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    I picked up the Best Made Co. light waxed jacket last September on sale for around $150. I’m not sure i like it as much as my Gustin field jacket but I didn’t have to wait 3 months for it either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nandyn View Post
    You can also find an affordable field jacket you like and wax it yourself. Just need a heat gun (I used a hair dryer and it took way longer and was a pain in the ass) and some wax like otter wax, or fjallraven's Greenland wax, or the wax straight from Barbour. It's what I did with a cheap but good looking/well fitting cotton field jacket I got from asos.
    A word of caution waxing your own jacket, I re-waxed my Gustin trucker a few years back and it didn't turn out so well. I used a heat gun and bar of Otter wax and the Otter wax stunk really bad. I think if you're going to wax your own jacket be sure to use liquid wax, such as melting the wax down, and then use a brush to apply it so that you get an even coating. When I used an Otter wax bar the wax itself didn't penetrate the seams as well as I would've liked and left a white residue, not to mention how labor intensive it was. I'm sure some people have gotten good results waxing their own garments but it's a pain in the butt imo

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaseousclay View Post
    A word of caution waxing your own jacket, I re-waxed my Gustin trucker a few years back and it didn't turn out so well. I used a heat gun and bar of Otter wax and the Otter wax stunk really bad. I think if you're going to wax your own jacket be sure to use liquid wax, such as melting the wax down, and then use a brush to apply it so that you get an even coating. When I used an Otter wax bar the wax itself didn't penetrate the seams as well as I would've liked and left a white residue, not to mention how labor intensive it was. I'm sure some people have gotten good results waxing their own garments but it's a pain in the butt imo
    I tend to agree with this, some years back I experimented by first waxing a cotton baseball cap I had, which wasn't too hard and turned out great. Then tried to wax a plain cotton field jacket from JCF. It turned out to be an extremely time-consuming, frustrating, not to mention messy process. Then even after using a brush and a heat gun and spending lots of time trying to get the wax evenly melted/applied, the end result looked very messy, mottled, and uneven. I think I ended up just throwing the jacket out. I used Barbour Thornproof wax so it's not like I was cheaping out on the product.

    Some guys say they have had great success with this method. I'm not sure what they're doing right that I was apparently doing wrong.
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    Toss my hat in the ring for being careful about waxing your own jacket. While I did not attempt to do it with a jacket, I did with a pair of jeans. Dan Trepanier (he of the Style Blogger fame) had an article up on his website a few years back about waxing your own jeans. I liked the look of the pants he was wearing in his post and decided to give it a try.

    Yeah. Didn't go so well. Or at least my pants didn't turn out like Dan's. The end result was that the wax wasn't evenly applied and I jeans didn't look that nice. I did wear them though, as they were a new pair of pants and I didn't want to take the financial hit. But I will not be doing it again.

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    Have you tried Lands' End? Fit can be a bit generous if you are on the slim side, but their coats and jackets are highly regarded, and they run 40-50% off sale pretty regularly.

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    I picked up a (barely) used waxed Gustin field jacket earlier this year for $90. Super happy with it for the price.

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    I got a red cotton bomber from Target last year, that I'm thinking about waxing. How do you folks think it would look?

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