Anybody have a shop they can recommend for the repair of a Barbour?
Anybody have a shop they can recommend for the repair of a Barbour?
The Tack Box, Middleburg Va. I'm dropping mine off this weekend!!
I havent done any feild hunting thought I have some general knowledge about it but....I am going to ask...what is a Barbour?
JBQ: An english waxed jacket that many people use as their barn jacket.
OP: The US headquarters is in Milford NH (as is an OUTLET!!! :)) Their contact info is as follows:
55 Meadowbrook Drive
Milford, NH 03055-4613
They repair and re-wax jackets. I have one that looks like a patchwork jacket now and has hat to have leather trim added to all of the edges because I am really rough on mine but they do an excellent job. The repairs are always really affordable and they have all the right materials, etc. They are very nice, as well. If I remember correctly, they re-wax all jackets that come in for repairs for free!
I sent mine back to Barbour. They did a great job, and didn't take that long.
So its similar to a oil skin (oiled canvas) like the outback jackets?? The web site wont come up for me. I say its a connection problem from my end.
I used to have a waist lengthed outback jacket and it got stolen a few years ago. My late husband bought it for me and I realy loved it and was crushed deeply by its disappearance. It disapeared from my truck at a horse show along with a pair of leather boots. I put it in the truck because I thought it would be safer there. Boy was I wrong.
I am going to look into the "Barbour" jackets. MIght be a nice investment for me considering my job.
You will love the barbours. They are great in horrible weather, softer and more flexible than the outbacks because the cotton material is softer. They are very well designed and last forever. I have one long one that is 25 years old and going strong. I had to pry it away from my 23 y o son, so I could ride in it.
He had to buy one and chose the outback because of the cape. He hasn't ridden in it yet...
Have filled out the form to send to Milford.
I have the Bedale in blue. It's my 2nd one. I outgrew the other one & sold it years ago for good money.
I wear it 3 seasons and not just at the barn. It's great for blocking wind on cold days, shedding the rain on wet ones, and is tasteful enough to hunt in when necessary.
This one is holding up fairly well, but I am hard on it and need some holes repaired. It'll also be nice to have them rewax it; that's a stinky job!
I also have a long DriZaBone outback, with a cape. It was a Christmas gift in 1989 from my parents. It's *really* falling apart. I don't know how much longer I should keep repairing it. Maybe until there's nothing left to sew a patch to?
I am hesitant to divulge my secret resource so publicly, but out of the kindness of my heart ( :) ) I will disclose the following:
If anyone is ever in the Southern NH area GO TO THE OUTLET!! It's hit or miss if you are looking for something really specific but there are lots of prototypes and samples that have never been worn. There are always TONS of the traditional jacket and they are usually about $50-$75 because they are "faded" from being in a store window or need to have a small ($5-$10) repair that they will do right there and then mail it to you. Considering that they otherwise run at about $200 (even though they are worth every penny), it a fantastic deal. They also have sweaters, britches, bags, scarves, hats, and more!!
Are there any secrets to getting one of these clean? I bought one on ebay, and it turns out that the low price corresponded with the large amount of dirtiness. I've tried soaking it in a bucket of cold water and going at it with the sink spray attachment as the Barbour people recommended, and it didn't really do anything. It certainly works as a barn coat regardless, but I'd like to not blend in with the homeless when walking to the car ;) I live downtown, so am not entirely joking.
You could send it to barbour (see above for address, etc.) to see if they can refurbish it. Their repair costs tend to be pretty reasonable and the jackets always look great when they are cleaned and re-waxed. Of course, there will be some cost, including shipping.
Sent my coat in, got the quote yesterday. $361. :eek:
I could almost buy a new one for that. Except mine isn't like the ones available now. And I really like it. :rolleyes::yes:
Poor thing's really beat up. :dead:
I don't think the reproofing was free. Who knows. I didn't ask for a breakdown of charges; it really didn't matter.
I'll have it back in about 6 weeks.
I had mine repaired and rewaxed last year. We started with my wish list, but Rivenoak is right, $5 here, $7 there, and the next thing I knew, I could buy a brand new Barbour at retail prices. So I settled on a rewax, and a few absolutely necessary repairs. The jacket is close to 20 years old, and I have found that they get less waterproof with each rewax, but the jacket is going to disintegrate on me because I won't get rid of it. It's still great for an all day drizzle, the most expensive windbreaker ever, and fabulous for going through thorns, but in a heavy rain, I get a different coat out.
My first Bedale wore like iron, it finally got just too shabby to fix..
So I bit the bullet, and got a new one, first thing I did was get wormer on it
I choose to think it gives it character.:D
I've called Barbour and they no longer provide a cleaning service. I think I'll try the horse brush thing, it can't do too much damage. I do think it's just set in mud, but who knows, it was that way when I got it. It's brown :) I want to get it rewaxed, but ideally not on top of the dirt.
Oh for crying out loud!!! :D Just throw the danged things away!! :eek: Ain't no jacket worth that kinda effort or money to keep wearing! What is it with our affections for these things? Danged if I'm ever gonna wear a $400 coat(or whatever they cost! :winkgrin:) to the barn for ANY reason! Ain't even waterproof. I only want washable things for the barn. Or something I can fix with duct tape. I'm into the "homeless person" look for the barn OR a Carhart.
Barbour?!! Schmarber!! Let it go....if it comes back then it was meant to be!! :winkgrin::cool: Ridiculously expensive. Buy american, or something else. Plenty of cheaper imitators.....
wow....Wateryglen certainly is testy this morning.....!! :D
My Barbour was a gift that I treasure, not just because it was a gift, but because it actually does what it promises to do.
If, and when, an American product works as well, I would consider purchasing one. But to purchase something, a coat, or a car, or anything just because it is American-made is the most ridiculous argument for throwing money away. My Barbour was my only winter coat for over 10 years. I rarely wear to the barn because it really doesn't improve with wormer or furacin, but it's the best dang horse show coat out there! And it certainly was worth the money that the gifter spent.
Wateryglen: Call me a snob, but nothing beats the original! They are worth their weight in gold.