Drover Coat

Australia
$250.00
Item No. 2791
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The Drover is Driza-bone's shorter length coat, an all-purpose jacket suitable for horseback riding, backpacking and urban downpours. The Drover has many of the features of the full length riding coat. Using the same heavyweight waxed cotton, it has a shoulder cape with straps, storm front and collar and adjustable cuffs. There are snaps at the back of the collar for attachment of a hood (sold separately.) There are two outside patch pockets with handwarmer pockets underneath, and a 100% cotton lining with a 7 inch x 7 inch interior pocket. Sizing is generous throughout. Length of the size large (42/44) is 31 inches. Made in Australia from heavyweight 100% cotton cloth woven in India and proofed in Australia.

The Drover is Driza-bone's shorter length coat, an all-purpose jacket suitable for horseback riding, backpacking and urban downpours. The Drover has many of the features of the full length riding coat. Using the same heavyweight waxed cotton, it has a shoulder cape with straps, storm front and collar and adjustable cuffs. There are snaps at the back of the collar for attachment of a hood (sold separately.) There are two outside patch pockets with handwarmer pockets underneath, and a 100% cotton lining with a 7 inch x 7 inch interior pocket. Sizing is generous throughout. Length of the size large (42/44) is 31 inches. Made in Australia from heavyweight 100% cotton cloth woven in India and proofed in Australia.

  • Australian Drovers
    The Drovers were an integral part of Australian society from the early 1800s until the mid-20th Century, although they are still important today. Large herds of cattle and sheep needed to be moved across large distances. Sometimes driving the livestock could take years. This took a large team of drovers, each with four or five horses. A large herd of cattle could need up to seven men: the boss, four stockmen and a tailer--responsible for getting food and water for the horses. Horses were made up of work horses, night horses and pack horses.

    As the railroads opened up mid-20th Century, some stock could be moved without drovers. However it wasn't until the 1960's that droving was mostly replaced by trucks moving livestock. Yet despite the reliance on trucks, drovers are still necessary, adapting to the current times and riding horses, motorcycles and ATVs. During times of drought drovers will still take mobs of cattle or sheep along the "long paddock".

    The Overlanders were the Australian cattle drovers who handled the long distance movement of cattle. In the early 1800's they opened up new areas of the outback, often unexplored, to cattle raising. In the 1850's they made fortunes supplying cattle to the mining towns of the Australian gold rush. Later, as cattle properties became established in areas such as the Northern Territory and The Kimberleys in Western Australia, cattle were regularly driven 1,500 miles or more to bring them to market. The Overlanders were a hardy and independent lot, often rough and not mindful of the law. They took their cattle through arid or semi-arid country with uncertain and scanty feed, creating as they did so an heroic history and legend of endurance in the face of harsh conditions.

  • Care
    Care of Australian Riding Coats:

    Waxed cotton should never be washed with soap or detergent, nor dry cleaned. Rinse off dirt with cool water, or lightly brush off dry dirt. Rewax occasionally with reproofing compound such as Driza-Bone Oilskin Reproofer, all over every year or two, more frequently on areas of wear, such as cuffs or sleeves.

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    Driza-Bone

    Driza-Bone is an Australian icon in riding coats, much as Akubra is in hats, recognized not only in Australia but also throughout the world for quality, practicality and the Australian flair. The name Driza-Bone (Stryne for "Dry as a Bone") was registered in 1933, around the time the waxed cotton cloth was developed in Britain to replace the old cloth coated with linseed oil. The material is 100% cotton cloth tightly woven in India and proofed by Driza-Bone in Australia, creating the best waxed cotton available.

    It is the materials, make-up, and detailing that sets Driza-Bone apart as the premier quality Australian riding coat, with a practical design developed on the basis of Driza-Bone's long experience. The material is the best heavy weight waxed cotton, tightly woven to hold out water but remarkably breathable. For strength, the fabric is woven from long-staple Egyptian cotton. Because it is a dense fabric, without the heavy wax fillers of a loose fabric, this material does not become excessively stiff in cold weather.

    Seams are critical in rain garments. The Driza-Bone seams are double stitched felled seams, rainproof and strong, sewn with waxed thread effectively filling in the sewing holes. Wear on seams from the sleeves rubbing against the body of the coat is avoided by running the seams up the outer side of the sleeves, and eliminating any side seam on the coat entirely.

    The shoulder cape is not to give extra water resistance on the shoulders; one layer of this waxed cotton fabric is sufficient. The cape is to prevent rain from cooling the inside layer on the shoulders, keeping this layer warmer and its breathability higher in the area where the coat lies close to the body so enhancing the comfort and protection of the coat. There is a flap over the top of the removable cape to prevent rain running down underneath. The storm collar is cotton on the inner side for comfort. The pocket flaps have snaps for security, and the handwarmer pockets are fully cotton lined. The waist has a drawstring. Sizing is generous throughout.

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