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#1 hacker101

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 09:13 PM

Heading to Scotland next month for 8 days. Already own a couple sets of FJ hydro lite gear that I seldom use, because we don't play in the rain much. Use it more in the spring and fall for cool weather or wind. Considering how little that I use rain gear, is a significant investment in high end rain gear worth it for one week in Scotland?

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 10:02 PM

Do you do other activities in the rain, hiking e.g.? You could always use the rain gear for other activities in the rain. Just depends on your needs.

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 06:50 AM

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 04:29 PM

Define significant? I'm prepping for a late summer Scotland trip and picked up some ZR gore-tex pants for $140 on Rock Bottom and an Adidas Gore-tex jacket for $110. Is $250 significant... depends on who's asking, but figure I can use it for other things as well.

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 05:17 PM

I picked up the following for my trip. Similar situation to yours dont play in rain at home much 300+ days of sun a year will do that to ya.

1: FJ DryJoy Tour XP rain pants. Will wear this in AZ on cold winter golf days and those days where we tee off and it is 50*  and finish when it is 75 because I can just wear shorts underneath.  
2: Sunice Brandon waterproof pants. Only picked up because they were cheap like $40 thanks to Golf Anything's huge sale
3: FJ DryJoy Tour XP Jacket. Wont wear much at home, got it from golf anything for 50% off retail

Bought some other stuff for light rain/mist or cool conditions
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FJ Rain Gloves

For me I had to shop as much for the temps as the likelihood of rain. My "winter" gear was lacking since we are in shorts and short sleeves so often. The bonus is all the golf pants I bought I can wear to work so they serve a double purpose. With the prices I was able to find my waterproof stuff at I'm ok taking a little risk that it is not goretex

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 06:07 PM

Hydro lite is just fine for your needs.  Another tip...pick up some Camp Dry from Walmart and waterproof your bag (if it's nylon and not leather.). Sorry my sun mountain 3-5 twice a year and it's as water resistant as the H2NO line.
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 08:00 PM

you just missed the memorial day sale... but PROQUIP. best bang for your buck and fantastic quality stuff.
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 08:15 PM

Rain over there can significant.  It can come in sideways for hours at a time.  Obviously you don't want to spend alot of money buying something that you won't use more than once, but rain gear is a good investment and you get what you pay for.  You should get gore-tex and I would recommend Zero Restriction or Galvin Green.  Have fun.
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Posted 02 June 2017 - 02:28 AM

Scotland in the middle of summer, what could possibly go wrong? ;)

How about waiting until you are this side of the pond and invest in some nice Galvin Greens.
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Posted 02 June 2017 - 03:36 AM

View PostNick6771, on 02 June 2017 - 02:28 AM, said:

Scotland in the middle of summer, what could possibly go wrong? ;)

How about waiting until you are this side of the pond and invest in some nice Galvin Greens.

That's a very good point. With the current exchange rate it makes much more sense for you to buy any rain wear over here. Almost every pro shop/golf retail space in Scotland sells Galvin Green water proofs. Chances are you will end up paying less for a Gore-Tex jacket in Scotland than you would for an inferior brand back in the States.

Enjoy your trip. Hopefully you won't need any rain-wear. We do actually get some rain free days here in Scotland (particularly the east coast).

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 06:02 PM

I wear Galvin Green and adidas Gore Tex, does the job well in Sunny Scotland



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Posted 02 June 2017 - 06:30 PM

If you have FJ Hydrolite already then stick with that. No sense in wasting money on something extra. I obviously play over here and it's FootJoy stuff that I use. I've had Galvin stuff and I have also tried ProQuip and a couple of others and to be honest if the rain is going at it properly, nothing is going to keep you feeling bone dry despite what the marketing blurb from the companies say.

The Galvin stuff is really good but if it is chucking it down and howling with wind then you are going to get wet in some way or another.

What I would say is an essential purchase is some rain gloves. If it's raining, a leather glove is going to be no use to you at all.
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Posted 02 June 2017 - 07:08 PM

View Posthacker101, on 31 May 2017 - 09:13 PM, said:

Heading to Scotland next month for 8 days. Already own a couple sets of FJ hydro lite gear that I seldom use, because we don't play in the rain much. Use it more in the spring and fall for cool weather or wind. Considering how little that I use rain gear, is a significant investment in high end rain gear worth it for one week in Scotland?

Golfanything.ca.   Buy Galvin Green.   Their prices are usually at least 50% off + you get the benefit of the exchange rate, when you shop their Canadian store.

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 07:19 PM

On my trip in 2009, we saw all four seasons on most days. Those rain pants and jacket will come in handy on those windy cool days or in the rain. Enjoy your trip, mine was the best of my life.
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Posted 05 June 2017 - 10:08 AM

Murphy's Law states you will spend ~$500 preparing for rain, and not see a drop all week! I'm heading over in September for a week as well, and your thoughts echo mine. I think I'm going to wing it for now though and pick up rain gear as needed/when needed.

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Posted 05 June 2017 - 01:33 PM

I live in the PNW where we play in rain 6-7 months out of the year and in the heavy stuff sometimes. I went on GolfPoser and got a set of last seasons Galvin Green gear. Excellent purchase. Take care of it and it will last you years.

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 10:33 AM

View Postmallrat, on 05 June 2017 - 01:33 PM, said:

I live in the PNW where we play in rain 6-7 months out of the year and in the heavy stuff sometimes. I went on GolfPoser and got a set of last seasons Galvin Green gear. Excellent purchase. Take care of it and it will last you years.

I've placed a few GG orders through golfposer and have had nothing but A+ service/shipping from them. Looking at another order now - cough jacket wont fit anymore cough - and wont hesitate to give them more business.

Also heading to Scotland next August, have a great trip!
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Posted 06 June 2017 - 10:37 AM

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 10:53 AM

View Postpayerasjl, on 01 June 2017 - 08:00 PM, said:

you just missed the memorial day sale... but PROQUIP. best bang for your buck and fantastic quality stuff.

I would second this. I have the PX5 jacket and pants. Upgrade over my usual goretex suit.

Same level of waterproofing (for life), but better feels better (stretch).

I took it to Bandon and played in an over the top wet Winter and Spring. I would never go back.

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 03:23 PM

to Bandon?

or to a lower level gore-tex suit?

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 03:58 PM

View Postgeochitown, on 08 June 2017 - 03:23 PM, said:

to Bandon?

or to a lower level gore-tex suit?

:blind:

Sorry for the confusion - I took the PX5 suit to Bandon.

I don't even wear my goretex stuff (galvin green) anymore, I just let people use it when it rains.

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 05:33 PM

Does Proquip actually make Goretex rain gear? I was on their web site a few months ago and saw no indication of their current line having Goretex construction.

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 07:34 PM

Was just in Ireland for a week. Got absolutely dumped on one day. Had a Galvin Green suit. Was bone dry after the round.

A couple of days I just wore the rain pants with shorts underneath. Very breathable and comfortable. It's worth every penny. Function18 and Golfposer are very reputable sites.

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 09:59 PM

View Postcristphoto, on 08 June 2017 - 05:33 PM, said:

Does Proquip actually make Goretex rain gear? I was on their web site a few months ago and saw no indication of their current line having Goretex construction.
Their PX5 line uses a proprietary fabric (it's from Japan). Guaranteed waterproof for life with 4-way stretch -- more than the stretch goretex in the Zero Restriction Stealth suit (my better half has the stealth suit).

It's nearly impossible to find in your area, but if you contact a rep, I bet they can find you a sample or at least a place to check it out.

I work in the industry, so I just opened an account to get it :/

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 04:11 PM

Wait until your here, and get some galvin greens, (full suit not paclight) and purchase from a shop, the exchange rate at present should be about 1usd to 0.8 sterling.

Use the tax free shopping option (eg global blue), and get back 19% of the sales tax (not allowable online or mail order) on your purchase/s.

BBC weather is a good app for your phone, and is accurate to roughly one hour, you can preprogramme the courses in advance.

Btw (although I'm on south coast uk) it's been 20c + for 2 weeks! I'll try and post a snap shot of Fife for example

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 04:15 PM

View PostDeeSee, on 09 June 2017 - 04:11 PM, said:

Wait until your here, and get some galvin greens, (full suit not paclight) and purchase from a shop, the exchange rate at present should be about 1usd to 0.8 sterling.

Use the tax free shopping option (eg global blue), and get back 19% of the sales tax (not allowable online or mail order) on your purchase/s.

BBC weather is a good app for your phone, and is accurate to roughly one hour, you can preprogramme the courses in advance.

Btw (although I'm on south coast uk) it's been 20c + for 2 weeks! I'll try and post a snap shot of Fife for example

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 04:22 PM

I live in Scotland... own no waterproof trousers, 1 good umbrella and a good waterproof jacket...

Depending on how you are carrying our clubs depends on what kit you take - if it is ok weather I just carry an empty 2 5 bag, if going to rain I use my push cart with umbrella and jacket in it...

depending on where you are playing and the weather then the umbrella is useless...

admittedly I have only played once this week due to rain and played 5 times last week...

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 04:25 AM

You shouldn't need expensive rain gear for golfing in Scotland during July, I own a pair of UA storm 3 waterproof trousers and they do me fine never had any issues with them letting water in, I also carry a standard waterproof jacket nothing fancy but does the job. If you decide you need some when over here GolfPoser are based in Scotland so you would be able to pick up some Galvins from them should you require high end gear. Hope that helps.
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Posted 11 June 2017 - 06:48 AM

If you own Hydrolite, unless you want something for additional warmth (Hydrolite is very thin), it should be good for any amount of rainfall you could encounter that's actually capable of being played in. Being a self proclaimed rain gear "expert" (I own about 20 sets of rain gear tops and bottoms, from Galvin green, UA, ProQuip, FJ, RLX, Cliumbia, Kuhl, etc) as well as a retailer for several lines, in my opinion GoreTex isn't an absolute necessity anymore. As long as you get a membrane based waterproofing with at least a 20k/20k rating or higher, you should be fine. Which I'm pretty sure the latest Hydrolite has (don't have my catalogs in front of me).

GoreTex level waterproofing has been equaled, and in some cases (breathability and stretch) surpassed with competing products. And you typically save a considerable amount of money by not going GoreTex as you aren't having to pay the ridiculous licensing fees than Gore requires of companies using their products.  

Full disclosure, one of my favorite waterproof gear companies is Galvin Green, which is exclusively GoreTex gear, mainly for style, and I actually wear them more off course. I also regularly use my UA Storm 3 (the membrane based one, there's a really cheap non membrane, DWR coating only one as well) and Hydrolite gear, which is just as waterproof in all my testing and experience.  And stretches far better than any GoreTex I have.  Its why I use these at work (I operate a golf course) and when I play more than I do my GoreTex based Galvin stuff.

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 02:49 PM

View Posthacker101, on 31 May 2017 - 09:13 PM, said:

Heading to Scotland next month for 8 days. Already own a couple sets of FJ hydro lite gear that I seldom use, because we don't play in the rain much. Use it more in the spring and fall for cool weather or wind. Considering how little that I use rain gear, is a significant investment in high end rain gear worth it for one week in Scotland?

I would buy as you go. It's by no mean guaranteed that you'll have rain - in fact i would say you're more likely not to.

Where are you playing?


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