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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Traditional Golf Jacket vs. The Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket

My Father with the New Haven Harbor Master, Early 1960s - Photos from Family Archives
My father loved outerwear and had a lot of it.  And quite a bit of it was made in England.  (Apple, tree)  And he had more than a few traditional golf jackets and G9s.

What is your favorite light jacket today, and where do you get it?

My Father in His Harrington G9 at Pemaquid Point, 1989

My Parents, Midcoast Maine, Late 1980s

 

11 comments:

  1. My casual outerwear tends to be on the heavier side - Barbour Beaufort, unlined LL Bean field coat (some kind of removable winter lining that I add when it’s cold). Really lightweight, I tap the hiking gear, often Patagonia’s Houdini, sometimes an old LL Bean anorak made from ‘supplex,’ water-resistant nylon that is woven so it feels more like cotton, like the old 60-40 parkas used to feel.

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  2. I'm pretty sure that I've mentioned it here before, but I like Carrier Company's Norfolk Work Jacket:

    https://www.carriercompany.co.uk/collections/mens/products/copy-of-norfolk-work-jacket?variant=39582771347509

    It's unflashy and comfortable in spring and fall temperatures. It's little trouble to wash or pack and I think I can wear it nearly anywhere. I suspect that readers here might also find it good looking.

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  3. Face the facts Muffy... Your father has great taste.

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  4. Grenfell's Harringtons and golf jackets (still made in London) are far superior to the Barracuta equivalents s which are now 50/50 poly cotton.

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  5. Since the arrival of synthetic fleece there is less need for Barracuda-like jackets.

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  6. No G-9, of course The Gold Standard is Steve McQueen. Have 3 light jackets by Polo, Khaki & Navy lined with throat latch, Yellow , with throat latch & no lining , last a heavy canvas duck brush jacket without lining with an overdose of patina. A Bedale is only good for 2 things...shedding the rain & cutting the wind. Layer up if you want to be warm. I reproof mine every summer. It's a 3 day job to do it perfect.

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  7. Gosh your gather had fantastic style. I don't care personally, though, for jackets of this length.

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  8. An ancient and paint stained French chore coat. If it is too cold for that, wear a sleeveless Fair Isle under it or a very old Bean down vest over it. As to the comment about fleece, despite hanging onto to the above-mentioned down vest, I make every effort to avoid synthetics. It may well be too late, but we really do need to curtail our use of plastics. At least the fleece is recycling them, but every time you pull it on, you are probably sloughing and breathing microplastics. I am delighted to see Patagonia now offering cotton and responsibly sourced down jackets. Now, just move the factory to the USA!

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  9. I've owned at least one harrington jacket since my teens. I currently have two. I just like the design of them

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  10. I would never part with my vintage Harrington's!

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