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everyone needs a Pakamac. Gents models from 17/6 - Ladies models from 10/6 ...but make sure it is a Pakamac. The original "Raincoat in your pocket"...

1513 user comment(s) below:-

Comments by BJ on 10th February 2016  

Now that the word has come up I have very vague early-60s in UK memories of 'bri-nylon' I think it was used for clothes of various kinds. My first guess would be that the 'bri' was short for 'British'. I just Googled it and it seems to have been a specific type of nylon with a specific formulation. (If that sounds vague, I did fail Form 4 chemistry so I'm no expert). One other thing that came out of the Google stuff is that it generated a lot of static electricity and that was a problem.

Comments by R&B on 9th February 2016  

Hi G we said we would add another comment about us going out in the rain when we were on holiday and I hope this is the type of thing you wanted to hear. We think it rained almost every day when we went to Killarney but I wondered whether it was quite as bad as we remembered so I searched on google for the weather in August 1997 and someone has saved some old BBC weather forecasts. Although they don't show Ireland very well you can see how much rain we had! Despite the atrocious weather we still had a lovely time and I think Robin is right because sometimes you can still have a nice time even when it is raining especially when other people are so pleased to see you like the lady at Muckross farm. She was really kind and she said she thought our macs were really good and because we also had wellingtons and a brolly I remember her saying look at you, you look like you are prepared for the weather did someone tell you it rains a lot in Ireland! We had so much rain that I think we could add a few more comments if this is the type of thing you would like to hear more about.

Comments by R&B on 9th February 2016  

Hi G sorry it has taken a long time to add another comment but I wasn't sure whether you wanted to hear more about our macs or more about us going out in the rain so we have added both and I hope they are OK. I think you probably have a good idea what our macs are like now anyway because you are right they are the type of nearly transparent clear and black plastic macs that you could buy in lots of shops. I think they are probably the most popular colours for ladies and gents macs and we are so pleased we bought them when we did because it is quite hard to find them now. We like them because they are completely waterproof and not just showerproof and they are quite long so we don't need waterproof trousers on so they are much better than cagoules. And because they fold up so easily we can take them with us if we are not sure whether it is going to rain or not so they are really good for days out. Beth added a comment about our umbrella and the one we took to Ireland was one of the see through plastic ones because they are really good for sight seeing and we don't really worry about rain dripping off it because we usually have our macs on anyway and I don't think we would notice the difference between this and the rain outside.

Comments by Jane on 9th February 2016  

Hi G we think Bri nylon was a make they came about or after Polin macs but do not quote me prefer plastic macs myself

Comments by G on 4th February 2016  

Hi when nylon macs first came out they were called bri nylon does anybody know if this was a make or were they different.

Comments by G on 29th January 2016  

Hi its great to have ladies writing comments I did try a few days ago to persuade a lady who used to write before to start again but sadly failed but I live in hope

Comments by Elizabeth Anne on 27th January 2016  

Hi Colin, that is exactly why I never waste my money buying cheap umbrellas these days, that are undersized, feeble, and you see them flapping in the wind and popping inside out, they last five minutes if you're lucky. Besides the Fulton 'bubbles' I was talking with Beth about, I also have a few of the near-original Knirps telescopics from the 70s and 80s, bought from Salvos or Vinnies, which have lasted me 10 years plus as the second owner. They're just better designed and better made, and I've never ever had one buckle in the wind.

Comments by Elizabeth Anne on 27th January 2016  

Frank, often-times your brother's right, it does get stinking hot at various times in most parts of Australia,but it also be downright miserable here, even during the summer. Melbourne gets exactly the same rubbish from the rest of the country about its crappy weather that Manchester does. Last Friday my daughter and I went into the Aust Open tennis, and it rained right up to mid-afternoon.

Melbourne gets about 600m of rain each year (no idea how that converts to inches), most during the spring but the spread month-to-month is more even than you'd think. In summer (usually) there tends to be heavier rain events with more time between, while in winter it can drizzle for days at a time. (Sydney gets more rain overall but has less wet days.)

Comments by Frank BARNARD on 26th January 2016  

Elizabeth Anne how much rain do you get down under my brother said that you could fry eggs on the payment

Comments by Colin Porter on 26th January 2016 

Hi Elizabeth Anne.

I live in Blackpool, England, which can be wet and windy at times (it's having a spell of them now) and abandoned umbrellas which have been blown inside is a common sight. They can also drag people off balance at times, so be wary of what kind of umbrella you choose.

Comments by Elizabeth Anne on 25th January 2016  

Hi Beth, it's nice watching the raindrops slide down the front when I'm under a clear brolly - and of course you can see where you're going, and the tips are pointing downwards, which makes us all safer from those morons who forget they don't own the street.

But I wonder, if I'm doing a lot of walking whether I'm better off with a proper full-size nylon umbrella, because the flatter shape and extra size means I'm not stepping out into the drops falling off the front edge all the time.

I absolutely draw the line at cheap Reject Shop umbrellas.

Comments by R&B on 24th January 2016  

Hi Elizabeth yes we have had a few of those Fulton umbrellas. They are good for holidays because you can see everything and we definitely had one when we went to Ireland. I stopped buying them for a while because they were a bit fragile but when I last bought one it seemed stronger.B

Comments by G on 21st January 2016  

Hi Frank them MS nylon macs that was a very long time ago must be over fifty years ago and Woolworths were selling long plastic macs nothing like that now

Comments by Elizabeth Anne on 20th January 2016  

Hi again everybody, we don't have the legendary Marks & Spencer here in Australia but we have always had shops like it. Back when I was at high school in the late 60s-early 70s, Coles besides their supermarkets had a 'department store' in every major shopping mall or centre.

These shops sold a lot of imported goods under the brand 'Embassy'. I remember it was the local Coles department store where the navy-blue nylon raincoats I wore for school came from. If I remember rightly the last one I had cost $2.99 (with two plastic rainhats in pouches thrown in for free as a 'back to school special'). They had the 'Embassy' brand, and I have a vague memory they were originally made in England. One of the two nylon coats I wear now, both second-hand but newer, has an Embassy label but was made in China.

I wouldn't be surprised at all to find the coats we had then were Pakamacs in all but name. There was absolutely nothing wrong with them then (except lack of 'cool'), and as I wear them again now for outdoor activities there is nothing better.

A while ago I gave my daughter a bright red nylon raincoat when I found it didn't fit me - now she wears it regularly, even to work. Believe me, if she thought it looked frumpy, or sloppy, or whatever, she would never touch it with a barge-pole.

Comments by G on 18th January 2016  


Comments by R&B on 18th January 2016  

Hi G I think our worst holiday weather was in 1997 when we went to Ireland. We stayed in Killarney and I think it rained every day! The days we went to Muckross I think it was the last weekend in August were very wet and we both remember walking around the grounds in the rain. We were prepared for bad weather and I remember one of the ladies at the farm asked us whether someone had told us it rained a lot in Ireland! She also said she thought our macs were really good and as we often get nice comments I think lots of people really do like them. Despite all the rain there were quite a few people there and we had a nice time. As I said we bought our macs in Ireland and they are the semi-transparent black and clear plastic macs that were quite popular back then. I might have to add another comment about our umbrellas because I don't know so much about them but we quite like the see through ones because you can still see the gardens when it is raining outside. I am sorry it has taken a little time to write this comment but I hope it is the type of thing you wanted to hear. Please say if you would like to hear about the other days or more about the macs.

Comments by G on 17th January 2016  

Hi Frank I had a girlfriend once who had a sister who had a Ms mac she borrowed it one rainy night happy days

Comments by Frank Barnard on 17th January 2016  

Hi does anybody remember the M S nylon macs somebody's wife or
Girl friend let thought they were the best

Comments by G on 16th January 2016  

hi Rob and Beth yes we would to hear about your holidays and mac wearing ASP

Comments by R&B on 15th January 2016  

Thank you for your comments. If you would like to hear more about our holidays we will try to add some comments about the rain and our macs and brollies for you.

Comments by G on 12th January 2016  

Hi R B yes please take no notice of daft comments Brian this is a great site but can you only post comments about macs not daft or persnol attacks please it just puts people off most of us just want to read peoples tales about pac a macs

Comments by Susan on 12th January 2016 

Well R&B, I for one love reading your contributions here about wet Welsh and Irish holidays in plastic macs. The place names may be unfamiliar to me but the plastic macs aren't and that's what is important. We are all here as Pakamac fans but I don't suppose anything new can be said about genuine Pakamacs.

We are Pakamac lovers living the memories in the plastic macs and nylon macs left for us to enjoy in the 21st century. I imagine in a few years we'll all be consigned to history.

Let's have no sniping or griping about contributors. Surely that should be the only reason to block a post.

As always, my email is published here should anyone wish to chat about these garments. As has happened in the past, I will delete the email address once the spam becomes too heavy. As a reminder or for those who don't know me, I am TG. I avoid the inappropriate approaches that keep our lady contributors to themselves. The men only have themselves to blame.

Comments by Elizabeth Anne on 12th January 2016  

Hi again Rob & Beth, I meant 2013 not 2014 when we were discussing umbrellas - I mentioned that I have a couple of Fulton clear domes I use often, including one with a white outer edge and Beth had one like it. They are excellent umbrellas, I love the thick handle you can really grip, and they're bigger and nicer shape than I remember when they were first seen in the 70s.

You're the absolute last posters on here that should worry about being boring.

Comments by R&B on 11th January 2016  

Hi G yes they are transparent black and transparent clear plastic macs and you are right we always need them when we go to wales! Although they are not very fashionable it is amazing how many people make nice comments and ask us where they can buy one. Most people are very kind but if you have a garden and it is pouring with rain you are probably just pleased to see some visitors! We are getting fed up with some of the comments on here but if you have any more questions or would like to hear more about Wales or Ireland please say and we will try to add some more.

Comments by G on 11th January 2016  

Hi Frank patience is a virtue

Comments by BJ on 11th January 2016  

Hi Rob & Beth, the last thing you need to worry about on this forum is being boring - check how much of Frank's Pullitzer Prize winning insight has been canned.

Comments by G on 10th January 2016  

Hi Beth and Rob been a long time is your Mac transparent did you ever get to Wales lots of rain to wear your macs

Comments by R&B on 10th January 2016  

We stopped writing last time because there are so many so many negative comments here.

Comments by FRANK BARNARD on 10th January 2016  

HI Rob all that fuss and you still have not put one comment

Comments by R&B on 10th January 2016  

We bought lots of plastic macs in Ireland G. Rob's are made by Go and are black and mine are mostly St.Bernard macs from Dunnes. They have kept us dry lots of times and have lasted pretty well. It is just difficult to buy anything similar now even though a lot of people say they like them.

Comments by Rob on 10th January 2016  

I had a cagoule G but we bought our first plastic macs to go camping in Wales in the late eighties. They were brown and blue and I think we got them from a mail order company. We started going on holiday to Ireland a few years later and we have been quite a few times since. We have often had wet weather so we have bought quite a few plastic macs! When we stayed in Killarney one year we had really bad weather so we can write about this but we will have to do this together R&B.

Comments by G on 8th January 2016  

Hi Rob yes that would be fine its macs for me umbrellas do nothing well keep the rain off will Beth write as well?

Comments by Rob on 7th January 2016  

Hi G, is it Gareth. I didn't want to disappoint anyone but I wasn't sure whether you wanted to hear more about our umbrellas or macs. I could write about one of our holidays when we had lots of rain and include some of the nice comments we've had from other people about our rainwear. would this be OK.

Comments by G on 7th January 2016  

Hi Rob bit disappointed thought we would hear your tales it just not pack a mac it's plastic and pvc been Mac fan I am used to disappointed

Comments by Rob on 6th January 2016  

It was nice to read this comment Susan because I realise that some people really want to hear about the original Pakamac raincoats like the ones in the advert here but unfortunately we don't have any and I thought this was perhaps why our comments were deleted.

Comments by Susan on 5th January 2016  

I love reading the comments here even when they are only slightly related to Pakamacs. It's lovely knowing that the regular contributors are Pakamac fans keeping memories and related enjoyment alive.

Comments by Frank Barnard on 5th January 2016  

All this rain and floods only seen one old lady wearing a plastic mac

Comments by Rob on 3rd January 2016  

Sorry, I meant thank you Brian. I think your advice has worked and we are really happy to contribute if it is interesting for other people.

Comments by Rob on 3rd January 2016  

Thank you G and Robin. I thought perhaps they were deleted because they were a bit boring but you are always very positive G. I wanted to say to you and Elizabeth that unfortunately we can't remember what we posted about umbrellas in 2014 but I did find my comment from 9th October saying it was nice to read about Robin's trip to Ireland because it reminded us of our holidays there. Please say if it is the umbrellas or our pakamacs and our holidays in the rain you would like to hear more about and we will try again.

Comments by Brian on 3rd January 2016 

Hi Rob, not sure what the problem is but your comments do not appear. I'm just seeing a blank message.

Maybe it's the apostrophe character? Or double quote? Sometimes if you copy/paste from another app, the characters get corrupt and the message is blank. Try stripping any special characters and try again, or, email me your comment and I'll figure out why your messages are not appearing. Thanks.

Comments by G on 3rd January 2016  

Rob email Brian he will get to the root of the problam

Comments by Rob on 3rd January 2016  

Thank you G and Elizabeth I have tried to post three comments for you but with no luck.

Comments by Frank Barnard on 3rd January 2016  

Hi Rob one blip and you throw your toys out of the pram

Comments by G on 1st January 2016  

Rob it was probably just a glitch let's hear from you and Beth

Comments by Elizabeth Anne on 1st January 2016  

Hi Rob, good to see you back again and all the best for the New Year.

I remember noticing a while back that for a time comments various people had posted, mostly you and Beth but also Scotty, and one of my own also (which I recall no details of), were being deleted seemingly at random. These included your half of a perfectly civil discussion we were having about clear umbrellas....with my answers untouched. Those posts still appear in sequence all around Oct 2014, blank except for the poster's name and the date. At the time I put it down to just a blip in the system, and with no better information now I suppose I still do. But it did seem odd.

Comments by Rob on 31st December 2015  

Hello G yes we did write comments but they were deleted so we stopped.

Comments by G on 30th December 2015  

Hi Elizabeth Anne welcome back hope you will write many more comments and Rob are you the same Rob and Beth that used to write do not understand that where have you both been welcome back again any old friends please lets hear from you all.

Comments by Rob on 29th December 2015  

G we found the same as Steve on 27 April.

Comments by Frank Barnard on 29th December 2015  

Happy new year to all mac lovers

Comments by Elizabeth Anne on 29th December 2015  

Hi in Australia most of us wore nylon raincoats in high school in the 1970s, they obviously didn't come from M&S although I think they were imported from England, they were bright colors, light and comfortable, and fairly hard-wearing as I remember. I've lately started wearing them again after many years relying on the 'good' coat and the brolly.