Since its 19th century founding back in England, J. Barbour and Sons has mastered the field coat. Originally designed for the hunt, classic field coats like the Beaufort Jacket have been the go-to outerwear for transitional seasons — standing solidly in between a more-formal topcoat and a Patagonia puffy — and functioned as more Carhartt-like workwear.
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While the original, old-world, out-on-the-Yorkshire-moor Barbours are still fantastic, their bulky $400 price tag (not including insulation) makes them more common in SoHo than in a pickup truck in rural New England — though the double-barreled bird hunters might still stalk through their 1,000 acres clad in the original when their tweeds are at the cleaners. However, there are plenty of solid options for those of us who don’t feel like footing that bill.
One of the best alternatives to this classic from Old England is a classic from New England, the L.L. Bean Original Field Coat, which runs for less than a third of the Barbour’s price. At 102 years old, L.L. Bean has unquestionable credibility with the outdoors, and its lifetime guarantee sure sweetens the deal over a, uh, field of field coat competitors.
L.L. Bean offers waxed-canvas versions like the classic Barbour, plain canvas versions, and more work-friendly rugged models to cover its bases. And with insulation options of Primaloft, wool, or cotton like a barn coat, you can rock a typically two-season jacket year round.