Company known for high-performance outerwear offers a disarming cure for inconsistent weather.
It’s lightweight, comfortable, durable, and ultimately adaptable. The Sunice Gilroy Ultralight vest, part of the Canadian outerwear company’s stylish Sport Layers Collection unveiled earlier this year, adds a much-needed middle option for golfers who want more than a windbreaker but don’t like the restrictive feeling of a full jacket.
The Gilroy exhibits plenty of style (as does pretty much everything that Sunice designs) and technically speaking it’s the most “balanced” outer garment I’ve ever worn. It may not have the same life-saving stopping power as, say, Kevlar, but it does feature the kind of advanced technical materials and construction that will protect its wearer against elements that would otherwise make for a miserable round of golf.
Some “fitting” examples:
- Sunice’s proprietary X20 (fiber) and WxTech (coating) work together in the Gilroy outer shell as a lightweight fiber-and-finish combination designed to enhance ventilation and wicking (moisture out please), while offering protection against unwanted water and wind (no moisture in, thanks);
- Stretchy side panels allow extra freedom, particularly during twisting motions–critical for golfers;
- A 90/10 polyblend of duck down insulation is a natural at heat regulation;
- An array of appropriately sized pockets will not only keep hands warm and dry but also protect valuables;
- Cable adjusters integrated into the vest’s waist seams allow its wearer to manually manipulate air flow.
Put each of those together and you have the foundation for a tough, lightweight, moisture- and heat-management garment that keeps its wearer comfortable without adding burdens that can negatively impact performance. It’s hard to imagine needing anything else.
I feel I’m an authority on the matter because I spent months with the Gilroy beginning shortly after Sunice sprung it this past Spring. I literally carted the vest with me everywhere, from short trips to the post office to seven weeks of consecutive travel. I used it in a wide range of conditions that adequately pushed the limits of its design: on the ground and in the air, under the sun, in pouring rain, and in 60mph winds.
Of course, intent on finding a flaw, I couldn’t resist conducting torture tests of my own: I battered the seams, manhandled the zippers, yanked on the cable adjusters, shoved it in luggage, rolled it up and tied it with string and otherwise made the vest the recipient of suppressed frustration.
I didn’t find what I thought I’d find–a loose thread here, a small hole that started leaking down. Instead, I just found new uses for the Gilroy. It makes for a fine pillow, for example, and instant ground cover for an impromptu picnic in the park.
While I didn’t exactly take care of the Gilroy, it never wavered in taking care of me, no matter where I went. It’s sturdy, stylish, functional, and with the added benefit of indoor-outdoor versatility, it’s definitely worth the price of admission ($130 at time of writing).