I really love my Briar parka! I have been wearing Barbour waxed cotton coats for years, but wanted to try a smaller, local brand. I was also hoping to find something made in the USA (which I just assumed these were - but they are made in China, as Barbour jackets are nowadays - just FYI in case you are looking for something made in the USA).
I was really on the fence with sizing, I was trying to decide between a L and XL - I'm a size 12 - 14 (12 in Barbour - but they are cut boxier), and followed the B&B guidelines for measurements, and was still on the fence, but since I like to wear a few underlayers (most notably a very lightweight down fitted jacket), I chose the XL and was very happy that I did - it fit perfectly, and honestly I'm not sure the L would have fit at all through the arms and shoulders, it's a bit slim cut - which is what I was assuming so that was spot on. Also I should note that the XL looks great without any under layers, so the size is definitely the right choice - I feel these coats (for outerwear) are cut on the slim side through the shoulders / arms if helpful for your own sizing.
Here are my overall thoughts:
Cut / Styling: A+ This jacket is super flattering and I love the fit and styling, I was actually surprised how great it looked, very happy here! I wish the hood was a little larger, but it's larger than Barbour and other brands I have, and I like an unusually large hood - so I think for most it would be perfect.
Quality: A+ Seems great thus far, although I have some concerns about the waxing (see below)
Weather / Rain Rating: A (for now, I have only worn this once thus far) I was very skeptical when the jacket arrived, I am used to something with a much more waxy feel - honestly the fabric barely felt waxed at all, that's probably why I waited so long to give it a go. My inaugural outing in a Seattle rainstorm was a success though! I wore the coat in solid rain for ~1 hour and 20 minutes and the rain did not go through the coat or seams. I'm wondering how long the waxing will last, but the nice thing about waxed cotton is that you can re-wax them as needed. I'm also considering going to Millerain and seeing what they recommend for re-waxing in the future.
Overall, this is a great lightweight parka - probably best for spring, or with something underneath for warmth in the winter. If I was truly going camping / hiking I would want something more technical, but for jaunts in the city or long rainy walks it is just perfect.
Thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed review! In regards to the wax finish on the Briar, this style is made with Ranger 6oz fabric from British Millerain. It's a dry wax that is easier to care for and offers more longevity than a standard wax.