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Originally designed as a modernised take on the classic Bedale, the Barbour Ashby jacket has taken on a life of its own, quickly becoming one of the most iconic styles in the Barbour wax jacket collection. A signature style that can be donned throughout the year to add both practicality and style to any outfit, there is a lot to love about the Ashby wax jacket.

In this post, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the iconic Barbour Ashby wax jacket, sharing our knowledge of what has made this style so well loved by Barbour wearers for years. From its history to its future, the Ashby style has plenty of stories to share.

What is the difference between Barbour Bedale and Ashby?

As a reimagining of the classic Bedale style, the Ashby wax jacket shares many features with the ever-popular Bedale. Designed to offer an updated style to suit the changing fashions and preferences of the times, the Ashby offers wearers a more modern, tailored fit which remains in-line with on-trend contemporary silhouettes.

The story of how the Barbour Ashby was designed is stitched into the jacket itself, and so are the countless features that bring a practical edge to this fashion-forward jacket. As part of Barbour’s signature wax jacket collection, for example, the Ashby wax jacket has inherited many of the impressive features that the range is known and loved for. Highly durable, practical and sustainable, the Ashby can proudly claim the heritage of the Barbour wax collection, and will remain a staple for years to come.

A medium weight waxed cotton finish provides moderate protection from the ever-unpredictable British weather so, whether you’re taking a rainy stroll through the countryside or being swept with sea-spray by the coast, you can expect to stay cosy and dry.

Barbour’s signature tartan designs can be found on the Ashby wax jacket’s lining and inside pockets, marking the brand’s proud heritage. The colour and design changes with each jacket, with the Barbour Ashby Olive featuring the classic original tartan, while the black and navy styles adopt the bold red cardinal tartan and smart dress tartan designs respectively.

The traditional corduroy collar which features on the Bedale jacket remains a staple element of the Ashby wax jacket. Slightly smaller and with a sit-down design, the cord collar retains Barbour’s classic charm without compromising on modern trends. Another corduroy accent can be found in the sleeve cuffs of the Ashby jacket, which can be worn turned up due to the longer length.

Generous pockets on the Ashby wax jacket include two bellow pockets secured with popper fastenings, which allow for plenty of space for carrying daily essentials, and an inside pocket which ensures any valuables are kept safe on outings. A further two mole-skin lined hand-warmer pockets feature on the jacket, providing extra protection for chilled hands.

Additional accessories which are designed to enhance the practicality of the Ashby jacket help to extend its wearability into the cold weather of British winters. Rain is tackled by detachable hood additions, while the bite of snow is defended against by interactive liners, such as the three displayed below, which provide an additional layer of warmth.

Is the Barbour Ashby warm?

Between the strategically-placed hand-warmer pockets and the option to include a zip-in liner of varying warmth, the Barbour Ashby jacket is capable of keeping any wearer protected from the cold. The versatility of the optional liners also ensures that the warm Ashby can be altered to suit the milder days of spring, making it an excellent everyday choice.

Is Barbour Ashby waterproof?

Due to the careful waxing process that the Barbour Ashby wax jacket is treated with, wearers are granted good resistance to poor weather conditions. Rain showers can be defended against by the waxed cotton material, thanks to its natural water-repellent properties.

So, while the Ashby isn't fully waterproof, it can provide a sufficient amount of protection from the British weather.

How to style the Barbour Ashby jacket

Known for its modern look and classic feel, the Barbour Ashby jacket is perfectly suited to casual outfits. The matte finish of the coat in particular, which instantly creates a relaxed, lived-in feel, makes pairing the Ashby with a simple pair of chinos or twill trousers and a casual tartan shirt an easy choice.

When designing our own outfits with the men’s Ashby jacket, we focus on selecting shirts and trouser combinations in complementary, muted colours, such as the Barbour Canwell Overshirt in Stone Tartan and the Neuston Essential Chinos in Navy. These pieces also function as wardrobe staples, their casual style and comfortable fit allowing them to be worn for a wide range of occasions.

Barbour Ashby Review

Even with our styling recommendations, there are no rules to abide by and no strict trends to follow when it comes to the Barbour Ashby jacket. Time and time again, the effortless style of the jacket leads the way, offering wearers a coat that will stand the test of time. Just take a look at what people have to say.

“Smashing jacket which I have really enjoyed wearing. It's my second jacket, first one being the Sapper, which I use for work. I wanted something smarter with a tailored fit hence the Ashby.” - Nick B.

“The quality of this jacket is outstanding!! I bought it for my husband and he is beyond pleased!!” - Lesley B.

“I was very pleased with my purchase. The jacket came very quickly and the images online accurately represented it in terms of colour, proportions etc. It fits really well and the quality is excellent. I’ve worn it a few times already and fits well ranging from just a shirt underneath to a thick wooden sweater. Practically it’s pockets are generous for everyday carry items.” - Steven J.

“As expected, unique quality, strongly recommend. The fit is slightly larger than expected, but allows for several layers so helpful.” - Antoine A.

“Bought to wear when walking out in the woods. Looks great and keeps you warm and dry. Good fit roomy enough for a jumper underneath. Might have to send for a liner though to complete the look.” - Elaine S.

Find your Ashby Wax jacket at Barbour

Whether you’re searching for your very first Barbour jacket and are narrowing down your design options, or have already experienced the Barbour quality first-hand and are searching to expand your collection, the Ashby wax jacket is a versatile jacket that suits a range of styles. Choose between the three colour options of olive, black and navy online to find the right Ashby for you.

It could only be Barbour.