First of all let me say how excited I am for the opportunity to review the Galway Bay rain gear!
A little about me, I’m in my early 50’s, but didn’t pick up the game until after college and over the last 25 years have played resort, country club and muni golf all over the country. I currently reside in the southeast & play to an 18 HCP. Shoulder and elbow injuries suffered over the last few years have limited my ability to get out consistently. Healthy for the first time in many years, I’m really looking forward to this golf season and getting my index back down.
While golf is my main hobby I also enjoy motorcycling and bikers have a saying “If you don’t ride in the rain, you don’t ride!” It’s the same with golfing in the southeast, where we have daily pop-up showers that turn into torrential down pours during the summer-so if you don’t golf in the rain, you don’t golf! I’ve always wanted a coordinated rain suit, but never invested in one, instead keeping a pair of nylon pants from an old tracksuit in my bag and paired it with a pullover windbreaker.
Suit Selection & Sizing:
I had my wife take all the measurements suggested by Galway Bay on their fitting chart, for reference I’m 5’10”, 175 lbs. Selecting the unlined pants was pretty easy I just took my pants size and added 2” to the waist so they would easily slide over golf slacks and used my true inseam size. The jacket was a little tricky, as I have a very wide back which bumps my chest measurement from medium to a large, but I have narrow shoulders and a thin waist. Their literature suggested jump up one size if unsure on the jacket so I selected the large lined jacket.
I liked the look of the all black suit with aqua blue accents so I sent my selection and sizes to the company. Galway Bay responded to my e-mail immediately and I had my rain gear the very next day! It help’s to live approximately 2 hours from the company! The original review was supposed to be for unlined pants & a lined jacket. Unfortunately, they don’t have a lined jacket so I was ecstatic when Galway Bay sent me a base layer vest as well! They sent me a medium vest informing me that they run a little large. So far customer service is exceeding expectations!!!
The packaging is first rate with a box inside a box holding my hand selected rain jacket! The box has nice branding with the Galway Bay logo with the tag line “Never Quit”
I’m hard to fit and rarely do all the clothes I buy online ever work out, but the custom sizing chart appears to be quite accurate. I’m glad I went one size larger on the jacket, as swinging a club with it on proved the medium would have been too restrictive.
The pants fit well, both in the waist & inseam, and were easy to pull on & off over my jeans and with a belt they can be worn sans pants. The vest also fits well and is very comfortable.
The material for the jacket & pants is lightweight & comfortable yet appears very rugged. The zippers all have pulls so if you are wearing rain gloves you can easily get into the pockets. That being said, the zippers were quite tight to pull open, not sure if that’s a function of the weatherproofing or just new zippers that will take a while to loosen up.
The vest uses totally different materials and is more of a base layer than rain gear. It has two interior pockets, which are great for storing your phone & wallet. I would have actually liked to see an interior pocket or two on the jacket for warmer days when the vest is not an option.
Galway Bay claims their rain suites are 100% waterproof and 100% breathable fabrics that won’t leave you sweaty & stinky like other rain gear. They also claim their jackets and pants are tailored to be as comfortable to wear in the rain as they are in the sunshine. Looking forward to putting those claims to the test over the next few rounds and practice sessions. I can honestly say I have never before wished for rain on days I’ve had a tee time, until NOW! Stay tuned!