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Favorite Oilskin coats?

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by TheDandyLion, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. TheDandyLion


    Mar 27, 2013
    I have been wearing an Oilskin short-coat for the last 3-4 years and LOVE it to death. Very warm and great in the rain But recently I've been looking for a new Oilskin coat to wear but instead of my heavy wool-lined short coat I am looking for something much longer and not so thickly lined. I decided what I'm looking for is a good, thinly lined duster/riding jacket.

    So what's your favorite full length canvas oilskin coat? Bonus points if you can recommend one that isn't a small fortune.
  2. beau5278


    Jun 7, 2007
    I've got one from Outback Trading Co that's 30 years old, now I don't wear it every day, only days were I'm almost certain to be standing in the rain for a while. I've been out in the rain for 5-6 hours in pouring rain and it didn't go through the coat. They do need to be re oiled on occasion and they're not cheap. You can get cheap ones that look nice if your not going to use them for their intended purpose but if you want to stay dry don't go cheap. I've got a shorter lined one also that I use in the winter sometimes, even that one was around $200 but I've had that one 20 years.
  3. 16VGTIDave


    Mar 12, 2011
    The Outback Trading Co coat I have is less than 10 years old, was made in China, and has holes worn through it on the sleeves and at the sides. Now, I did wear it every day for 2 winters working in home renovations (exclusively custom flooring installations). The cement and tile dust may have been what caused the excessive wear, but I expected longer life from such an expensive coat. It has been set aside for dirty outdoor work, but I don't wear it much anymore as it annoys me when I consider that a $30 fake flight jacket has taken more abuse than the oilskin and is in better condition.
  4. TheDandyLion


    Mar 27, 2013
    That's surprising to me. Mine is marked "Australian outback" though I'm not sure if it's the same company. Very tough coat.
  5. 16VGTIDave


    Mar 12, 2011
    The logo on my coat (on every snap and the leather tag) is a guy on horseback. Is that the logo on yours?

    My coat looks like a quality product, but it didn't last like one. I was expecting much more from the coat, especially considering the cost. Knowing what I know now, and had I paid attention to the "Made in China" tag, I wouldn't have paid more than 1/4 of what I did. If I bought it at all.

    I have trouble expressing the frustration and disappointment I have with this coat without getting rude.
  6. gadgetgeek


    May 19, 2007
    There are a lot of really good aussie brands that moved production to China and had a massive quality drop. Its a weird bit of the culture here. Guys will spend 60k on a pickup, but then demand boots only cost $65 a pair.

    I'd look up Driza-bone. They do some really good stuff, oilskin is still very popular in australia, and a few companies still make good stuff.
  7. stjames

    stjames Sebenzanista

    Oct 26, 1998
    Filson used to be great, but they changed ownership and now import some of their gear and I can't speak for the current product.
  8. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    I've had one for nearly 10 years now too. Gifted to me. It's a lined barn coat. Mine is still in great shape.

    I have Filson too. For what Outback Trading Co charges for their Chinese made products, I'd stick with Filson. My Filson jacket is 15+ years old.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2016
  9. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    Though not oilskin, last month, on-line, I bought a Swede like new surplus M59 vindrock parka with liner. $19.95. Warmest coat I own.

    Last edited: Jan 23, 2016
  10. TheDandyLion


    Mar 27, 2013
    No, mine has "Australian Outback" on every button
  11. Echo63


    Oct 22, 2004
    Just get a damn Driza-Bone

    Aussie made and damn near bombproof.

    They do need reproofing ocassionally (i used to do mine in the middle of summer - when i was wearing it nearly every night over winter - the heat made it absorb a bit easier)

    I still love my Drizabone, but it isnt really suited to work as a photographer - holding the camera up means water runs off you hands and pools in the elbow area - not too bad if you lower your hand - pointless wearing waterproof gear if you scratch the back of your neck cos it all runs into your underarm - goretex and a light gauntlet style waterproof glove fix this issue for me now - but the goretex is more expensive, and hasnt lasted as long.
  12. Bigbluefish


    Aug 19, 2009
    I still wear an oilskin drover coat I picked up about 28 years ago. Label says "The Original Outback Collection" around a picture of a platypus with a little tag saying Made in the USA. (???) The buttons all say "Australian Outback" and there is a big print of a horseback rider on the lining. The coat has held up well, being worn maybe a couple dozen times per year, usually when I'm going to be stuck walking or standing in the rain for hours. Never leaked, ripped, or anything. I think I re-treated it once in all that time.
    I have the wide brimmed oil-skin hat to go with it, too. Rain just rolls off that thing.
  13. TheDandyLion


    Mar 27, 2013
    That's the same company as mine
  14. n5750547


    Jan 16, 2016
    Yep get a Drizabone. We got some as part of our school uniform and mine is still in great condition 10 years on
  15. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 12, 2005
    When you say oilskin, are you talking about modern marine foul weather gear or linseed oil or wax coated cotton?
  16. Brisket


    Aug 2, 2009
    All or most of the Tin Cloth stuff is still made in the USA and still of excellent quality. I've sampled some of the newer style Filson garments, some made in China and have found them to be more hit & miss.

    My preference in waxed outerwear is Filson (Tin Cloth & Shelter Cloth) and Schaefer Rangewax (USA Made) over the Australian stuff but I've had a few that I like.
  17. Mossyhorn

    Mossyhorn Enlightened Rogue Platinum Member

    Dec 6, 2009
  18. JAB


    Dec 13, 2005
    Worth every penny - my Beaufort has been serving me well for twenty-odd years now.
  19. Spiggles


    Oct 7, 2013
    I have been through many- from Feathertop, to Driza-Bone, Barbour and Drimac.
    The Feathertop burned, the Driza-Bones (had 3 of these- a parka, the bushman and the drover coat) got holey, the Drimac was gifted to my Old Man, and the Barbour still serves me well.
    You get what you pay for, I think.

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