Re: [CR] Brooks raincape - apologies and summisation


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Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 20:06:09 -0700
From: John Wood <braxton72@gmail.com>
To: james black <chocotaco@gmail.com>
Cc: Jon Spangler <jonswriter@att.net>, Dale Brown <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: Re: [CR] Brooks raincape - apologies and summisation


I have to confess that I like both rain capes in general and the looks of the new offering by Brooks. Reminds me of a Filson jacket that I own... http://www.filson.com/products/tin-cloth-packer-coat.10001.html Now certainly not the most practical jacket for many things, but if you are forced to spend significant amounts of time outdoors in ridiculous weather conditions, it's pretty unbeatable. And if ever I had the unfortunate luck to be in the vicinity of a nuclear blast, I would want to be wearing that coat! I imagine the Brooks rain cape will be a similarly well constructed, good looking (in a rugged way), functional, and durable piece of clothing. Nothing wrong with paying top dollar for quality, if you ask me.

John

On Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 12:50 PM, james black <chocotaco@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 11:29, Mark Lawrence
> <mark.lawrence@firstreadthis.com> wrote:
> > But in reality, it is a kind of Utopian statement. It reminds me of a
> fur lined silk raincoat I once saw at a fashion show. It may look wonderful
> on the catwalks, but it's about as useful as a chocolate teapot as we say.
>
>
> I scorn the absurdity of the $268 rain cape; and yet I think this
> raincape, with its ostentatiously practical details like the subtle
> reflective fabric, full hood, and integrated straps for mounting to
> your Brooks saddle loops, is rather clever as a fashionable object of
> desire. I could say the same for a lot of Brooks' new items, as far
> Barbour or Belstaff. Many of the most offensive items in their lineup
> impress me for their marvelous packaging of brand mystique - not as a
> cyclist but as an interested critic of consumer product design.
>
> One mourns the loss of authenticity in the "heritage brands" we hold
> dear, but that's the price we pay for the glory of living to see the
> end of history!
>
> James Black
> Los Angeles, CA