Must-Have Oilskin Coats This Winter

As soon as the breeze turns cold, you know your coat rack will get more action this time of the year. Dressing for winter is all about outerwear. Your layers are essential, but the coat you choose to throw over your shoulders will get more exposure. If you have many winter activities on the horizon, make sure you have protective adventure clothing, starting with your coat.

Your best defence is high-performing outdoor clothing. Coping with Australian winter would require more than just warm material. Winter is more than just cold temperature; it’s a harsh combination of snow, wind, and at times, rain. You should equip yourself with a tough outback coat that will protect you from all those elements—ideally made of oilskin! 

Oilskin Coat: Fashion and Function

Oilskin is a popular material in the outback scene since this particular fabric is practically resistant to everything. Because it is originally designed for the utility use of sailors and fishermen, it is an easy to wear garment whenever you need to be active, even during cold weather. It is a guarantee that its heavy-duty material will shield you from moisture and all the nasty winter stuff. Oilskin waterproof jackets will still allow you to do your thing outdoors without freezing to death. The following are some of the properties of an oilskin jacket that makes it an optimal pick for winter:

  • Water-resistant 
  • Windproof
  • Breathable despite the weight
  • Flexible
  • Adequately warm
  • Can go from casual to formal

Oilskin Water-Resistant Clothing We Recommend

We’re making sure you stay warm in style this season. Here are the best Kakadu oilskin waterproof jackets you must add to this season’s capsule. 

Workhorse Drovers Coat

An Aussie icon that has been proven over the past 100 years, the Workhorse Drovers Coat is hands down an essential. This one is a built-in abrasion-resistant, water-repellent Australian oilskin canvas. It comes with impressive features such as a removable storm cape, inner riding straps, and a drawcord waist. It is topped off with a stencil map print so the wearer won't get lost in the outback.

Workhorse Drovers Coat

Storm Jacket

Built to withstand harsh weather including extreme rain, this Storm Jacket is made from Australian oilskin. To keep the water off your neck, it features an easy to use roll-out hood. It also offers a corduroy collar, full cotton lining with two internal security pockets and the button-in liner facility to keep you comfortable and safe at the same time. The double snap-down storm plackets covers the front snap closure. This solid rain jacket has a drawcord at the waist, a full shoulder cape, adjuster sleeve tabs, and bottom front flapped patch pockets that cover handwarmer pockets. As if those details are not enough, it also comes with a back split for comfortable riding. 

Storm Jacket

Bonus: Buckleys Oilskin Bucket Hat

We know this isn’t a coat, but this Buckleys Oilskin Bucket Hat is still worth mentioning! It’s a handy piece that’ll keep you dry when the rain starts to fall. This bucket hat with UPF of 50+ is made from Kakadu's legendary MicroWax oilskin and features large mesh ventilation eyelets and a waterproof leather hatband. You don’t have to wear it all the time too. It’s conveniently small enough to roll up and fit in your pocket. 

Cleaning Your Oilskin Waterproof Jackets

With the right care, your oilskin piece can last a lifetime. Here are some ways you can keep it at its best:

  • When cleaning your oilskin items, clean them with a sponge and cold water or brush off the dirt. If the item is too dirty and you really need to wash it, don’t soak it. Hand wash with cold or lukewarm water. Rinse off the remaining soap and hang dry in an area with proper ventilation. Be sure it’s away from direct sunlight.

  • When washing your oilskin clothing, do not use regular detergent or very hot water. Doing so will remove the oil and the wax, thus removing its waterproof functionality. Use an oilskin and wool detergent specially made for oilskin materials.

  • Say goodbye to cold shoulders—in a literal sense—with a Kakadu coat. Always have a cool style during the cool weather!

    Make sure you’re geared for the winter and for all seasons. Check out our full collection perfect for the Australian outback here!