Oscar Jacobson Darwin Mid Layer Review

Our verdict on this soft and stretchy mid layer

Oscar Jacobson Darwin Mid Layer Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

The Darwin is a super stretchy and smart mid layer that provides a touch extra warmth and protection for those cool spring/summer conditions.

Reasons to buy
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    Stretchy material

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    Extremely lightweight

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    Contemporary style

Reasons to avoid
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    Not waterproof

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    Fabric can spoil if carrying

Oscar Jacobson has a rich heritage in fashion tailoring that dates back well over a hundred years. Combining this with its knowledge of technical golf apparel, the premium brand continues to create some of the best tops, best golf jumpers, and best golf polo shirts on the market. In fact, the Oscar Jacobson apparel range is pretty extensive; no matter what item of golf clothing you’re searching for, this classy Scandinavian brand has you covered.

Oscar Jacobson Darwin Mid Layer Review

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How tall am I/what is my build?
Approximately 6ft 1in. Slim build.

What do I normally wear – does it come up big/small?
Medium for polo shirts, jackets and mid layers. The medium was a perfect fit.

How did it fit/feel/perform?
The Darwin is incredibly stretchy. You can pinch the soft material with your fingers and get a sense of this before you pull it on – it offers a wonderful feel. Crucially, it means the garment works with your golf swing and makes it super comfortable to wear.

The only negative is that pills have already started to form on the fabric. This is where fibres become tangled together in a small knot/ball. The reason for the pilling is because I carry my golf bag, and the straps have clearly been rubbing on the material.

The fabric and pilling on the Oscar Jacobson Darwin mid layer

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It’s a shame, because it’s a really smart offering and one that I would definitely find myself wearing quite a bit, especially in cool spring/summer conditions. If you’re a trolley user, this isn’t so much of a concern, although we all sling the bag over our shoulders occasionally. 

Whilst it’s not fully waterproof, the Darwin does feature a water resistant zipper. This isn’t going to offer much protection in a heavy downpour, but I did keep it on during a couple of light showers, and the material can stand up to that. 

Any extra details we noticed?
The quarter zip neck features binding cuffs for secured fit, dropped hem and a front chest printed stripe. It also features the Oscar Jacobson lettering on the back, which adds a bit more style to what is a contemporary design.

The lightweight Oscar Jacobson mid layer

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Can you wear it off the course?
Oscar Jacobson clothing is generally suitable for off course wear. I certainly wouldn’t hesitate wearing it for other activities. 

How does it come out of the wash/do you need to iron it?
As per label: do not soak; wash with zipper closed; wash inside out (40 degrees); wash dark colours separately; reshape whilst damp; hanger dry in shape; iron on the reverse; do not iron motif (the logos). It dries fairly rapidly, and it seems to hold its shape really well. 

Michael has been with Golf Monthly since 2008. As a multimedia journalist, he has also worked for The Football Association, where he created content to support the men's European Championships, The FA Cup, London 2012, and FA Women's Super League. As content editor at Foremost Golf, Michael worked closely with golf's biggest equipment manufacturers, and has developed an in-depth knowledge of this side of the industry. He's now a regular contributor, covering instruction, equipment and feature content. Michael has interviewed many of the game's biggest stars, including six world number ones, and has attended and reported on many Major Championships and Ryder Cups. He's a member of Formby Golf Club.