Overall: 2.8 / 5 based on 5 reviews
2 of 5 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Nice Looking but cheap build quality -
By: Olaf2046 from New York City, NY
First off Orvis sales and support staff are amazing in helping me exchange this product. With the Barbour Tartan Telescopic Umbrella you are ONLY paying for the Barbour logo on the handle and the trademark Classic Tartan print on the fabric. I was happy to find the handle is genuine quality Eucalyptus wood. The tartan print is beautiful as well but the positives stop there. The telescopic stem is so cheap that it broke the first time I pulled the umbrella out the sheath. It just slid back and forth loosely so I exchanged it but the new one does the same thing. The issue is the telescopic stem is skinny and not well connected so with the brolly open it wobbles. Worse even the metal stem is glued onto the wood handle with what looks like cheap wood glue. It is a matter of time before the handle falls off. Said and done, this is truthfully a three dollar brolly you buy on the street to use once and not a $39 quality product. If you could replace the telescopic stem somehow with a beefier stem then it would be good.
Flimsy, poor construction -
I was quite disappointed with this umbrella. When using it in a windy, rainy storm I tried to open it as soon as I got out of my car and the umbrella wouldn't even open properly. I was standing there beside my car in the pouring rain trying to flip it back into a proper shape. The wood handle is hollow and thin on one end and mine was cracked upon receiving it from Orvis. I love Barbour jackets, but this umbrella does not live up to their name.
Response from: Orvis Customer Service Team
Posted: 3/20/2013 8:47:10 AM
We have contacted our customer to offer thanks for this review. We respect and welcome our customers’ comments, and we continually strive to improve the quality of everything we sell. This issue has been reviewed by our Quality Assurance Department, and we are pleased to note that we did not encounter the reported problem. You can shop with confidence at Orvis—we will happily refund or exchange any purchase that isn’t 100% satisfactory.
way too small -
This umbrella is very cool looking but much smaller than expected. Plus it lists a "modern telescopic design" but in actuality, you open it up manually. I really like the plaid design and the wooden handle but overall I cannot recommend this umbrella.
Response from: Orvis Customer Service Team
Posted: 2/9/2011 11:41:48 AM
Orvis Customer Service contacted this customer and thanked him for his honest feedback. We greatly appreciate the feedback of our items as we are constantly trying to find ways to improve them. Orvis has also forwarded our customer's feedback to the product developers so they can be aware of his comments.
The beginning of Barbour jackets
In 1894 John Barbour established himself in the burgeoning port of South Shields, supplying oilskins and other garments to protect the growing community of sailors, fishermen, rivermen and dockers from the worst of the North Sea weather.
Within a few years the firm became the leading supplier of oilskins on the north east coast, not only to seafarers but to others in the surrounding country - farmers, labourers, carters, shepherds - who earned their living outdoors in all weathers. By the beginning of the next century Barbour’s durable Beacon oilskins were well known throughout Britain and beyond.
The legendary durability of Barbour jackets
If there’s one feature that distinguishes Barbour jackets more than any other, it is their legendary durability. But, given the quality of materials used—genuine long-staple Egyptian cotton, solid brass studs, substantial metal zips, plus painstaking quality of construction with an average of 15,000 stitches and up to two hundred components—perhaps it’s hardly surprising.
The seams in a Barbour oiled cotton jacket are double rolled, each stitched through two thicknesses of fabric. It is an intricate part of the manufacture and it ensures that the seams are completely waterproof. Even the thread is treated with the same secret watertight proofing formula as the fabric itself.
How long a Barbour jacket will last very much depends on its use (or rather abuse in many cases). Undoubtedly, owners expect much more of a Barbour than any other garment because Barbour enables them to do more. They will subject themselves and their jackets to the severest conditions of weather, mud, animal contact and abrasion than they could ever contemplate if wearing anything less robust.