Overall: 4.9 / 5 based on 47 reviews
47 of 47 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
The best of the waxed jackets -
By: gerryj19 from Marblehead, MA
Top 100 Contributor
I know that the best sellers in the Barbour range are the Bedale and the Beaufort but I honestly think that the Border is by far the best of the range and I have no idea why it's not more popular. It has a longer length than the other jackets which makes it heavier certainly, but the extra length is really useful in a rain jacket. This goes to mid-thigh length and so thighs and the rest of the pants stay dry in heavy rain. It is as durable as any of the Barbours and with the optional hood and liner it will see you through any wet weather. If you're thinking of a new Barbour I'd highly recommend the Border.
Jacket for a Lifetime -
By: LizzyG from Virginia and Eastern Shore of Maryland
My Border jacket is 25 years old, still going strong with care and rewaxing, can use it with or without lining or a vet or sweater underneath. It is so classic that one can wear it to walk the dogs, or to go out for the evening to the theatre and look country chic - I've had comments from women in fur that I in my Border jacket look so comfortable and confident in my own self. I have three other Barbour jackets now from quilted to fleece, and several vests, and 2 hats; all versatile and can be used by themselves or together for just about any weather situation. The initial cost puts off people, but amortize it over the lifetime of effective use and they beat anything out there - when you take proper care of these fine garments, and especially when you purchase them from a company that stands behind what they sell - that would be both Orvis and Barbour.
Best Coat Ever -
By: doughboy from St. Louis, MO
Top 250 Contributor
I've had my border coat for 2 years now and absolutely love it. I'm 6'00" and weighed 305 lbs when I got it and it fit perfectly w/room to spare (wide shoulders, 52-54" chest). Goes anywhere (work / town / visits to wine country -- wish I could say hunting but I don't ;) ... travels well, solid construction and stylish. It's too warm to wear for late Summer cool evenings; but Fall & Winter? Can't beat it. Got the detachable hood & it keeps the rain off my face. Get this coat.
Best waterproof I've ever owned -
By: clintond from Birmingham
I bought my first Border jacket in 1982: lost it in a move in 2002 and had to order another. The Border jacket is, hands down, the finest jacket I've ever owned and I keep it lovingly waterproof by the application of the 'thorn-proof' wax when needed. It's an all-season waterproof although it's a bit heavy for hot summer days... but fall through spring, it's my everyday jacket and I highly recommend it.
Quality item -
By: Wintherus from Australia
Warm, waterproof and sexy. What's not to like? I ordered one for myself and my wife loved it so much I got her the women's version.
The Everything Coat -
By: PiobMhor from Rutland, VT
The Barbour Border coat is the quintessential country necessity. I wear it to work over a suit, to bird hunt and to run errands on the weekend. When the cuffs fray after 10 years, I have them hemmed in leather. After 20 years, I retire it and buy another. It's my everything coat.
The longest Barbour -
By: gerryj19 from Marblehead, MA
Top 100 Contributor
I chose this because it's the longest Barbour currently available and I haven't been disappointed. Extremely well made and very versatile. I got the removable hood and the quilted liner as well and that gives great versatility through the year. This coat also has a feature in the cuffs that allows you to cinch the cuff internally to better keep out the rain. A great coat overall for town and country.
Perfect Traveler -
By: BubbaJr from Charleston, SC
Great quality as expected. Perfect for shoving in the overhead on plane. Covers suit or sport coat well. Handles any weather. Burberry or Barbour, you choose. I'll take Barbour.
High Price, but Excellent Value -
By: NOVAbanker from Northern Virginia
I am definitely value conscious and the ticket price made me nervous, but I've seen family members wear Barbour for years and the coats age well. I struggled between the Beaufort and the Border, but in the end the extra length of the Border, which perfectly covers a suit coat, made the Border the right choice for me. It weighs a ton, but is great for trips to NYC and Chicago. I wish I had overcome my "cheap" hurdle years ago.
20 yrs plus -
By: outdoorman18 from NY
20 years plus. I had it repaired after hunting, fishing, and shooting. Ripped on a fence sent it to Barbour--they fixed it. Working on the next 20 yrs. It is a great companion.
Since 1894, J. Barbour & Sons have produced clothes perfectly suited to enjoyment of life beyond the city. It is this commitment to quality and durability that has seen the name Barbour become synonymous with the best of country living.
The beginning of Barbour jackets
In 1894 John Barbour established himself in the burgeoning port of South Shields, supplying oilskins and other garments to protect the growing community of sailors, fishermen, rivermen and dockers from the worst of the North Sea weather.
Within a few years the firm became the leading supplier of oilskins on the north east coast, not only to seafarers but to others in the surrounding country - farmers, labourers, carters, shepherds - who earned their living outdoors in all weathers. By the beginning of the next century Barbour’s durable Beacon oilskins were well known throughout Britain and beyond.
The legendary durability of Barbour jackets
If there’s one feature that distinguishes Barbour jackets more than any other, it is their legendary durability. But, given the quality of materials used—genuine long-staple Egyptian cotton, solid brass studs, substantial metal zips, plus painstaking quality of construction with an average of 15,000 stitches and up to two hundred components—perhaps it’s hardly surprising.
The seams in a Barbour oiled cotton jacket are double rolled, each stitched through two thicknesses of fabric. It is an intricate part of the manufacture and it ensures that the seams are completely waterproof. Even the thread is treated with the same secret watertight proofing formula as the fabric itself.
How long a Barbour jacket will last very much depends on its use (or rather abuse in many cases). Undoubtedly, owners expect much more of a Barbour than any other garment because Barbour enables them to do more. They will subject themselves and their jackets to the severest conditions of weather, mud, animal contact and abrasion than they could ever contemplate if wearing anything less robust.