The Beaufort is a medium-weight shooting jacket for year-round use, and features a sage colored, 100% waxed-cotton shell with 100% cotton lining. The Beaufort is made from honest materials, namely cotton and brass, and incorporates numerous design features that come from over a century of experience in making waterproof shooting garments. Like most high-quality items, the Beaufort just gets better with age and use.
The Beaufort is a shooting jacket by design and features shell pockets. The Beaufort's lower front bellows pockets are large and strong enough to hold shotgun cartridges. Each bellows pocket will easily hold a box of 12-Bore Shotshells. The bellows pockets feature storm flaps with snap closures to keep the ammunition dry in wet weather. In case water creeps into the bellows pockets, brass weep holes are riveted to the bottoms of the bellows pockets to permit water to drain. Above the bellows pockets are two moleskin-lined handwarmer pockets to keep the hands warm in cold conditions.
The Beaufort's two bellows pockets work in the same way as the shell pockets on shooting vests like John's Barbour Sporting Clays Vest. Shells remain easily within the shooter's reach at all times. Different loads may be segregated into separate pockets, or shells of the same load may be split into both pockets to distribute the load. The shells are kept out of the way when the gun is held at the waist.
This mixed bag of quail, pheasant, and duck is but a sample of the various game birds. When shot in the field, these birds must be transported back. An easy way to transport shot birds is in a game bag.
The Beaufort incorporates a game bag into the rear skirt, permitting hands-free carry of shot birds and without affecting the shooter's freedom of movement during walking and shooting.
The game bag is accessed by unzipping the heavy-duty brass zipper. There is a zipper on each side of the jacket, to permit accessing the game bag with either hand.
The game bag is lined with nylon for easier cleaning of animal blood. Just hose it out.
Although originally designed for field shooting, the Beaufort's elegant design and great versatility have made it Barbour's most popular jacket for all town and country pursuits by non-shooters as well as shooters. One of the reasons for the Beaufort's great popularity is its ability to be worn and configured in numerous different ways to suit the wearer, the weather, and the activity. In warmer weather, the Beaufort may be worn completely unzipped.
If it gets colder, just zip up the jacket. The heavy-duty brass zipper is very large and easily manipulated even with gloves on. Jackets that rely on buttons or snaps for opening and closing cannot match this kind of versatility.
There are times when the wearer wants the jacket to be closed but still wants ventilation. For example, shooting with an open jacket is an invitation to snagging and poor gun mounts. The Beaufort accommodates these applications. If desired, the Beaufort may be zipped only in the center to provide greater ventilation or more room for the legs when seated. Or perhaps the Beaufort's game bag is full and the jacket must be unzipped to fit comfortably. The Beaufort's two-way zipper allows ventilation and size adjustments, quickly and easily.
More ventilation is achieved by the Beaufort's ventilation eyelets on the underarms.
These eyelets let out the hot air while keeping out the rain because they are usually covered by the arms. The Beaufort also accepts zip-in liners that cover up the underarm vents in very cold conditions. The above photograph shows Barbour's 100% cotton Barbour Ancient Tartan lining, which lines the entire interior of the jacket.
While the Beaufort is suitable for warmer weather, it may be configured to suit very cold and very wet conditions. For example, the front storm flap may be closed over the zipper and the wallet pocket and then snapped in place for additional protection against water intrusion.
The Beaufort's sleeves feature Velcro-adjustable storm gusset cuffs. These cuffs are kept wide open for warmer conditions but may be tightened around the wrist to prevent cold air and water from entering the sleeves.
The Beaufort's brown corduroy collar is fitted with snaps.
The collar may be turned up and the collar's storm flap may be snapped shut for additional weather protection. With the front flap snapped shut, the cuffs tightened, and the collar's storm flap snapped shut, the Beaufort is buttoned up against foul weather conditions. The Beaufort also accepts optional zip-in liners and a quickly detachable Waxed Cotton Hood, making the Beaufort even more adaptable and a true all-season companion.
The Beaufort is already waterproof. But when greater warmth is required, the Beaufort accepts zip-in liners and vests. The Beaufort's yoke features a snap to hold a liner's collar.
The front of the jack features supplemental zippers to secure the zip-in liner.
The Waxed Cotton Hood snaps onto the Beaufort's collar, provides additional warmth to the head, and protects the head and neck areas from soaking and water intrusion. When not being worn, the Waxed Cotton Hood may be quickly detached and stored inside the Beaufort's game bag,
or it may be kept attached and rolled back and off the neck and shoulders.
The Waxed Cotton Hood is a particular design triumph in that it features a stiffening wire around its opening. The wire is stiff enough to permit the user to shape the hood to his liking. The wire also prevents the hood from collapsing on the wear's face. In the photo above, there is nothing supporting the Waxed Cotton Hood and yet it maintains its shape. In very wet conditions, the Waxed Cotton Hood's drawstrings may be pulled tight so that the hood lies flat against the face.
Like the Beaufort, the Waxed Cotton Hood features Barbour's 100% cotton Barbour Ancient Tartan lining on all interior surfaces.
Barbour waterproof garments like the Beaufort and the Waxed Cotton Hood are not difficult to care for, but they do require care and reproofing periodically if they are to maintain their waterproof nature.
Made to the same formula as that used by Barbour on your coat or jacket, Thornproof Dressing enables do-it-yourself reproofing of your Barbour waterproof garments. It is important to use only genuine Barbour Thornproof Dressing on your Barbour waterproof garment, as other dressings are less effective and some may even harm the garment. This 200ml tin is enough to reproof completely one coat or two jackets.
Reproofing your Barbour waterproof garment is easy, and is really no harder than waxing a boot. If you wish, however, you can take advantage of reproofing done in Barbour's own factory, as Barbour offers a reproofing service for all of its waterproof clothing.