Sacksuit Midwest

Starting Member
All:

I am in need of a new casual coat that can handle rain, some snow and chilly midwestern winters. I had my eye on the Filson Cover Cloth Mile Maker with the optional wool liner. However, the oil wax treatment and residue on the fabric give me pause. Does anyone have experience with this garment? Thoughts?

How about the Filson Trench Coat, which appears to not require the periodic oil wax treatment and didn’t feel as oily?

I have an inquiry in to Filson customer service, but wanted to reach out to experienced folks as well.

Thanks.
 

TallLefty21

New Member
I bought a Mile Marker a few weeks ago and absolutely love it. Since it's new I obviously don't know how it is after a rewax. It is not oily right now whatsoever.
 

TDWat

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
I've tried on Filson's cover cloth jackets at a Filson store in the past and didn't find them particularly oily. I don't know about rewaxing using Filson's wax, but with Barbour jackets, as soon as the new layer of wax soaks in they're not uncomfortably oily either. Waxing periodically is a labor of love, but you only have to do it every couple years and it gives the cloth a really unique look once it's worn in.
 

icky thump

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
FWIW if you're going to go waxed cotton, go full Barbour. They last forever. First half dozen wearings or so after a rewax they do have a slick texture but after that, fine.
 

Danny

Super Member
I will say, I like the look of the Barbour waxed cotton coats best because they have raglan sleeves. Just seems like a more polished look IMHO. Performance wise I have no doubt a Filson coat will do well. I have a few Filson items that have lasted me 15+ years.
 

MycroftH

Starting Member
I have the Mile Marker jacket in wool whipcord, it's probably my favorite Fall & Winter jacket. Love the fit and the pocket layout.

I have the Field Jacket in Cover Cloth, which I break out for rain or light snow with the wool liner. It's two layers of fabric, the oil wax is in / on the outer layer and never touches the clothes underneath. I've had it since 2010, never an issue with the waxed cotton.
 

Dragoon

Senior Member
Mine was purchased in 2010. At that time it was referred to as the "Weekender" which is supposedly the "Mile Marker" renamed.

Another question: I'm considering buying a wool vest liner, do you normally buy the same size as the jacket?
 

David J. Cooper

Super Member
I have both Filson and Barbour jackets, neither is at all filmy. Perhaps on a warm day soon after waxing you may have a problem.

A very helpful sales person at Orvis in San Francisco recommended turning my wife's Barbour inside out before packing. That was good advise I suppose.

Barbour jackets are meant for the English countryside and Filson jackets are for herding cattle. So any attempt at city wear could be odd.
 

derum

Inactive
A friend of mine bought an oilskin jacket from Outback Trading Company for wearing out and about in Michigan during winter. Pathfinder I believe is the model, and very reasonably priced.
My oilskin/wax jacket of choice for winter is my Belstaff Trialmaster with a zip in fleece liner. Toasty.
 

challer

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
The button/zip in liners don’t work well at all. Best to layer with a sweater. Sold mine. I have a wool Folsom that I love, it’s perfect for what it is. I also have a waterproof Beretta shooting jacket. Chrysalis are a waterproof tweed option as well. We own a few Barbours in different sizes, the Filson and Beretta. Everything works very well together
 

FLMike

Connoisseur
The button/zip in liners don’t work well at all. Best to layer with a sweater. Sold mine. I have a wool Folsom that I love, it’s perfect for what it is. I also have a waterproof Beretta shooting jacket. Chrysalis are a waterproof tweed option as well. We own a few Barbours in different sizes, the Filson and Beretta. Everything works very well together
Interesting. I have the zip-in fleece liner vest for my Classic Beaufort, and it’s always worked great. I even wore it over a suit back when I regularly traveled to NYC for a Wall Street job in the early 00’s. That was kind of the thing to do in the business. Black Gucci bits and, in the winter, a Beaufort over your suit. The uniform.....
 

challer

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
All:

I am in need of a new casual coat that can handle rain, some snow and chilly midwestern winters. I had my eye on the Filson Cover Cloth Mile Maker with the optional wool liner. However, the oil wax treatment and residue on the fabric give me pause. Does anyone have experience with this garment? Thoughts?

How about the Filson Trench Coat, which appears to not require the periodic oil wax treatment and didn’t feel as oily?

I have an inquiry in to Filson customer service, but wanted to reach out to experienced folks as well.

Thanks.
I have the Filson Trench and love it as well as a Barbour. Similar but very different. Trench is long, a bit insulated, roomy. It is waxed but not to thdd Ed extent of a Barbour but the first erotic will equal those out. Even my longest Border is short compared to the Trench. For me, when it’s raining hard and sideways I go for the Trench. Normal weather and the nod goes to Barbour
 

Oldsarge

Moderator and Bon Vivant
Whoever said that Filson had been sold? You must be thinking of Woolrich. Filson is still in Seattle, just like it has been since the Yukon gold rush and their stuff is still made in house. You can go visit and watch.
 

challer

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
A visit to the Filson store is at the top of my plans every time I visit Seattle

Whoever said that Filson had been sold? You must be thinking of Woolrich. Filson is still in Seattle, just like it has been since the Yukon gold rush and their stuff is still made in house. You can go visit and watch.
 

TallLefty21

New Member
I've owned a Mile Marker for a little over a year and I love it. I gave up on Barbour since I'm tall and I refuse to pay their exorbitant rates to ship the jacket to their factory to have the sleeves lengthened.
 

Lee Solman

Starting Member
I have both Filson and Barbour jackets, neither is at all filmy. Perhaps on a warm day soon after waxing you may have a problem.

A very helpful sales person at Orvis in San Francisco recommended turning my wife's Barbour inside out before packing. That was good advise I suppose.

Barbour jackets are meant for the English countryside and Filson jackets are for herding cattle. So any attempt at city wear could be odd.
I work in the English countryside. For an all weather jacket I choose an harkila gtx . I couldn't wear anything with a Barbour label as it reminds me of the 1st choice of clothing for an English land agent .

The filson wax jackets are beautiful but as they cost quite a lot I wouldn't use for work, maybe just for walks in the country in style
 

drpeter

Super Member
I work in the English countryside. For an all weather jacket I choose an harkila gtx . I couldn't wear anything with a Barbour label as it reminds me of the 1st choice of clothing for an English land agent .

The filson wax jackets are beautiful but as they cost quite a lot I wouldn't use for work, maybe just for walks in the country in style
LOL, from your statement, it seems clear that English land agents are people you wouldn't want to be associated with, perhaps because they are disreputable in some way. Living across the pond, I am not familiar with these land agents. So if I may ask, who are they? What is their function?
 
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