G/FORE Dunes Vest Review

Mike Harris offers his verdict on the luxurious G/FORE Dunes vest

G/FORE Dunes Vest Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

Smart yet sporty, the luxurious Dunes vest offers a clean look and provides good warmth in chilly conditions thanks to an internal microfiber liner.

Reasons to buy
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    Smart, understated style

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    Premium materials and feel

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    Liner offers warmth and blocks wind effectively

Reasons to avoid
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    Dry clean only

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    Liner can rustle during the swing

Although G/FORE is perhaps best known for its bold, standout designs, the range does include a few understated items, and the Dunes vest (opens in new tab) is one such example. What the garment does share with all G/FORE garments, though, is the brand’s trademark premium look and feel. At over £200, this vest is very much a luxury item, but it really comes into its own in cool conditions when you want a bit of extra warmth without piling on the layers, or as a mid layer on cold days.

How tall am I/what is my build?
5ft 8.5 inches, medium build. 

What do I normally wear – does it come up big/small?
Medium, which was a perfect fit. 

How did it fit/feel/perform?
Lots of golfers would rather wear a golf vest or gilet before having to pull on anything with sleeves – they just offer that unrestricted feeling, and they’re usually nice and light. Because of its microfiber lining (which does offer warmth and blocks out wind well), the Dunes vest is weightier compared to a lot of other golf vests on the market. So if you have a preference for super-lightweight materials, this is maybe not the garment for you.

I’ve worn the Dunes vest over a polo shirt in cooler conditions - early morning and evening rounds - and also teamed it up with a base layer and underneath a jacket on chilly days, and it performs really well. However, when the temperature rises it does get warm and I've wanted to take it off. So, for me, this works best on cold days as a genuine mid layer. 

G/FORE Dunes vest zips

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Any extra details you notice?
I really like the contrast on the collar and the matte finish quarter zip with the small G/FORE logo puller. I much prefer this to the chrome zips on some of the brand's other garments. All the zips are of a very high quality. Lots of golf vests do away with pockets, but I like the fact you get two hidden side zip pockets which are deep enough to fit small items in (tees, pencil pitchmark repairer etc) but don't sag.

G/FORE Dunes vest pockets

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Can you wear it off the course?
As with most G/FORE garments, it’s definitely a piece that wouldn't look out of place off course.

How does it come out after the wash/do you need to iron it?
This is a dry clean only garment (a definite downside for me), and it’s not to be ironed.

Mike has been a journalist all his working life, starting out as a football writer with Goal magazine in the 1990s before moving into men’s and women’s lifestyle magazines including Men's Health, In 2003 he joined Golf Monthly and in 2006 he became only the eighth editor in Golf Monthly’s 100-plus year history. His two main passions in golf are courses, having played over 400 courses worldwide, and shoes; he owns over 40 pairs.

Mike’s handicap index hovers at around 10 and he is a member of four clubs: Hartley Wintney, Royal Liverpool, Royal North Devon and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.