Looking to update your winter wardrobe? Steve Carroll has put the Lyle & Scott Golf Gilet to the test
Lyle & Scott’s lightweight gilet is designed to help you retain body warmth while you are out on the course.
Lyle & Scott Golf Gilet review: NCG Summary
Exactly what you’d expect from Lyle & Scott – a classic golf gilet.
- Classic golf gilet.
- Snug fit, but easy to swing in.
- Extremely lightweight.
- Zip can be a little fiddly.
Lyle & Scott Golf Gilet review: First Impressions
I’ve never really liked golf jackets. The feeling of fabric edging down my wrists and onto my hands as I’m trying to negotiate a tricky shot (in my mind at least) is my equivalent of nails down a blackboard. Basically, to be avoided at all cost.
All well and good in the summer, but a bit trickier when the weather turns and you have to start layering up. And so I’ve always been a gilet guy – adding mass without losing flexibility.
But finding the correct gilet for the course isn’t as straightforward as you might think. Some go very tight, others loose. Some blow you up like a penguin, others are no more than a tiny strip of material.
With the Lyle & Scott Golf Gilet, though, I think you get the best of both worlds – a sturdy, warm, construction that is snug but with still enough room to ensure you don’t feel like a mummy when trying to execute a chip.
Lyle & Scott, of course, are golfing royalty. I grew up watching that famous golden eagle worn on the backs of Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, and Tony Jacklin.
They were absolute players too in the pro-celebrity golf scene that was ever present on TV in the 80s and 90s. You couldn’t turn on BBC1 without seeing Sean Connery and Telly Savalas strutting their stuff. Some boys dreamed of Scalextrics, I dreamed of the cross patterned sweater pulled off by Ronnie Corbett on the Two Ronnies.
We’re repping a classic theme here and that’s what you get with the Lyle & Scott Golf Gilet. Made from a blend of polyester and elastane, it’s toting a full length zip, two side pockets, and a padded inner layer.
It comes in jet black and dark navy and it feels pretty snug but robust when on, which is exactly how I like it.
Lyle & Scott Golf Gilet review: On The Course
Let’s cut to the chase. Does it impede the swing? It’s a pointless piece of clothing if you feel restricted or limited in any way when trying to move a golf club at 100mph. No, it doesn’t. It glides, in fact.
Nor does the bottom of the gilet ride up your back. It sits in place rather magnificently, all told. The big pockets could have clogged up the mid-section but, if anything, they also help to keep everything in place. You can swing away to your heart’s content without bits of zip lining going awol on you.
While the fit is snug, I find this to be a positive. My only real criticism is that the zip is a little fiddly and frequently catches a third of the way up. Not an issue when putting it on for the first time, but slightly irritating if the weather conditions are changing and you need to take it on and off.
It traps heat beautifully – a massive plus given there are no sleeves to keep it in and, though I’ve yet to be out in very inclement weather, rain drops seem to bounce efficiently off the surface.
But one of the biggest plusses for the Lyle & Scott Golf Gilet is that it’s very lightweight. If you have to take it off and put it into a carry bag, you’re not suddenly going to feel like Atlas with the world on his shoulders.
Lyle & Scott Golf Gilet review: The 19th hole
Perhaps the biggest compliment I can hand the Lyle & Scott Golf Gilet is that I’ll wear it off the course too. When I’m playing golf, though, this will be a must-wear part of my apparel arsenal. It’s lightweight, comfortable, but snug and ticks all the classic boxes if you also want to look good while playing.
Fit: True to Size/Small/Large
Value for Money: 7.5/10
Sizes: UK XS-XXXL
Colour options: Jet Black, Dark Navy
Lyle & Scott Golf Gilet review: The Details
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