j-h-s asked: Would you be willing to post your EDC?
I might be willing! But I’d have to know what an EDC is first.
northcoastalo asked: Hi, great blog first of all. Secondly, a question, if you have time: Do you have any experience with Barbour jackets? If so, do you have a preference as to the finish (the original vs. the "Classic" Sylkoil)? And if you do prefer one to the other, why? I know there are a lot of "experts" with opinions on this, but I've always found your comments here and on other blogs to be straightforward and insightful, so thought I'd ask for your take. Thanks a million!
Thanks very much for the kind words! Be forewarned—my opinion on this topic is borderline heresy.
I have owned a couple of Barbour jackets for years. Both were wax, not Sylkoil, so I can’t help you to compare the two. But, more generally, I’ve been wearing them less and less frequently in the last year or two. They’re very heavy, the wax holds onto smells, I find them too hot when it’s warm and not warm enough when it’s cold, and the zippers have gotten sticky—plus, my lifestyle is less casual now than when I was still a student.
It’s my understanding that the Sylkoil is lighter-weight and generally more comfortable than the wax, so that’s an avenue to seriously consider. The great Heavy Tweed Jacket has also blogged about a cotton poplin (?) version of the Beaufort that could also be a good option for avoiding the issues I’ve had. (His archives are offline, so I can’t confirm.)
Having said all that is not to dissuade you from buying a Barbour—even though I don’t wear mine frequently, I know that since I’ll have and use them (albeit sporadically) for years and years, they were a good purchase. But having had the experience of owning and wearing them for a while now, I can only recommend them with the aforementioned caveats.
I hope this has been somewhat helpful!
pabblog asked: Greetings, was wondering how those Dubbarys fit? I like them but want to go into the purchase somewhat informed. Cheers and thanks,
They run slightly big—mine are a UK 43/US 9-9.5, and they’re fine with very thick socks but very roomy with anything less hefty than, say, ragg wool. For reference, I wear a 9 in the Alden Aberdeen last, and a 9.5 in most sneakers. Otherwise I’ve been really happy with them—perfect for slogging through snow, slush, mud, etc. but look decent enough for the office. If you’re on the cusp, I’d size down.
pulitzer--princess asked: Ooh you have such good taste! Ocean House and Noank are my favorite places in the world. Chill blog.
Thanks—I feel really lucky to have grown up in such a special part of the world.