They can and are used for everything from horse grooming to attending the races which is why I think of Barbour's Beaufort as the perfect barn coat. Rain or shine, the Beaufort is at home out back with its pockets full of shotgun shells and equally appropriate for a long day of browsing too many antique shops. And they're more democratic than you might think - they sold me one and I don't own a single Land Rover.
The Beaufort features a waxed cotton shell, a turn-up corduroy collar and cotton lining with a snap-closed throat and storm cuffs for protection against the elements. The snap-front conceals a wallet pocket and a full-width rear game pocket with side zips, and two front bellows pockets and two moleskin-lined hand-warmer-pockets provide plenty of stowage.
Like too few good things, the Beaufort is even relatively affordable. I've seen them for less than $275, a bargain in this age of depreciated greenbacks. Mine needs re-waxing, and now that Spring is showing itself in California I will send it out so it's ready for next year.