Alex Perry is a huge fan of Reflo's stylish and sustainable golf apparel range. Here's what he thinks of the Beaufort gilet

I once had a very strange conversation with a friend about gilets. He couldn’t understand why you would wear what is essentially a sleeveless coat. When is it ever a temperature that requires extra layering for your torso, but not your arms? It feels like a reasonable question – and one to which I don’t know the answer – but I do know I love a gilet. I have one that I wear in spring and autumn, and now I have a golf one. So here’s my Reflo Beaufort gilet review…

Reflo Beaufort gilet review: NCG summary

Reflo Beaufort gilet review
Reflo Beaufort gilet review
NCG SUMMARY

A classic golf gilet which looks good and feels good.

PROS

  • It’s incredibly comfortable
  • It’s so lightweight it doesn’t feel like it’s there
  • It’s great looking
  • The sustainability factor
  • It doesn’t interfere with the swing

CONS

  • Do I have to write something here? Fine, full-zip garments have never really been my bag – when’s the quarter-zip coming out?


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Reflo Beaufort gilet review: First impressions

Anyone who has seen me carefully scrutinising every container as I ponder which bin it can go in will know recycling and sustainability is something I’m awfully passionate about.

When you receive a box from Reflo, that shared passion smacks you right in the face. ‘I am made from plants, not plastic’, the bag protecting your latest purchase screams at you. ‘You can feel good about using me because I am 100% biodegradable. I will compost in 6 months,’ it adds, before a friendly reminder that ‘a plastic bag can take thousands of years’.

Reflo Beaufort gilet review

Under the huge ‘R’ logo, we’re told that Reflo ‘are committed to making high-quality apparel that makes you look and feel epic!’

It continues: ‘Our apparel is made using recycled plastic by people who have fair working conditions and wages. We think all apparel should be made this way, and you shouldn’t have to sacrifice and make positive choices. So let’s help each other look after the world we live in.’

And I haven’t even opened the bag yet!

Reflo make some really cool and stylish golf apparel, so I was more than happy to receive this package .

You know that feeling of slipping into an old, familiar piece of clothing you’ve had for years? How at home you feel in it? Reflo feels like that straight out of the box (and bag).

Reflo Beaufort gilet review: On the course

I tested this in perfect conditions – a cool, autumn day in Yorkshire with a few clouds in the sky and a gentle breeze.

I wore it over the Reflo Barents midlayer to provide an extra bit of protection against the elements during my round.

What do you want to know?

Does it look good? Absolutely. Is it comfortable? It doesn’t even feel like you have it on. Does it impede the swing? Not in any way.

It’s breathable (that’s a phrase we use when talking about apparel, right?), it provides UV protection, and uses an innovative “Java-tek” fabric that infuses the antibacterial properties from recycled coffee beans to support odour control. Sounds amazing, especially if you’re like me and won’t take it off for days on end.

Reflo Beaufort gilet review

What about the practical stuff? Well, it has two zip-up pockets and a funnel collar for added comfort whether open or zipped all the way up.

And if does start raining, while padded, it’s certainly thin enough to wear under a jacket. If I had one criticism – and this really is a deeply personal issue – it’s that I’m not a huge fan of full-zip garments.

Maybe Reflo will come back with a quarter-zip offering for 2023. (Nudge, nudge.)

Reflo Beaufort gilet review: The 19th hole

With it becoming increasingly popular to make golf clothing you can wear on and off the course, Reflo have absolutely nailed it with this gilet. I’ve worn it to play golf, to go to the supermarket, and to do the school run. I’m even wearing it right now sat at my desk as I continue to Scrooge my way through November and the cost-of-living issues.

It’s the best golf gilet I’ve ever owned. Heck, it’s the best gilet I’ve ever owned. (With apologies to Messrs Abercrombie and Fitch.)

I love it. And you will too.

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Reflo Beaufort gilet review: The details

Fit: True to size
Comfort: 10/10
Value for Money: 9/10
Sizes: XS-XXL (UK)
Colour options: Black, Navy, Aqua

Available: Now
RRP: £95 (Navy, Aqua); £100 (Black)
More info: Reflo website

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Alex Perry

Editor

Alex has been the editor of National Club Golfer since 2017. A Devonian who enjoys wittering on about his south west roots, Alex moved north to join NCG after more than a decade in London, the last five of which were with ESPN. Away from golf, Alex follows Torquay United and spends too much time playing his PlayStation or his guitar and not enough time practising his short game.

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