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My doctor ordered me to stay away from people (I do that regardless)...even going as far as telling me to go fishing in the "sticks". Yeah...sure...the only thing is that the outside thermometer read in the 30s when I got up this morning. But now, I can't stop peering into the fishing closet so I thought it might be a good time to start cleaning out.

Classic Barbour waterproof and breathable wading jacket that is highly functional with just enough features to comfortably carry what you need on the water. Very importantly - NO WAXING. As much I love my original Barbour Spey, I had to face it... the repeated waxing upkeep started preventing me from wearing it too often. Of course there is a bit of "mojo" in the original Spey but it certainly also comes with a bit of maintenance.

While this lightweight jacket works very well for warmer weather (night and day compared to the original Spey), I assure you with the right layering, it can handle some seriously cold steelhead weather as it did for me during a trip to the Great Lakes tribs in December conditions. It has a wonderfully designed adjustable brim hood system that is not only detachable but also hidable. In fact when hidden, everything comes together to result in a very nice soft collar. In addition to the pockets, this ideal shorter length jacket is built with an interior adjustable protective "skirt". I don't recall when was the last time I've seen this feature in a wading jacket. The sleeves also come with an interior snap system to deter excessive water from entering (you might still get a little wet depending on exposure).

I wore the jacket about 6 times total but it got a little too big for my tastes as I lost some weight. For frame of reference, I am 6' and 170lbs. After the last use, the jacket was washed and has been stored for the past few years.

One final thought... the "big brands", e.g., Simms, Patagonia, etc., undoubtedly make great jackets. But I think there is still something just a little nostalgic and iconic about wearing a classic Barbour wading jacket out on the water.

Price: $US 199. Paypal is fine. Free Shipping in the CONUS. Other regions on a case by case basis.

Thank you and please stay safe!


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