Swanndri Shirts and Jackets
Posted 19 December 2007 - 03:53 am
I understand the wool is treated to be amazingly naturally waterproof and hardwearing. I was thinking of buying the ranger shirt, but didn't know if I should get the standard one which should be WP to a point or the version with a WP drop liner.....
Anyone got any experiance of them?
Posted 19 December 2007 - 05:29 am
as much as it pains me to say this though the swandri is now made in china and i would not advise buying any swanndri product, they shut down the new zealand factories and shipped it all off shore, global marketing and cheaper labour cost they reckon, bullshit they try and sell the brand with pictures of our mountains and outdoors images but they are pumped out of a chinese sweatshop.
support the kiwi workers that got shafted by giving swanndri the big
Posted 19 December 2007 - 06:56 am
Posted 19 December 2007 - 07:04 am
My only memories were the niggling criticisms of design. It had no pockets. It had no cuff closures. And I wasn't too happy about the neck / throat closure either.
But, what the hell. For england it seemed tough as f*ck. Well put together. Shed water like oil does. Silent. Warm. Not overly heavy, by that eras' standards (Think; Barbour!) And my beloved got to wander round showing THE label
Then I screwed it big time and she and her mega expensive 'jacket' went west. But I've always remembered that garment and wondered if the producers ever got their act together and refined their kit. Made it more practical and incorperated some of the shit we now demand as standard - like not having to bend at the waist and wriggle out of an, effectively, one piece sheaf. How about a zip?
Having read Kiwi's comments? I guess that just layed the ghost for me.
I now wear a Double 'Ventile' jacket from, would ye believe, 'Country Innovations'. (Yeppers; Bill ('The C***') Oddie advertises their kit). Cost me a Very Good weeks wages, at more up to date standards. But it's simply faultless
Ok; I'm wary of barbed wire fences, with this thing on. But so am I with my Dogs or rifle around. But, barbed wire fence resistance apart? I honestly don't think the Swandri kit held any advantage over what I have now - even in their hey day.
I'd genuinely be fasinated to hear others opinions and comparisons on such kit. How about that tan coloured, 'Soft' material jacket Barbour brought out about a decade back now? I drooled over it then and have never seen it mentioned since.
Posted 21 December 2007 - 10:52 pm
Posted 21 December 2007 - 11:28 pm
edited to add - have a mate who wears swazi seems like excelent gear...
Edited by borderboy, 21 December 2007 - 11:29 pm.
Posted 22 December 2007 - 03:09 am
yep they are still designed and made here, top gear, i got the one tuff mutha jacket and my mates got the one tuff brotha......the thar annorack is my next jacket for the high country.
How about Swazi? They are still New Zealand based. I'm seriously considering their wapiti jacket.
Posted 27 December 2007 - 11:27 am
Posted 09 January 2008 - 12:49 pm
One of the best most durable coats ever made. Still waterproof now (bought Oct 96). If you can find a decent order NZ made one snap it up
Posted 10 January 2008 - 06:04 am
Posted 10 January 2008 - 09:07 am
Posted 10 January 2008 - 01:55 pm
There's one on fleabay now, Swanndri Stalker Jacket, item no 280190038393
Posted 01 January 2010 - 11:58 pm
I realize I'm on a very old thread, and I'm asking something unusual on a first post, but here goes:
Any of the old Swanni workers going to spill the beans about the "secret waterproofing treatment"?
Or is the "treatment" just BS to stop people realizing the fabric is just a loden type cloth?
I've had a bush shirt since the mid 90s and love it, but I'll be b***ered if I'm buying one made by Chinese who are paid 40 euro cents a day
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