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It will be interesting to see how it does in the Autumn when it's a little cooler...


50° in rainy Washington would be pretty darn close to a lot of autumn weather in my opinion.


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On 4/22/2019 at 7:22 AM, JohnSmalls said:

I was most interested in this part of the test.  Might as well get rained on if you're going to sweat to death inside of the suit.

I havent had any rain since my initial testing but I found the "breathing" ability to be quite good compared to my old gear, but! I ride, so I dont ever get a big sweat going.

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I gave my cousin the 36” waist pants that didn’t fit me. Here he is playing at Chambers. He loves them! They’re now his go to golf pants even without rain! IMG_2467.jpgIMG_2515.JPG


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With the forecasts here in Illinois and the upcoming tournaments I have a good feeling I will see this rain suit a lot.  Hopefully get some practice in today with it as well. 

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Any idea when you guys will have stage 2’s up? I’ve been playing in a lot of wet conditions this spring and am thinking of upgrading from my Nike rain gear. Is Galway all it’s cracked up to be?


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Any idea when you guys will have stage 2’s up? I’ve been playing in a lot of wet conditions this spring and am thinking of upgrading from my Nike rain gear. Is Galway all it’s cracked up to be?


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Coming soon! Probably in the next few weeks. I am positive you will see mixed reactions between testers. But, the feedback/reviews from us will be EXACTLY the detail you’re looking for!!!


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Prior to the testing it rained non-stop here, but since then we had one day of tornado warnings and a few overnight showers, but dry as a bone during the day. I really want another rainy range day and round before I finish up part deux.

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5 minutes ago, jacustomgolf said:

Got to play today. Somehow ha.

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Yes that’s where I played from ha.


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It's rain gear, not a raft 🙂

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14 minutes ago, jacustomgolf said:

Got to play today. Somehow ha.

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Yes that’s where I played from ha.


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That would have closed 99 percent of the courses here. Intense!

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11 hours ago, edingc said:

That would have closed 99 percent of the courses here. Intense!

They canceled our league, 6 of us were crazy enough to walk though. 

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How is the testing going for everyone?  I know I am gathering some good thoughts and points.  Teaser man these are hot.......🔥

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On 3/24/2019 at 1:48 PM, Sluggo42 said:
Stage 2

 

[Galway Bay] – Official MGS Forum Review by [sluggo42 aka Doug]

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I was afraid i wouldn’t get many chances to use this gear, but this year the rains have been steady here in SoCal, so I’ve been able to wear and test the gear quite a few times, and am pretty happy I’ve got it now. Another thing I’ve learned is that rain gloves are an important component of a complete bag.

Looks (9 out of 10 points)

I have to say that this is easily some of the best looking rain gear out there. The light grey with the aqua-blue highlights really looks sharp.

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And I’ll tell you what, anything that makes this fat old boy look good has definately got something working... dig it? 

While the jacket reeks of some serious cool styling, the pants are just the opposite, but in a good way. They really just look like a pair of boring black slacks. But that, combined with NOT being big, baggy, plastic tent looking, makes them extremely cool.. I would suggest that a few more belt loops be sewn in, us fat guys need that. 

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Putting it on and using it is when it started to click for me that hey, this is some good stuff! However, for the price, it sure better be.
After you put them on and start walking around, and looking at yourself in a mirror you think..”dang!, i look sharp!

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I got the grey jacket with aqua blue accents. And i got the black slacks. I originally wanted a black jacket, but they didn’t have my size at that time, so i was fine with the grey. Now, I’m pretty happy because i personally think the grey jacket is extremely good looking, and the black pants will obviously go with anything. The seams and zippers are all extremely clean and tight, and very top notch. Obviously an area where great attention to detail was used when these were produced. Zippers are are a little tight as it’s brand new, but they work flawlessly, and seem to also be quite waterproof.

Features (6 out of 10 points)

There are only two pockets on the jacket, and they are secured with nice waterproof zippers, but these would hold a few balls, tees, and a scorecard well enough. The zippers are very tight, probably to keep the water out, and i personally, wouldn’t be inclined to be trying to zip them up and down while playing in the rain.

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I haven’t found this jacket to be warm per say, but rather a very thin membrane. It’s not a stand alone for warmth, and the pockets would do nothing to keep the hands warm, except perhaps as a wind breaker. There aren’t any interior pockets or any fancy additions to run headphone wires or anything along those lines. It’s a very basic rain jacket with two decent sized exterior pockets. The one option this jacket fails to provide, and for the life of me, i don’t understand why it’s not a standard feature, is that it doesn’t have a hood. I’ll save you the rant, but in a nutshell, it’s raining! Why no hood? My hat isn’t rainproof!... ok, mini rant over..

Fit (7 out of 10 points)

Being one of Natures true Greek gods is a difficult trait to bear. I mean at 5’-9” and a svelt 230 lbs, everything fits well, am i right? For instance, the pants i wear for a perfect fit should be at 38 waist, and 29 inseam. These came in 38/30, They fit quite well, and i would say they are accurate in size. I eventually took them in and had them hemmed up 1.5”, and they are now perfect.

My Jacket is a 2XL, and it is a little snug. It could use a little more room in the belly region, and it seems the sleeves are a little short for an active wear jacket. I wish it was a 2-1/2XL, because it’s a hair small for a 2XL. This is almost a little too snug to fit another layer underneath. i think it’s not really a design for the really chubby guys though.

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The only adjustments are the Velcro wrist bans and the little pull cords on each side on the bottom. But in my case, no need to tighten anything up. The gear is fairly “form-fitting”, but it all seems to have a little stretch, so you don’t feel too “bound up”, but overall, I think they run about 1/2 size small, because a 2X is normally a comfy fit.

It is also quiet material and you’re never bothered by any funny noises as the material rubs and moves during a swing. It’s actually nice in that regard. I would give it a solid 7/10 for comfort, it’s pretty nice.

Durability (8 out of 10 points)

I have worn this gear about 5 or 6 times now due to California finally breaking out of its drought, and, they still have that “new-car” effect working. Have run them thru the wash a few times now without any problems, and washing instructions are sewn in just like normal clothes.

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They do seem to take a while to dry out, especially on the inside if they happen to get wet in there. So I decided to give the rainwear an immersion death test.

 

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There wasn’t any “shrinkage” after the wet and dry cycle, so I’m pretty sure that won’t be an issue. They never had any discernible odor to me, they’re definately not like some of those “rubber” type suits that reek. Everything about the construction of this set of rain gear screams “quality “, from zippers, seams, flexibility, and quality of materials. I can see this gear lasting for years, easily...

On-Course Performance (20 out of 30 points)

When i see a possible spot of wet weather, my golf pants for the day are my Galway Bay rain slacks. They are on for the day and i don’ t worry about needing to put them on or off as the day rolls on.

The jacket is is just that, a jacket. It goes on or off in a matter of less than 10 seconds, closer to 5 seconds actually. My jacket is a hair tight because I’m a little broad at the belly line, but it still is a comfy fit. It’s fairly easy to swing in as it seems to move and stretch as needed. The arms seem a little shorter than i would expect, so i kind of extend my arms as i address the ball which makes them slide up my forearms a little, which actually seems to make the swing easier. Not sure if that’s by design or not. I’m not a double XL due to my height and length, so someone who is a skinny and tall XXL might find the arms a little short.

The jacket is very thin and lightweight, and would easily fold up and stay in the bag. I personally wouldn’t do that because in my eyes, it’s way too cool of a jacket to stuff into a bag for that “whenever” moment. Guess where it lives now? Yea, in the bag haha. I’m also using the jacket in the mornings that are a touch cool. While not a jacket built for warmth, it is a “layer” that sometimes is all that’s needed. Also, if a chilly wind pops up it’s great.

 

One feature of this rain gear is that that it “breathes” much better than my old gear, and that’s really a fantastic thing. I’ve had a few early rounds in the cool of the morning where i actually forgot i was wearing the jacket. That’s just a HUGE plus.

Items in the pockets are of no negative consequence as far as a swing goes, and will easily hold whatever you need. My main problem with the pants pockets is that they’re TOO deep. I mean you gotta reach deep to grab a ball and a tee.

This rainwear is easily wearable together, or alone. There is no reason one can’t use the jacket for more than just a raincoat, whereas the pants would probably only be worn for the higher chances of rain in my view. And I could see the jacket being worn quite often as it’s really good in actual rain, or just a little wind, or perhaps just for a few early holes when it’s a little chillier than normal. It’s super versatile, and it’s super good looking as well.

But, no hood... wth?

Miscellaneous (5 out of 10 points)

Why no hood? This is my main problem with this rain suit. My only reason to play in the rain is to stay dry, and my hat becomes soaked and cold, and water drips down my back. And suddenly you’re uncomfortable...sort of defeats the the purpose in my opinion. I suppose I could go buy a special wide brimmed hat, and keep it in the truck or in the bag, but would it really have been so hard to include a hood?

Play in rain or Shop again? (13 out of 20 points)

My final analysis is that i wouldn’t pony up for this set of rain gear. While it’s a very good looking set, it didn’t fit quite right for being a size 2X.

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A bit tight around the belly, (understandable cuz I’m chubby, but still a 2X? And the sleeves are a little short for a 2X. Maybe a 3X would have been better. I would suggest ordering one size bigger than you normally wear. The fact that they didn’t include a hood, for me, would make this a non-player for an important event. A cold and wet head with drips running down my back would not be comfortable position to have while trying to concentrate on a big putt. Perhaps wearing a big, wide-brimmed rain hat would be enough to get past these things, but that’s not something I would normally have in my bag, especially if they would have just sewn a nice little hood that you could have zippered up when not needed. That one thing would take this jacket to perfection and useable in a Major. I think it’s more for the “well-off” player due to cost. Someone who would actually have that extra “bank” for a seldom used article of clothing. Because there probably aren’t as many die-hards who will play in the rain to begin with.

Conclusion

Not having a hood is a downer, as my hat got soaked to the bone, and i had enough drips going down the back of my neck to make it uncomfortable. Pants were pretty good tho, although I’d recommend getting one inch shorter than normal, as the bottom of the pants soak up the water rather quickly, and will transfer the water to your socks.

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The suit had much better breathe ability than my old gear, yet still got a little sweaty with a lot of walking during the cartpath only periods.

To me the “death blow” was the lack of a hood. Everything else was pretty good, and it’s a darn good looker.

Final Score: 

68 / 100


 Very well written review. I’ve personally never used a hood with my rain gear but I can see how it would be beneficial on those truly terrible days.

So did you think the Galway Bay gear was an improvement over your old Snake Eyes suit? I know those cheaper suits don’t always have the best style but can be tough to beat for functionality. 

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1 hour ago, Bucky CC said:

Massive upgrade to old gear. I think for anything less than a gully washer, the gear is perfect. My outing last week caught some good downpours, which made me wish the hood was a necessity as my head got soaked, and i grumbled for the rest of the round. On other days with much lighter rain, I was very happy.

the old gear was an instant sweatbox. Even when just riding in the cart. Where the Galway only seemed a little sweaty when I was huffing and puffing slogging back and forth to my ball from the cartpath, as my course is quite “hilly”. And I also had an extra layer on. When I didn’t have the extra layer, the suit breathed well for me.

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Good job hammer...

pit is interesting how the “fit” creates different reviews from us. 

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4 hours ago, jacustomgolf said:

My 2nd stage is UP!!!!! Check it out

Nice review!

I love that picture of you underneath the tree surrounded by water.  Living in your neighbor state to the north I know exactly what that feels like trying to get rounds in this spring.  We really need a solid week of 70 degree temps and sun for all the courses to dry out.

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