About tincloth Oilskin dusters and coats

Oilskin, tincloth or cotton duck are names for canvas treated with a mixture of wax and oil.  This was the water proof clothing before the advent of  synthetic materials.  One reasons synthetics have taken over is because  oilskin is very heavy and doesn’t breath well and also absorbs water so takes a while to dry out – the person wearing the coat doesn’t get wet.   On the positive side oilskin is much tougher than ant synthetic so it last longer and protects the wearer better.  One company famous for tincloth jackets is Filsons.  they have been around a long time and have built a reputation for quality.  They are also very expensive – at this writing jackets averaged $300.00~$500.00

Another popular coat is the oilskin duster.     I recently purchased a Sedona duster for $45.00 I’d say the price is about right. the quality is less than a Driza-bone or Outback Trading companies. The material is thinner and not well coated with wax. However, it is a much lighter coat than the other two so for those not wanting a real Aussie duster for the outdoors, but instead want something to wear in the city, then this Sedona duster is perfect.  Between the driza-Bone and Outback, Driza-Bone is the heavier tougher coat.   both the Outback Trading Co and Driza-Bone are Australian companies  while Sedona is American.  A few other companies worth noteing: The Fox Fire / Outback  Trails Co is actually Canadian while the Sydney Oilskin collection Co is based in the UK.

 

 

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One Response to “About tincloth Oilskin dusters and coats”

  1. David Says:

    just used oakwood to re seal my out back duster went well with the use of a hair dryer

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