Galvin Green GORE-TEX Paclite Rain Gear Review

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The waterproof Angelo jacket and Arthur pants from Galvin Green are constructed of lightweight GORE-TEX Paclite to keep you dry and comfortable.  Full of adjustability that lets you customize the fit, the jacket and pants also stretch in all the right places for golfing.

Introduction

As a serious golfer, at some point you are going to choose – or have – to play in the rain.  It might be on a special trip to Bandon Dunes or Scotland where rain seems often in the forecast.  Or maybe during a member guest weekend when honor is on the line.  Regardless of the reason, keeping dry and comfortable makes the time in the elements more enjoyable and may even provide an advantage over the less-prepared.

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Performance

Galvin Green believes in a layered system where breathability and functionality equate to comfort and performance.  To keep golfers dry, Galvin Green shell pieces utilize GORE-TEX, one of the most recognized brands in the world and widely considered the best waterproof fabric.

The science is astounding.  There are over 9 billion microscopic pores per square inch in the GORE-TEX membrane.  To keep rain out, the pores are 20,000 times smaller than a water droplet.  But at 700 times larger than a water vapor molecule, those same pores allow sweat to escape.

Science aside, both the Angelo jacket and the Arthur pants kept me dry during testing.  Keeping continuous rain at bay is impressive, but it’s the moisture wicking aspect that’s most remarkable – especially in the hot, humid conditions of central Florida.  I also appreciated that both the jacket and pants are constructed of a lighter weight GORE-TEX fabric called Paclite.  Not only were they less hot to wear, they also took up less space in my golf bag.

The pants feature a few other details that deserve a shout out.  The main one is the long zippers at the leg openings that allow the pants to be pulled on and off quickly.  The snap closure and zippered fly opening also help, but are even handier for restroom breaks.  And I loved having true pockets with rain flaps – two front and one rear – instead of just holes that provide access to the pockets in whatever you are wearing underneath.

Style & Fit

The Angelo comes in eight color choices, each with a little flair of complementing colors.  For the Arthur pants, the choices are simplified to three basic colors.  I liked the idea of grey (“Ironwood”) pants and worked up from there.  Overall, the rain suit has a sleek, modern appearance.  There’s some branding, but it’s done tastefully.

Fit really factors into performance for an unencumbered golf swing, and Galvin Green provides several locations for adjustment.  The jacket has elastic and velcro cuffs, velcro straps on both the left and right chest (shown above), and dual drawstrings in the hem.  The pants have an elastic waistband with a drawstring hidden in the back (shown below) and velcro at the leg openings.  All these features allowed me to dial in fit quick and easily.

Conclusion

If you’re like me, you’ve been soaked to the bone wearing a water-resistant wind shirt when the heavy stuff starts coming down.  Most of the time that’s ok because I’m racing for the clubhouse to wait it out.  But having experienced the Angelo jacket and Arthur pants with their plethora of features and Gore-Tex Paclite construction, I’m ready to reach the following conclusion: no company does rain gear better than Galvin Green.  If Galvin Green isn’t a name you are familiar with, consider the fact that they are the official supplier of weatherwear for Team Europe in the upcoming 2018 Ryder Cup.  Quality rain gear is expensive, but will last a lot longer than that shiny new driver you’re eyeing.

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Matt Meeker

Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.

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6 Comments

  1. Impressive gear, no doubt. But a combined jacket and pants seems (you’ve gotta dig to get the pricing) to run about $ 1000. I’ll stay out of the rain for that price…..or simply opt to get wet. Thanks.

  2. Lars Carlson

    You see golfers wearing Galvin Green everywhere in Scotland. They truly know what works in the rain. It is a great line of clothing. #SecretGiveaway

  3. ROBERT MACDONALD

    #secretgiveaway… For the price of these jackets and trousers are they that much better than any other Goretex suit… If not what a ripoff.

  4. Mark Williams

    Need to get one of these for my bucket list trip to Scotland next summer! #secretgiveaway

  5. Are the pants true to size? My current rain pants are adidas and are “small” even though i’m 6’1″ and normally wear 32″x32″ pants.

    • Matt Meeker

      I’m 5′- 10″ and typically a 33″x 31″ and go to 34″ in even only waists. The medium I tested fit very well. Looking again at the GG size guide, 33″ waist falls in in the small column, but borderline. I went up just knowing the brand is typically euro-slimmer cut.

      Hope that helps some.

      – Meeks

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