Nick Bayly places Abacus Sportswear’s Pitch 37.5 rain jacket via its paces and finds out whether or not its efficiency claims rise up on the golf course

Following the relentless downpours of latest weeks it’s not been too exhausting to discover a appropriate day or two to check out the efficiency qualities of {golfing} outerwear, and so it was not lengthy – in reality earlier than my spherical had even began – that Abacus’s new Pitch 37.5 rain jacket was on trial as I scampered to the primary tee in torrential rain.

Like every respectable waterproof, the Pitch 37.5 guarantees to be 100% waterproof, and whereas no jacket can cease the odd drop from getting into the again of your neck, the Pitch carried out brilliantly on this rating, with water beading like mercury on the floor of the jacket earlier than rolling away or disregarded.

However the place the Pitch jacket differs from many main manufacturers is within the expertise inside the fabric, which not solely guarantees breathability, but in addition claims to have the ability to regulate the temperature of your physique by forcing moisture out via tiny particles between the outer and interior layers earlier than dissipating on reaching the floor. This expertise, which is licensed out to most of the main activewear manufacturers, in addition to main mattress producers, ensures that the consumer/wearer stays a relentless temperature that allows optimum sleep/efficiency relying on what product it’s present in. Mainly, it’s designed to cease you overheating.

With out a rectal probe to watch my core temperature, it’s exhausting to say whether or not my physique was on the requisite 37.5 levels centigrade that’s stated to be when the physique feels most comfy, however after enjoying 18 holes on a light however extraordinarily damp day, I can safely say that it did the job, and I remained dry but comfortably heat, with out getting the ‘waterproof sweats’ which might be a typical incidence when you need to layer up in another model’s jackets.

Simply as importantly, the Pitch is light-weight, skinny and comprised of a 4-way stretch materials that means that you can swing with out restriction. It’s a terrific match too, with the jacket feeling comfortable in all the appropriate locations, however with none strain factors. It’s slighter longer on the again than the entrance, guaranteeing you don’t get any nasty drafts if you’re kneeling right down to line up a putt. And like many trendy waterproofs, it’s additionally noiseless, so no irritating rustling within the backswing. As soon as taken off, it folds right down to barely something, and given its mild weight, is simple to slide right into a carry or trolley bag with out affecting the load.

The are another nice little different particulars, together with elasticated sleeves that get a lot tighter across the forearm and wrist space, which prevents materials flapping about, whereas there’s a small patch of a skinny rubber-like materials on the appropriate shoulder that grips the strap of a carry bag and prevents it from slipping. A excessive collar protects from wind and retains out all however essentially the most vertical of rain, whereas one of many two facet pockets includes a microfibre material on a retaining string for cleansing your glasses – not less than that’s what I used it for.

And to finish the package deal it seems sensible too, with a few reflective prints and logos that seem on numerous spots, together with on the principle zip, giving it a sporty really feel. And whereas it’s clearly designed for golf, it doesn’t scream golf, and will simply be worn out on a winter stroll with out somebody shouting ‘Fore!’ as you saunter alongside. It’s also provided with an identical pair of Pitch waterproof trousers to create a full go well with.

All informed, the Pitch 37.5 ticked all of the bins that I demand from a water-proof jacket, and the best praise I pays is that there have been occasions, in essentially the most constructive of the way, once I didn’t even really feel like I had it on.

RRP: £249,

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