With the popularity of all things Australian, you’ve probably heard of the Driza Bone Coat.
What you may not have heard about are the many benefits of this coat, and why so many people are sold on it for cold and wet weather protection.
The Drizabone coat first came about in 1898 (yes, it’s more than 100 years old!), when two enterprising sailors designed a coat made of used canvas sail cloth. The two sailors covered their coats with a mixture of oils and discovered that they were particularly good for bad weather wear, keeping the wearer warm and dry even in the worst of conditions. The oils on the cloth made water shed off the coat!
Word spread about these wonderful coats and they became very popular among sailors and others who needed strong protection from the elements.
Today the Drizabone coat is available to us in the United States, where it has also become very popular among people who work outside. It has been updated with a fantail to allow cowboys and others who work outside to have expanded range of motion. The coat includes straps to allow the wearer to strap his legs to the coat, and even a cape, which forces rain and snow to shed. There are snaps around the collar to attach a hood, optional.
Interestingly, Americans call this type of coat a “duster,” and Australians refer to is as a “drover’s” coat.
And yes, the coat is still famous for its ability to keep the wearer warm and dry even in the worst of weather conditions, due to its waxed oilskin fabric.
For example, my husband’s long Drizabone is about 17 years old, and he still wears it when working cattle. We live in the north woods of Minnesota and Troy has worn his coat in snowstorms, sleet, rain, hail, mud, and every combination of same, and has come home swearing by his Drizabone. We’ve repainted the coat with the wax/oil mixture from Drizabone a few times, and had no complaints. This coat does everything it promises to do!
The coat comes in several styles and lengths, and is available for both men and women. The two most sought-after styles are the hip length and long coats. Prices range from $200 for a hip length coat to $260 for a long coat.
If you’re looking for a coat that will keep you warm and dry even in the worst weather conditions, you’ll want to try the Driza bone!