Review: Galvin Green Rain Gear

When Golf Can't Wait on the Weather
Imagine planning a golf trip for 3 months, going over every detail, every round, getting all the buddies together from around the country  and then the weather forecast takes an unexpected turn for the worse; 100% chance of rain.  Unless there is lightning or rain of epic amounts, your group will be playing golf at the scheduled tee-time.  You will need rain gear, and not just any ol’ windbreaker is going to cut it, you want to enjoy your round even if it is in the rain.  When your golf can’t wait on the weather, trust Galvin Green to keep you dry, warm and comfortable no matter the rain (or hail) you may encounter.
My recent trip to Bandon Dunes was basically just what I described above.  We had great weather except for one round when the rain blew in off the ocean, along with some hail.  I had my Galvin Green packed in my bag.  I quickly got it on and as the rain and hail poured down, I was able to keep on playing, not even missing a shot.  Others in the group had Galvin Green too.  We all commented how comfortable and dry we stayed during the squall.

So lets talk about the Galvin Green Arrow Jacket.  It is made of Gore-Tex which is known to be the best waterproof yet breathable material to make a coat out of.  They offer 5 colors, I went with the bright red coat as it matches the school colors of the high school team I coach.  It is bright, but looks really good!  I went with a size large, which is my typical coat size.  It fits perfectly.  It does have some nice adjustment straps on the sides of the coat to dial in a more precise fit.  It also has velcro by the wrists to snug those up too during the rain.  The full zipper is seam sealed so you don’t have to worry about rain getting in the front.  The only odd thing about the coat is the lack of side pockets.  It has one bigger pocket that is on your back and accessible from your right side, but I did reach for a side pocket a number of times.  From a playing standpoint I can see why, pockets can get in the way of your swing, especially if you leave them open.  The bottom of the coat has a cinch strap if you want to keep it tighter around your waist.

The Galvin Green Alf Pants match the coat perfectly.  They too are made of Gore-Tex Material and keep rain away from your lower extremities.  I actually wore these even when it wasn’t raining because they were so comfortable.  I went with again a size large, but what is great they have shorts, regulars and longs in lengths so I was able to get them in size short which I think is really important for rain pants.  If they are dragging on the ground collecting water, it is bound to end up on your socks and ankles.  They have a cinch cord for sizing at the waist, but it is in the back instead of the front.  Again while this may not be normal, it is so much more comfortable, especially while golfing.

There is  reason the European Ryder Cup team has chosen Galvin Green to make their outwear, it really is the best on the market.  It is an investment in your game.  If you play in competitions that don’t get canceled for rain or if you are on a trip that you just can’t miss your tee-time, Galvin Green rain gear is a must have in the bag.  It is comfortable, allows you to swing normally, keeps you completely dry and fits very well.  Because sometimes Golf can’t wait on the weather.

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Quick Hits:
+Gore-Tex material is completely waterproof
+Great on-course function
+Excellent fit with multiple sizes
+Comfortable for playing and walking

-No front jacket pockets
-Fairly expensive