47 thoughts on “Why isn't wax jackets used in north america?

  1. Anonymous says:

    They’re popular in more well to do areas, you just don’t see them in flyover shit holes because they’re not what’s on sale at walmart and anything that wasn’t on sale at walmart is "gay"

    • Anonymous says:

      It is gay. No question about it. The need to be fashionable is a trait of women and homosexuals. You are a low test beta if you shop anywhere else but Costco/walmart/boot barn for clothes and shoes.

    • Anonymous says:

      Dumbest post I’ve seen in a while. Most flyovers have a closet filled with old hand me down jackets. My grandpa had half a dozen assorted waxed jackets that I’ve been wearing for years and nearly everyone I work with has the same experience

    • Anonymous says:

      i’m sure they exist , but i mean you don’t see them in say movies, on any newspaper reporter or just people that is expected to have some kind of fashion sense

      but in sweden or england or netherlands they are a very comon jacket

      For me it’s the ultimate mix between style and utility. I rewax it once per year and it gets a patina too

      • Anonymous says:

        >but i mean you don’t see them in say movies
        actors are delicate creatures and can’t wear leather jackets under studio lighting.
        just about every leather jacket you see in a movie is actually waxed.

      • Anonymous says:

        Because they’re associated with British aristocracy and (real) American old money. American media hates these people.

          • Anonymous says:

            >politicians and celebrities
            Most of these people (at least American ones) are not old money. Some politicians maybe but no one cares that much what politicians wear

  2. Anonymous says:

    If I understand correctly, this is like a WW2 bomber jacket, but waterproof? I can’t say for certain, although leather jackets here are mostly associated with bikers (and neckbeards), i’d say much of it comes down to the lack of a hood. american coats and protective outerwear in general usually have hoods, just as a matter of practicality. I can also say that american fashion tastes are often much more centered around comfort/practicality that european styles (hoodies, jeans, sneakers, "sportswear" everyday, etc) at least for men.

    • Anonymous says:

      Because they come from traditional British clothing? Not sure what’s surprising about this. The only British cultural figures I can think of that Americans are aware of who wear them is royalty, but most Americans who care about royalty are too poor to be buying Barbour. In general Americans are unaware of European trends unless someone very famous is involved.

      >this is like a WW2 bomber jacket, but waterproof?
      Next time you may want to do a little more googling first, but it’s waxed cotton and the collar lining is just corduroy.

      i wish i could wear actually stylish jackets but the way the weather is in the pnw there’s a reason we all carry around packable modern rain jackets and just leave them in the car. gq magazine loves citing this as their reason for constantly naming seattle worst dressed city of the year and its true.
      problem with a waxed jacket is the rain lasts like 15mins then its balls sunny for an hour then it rains again and its simply too much shit to carry around. even the menswear bespoke suit guys here don’t bother. north face/patagonia/etc shell is the uniform when it rains.

      when its actually the winter and i can count on the shitty weather being consistent though, i rotate a waxed canvas and waxed denim jacket. if you live in portland or seattle getting something like a eurogay barbour waxed jacket or a filson is a pretty easy way to outdress everyone. not that its very hard to here anyways. only the koreans dress well in the pnw.

      Only been to the pnw in summer but imo leaning into gorpcore is more aesthetic than trying to imitate someone else’s idea of "fashionable" that doesn’t suit your environment.

      • Anonymous says:

        i think it does fit the pnw aesthetic.
        you can either lean into modern tech style gorp, or the oldschool filson/pendleton/etc style of ‘heritage gorp’
        lumbersexuals made the latter cringe for a while but i’m an actual logger so i do both. i think brit jackets can fit into that aesthetic and also into a traditional menswear aesthetic which has a lot of overlap with guys who wear that shit around here. waxed canvas workwear jackets have been a northwest staple since the 1800s and brit ones are just a more casual take on the same idea.

        • Anonymous says:

          Yeah I guess when there’s genuinely shitty weather, and fair point about it fitting into traditional pnw clothing. I guess it’s more the idea of intentionally wearing something you find uncomfortable/impractical that seems silly to me but I guess that’s more directed at the other poster.

          https://i.imgur.com/3Z8MHCo.jpg

          on the other hand they buy those crappy things for like 1000$ each so I don’t know about being too poor…

          Most Americans I can think of who care about the royal family are middle aged women who read tabloids, but maybe there’s some overlap, who knows

    • Anonymous says:

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      Because they come from traditional British clothing? Not sure what’s surprising about this. The only British cultural figures I can think of that Americans are aware of who wear them is royalty, but most Americans who care about royalty are too poor to be buying Barbour. In general Americans are unaware of European trends unless someone very famous is involved.

      >this is like a WW2 bomber jacket, but waterproof?
      Next time you may want to do a little more googling first, but it’s waxed cotton and the collar lining is just corduroy.
      […]
      […]
      Only been to the pnw in summer but imo leaning into gorpcore is more aesthetic than trying to imitate someone else’s idea of "fashionable" that doesn’t suit your environment.
      >If I understand correctly, this is like a WW2
      no it’s more like a natural waxed cotton made for working in the farmlands and scottish highlands in rain and mud but be breathable so there isn’t the effect of heavy rubber that gets super warm

    • Anonymous says:

      >If I understand correctly, this is like a WW2 bomber jacket, but waterproof?
      It’s a posho jacket designed for outdoor posho activities (pheasant shooting, equestrian sports, etc.)

  3. Anonymous says:

    i wish i could wear actually stylish jackets but the way the weather is in the pnw there’s a reason we all carry around packable modern rain jackets and just leave them in the car. gq magazine loves citing this as their reason for constantly naming seattle worst dressed city of the year and its true.
    problem with a waxed jacket is the rain lasts like 15mins then its balls sunny for an hour then it rains again and its simply too much shit to carry around. even the menswear bespoke suit guys here don’t bother. north face/patagonia/etc shell is the uniform when it rains.

    • Anonymous says:

      waxed jacket isn’t good if you’re going to hike but good enough to go out and about in town. sick of seeing hiking jackets in restaurants just because it’s wet outside.

    • Anonymous says:

      >the rain lasts like 15mins then its balls sunny for an hour then it rains again
      a trench coat is what I’d wear
      thin but waterproof and doesn’t look like plastic

  4. Anonymous says:

    when its actually the winter and i can count on the shitty weather being consistent though, i rotate a waxed canvas and waxed denim jacket. if you live in portland or seattle getting something like a eurogay barbour waxed jacket or a filson is a pretty easy way to outdress everyone. not that its very hard to here anyways. only the koreans dress well in the pnw.

  5. Anonymous says:

    nobody here likes smelling like crayons
    euro is crawling with shitskins so you’ve all gone numb to the smell of shit everywhere and don’t notice bad odors

  6. Anonymous says:

    Because this isn’t the 19th century anymore? We have high tech wonder materials like polyester now, caveman-kun. Why would anyone wear something that will slather wax on everything you come in contact with?

  7. Anonymous says:

    I used to wear a waxed duster when I lived in a rainy coastal region. Now I live in the desert, and have a waxed denim jacket for the few occasions when it rains a bit.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have one and I like it, but it’s annoying that it doesn’t have a hood so you have to carry an umbrella around

  9. Anonymous says:

    Ill fitting jacket with a gay shine to it that looks like a countryside municipal clerk got it from his fat wife for christms

    >why is nobody wearing this????

  10. Anonymous says:

    it’s because you have to buy the hood separately (Barbour). also you have to rewax it eventually. Goretex coats are less maintenance for the same price

    • Anonymous says:

      filtered

      this is the hecking literal point, they last forever with proper maintenance. and you have 3 different hoods with lining or not or wax or not based on the weather

  11. Anonymous says:

    It’s too shiny, that’s the only reason. If you’re shopping this much for a coat, you wear a poncho or something over it to protect it instead of a wax coating.

    • Anonymous says:

      OP looks shiny af but its a brand new modelling photo. any shininess disappears once the wax isnt completely fresh and some patina forms.
      also i dont know if thats an actual barbour, mine looks different but i know they have various models, could be an imitation brand thats shinier

  12. Anonymous says:

    I have a Marine Layer waxed bomber jacket and love it.

    Barber jackets are common here in America on the east coast. But you’re right, they are inexplicably not standard wear.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I live in Washington state and will wear waxed canvas for work in the winter. I recently just ordered one of Heat Straps limited runs of their heavy waxed canvas jackets, pretty stoked for it to arrive this month. Inside is lined with wool

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