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Time to Get Technical: Wave Good-bye to Waxed Cotton?
30 Dec 2016
The Guinness Book of Records does not generally indulge in subjective opinion. The editors instead concern themselves purely with objective, verifiable facts. So when, whilst listing Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ various World Records, they assert that he is ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’ we might as well take it as Gospel. And when a man of such stature and experience as Sir Ranulph says, ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing,’ then who are we to argue? Anyone who finds themselves manning a peg in the wind and rain will have ample motivation and opportunity to ponder the question of ‘appropriate clothing’ for such occasions. The words ‘warm’, ‘windproof’ and ‘waterproof’ will soon spring to mind. Tradition more often than not favours the Barbour. Waxed cotton ages wonderfully,repels a fair bit of rain and of course there are few more evocative, comforting smells to the sporting nose. But when the weather really closes in, anyone who owns one will tell you that modern jackets have the edge whilst still looking the part. Take the Musto Whisper Jacket, for example: a soft, silent outer layer, 100% waterproof and windproof GORE-TEX® lining and Primaloft® insulation in between. Even the classic tweed coat has been brought into the 21st century with, among others, the Schöffel Ptarmigan Tweed Coat: soft, durable (and machine-washable) Schöffel Tweed combined with a waterproof and windproof GORE-TEX® lining make this the last word in stylish, modern and completely weather-proof shooting gear that we believe would win the approval of countrymen and world-famous polar explorers alike.