NCG TESTS: 2011/12 Waterproofs

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NCG's team of experts review all the latest kit independently. Find out what they thought of this season's waterproofs......

Galvin Green Ayers/Alf – NCG Best on Test

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“This suit is genuinely unbeatable on any factor apart from price in my eyes. It looks great, the cuffs work brilliantly, the material gets rid of water almost instantly, the size options in the trousers are comprehensive and the overall look is excellent. Above all, it’s functional – Galvin suits are designed to play golf in” Dan

“It is a little bit noisy for my liking, but you can move freely in it and with a name like Galvin Green you know you are on to a winner when it comes to being durable and reliable” James

“Before this test I always turned my nose up a little at Galvin Green. Charging so much for a suit never sat well with me, but now I have tried it for myself and seen the results, I’m a convert. I couldn’t get over just how well it did even after a real drenching. I would prefer it to fit a little tighter and perhaps stretch, but when it comes to performance Idon’t have a bad word to say” Joe

DETAILS

TESTED: December 2011

TESTERS: Dan Murphy (3hcap), James Whitaker (pro), Joe Whitley (9hcap)

SRP: £319 Ayers jacket £209  Alf trousers 

COLOURS: 3

SIZES: 6

WATERPROOF GUARANTEE: Lifetime

w: galvingreen.com

t: 01932 503 33

Proquip Tourflex – NCG Runner-Up

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“The look is traditional, but the cut is still good so overall this is a superb all-round suit. You don’t get lots of excess material and it clearly deals with the water with little difficulty. If you’re an experienced, serious player looking for performance and fit but without gaudy, bright colours, this is the suit for you. And I think it’s a suit (and brand) you can trust” Dan

“I’ll be honest – this is not really the suit for me in terms of looks, I’d want something more modern. But I was surprised – it was fine to swing in and the water fell off it as well as anything. I agree with Dan – there can’t be many waterproofs better suited to those with traditional tastes” Joe

“Very smart but in a traditional sense, which Ilike. This is the ideal alternative to Swedish styles – although it is not exactly fashionable, it is very reliable” James

DETAILS

TESTED: December 2011

TESTERS: Dan Murphy (3hcap), James Whitaker (pro), Joe Whitley (9hcap)

SRP: £140 (jacket) £100 (trousers) 

COLOURS: 3

SIZES: 6

WATERPROOF GUARANTEE: 3 years

w: proquipgolf.com

t: 01315 557 920

Under Armour ArmourStorm ColdGear

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“This is as good as it gets in terms of fit and stretch – and that’s speaking as someone who doesn’t like playing in waterproof tops. It really feels like you’re not wearing a jacket at all!” Joe

“This is a young man’s suit – the fit is clinging. But thanks to the stretch there is no restriction. I tried a size smaller than normal to test this and it still allowed me to swing freely. Great value, too.” Dan

DETAILS

TESTED: December 2011

TESTERS: Dan Murphy (3hcap), James Whitaker (pro), Joe Whitley (9hcap)

SRP: £120 jacket, £80 trousers 

COLOURS: 3

SIZES: 5

WATERPROOF GUARANTEE: 2 years

w: underarmour.com

Abacus Pitch Nordic

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“There’s no doubting that this is a top-class suit – it performs as well as anything – I just don’t see the need for a hood” James

“I disagree and wonder why no-one has thought of this before!I dislike wearing hats and caps, so something like this to keep your head dry is fantastic. Your peripheral vision suffers, but your swing is otherwise unaffected” Joe

“The hood aside, this is a classy suit that deals with water very well” Dan

DETAILS

TESTED: December 2011

TESTERS: Dan Murphy (3hcap), James Whitaker (pro), Joe Whitley (9hcap)

SRP: £179 suit

COLOURS: 2

SIZES: 7

WATERPROOF GUARANTEE: 2 years

w: abacus-outdoor.com

t: 01189 328 867

Func Factory Men’s Stretch

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“When it come to the fit, few are better than Func Factory. The sleeves are a little short, but there is no excess material and the stretch means you can swing effortlessly” Dan

“You could easily wear this to go out in – it’s really stylish! The cuffs are excellent, too, exactly what I look for” James

“What impressed me most about this suit was how well it dealt with the water – it isn’t Gore-Tex but it performed like it” Joe

DETAILS

TESTED: December 2011

TESTERS: Dan Murphy (3hcap), James Whitaker (pro), Joe Whitley (9hcap)

SRP: £139.99 (jacket) £119.99 (trousers) 

COLOURS: 3

SIZES: 5

WATERPROOF GUARANTEE: 3 years

w: mastersgolf.co.uk

t: 01934 523 900

Sunice CARNEGIE/ULTIMATE V3

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“I’ve been wearing a Sunice suit for the past year and in countless bad-weather rounds, it is yet to let me down. This model quite plain to look at, but undoubtedly a superb performer” Joe

“The jacket was an impenetrable fortress, but the trousers seemed to soak up water a little more for some reason” Dan

“The cuffs are great but I found the collar a little harsh on my chin, which was slightly annoying when swinging” James

DETAILS

TESTED: December 2011

TESTERS: Dan Murphy (3hcap), James Whitaker (pro), Joe Whitley (9hcap)

SRP: £185 (jacket) £275 (trousers) 

COLOURS: 4

SIZES: 6

WATERPROOF GUARANTEE: Lifetime

w: sunice.com

t: 01932 568 330

Benross XTEX

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Really sharp looking – the most stylish Benross suit I’ve seen” Dan

“A bit hard to swing in – quite tight around the arms and doesn’t stretch” James 

DETAILS

TESTED: December 2011

TESTERS: Dan Murphy (3hcap), James Whitaker (pro), Joe Whitley (9hcap)

SRP: £79.99 jacket, £59.99 trousers 

COLOURS:

SIZES:

WATERPROOF GUARANTEE: 2 years

w: benrossgolf.com

t: 01932 821 200

Nike Golf Storm Fit Elite 

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“This suit didn’t deal with the water brilliantly, but I thought the fit was good” Dan

“There isn’t much give, and the looks are a little plain for me’ Joe

DETAILS

TESTED: December 2011

TESTERS: Dan Murphy (3hcap), James Whitaker (pro), Joe Whitley (9hcap)

SRP: £170 jacket, £130 trousers 

COLOURS: 1

SIZES:

WATERPROOF GUARANTEE: Lifetime

w: nikegolf.eu

t: 08000 561 640

Adidas Climaproof Storm

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Looks great on the body but there’s a bit of excess material around the midriff, which can interfere when putting” Joe

DETAILS

TESTED: December 2011

TESTERS: Dan Murphy (3hcap), James Whitaker (pro), Joe Whitley (9hcap)

SRP: £99.99 jacket, £99.99 trousers 

COLOURS: 3

SIZES: 4

WATERPROOF GUARANTEE: 3 years

w: adidasgolf.eu

t: 08000 728 624

Ping Collection Evolution/Tornado

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“It’s definitely not the most stylish suit”Joe

“It coped with water well but the sleeves bunch and the fit is quite baggy” Dan

DETAILS

TESTED: December 2011

TESTERS: Dan Murphy (3hcap), James Whitaker (pro), Joe Whitley (9hcap)

SRP: £150 jacket, £100 trousers 

COLOURS: 3

SIZES:

WATERPROOF GUARANTEE: 2 years

t: 01614 865 880

Footjoy Dryjoys Performance

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“The colour scheme is by no means stylish, but the suit performs well” James

“Baggy fit but sheds water very well” Joe

DETAILS

TESTED: December 2011

TESTERS: Dan Murphy (3hcap), James Whitaker (pro), Joe Whitley (9hcap)

SRP: £105 jacket, £85 trousers 

COLOURS: 3

SIZES: 5

WATERPROOF GUARANTEE: 2 years

w: footjoy.co.uk

t: 01480 301 114

Galvin Green Argo/Aquila

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Surprisingly, I didn’t think this coped with water as well as Galvin’s other suit on test” Dan

“I love the striking colours and light weight but it is quite noisy” Joe

DETAILS

TESTED: December 2011

TESTERS: Dan Murphy (3hcap), James Whitaker (pro), Joe Whitley (9hcap)

SRP: £299 jacket, £299 trousers 

COLOURS: 5

SIZES: 7

WATERPROOF GUARANTEE: Lifetime

w: galvingreen.com

t: 01932 503 330

Mizuno Impermalite Performance Shell

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Although this looks smart and fits well, it didn’t cope with the water as well as Iexpected” James

DETAILS

TESTED: December 2011

TESTERS: Dan Murphy (3hcap), James Whitaker (pro), Joe Whitley (9hcap)

SRP: £145 jacket, £115 trousers 

COLOURS: 4

SIZES: 5

WATERPROOF GUARANTEE: 5 years

w: mizuno.com

t: 01189 362 100

Sunice Bowen/Grove

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“The stretchy FlexVent material is impressive” Dan 

“The fit is on the large side, but performance is very good” James

DETAILS

TESTED: December 2011

TESTERS: Dan Murphy (3hcap), James Whitaker (pro), Joe Whitley (9hcap)

SRP: £175 jacket, £143 trousers 

COLOURS: 3

SIZES: 6

WATERPROOF GUARANTEE: 4 years

w: sunice.com

t: 01932 568 330

Sunderland Tournament

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“There’s no doubting that the technology involved is effective, but the cut is shapeless and the fit is baggy. Quiet and easy to swing in, though” Joe

DETAILS
TESTED: December 2011

TESTERS: Dan Murphy (3hcap), James Whitaker (pro), Joe Whitley (9hcap)

SRP: £195 jacket, £130 trousers 

COLOURS: 3

SIZES: 6

WATERPROOF GUARANTEE: 3 years

w: sunderlandgolf.com

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