FootJoy’s latest apparel range, The Thermoseries, is designed to be layered in colder conditions. Here we review the essential insulating layer that FootJoy call a vest.
FootJoy Thermoseries Hybrid Vest review: NCG Summary
This is such a useful and flexible part of a layering system. The Thermoseries Hybrid vest is suitable for most conditions, thanks to moisture-wicking materiality and a not too thick, not too thin jacquard knit fabrication.
- Close fitting.
- Works well as part of a layering system.
- Premium feel.
- High collar is a distraction.
FootJoy Thermoseries Hybrid Vest review: First Impressions
A crucial component of an outdoor layering system is the insulating layer. For the golfer this will typically be a sleeved mid-layer but the gilet or vest (or body warmer) has proved to be an increasingly useful and popular layering option because it can provide warmth without restricting a golf swing. I was interested to test out the new offering from FootJoy, which forms part of their newly introduced Thermoseries layering collection.
This garment is available in two colours; navy and grey. I tested the light grey version. It features a full zip with a sturdy rubber puller and a pair of open hand pockets.
There is an insulated (not too thick, not too thin) body with a knitted centre stretch panel at the back for mobility. A couple of FootJoy motifs adorn the left collar and upper back. There is also a subtle snowflake logo just beneath the left pocket which reminds us that it is part of the Thermoseries family.
The shell has an understated Jacquard hexagonal pattern with a soft feel. The overall appearance is not particularly striking but is smart and neat with durable construction.
FootJoy Thermoseries Hybrid Vest review: On The Course
I’m about 173 cm tall and weigh 74 kg with an average (ie non-athletic) shape. The medium size fitted really well. There was a sense of snugness but absolutely no restriction of movement.
The level of insulation and lack of bulk meant that I could comfortably wear this over a base layer and thin mid layer, and still put an outer waterproof jacket on if required. I felt that this was a real ‘plus’ point as other similar items in my wardrobe lack the versatility of this garment.
For me, there were a couple of minor issues. I found that the collar could be a distraction during a swing unless the vest was zipped entirely up.
I also wasn’t convinced by the pockets. Because they have no zip, they are only really useful for housing a tee that you don’t mind losing or for warming your hands. I also felt that the open pocket construction detracted from the lines of the vest in that the pockets tended to hang open.
FootJoy Thermoseries Hybrid Vest review: The 19th hole
Although there is nothing particularly striking about this garment at first glance, I found myself growing to appreciate it. And this is because it is such a useful and flexible part of a layering system. And, for that reason alone, I can see this becoming a staple member of my cooler-weather golfing wardrobe.
The grey colour contrasts nicely with a darker mid layer or trouser but, as I invariably carry my golf bag, I might prefer the navy option as it would probably spend less time in the washing machine.
Although I don’t regard this as something I’ll wear for other outdoor activities due to the lack of zippered pockets, I think it will get plenty of use on the golf course and even around the house.
Fit: True to Size/Small/Large
Out of Box Comfort: 9.5/10
Value for Money: 7.5/10
Sizes: UK S-XXL
Colour options: Grey and Navy.
FootJoy Thermoseries Hybrid Vest review: The Details
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