Among the large collection of Barbour outerwear, quilted jackets seem to be hogging the limelight at the moment. The Barbour quilted jacket is known for its quality, practicality and style – its finely sewn diamond quilts give it good insulation for the colder months. The Barbour quilted jackets come in a variety of colours and styles, some will have contemporary chest pockets and others have hand warmer pockets slightly lower down (they usually have extra padding to keep your hands warm during winter). Some of the jackets have cord collars to contrast with the quilted diamonds, and all of the jackets have a fully-quilted polyamide lining and 100% polyester wadding for extra warmth and insulation.
Quilted jackets are hitting high-street stores as they have become so popular, and designer brands like Barbour always have to deal with cheaper high-street imitations. The majority of the time these imitation pieces do not have the quality that the more expensive brands consistently supply. Instead of buying a cheap imitation piece that will only last you one season, it’s better to treat yourself to a quality coat, which might be more expensive, but will last you several seasons – making it a more economical choice in the long run.
If you were to compare a Barbour quilted jacket to a high-street imitation, you’d notice the difference in quality straight away, and not to mention the quality insulation that high-street brands rarely provide. A quality quilted jacket will have seamless stitching with absolutely no frayed edges, all stitching should look clean and neat. There will also be a thick lining inside of a quality coat, and it shouldn’t be sewn too tightly to the jacket, so you have lots of room for manoeuvre and room to make alterations should you need to. Another sign of a quality jacket is the stitching around the pockets. Pockets on Barbour jackets are an integral part of the coat, they are usually sewn into the jacket and given extra padding for warmth and insulation – on cheaper imitations the pockets will be sewn on to the outside of the coat haphazardly, usually with a piece of thin and flimsy material. Barbour’s timeless precision and quality will provide you with a coat or jacket that is the perfect investment for future warmth.