Equipment: Galvin Green unveil official Ryder Cup outerwear for 2016 matchesSeptember 1, 2016 Golf Equipment
All-new technology featured in outerwear to be worn by Team Europe at Hazeltine
Check out the Galvin Green Ryder Cup outerwear that will be worn by Darren Clarke’s European team.
Fans can also get their hands on the premium waterproof garments in the stunning white-and-two-tone blue uniform colours of Team Europe.
Clarke has selected four exclusive lines for the new Galvin Green Ryder Cup range set to make its competitive debut at Hazeltine National.
The range includes the most advanced Gore-Tex waterproof and Gore windstopper garments which incorporate brand new fabric technology.
As the Official Supplier of Weatherwear to the European Ryder Cup Team in 2016 and 2018, Galvin have produced exceptional high-performance garments designed to give European players an edge over their American rivals.
Before they are worn in Minnesota, the garments are available to the golfing public through the Ryder Cup online shop and former host venues.
Ryder Cup C-knit jacket
The first is a premium waterproof full-zip jacket in ultra-lightweight (260g) stretch Gore-Tex fabric.
The revolutionary Japanese-made fabric has a super-smooth feel and can slide easily over garments worn underneath.
Its complex 3-layer construction makes it totally waterproof and highly breathable, as well as durable.
The jacket is also available in a short-sleeved version with a half zip, which the brand first introduced to golfing waterproofs in 2005.
Both jackets carry the
European flag on the back neck, plus the official Ryder Cup shield on the left chest.
Ryder Cup C-knit trousers
Matching the flagship jackets are premium waterproof trousers weighing 350g in the same ultra-lightweight stretch Gore-Tex fabric.
Based on consumer feedback, they have two long-leg openings with water-repellent zippers at the back, rather than the sides. They also feature two front pockets with water- repellent zippers and two covered back pockets, plus an elasticated waist with integrated drawstring.
A silhouette of the Ryder Cup trophy appears on the left leg.
Ryder Cup Gore Windstopper
The three-layer, full-zip jacket combines a tight-knit Polyester outer layer with a Gore Windstopper membrane and a moisture-management inner layer.
The most versatile garment to wear in chilly conditions, it is totally windproof, water repellent and highly breathable.
It also features the European flag on the back neck, plus the official Ryder Cup shield on the left chest.
The new technology featured in these latest garments will form a key part of the Galvin Green Part 1 collection in 2017.
Full sleeve jacket – £370
Half sleeve jacket – £340
Trouser – £350
Windstopper – £290
Commentary: Galvin Green’s Ryder Cup gear will be highly visible
It can be hard to work out exactly what benefit is derived by being apparel suppliers for the Ryder Cup. The only places you can buy the kit are at the Ryder Cup shop and at past host venues, no logos are allowed on the gear the team will be wearing and there are strict guidelines on what you can use in your own promotional material.
Galvin would not be allowed, for example, to use a picture of Rory McIlroy holing the winning putt in a Hazeltine downpour decked out in his Galvin waterproofs for the next couple of years.
However, the jacket, trousers and Windstopper top that Galvin have designed for Darren Clarke’s team are not only a stunning triumph of technical design but they are also unmistakably in the style of the Swedish brand.
As you would expect, Galvin have done their homework and even if it doesn’t rain in Minnesota over the weekend, temperatures are expected to be cool in the mornings and evenings.
In addition, given that Clarke and his assistants will be buzzing around the course in buggies, it’s a fair bet that the outerwear will get plenty of use and therefore exposure.
As many of us know, the jackets are so comfortable that you can forget you have them on, so it might just be that Galvin have pulled off a real marketing coup as well as a service to European golf.
– Dan Murphy, editor