Okay so I haven't posted for ages (years maybe?), but I figured you guys would give me the best advice to my question.
Basically, I'm after a Barbour jacket but not sure which one.
My needs are; I will soon be an agriculture or gamekeeping student so a jacket like this will be handy for knocking around the forest or farmyard, but will be used mainly for bushcraft style stuff, and going for walks with the girlfriend. I've got good outdoor and climbing outerwear which is great for days on the mountains etc, and nice and bright. But sometimes you just need a good classic, hardwearing jacket, for a days stroll, or for when in the woods, and wanting to be a bit less obvious.
I'm military and whenever on exercise etc I will live in my windproof smock. Very comfy, good deep hip pockets, a handy hood, and just generally a great utilitarian jacket. It would make an ideal jacket for what I want, but its prone to ripping, it's not waterproof and it's camouflage.
What I want in a barbour jacket is as close to my windproof as I can get aswel as doing the stuff a army windproof can't.
The three that stand out are:
Barbour Dunelm - Ideal , but looks as if it's discontinued and impossible to find
Barbour Mount Shirt - It's a fashion jacket, and looks far too short, so not really v good
Barbour Durham - A bit too long I think, and don't like the shoulder flaps
I guess I'd be open to other makes that offer what I'm after, but I want to be waxed not goretex etc. as I want the toughness.
I'm not loaded, and these kind of jackets aren't far off 200 quid when new, so I'd wait a bit and buy new, or would be looking to buy second hand for a reasonable price.
Cheers in advance guys.