With winter in mind, this multi-functional jacket is constructed in Barbour's hardy 6oz Sylkoil waxed cotton with a comfortable, lightweight Nylon lining quilted to 50g wadding, for additional warmth. The corduroy-lined funnel collar features an integral Nylon hood complete with adjustable toggles for a perfect fit, offering wet-weather defence when needed but easily stowed away in the collar on dry days.
Built to offer comfort and protection to those who are active outdoors in any weather, the Corbridge benefits from adjustable cuffs, a robust two-way zip, a storm fly front with stud fastenings and an action back. The classic four-pocket detail adds a stylish, practical feature that keeps essentials safe and hands free. Available in a choice of three versatile colours. As this is a slim fitting jacket, we would advise purchasing the next size up than you would normally choose.
The Barbour Corbridge is a popular wax jacket which has a “modern man” design. It fits like a slim fit shirt and comes in tight around the upper arms giving it a very fashionable appearance.
When putting on the Barbour Corbridge you immediately notice the weight but also the feeling that you are wearing some sort of leather armour, and are geared up to battle the elements. Barbour wax jackets proudly display their waxiness when new and if you’re not careful will soon gather the fluff off the floor which you’ll have to pick and lint-roller off, at least when it’s brand new. The appearance, certainly in the black, is one of dark, sleekness. A new wax jacket is unmistakably new and you can be proud of it.
The Corbridge has a straight collar and looks like the overall jacket design was influenced by motorbike jackets – something Barbour also does with their “Barbour International” range. There are two chest pockets and two lower front pockets. Thankfully on the Corbridge, there are also side hand pockets behind the lower pockets. Some other Barbour jackets don’t have the side hand pockets so I was glad to find the Corbridge did as stuffing your hands vertically into the front pockets doesn’t really work and also puts excess pressure on the sticking and can cause ripping.
All pockets are lined with hard-wearing heavy tartan lining as standard and each has two metal eyelets for drainage. These pockets are just large enough to get a pair of normal gloves or a beanie hat in.
Inside the Corbridge on the left is a zipped and tartan-lined breast pocket, and on the inside right, a stitched on fabric pocket with velcro fastening.
The lining of the Corbridge jacket is diagonally quilted and the padding is fairly minimal. Having a sealed cotton outer will go along way to keeping you warm but the Corbridge seems for the warmer parts of the year and not bitter winter. Also, the slim fit of this jacket means that even with going a size up, you won’t get much more than a shirt on underneath it. It has 2-inch polyamide quilted lining with 50g wadding. As an out-and-about day jacket, it’s a perfect weight to throw on when heading out hence the popularity as town or dog walking jackets.
The two-way zip has standard Barbour metal ring at the top which works great with cold hands and the zips themselves are satisfyingly rugged. The slight jangle that you get from these zips is a little annoying when walking and the Corbridge has no additional venting for cooling down if working up a sweat. Barbour jackets are just “if you get hot, take it off” jackets. Unless popped at the bottom, I did find the zip sometimes opened itself. The length of the Corbridge does mean that when walking the bottom popper and zip should be open anyway.
Also thankfully, the zip doesn’t go all the way up under the chin. It stops short and then a popper secures the collar. Most outdoor gear zips all the way up to the chin which means your manly facial hair keeps getting pulled in the zip. Not so with the Corbridge!
Water and Oil
In the rain, the Corbridge benefits from a slightly longer length, pushing the water down onto your legs where you don’t care so much. With the straight collar and pack-away hood, you can certainly batten down the hatches and feel safe and secure when the weather hits. The hood is just a waterproof shell material, not waxed, so it packs into the collar without too much bulk. The hood does its job and has an elasticated drawstring, but I could have done without it in favour of a slimmer collar.
Along the inside of the jacket along the bottom hem is what appears to be waterproof nylon which is much harder wearing than the quilted inner and allows for the movement which this part of the jacket will receive. When the rain is on you, the longer length and this nylon inner mean you can be sure the water is pushed down away from your body and down the legs. It also prevents water from soaking into the padding and riding up.
If you’re going near any greenery with Barbour then a green or olive colour may be preferred. Wax jackets are sponge clean only and tree algae will mark very easily (not something you will care about if you bought it as an outdoor jacket).
As mentioned before, the restriction in the upper arms means it’s not the most practical jacket for working with your arms. There are pleats on the back of the shoulders but these don’t really seem to help with arm movement.
The sleeves taper out significantly at the wrists and can be adjusted with two popper settings but this won’t help you layer up with such narrow openings towards the shoulder.
For an evening out in the woods, I found I could slip on a microfleece and t-shirt underneath and happily go out into the cool Spring evening. I was actually surprised how much I immediately started to like the Corbridge. Yes, it’s a little heavy but the waxed outer helped me glide through thorns and pokey branches without issue and the slim fit wasn’t actually a problem. Collecting some wood, breaking branches, scraping some Birch bark and using a firesteel was more than enough to work up a sweat. Slipping on my gloves to deal with the fire, it dawned on me why the sleeves were so flared out at the ends – they allow for full wrist movement when working with your hands even with gloves on.
Sitting next to the fire while my water boiled and the sun disappeared, the evening temperature dropped quickly to about 8c. It was then I realised just how warm this jacket is. The thick waxed outer obviously does a great job of keeping water out but also means it’s completely windproof and the small amount of insulation was perfect to keep the resting chill off and prevent any draughts.
The Barbour Corbridge is actually a sleek, modern but highly functional wax jacket. Light and stylish enough to throw on when heading out, heavy enough to take walking through the countryside and keep you dry and warm in bad weather.
Also, like us, the Corbridge will only get better with age.
Overall Fit: ★★★★★