting to work, the Beaufort or Border would be a better choice. Since you'll be at the store you should try them all. Good luck with your purchase!

Bitsy said...

Oh, my -- I can't take my eyes off that dog's face -- it just melts my heart!

BlueTrain said...

I was in a Barbour shop in London last year and left with a quilted liner but no jacket. I thought they were expensive but I can't explain how I happen to own a Filson cover cloth field jacket, which is just as expensive. I love the Filson but it's not big enough to wear over anything but a sweater and quilted waistcoat. It won't fit over a sport coat. It's a tall but it barely long enough in the sleeves and I'm only 6' 1". I thought I was tall until I read these comments but sleeve length is always a problem for me.

Frankly, none of these garments are really for working. Riding a horse is physical activity but the horse is doing all the work. For real work you need something even sturdier, if you need anything at all.

Alex said...

Of course, if your buying the jacket for a specific purpose then this may influence your choice. For example, I shoot and therefore the Beaufort is the only option as the pockets, although not as large as the Border, have drainage eyelets and the expansion at the base rather than the side, all designed to accommodate cartridges. If you shoot then you might also consider the Linhope jacket, a technical version essentially of a Beaufort. Also, in response to Blue Train's comment, Barbour's Sporting collection and the classic wax/sylkoil styles are designed for work, whether equestrian or hunting and from my experience in the field are comparable in performance and quality to other market leaders Musto, Schoffel and Le Chameau. The design process is thought through, the materials are up to scratch and input from professionals such as Lord James Percy mean that in practical terms the clothing is fit for purpose. I might also point out to Bernie that Barbour jackets ought not to be worn oversized as they are designed with room to allow gun mounting etc. and therefore should be bought in the correct size to fit the wearer. Cambridge, England.

Sartre said...

It's a good question but too speculative. You need to go into a store and try it on. I recently went to buy a Border; I am a stock size 42R in every single suit, sport coat, and jacket I own, but the size 41 was right for me in the Border. This is especially counter-intuitive because most UK brands seem to run smaller rather than larger...but there it is.

fox-in-the-hole said...

Good afternoon all!

I work for Orvis in Chicago (the largest retailer of Barbour outside of Barbour itself in the United States) and wanted to add that Barbour can lengthen your sleeves. It is a special order and you have different options from corduroy and waxed cotton , leather trim or just waxed cotton. You do however see a small seam line from where you had it lengthened.

Regards,
Bill

Anonymous said...

No comments on the jacket, but that doggie is just adorable!! --Holly in PA

BlueTrain said...

While I suppose it is only natural to want a garment that fits properly, sales clerks all seem to want to put me in something smaller than I think I need. I like the extra room so I can wear a vest or liner underneath. Still, the way to do it is simply to try it on. For one thing, there is a certain amount of inconsistency in sizing from one producer to another and sometimes even from garment to garment. That seems to be true of other clothing, too.

Filson makes garments with a much heavier fabric called tin cloth, which is pretty much nothing but fine canvas but it's rather too heavy for most purposes if it has a oil (wax) finish.

j.mosby said...

I have a Barbour Gamefair it's definitely longer than the Bedale or Beaufort model.

Anonymous said...

Love my Burghley.

Jeffrey Solsby said...

I just bought a beaufort after considering it and the border. I'm 6'1", 240# and wear a 17-36 shirt in "tall" sizes. The border was just too long (looking) for an everyday coat. Because, at the time, i could "only have one" i went with the beaufort because it's a good fitting jacket, whereas, as others have noted, the border is a proper overcoat. Btw, i have read barbour service will lengthen jacket sleeves (for a fee).

Anonymous said...

I've got a beater Levis jacket for outdoor work. I suppose it's okay if engine oil drops on it. For really messy stuff, I throw on an old Gokeys anorak. It's red, has plenty of old splatters on it.

Anonymous said...

Filson makes several wax cotton coats in tall sizes. I recommend the field jacket . Their cover cloth is probably the closest to Barbour.

Anonymous said...

i'm 6'2" with a really long torso. i've taken the opposite approach -- rather than find one long enough, i've tried to find a short one that fits almost like a bomber. the bedale equestrian is perfect (i think is one of the shorter jackets barbour manufactures). fits similar to a varsity type jacket but an inch or so longer. my favorite jacket i've owned by a mile.

Paul Connors said...

Is there a rule of thumb as to when the Barbour waxed jackets will need to be re-waxed? In other words, is it like changing the oil in your car, i.e. every X thousand miles?

Jennifer said...

Lightweight and well-constructed, this jacket was a good value. I bought it as a gift for my son and he wears it regularly.
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Anonymous said...

Hello guys and gals, Quick question: I just bought a bedale size 42. I wear a 42R on all suits/blazers... The jacket fits great, Plenty of room in the sleeves and some leeway in the midsection. I tried it on with a blazer and it zips fine (A little Snug, Not horrible) I think it looks fine from one angle yet in another angle I look like the Michelin man just bundle up and way more stylish. Regardless no one wants to look like a blimp. In short, How do I know if I bought the right size? This is my first Barbour Jacket. I'm 5'10 185 (Steak & Potatoes) 20 years old and I'm almost - Keyword - positive that I am done growing. I have never posted before so I don't know how this works... I would appreciate it if someone could reach out to me. Thanks, - R.C.

Anonymous said...

R.C.: My husband is 5'10" 150, and he has a size 40 Beaufort. He also has the zip in/out liner/vest, which adds a little more bulk on colder days. I don't think he has ever worn it over a blazer. His layers under this are a shirt and sweater. I have the Bedale, which, I believe, is shorter than the Beaufort.

So, Muffy is the expert on these, but perhaps you should try on the Beaufort to see if that extra length makes a difference in how you feel and look.

Julia

Anonymous said...

Hi there. My partner just bought a quilted Barbour, and since many people on here have talked about the lengthening of sleeves, is it possible on a quilted Barbour (no wax), and would Barbour do it for us? I ask because at 6'6" he struggles with jackets because they often fit around the body but are too short in the arms. Regards, EB.