Ocean Tee Manta Mid-Layer Review

Our verdict on the Ocean Tee Men's Manta Mid-Layer

Ocean Tee Manta Mid-Layer Review
The Ocean Tee Men's Manta Mid-Layer
Golf Monthly Verdict

A modern and comfortable garment that both looks good and performs extremely well on the course

Reasons to buy
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    Environmentally friendly

Reasons to avoid
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    Doesn’t have pockets

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    Sizes come up a touch small

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Ocean Tee has really made a name for itself over the last couple of years by producing quality golf apparel and doing so in an environmentally-friendly way. The Men's Manta Mid-Layer is no different. 

The Men's Manta Mid-Layer is 100% plastic-free, made from responsible fabrics and constructed using sustainably-sourced materials. On top of all of this, it's made in the only manufacturing plant in Europe that currently meets Greenpeace's production standards.

While sustainability and environmental awareness is to be encouraged, it means very little if the resulting quality of garment is sub-par. That absolutely isn't the case with Ocean Tee clothing.

The Men's Manta Mid-Layer is made from 100% Merino wool, which provides premium performance and comfort, as well as being naturally biodegradable. It's also quick-drying and boasts anti-odour and water-resistant properties.

Mid-layers are crucial garments for golfers – many people prefer to wear one of these over a more constricting jacket. Here, we give our thoughts on the Ocean Tee Men's Manta Mid-Layer. With the best golf tops, you never seem to take them off. This could well be one of them...

How tall am I/what is my build?
6ft 2in, extra large.

How did it fit/feel/perform?
It’s hard to criticise this mid-layer. The sizing does tend to come up a touch small, so that's something to be wary of, but beyond that, it's only positives. The flexibility is excellent and it's clearly been designed to be functional and look good. 

It's really soft, comfortable and lightweight, to the point you don't really notice you're wearing it. The fit was slightly on the snug side, but a lot of people will see that as a good thing. However, if you're someone who doesn't want a figure-hugging garment and prefers baggier clothing, you might prefer to look elsewhere.

Ocean Tee Men's Manta Mid-Layer

Any extra details you noticed?
The styling really impressed, with the green accent around the zip adding a nice splash of colour.

Can you wear it off course?
Absolutely. The Men's Manta Mid-Layer wouldn't look out of place in most off-course settings.

How does it come out of the wash/do you need to iron it?
I have only washed it once, but haven't noticed any issues. It still felt soft on the second and third playings and there was no discernible change to the colour.

Looking for something a little better equipped to handle the rain?  You'll want to read our guide on the best waterproof golf jackets.  

Nick Bonfield
Features Editor

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, writing, commissioning and coordinating all features across print and online. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x