Galvin Green Ashton Shakedry Jacket

We test out Galvin Green's lightest ever waterproof jacket, the Ashton Shakedry

Galvin Green Ashton Shakedry Jacket Review
Golf Monthly Verdict

All in all, the Shakedry is an innovative, versatile outerwear piece that has the on-course performance to match the cutting-edge styling. Its suitability to both windy and rainy conditions means you'll probably wear it more than you think, enhancing the value for money considerably over a few years.

Reasons to buy
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    Is incredibly thin and lightweight and yet provides exceptional protection from the elements as well as appealing comfort and cutting-edge styling.

Reasons to avoid
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    Lacks side pockets. Not the quietest material when swinging.

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We test out Galvin Green's lightest ever waterproof jacket to see if it provides the performance to match the price tag.

Galvin Green Ashton Shakedry Jacket Review

Key Technology

  • Weighing just 174g, it is Galvin Green’s lightest Gore-Tex jacket, thanks to the membrane being placed on the outside for the first time.
  • Inside the breathable, windproof jacket is a functional backer textile for greater comfort next to the skin.
  • Other features include shaped sleeves for easy movement, elastic binding on the cuffs, drawstring at the hem, water-repellent zippers and a chest pocket.

GM Review

Styling The subtle print on the fabric, which has a slight shine to it, along with the flashes of bright colour and how well it fits, make it visually one of our favourite outerwear products.

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Features It’s important that a waterproof jacket isn’t bulky, so it can be easily combined with other layers and not impede the golf swing. None possess this trait better than the Galvin Green Ashton Shakedry.

This one-of-a-kind jacket is incredibly thin and lightweight, to the point you barely notice you’ve got another layer on. It also takes up minimal space and weight when it’s stored in your golf bag.

Perhaps its most impressive quality is its water repellency. With the Gore-Tex membrane on show for the first time, golfers can see it working to prevent water from entering the jacket.

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It beads straight off with the minimum of fuss, barely leaving a trace of water behind. This not only means it dries very quickly, but it also keeps the weight low and stops any chilling effect that can come from water staying in the outer fabric. It can also be combined with other layers underneath if the temperatures drop.

There are lots of nice golf-specific touches, too, like the hem drawstring, soft padded collar and specially shaped elasticated cuffs. It does lack side pockets, but it’s very comfortable as the material is surprisingly smooth and soft. The fact it is also windproof and breathable means it can be worn even when it isn’t raining, adding value.

We like the attention to detail – the zip stays flat and doesn’t wobble in the wind, for example. The drawstring at the waist and concealed chest pocket are also nice touches.

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 87 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 3.3.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and a Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x