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Old 10-22-12, 02:48 PM
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I have a Barbour waxed-cotton jacket for days of serious retro-grouching in the rain. When it has been freshly waxed it's about as water resistant as Gore-tex and much warmer (but heavy as heck!). It still breathes to some extent as well. But, after 3-4 hours in a good rain, it gets soaked through and takes forever to dry. Plus it smells strongly of the wax- nothing like it- you won't want to hang it with other clothes.

Re-waxing cotton canvas is done by melting the special wax mixture in a double-boiler and wiping it on the thin areas with a rag, heating with a blow-drier to even it out.
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