Made of water-resistant Gabardine, invented by Thomas Burberry and Aquascutum in the 19th Century. Originally for British Officers in the Boer War, and then in the trenches of the First World War.
A raincoat for when it is not too cold outside. The colour is meant to be khaki. It is designed to be a mixture of an ordinary raincoat and a military coat.
- SEAMS, FRONT DARTS: double breasted with eight to ten buttons; with a deep back yoke
aka rain guard.
- VENTS: single central wedge back vent with a button tab to hold it closed in the rain.
- COLOUR: khaki; hence ideal for autumn.
- SLEEVES: Raglan sleeves.
- SHOULDERS: with epaulets.
- LAPEL: wide lapels.
- COLLAR: Napoleon collar (with lapels) and with a storm flap aka gun flap or gun patch;
also a chin strap or throat latch tied to the back of the collar.
There is a triangular brim overlapping the fastening for a better latch.
- CUFFS: with buckled sleeve cuff straps.
- POCKETS: buttoned storm pockets.
- BELT: detachable D-Ring (in the back) waist belt with belt loops and buckles.
- LENGTH: mid-thigh to below the knee length up to a few inches above the ground to protect
the legs from the water - that is the original and most useful
length. Shorter versions are fashion statement or merely skimping on cloth, unless one is
very short in stature.
- MATERIAL WEIGHT: Gabardine; not heavy, water repellent.