Introduced in the Fall 1985 “Notes from the Outback” catalog, the Bushman’s Raincoat is one of the more distinctive items BR produced. It’s about as dramatic and interesting as a raincoat gets and will make you look like you stepped right out of the 1982 Aussie film “Man From Snowy River”. It was offered in Khaki Tan from Fall/Holiday 1985-Fall/Holiday 1987, with one appearance of Olive Drab in Fall 1986.
From the catalogue: “During the Aussie rainy season–known as “the wet”–a jackeroo’s oilskin raincoat is nearly as vital as his horse. It’s vented to keep the saddle dry, built with a roof-like cape for run-off, and made from a historically tough fabric. A Scottish sailmaker created oilskin in 1793 by soaking sailcloth with linseed oil to make it shed water. A wonderfully effective process, but we’ve made it even more efficient. Our Bushman’s Raincoat is made in England from fabric supplied by the same Scottish sailmaking company, using the finest long-fiber cotton with a special oil-and-wax finish. A true miracle fabric–waterproof yet breathable, and nearly as durable as Ayers Rock: The jackeroos commonly keep their raincoats 20 years or more.”