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Galvin Green releases Gore-Tex C-Knit Backer Collection

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Galvin Green, a Swedish company that makes high-end golf outerwear, has unveiled a new Gore-Tex C-Knit Backer Collection that was worn by the 2016 European Ryder Cup team and will again be worn by Team Europe in 2018.

The line uses the company’s new three-layer technology, which is made in Japan and is noteworthy for its light weight, breathability and waterproofing. And as we noted in our 2015 feature on Galvin Green, its outerwear is made with the specific needs of golfers in mind.

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“C-Knit Backer represents the next generation of golf rainwear and another ‘first’ for Galvin Green as the pioneering brand in the waterproofs sector,” said Christian Nilsson, CEO/Managing Director of Galvin Green. “A revolutionary fabric technology has been integrated into garments designed for golfers by golfers to offer maximum protection from the elements, while being amazingly lightweight and stylish at the same time.”

The Backer Collection features the company’s Argon full-zip ($695) and Aldrin half-zip ($660) jackets, and Arn pants ($680) to complete the outfit.

The jackets have “ergonomic” high collars for extra weather resistance and comfort, rubberized zipped cuffs, waterproof zippers and adjustable waist width. The pants have elastic waistbands for a comfortable fit and back openings for easy pocket access. The jackets and pants are made from a rubber-like neoprene material that’s made to repel water.

Galvin Green apparel is available at TrendyGolfUSA.com and other high-end retailers.

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  1. Sebastian

    Mar 17, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Maybe you better should spend some serious money for the best raingear than for the next 500,- shaft which you can not handle…
    Or a “Tour only” putter 😉
    Galvin Green makes the absolute best raingear in my opinion.

  2. Ian

    Mar 6, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    I think Galvin Green has avoided the U.S. market knowing that endless advertising is needed in markets that are immature (use the dictionary for the real definition of that word and you’ll understand). Perhaps when it rains in the U.S. guys sit around indoors drinking Miller Lite so rain gear isn’t ever needed. Though the GG gear works in cold climates too so it’s not just about wet weather but as a niche manufacturer they’ve racked up 25 years in the business without needing to bother with the U.S. and they’re not going to go for sub-prime just to add a few sales; leave that to the ubiquitous Nike and Under Armour brands.

  3. George

    Mar 5, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Well, GG apparently is so good, you can spend hours in the gallery sitting on wet grass while it’s raining and your butt actually stays dry under those pants. A feat not many other companies can do except with vulcanized rubber b/c the water is still pressed through the fabric.
    But in the US, noone’s going to pay that kind of money for rain gear. It’s not as if they would play in the rain anyway. Or walk….

  4. Spencer Wong

    Mar 4, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Yup. Prices are a non-starter for me BUT I have managed to find pieces on sale. Managed to grab two jackets and a pair of August pants (all gore-tex – not the the new c-knit stuff) for about $150 cdn each piece. Well worth it as it performs so ridiculously well. The C-knit gear is nice but I’ll wait and hunt for deals.

  5. Pedro

    Mar 4, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Galvin Green is the best in the business. I just picked up the Argon at my club and it blows anything else away. C Knit is the real deal, other big time outerwear companies have used this material like Patagonia, Arc Teryx. Nice to have it in a golf specific product finally and looks better than anything else on the market. Well done Galvin Green!

  6. Golfguy

    Mar 4, 2017 at 9:59 am

    It will look great in the clubhouse while you’re having a beer because it’s too miserable to play.

  7. Mark

    Mar 4, 2017 at 4:22 am

    When Galvin launched in the UK they were a bit more expensive than other makers but their quality and performance justified the premium. Now they are just taking the mick. We have a rule…if you need a full GG suit on it is too wet to play.

  8. Jonnythec

    Mar 3, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    There gear is in golftown where it collects dust cause no one is gonna pay that much. Seen a dude grimace at the price tag of a pair of pants he was looking at…too funny.

  9. Tony

    Mar 3, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    And of course they give it to the pros for free! Too many other choices to spend $1400 on a jacket and pants!

  10. Pat

    Mar 2, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Brian, all Galvin jackets are tape sealed and made in Sweden. Read up on their website, there are tons of technical features built in to the Galvin line-up.

    • Brian

      Mar 3, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      That being the case, none of what you stated justifies the cost of $700 USD for a Gore-Tex golf jacket.

  11. setter02

    Mar 2, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Lol at those who say no brand recognition, sad you’ve never heard of their gear (been up here north of the border for 10+ years). Pricey for sure, very nice stuff, but you can find other gear at better value (as mentioned Sunice (only top end) and I’ll add ZR to that, tho harder to find). Clothing is also very nice, but not meant for typical N/A body types unless you are malnourished!

  12. Jonnythec

    Mar 2, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    They are crazy to think they can charge that much in N.A. There is no brand recognition here and $1000 for jacket and pants is ridiculous. They won’t be around very long.

    • Phil

      Mar 2, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Too late… Founded in 1990 and still operational

  13. C

    Mar 2, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Only if it’s signed by Bob Parsons.

  14. carl spackler

    Mar 2, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    I’ll stick with the sunice gore tex jacket and pants that I paid $400 for the set

  15. cgasucks

    Mar 2, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Holy crap…a pair of pants that is almost $700? It better have a built in urinal at that price.

  16. Brian

    Mar 2, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    $695 for a golf shell? That’s more than I paid for an Arc’teryx Gore-tex Pro-Shell ski jacket that has a LOT more technical features; seam taped, helmet compatible hood, powder skirt, and asymmetrical zipper to name a few. On top of that, my Arc’Teryx was made in North America and I would bet dollars to donuts this will be made Galvin Green gear will be made in Asia somewhere.

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Andrew “Beef” Johnston WITB 2017

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2017 RSM Classic (11/14/17).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 80TX

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H2 (19 Degrees)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 90HY TX

Driving Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 2 & 3 Iron (17 & 20 Degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Irons: Titleist 718 MB (3-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 50-08F, 54-10S)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat I GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport 2
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat II GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

WITB Notes: Beef was testing a variety of putters ahead of The RSM Classic. We will update this post when his choice is confirmed. 

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Beef’s clubs. 

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As we’ve written before, the decision to put a new driver in the bag is usually obvious. Better numbers at testing, perceptibly longer distance, and as long as your bank account allows, you have your new gamer.

The iron switch, however, is a trickier beast. Comfort with the variety of shots one needs to hit is key. Confidence from one’s long irons through the higher lofts is critical. Thus, even the greatest enthusiasm for a new iron release isn’t always followed by a mass exodus to gaming said irons. This is doubly true at the professional level, where the tools are critical to a player’s livelihood.

That said, the combination of forum chatter, GolfWRX member enthusiasm, and what we’re spotting in our WITB photos from tour stops are a reliable indicator of the hottest irons in the game.

And judging by the response to our recent Instagram post, we’re confident that these four models are the hottest blade irons in golf right now.

Callaway Apex MB

Buzz built steadily for the Apex MB iron when we first spotted them in Tour players’ bags at the beginning of 2017. The irons are the product of direct feedback from the company’s Tour staffers, according to Luke Williams, Director of Product and Brand Management at Callaway. Forged from 1025 Carbon Steel, these irons have the shortest blade lengths, the thinnest soles and the smallest overall heads in the vast line of Callaway irons. They’re designed for maximum workability, and for tour-desired turf interaction.

Related: Callaway (finally) launches new Apex MB and X Forged irons

Mizuno MP-18

The pioneers of Grain-Flow Forging, Mizuno went back to its roots with the MP-18 iron model. A throwback to the great muscle backs in the company’s history, Mizuno was shooting for the look of an iron that could have been forged a century ago. Shorter blade length, cambered top line, sharp, compact wedges, all combined with the most minimal badging make the MP-18 an instant classic that set the GolfWRX forums afire.

Related: Mizuno brings the MP family closer together

TaylorMade P730

TaylorMade’s P730, particularly in its prototype incarnations, made quite a splash on the PGA Tour. Building on the heritage of the TP-MB irons, P730 was developed in collaboration with the very best players in the world. The 1025 carbon steel irons irons feature a smaller profile and crisper lines than the MB series irons. The combination of the clean look and a deep rear groove have players drooling. Discussing working with Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose to design the P730, TM’s Senior Director of Irons, Tomo Bystedt said, “What these players need is a very low-inertia club that they can [manipulate] easily, almost like a surgeon’s scalpel.” Behold the scalpel.

Related: Taylormade expands forged offerings with P730 and P790

Titleist 718 MB

“For the purist there is no substitute for a one-piece, muscle back iron. The 718 MB is the modern choice for those desiring a traditional forged look and feel,” says Titleist in the 718 MB marketing materials.

It’s hard to argue with that statement from the “appearance of a classic forged iron” standpoint. Purists appreciate that the 718 MB maintains Titleist’s traditional lofts (the 6-iron is 31 degrees, the pitching-wedge is 47 degrees), thin top-line, minimal offset, and limited badging. In short, if it ain’t broke…

Related: Titleist’s 718 irons offer endless possibilities.

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Austin Cook’s Winning WITB: The 2017 RSM Classic

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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