Galvin Green Apollo Jacket

Joel Tadman tests the new Apollo waterproof jacket from Galvin Green

Galvin Green Apollo Jacket Review
Golf Monthly Verdict

If you’re thinking of playing a little more all-year round and don’t want to be caught out by the weather, the Apollo has become the stand-out choice.

Reasons to buy
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    Front pockets are a welcome addition to the best-in-class lightweight waterproof protection and breathability along with great styling, fit and range of motion.

Reasons to avoid
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    The premium price may still be difficult for some golfers to justify.

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In this Galvin Green Apollo Jacket Review, Joel Tadman wears it out on the course to assess the fit and the performance of the new features

Galvin Green Apollo Jacket Review

A waterproof jacket has to tick an awful lot of boxes and while Galvin Green’s offerings are widely regarded as being the best in the business, they have always lacked one thing.

Pockets. Front pockets to be precise. Maybe it’s just me, but in my opinion front pockets are an essential feature when playing in cold or wet weather. I’ve been campaigning for them to be added and finally, Galvin Green has obliged with the launch of the Apollo (I highly doubt I had any influence into their addition!).


They are soft inside and manage to stay close to your torso when not in use, which is crucial in not getting in the way when making a swing. Plus, they have zips so you can store items without worrying about them falling out.


With this feature included, the Gore-Tex Paclite Apollo is as close to flawless as you’re going to find in a waterproof jacket. Lightweight, stretchy and soft, it allows you to swing unrestricted while keeping elements at bay. The thin material also allows it to be easily combined with warm layers underneath on particularly baltic outings.


You’ll notice from the images I’m wearing it in bright sunshine. No I’m not going mad, as the Apollo is just as effective at keeping wind out as it is rain, although there are more cost-effective options in Galvin Green’s range that can do this. The Interface-1 Lincoln, for example.


The fit is excellent, with an elasticated drawstring at the waist and Velcro cuffs creating a snug, tailored fit.

The other thing to note is the styling. I think Galvin Green has nailed it on the Apollo. It will be recognizable as a Galvin Green product from the adjacent fairway and should appeal to a wide range of tastes. Modern, smart and a little in your face without going over the top.

Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.

One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x