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Slightly better than a pair of jeans.....just!

It also needs to have the wax redone every now and then. Also cleaning it is a pain in the ass. Unless you're into the retro look I would stay away and get something a little more modern and that you can dryclean.....

That said I have a Belstaff waxed cotten jacket in my collection. It smells bad and looks thrashed but I love it. To each his own.....
 

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Slightly better than a pair of jeans.....just!

It also needs to have the wax redone every now and then. Also cleaning it is a pain in the ass. Unless you're into the retro look I would stay away and get something a little more modern and that you can dryclean.....

That said I have a Belstaff waxed cotten jacket in my collection. It smells bad and looks thrashed but I love it. To each his own.....
I was looking at the Icon "Superduty" pants. They're cheap enough that I think I'd just buy a new pair rather than having the wax redone or anything. How do you clean them? Dry cleaner?
 

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No dry cleaning allowed as it strips the wax and hurts the fabric. Brush it off then a very mild soap and water. You then re-wax as needed. Oh, and you'll need to use Belstaff's special wax. Great fun finding it around town. If you do let me know as I ran out a few years ago......

Again these jackets are for the true retrosexual biker. If you have a cafe racer and a pudding bowl helmet you need one to finish the "look" all others need not apply.....

Check out the Belstaff site for a look at their full line up of gear. This company has been around forever and are now a fashion statement. Who would have thought....ha ha ha!
 

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don't buy it... gortex/leathers/kevlar or go home.
In 1990 I bought some waxed cotton stuff because there was no BCSB, now I know better and knowing is half the battle.

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Waxed cotton is unreal for being water proof. On our farm we tried Gortex and all the other hiker hippy crap they sell at MEC. The jackets would last about 3 years not needing any wax re added. They would get filthy and used in farm conditions never leaked plus they breath . Gortex is over rated wants it gets dirty it leaks.

The Belstaff has been used in England for years for one reason it works. The English are about 5 to 6 years ahead of us with bikes and trends. I've worn Belstaff for years and it's by far the best for wet weather.
 

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I've worn the stuff.
It's heavy, ridgid, and leaves a oily feel.
and it has a wierd smell.


Waxed cotton is unreal for being water proof. On our farm we tried Gortex and all the other hiker hippy crap they sell at MEC. The jackets would last about 3 years not needing any wax re added. They would get filthy and used in farm conditions never leaked plus they breath . Gortex is over rated wants it gets dirty it leaks.

The Belstaff has been used in England for years for one reason it works. The English are about 5 to 6 years ahead of us with bikes and trends. I've worn Belstaff for years and it's by far the best for wet weather.
 

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hmm, probably on par with jeans or something, eh?
Depending on it's stitching, thickness, and if it has armor in it or not. Most of the waxed cotton stuff I've seen was the old-school stuff, about the thickness of Carhartts, and unarmored. It would be better than nothing. I'd check out the newer Belstaff's if you want the look. This is probably one of the best of the bunch:

http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/Falstaff-Motorcycle-Jacket-p-16378.html

As to the maintenance, I need to wash my 'Stich twice a year, and dump in some of MEC's additives to let the water bead off it. Not really high maintenance, about the same as leathers getting a good twice a year rubdown with oil and cleaning.

Comparably the waxed cotton stuff doesn't seem bad that way, the Aussie Koolah jacket I had in college needed a treatment every year or so, but it was out in the woods, rain, and snow a lot.
 

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Very old technology. I used it in 1979 when I didn't have enough money to buy some thing better. I wouldn't go there again.

HUH? In 1979 Belstaff waxed jackets WAS the "something better". You were on the top of the heap and you didn't realize it! :D
 

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Hmm, well all I really want is some good, breathable gear that doesn't leave me feeling clammy when I get to work and keeps me dry. I wish I could just wear leather in rain (most protection) but I don't think my jacket would last too long if I did that.
 
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do what sailors do. wear sailing gear.

foul weather gear is pretty damn good. it is waterproof yet breathes. the jackets have plenty of pockets, reflectors, and all kinds of nice features. sailing pants have hi rise bibs to the chest to ensure water doesn't make you look like you've peed your pants.

gill, and helly hansen are great lines and affordable. henry lloyd is high end stuff. the alpinestars of the sailing world.

gill is available at the dinghy shop on 4th just west of alma.
helly hansen is available at the helly hansen store, on 4th, a few blocks west of burrard.

henry lloyd, not sure. i got my boots for free.

i've worn my sailing gear in the rain on the bike for years.

edit: there is a big sale on helly hansen gear right now. there is another store under the alex fraser bridge someplace. big big deals. better than the summer savings, and those were at least 40% off.
 
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